Stuttgart vacations take you to a storied and historic city in the heart of a large wine-growing region in Southwest Germany. With a heritage dating back to the Roman Empire, Stuttgart is dotted with castles and palaces, fine parks and gardens, and excellent museums. Book hotels in Stuttgart and pack your comfiest walking shoes—amid its urban landscape of hills and valleys, the city features more than 400 flights of steep steps.
For families, one of the major attractions of Stuttgart is Wilhelma, once a royal palace and now a 74-acre zoo and botanical gardens. History buffs will want to see such landmarks as: the Old Castle, built in the 16th century; Ludwigsburg Palace, one of the largest Baroque palaces in Germany with equally expansive gardens; and Stiftskirche, or Collegiate Church, which dates back to the 12th century. Car enthusiasts won't want to miss the Porsche Museum and Mercedes-Benz Museum. Arrange car rentals in Stuttgart and pursue a driving tour of the vineyards around the city, or head to the Black Forest, about an hour's drive away.
Stuttgart hosts some of the biggest, most vibrant annual festivals in all of Germany. Among them are the Cannstatter Volksfest, held over three weeks in late September and early October. It's a beer festival combined with a carnival, and its annual attendance reaches into the millions. The Stuttgart Spring Festival, usually held around late April, is the largest spring festival in Europe. Book Stuttgart vacation packages during the holiday season and you can shop at the city's traditional Christmas Market, one of the largest and oldest in Europe with more than 200 festively decorated stands.
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