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Stuttgart

Automotive museums, architectural gems, and historical palaces await in this southern German city.

Our most recommended things to do in Stuttgart

Stuttgart: River Cruise to Max-Eyth-See

1. Stuttgart: River Cruise to Max-Eyth-See

Admire the city of Stuttgart and its gorgeous surrounding valley from a unique perspective, with a voyage down the Neckar River. The 2-hour round trip will take you from Wilhelma Port to the Max-Eyth-See, which is known for its rich biodiversity and excellent birdwatching opportunities, and back again. On board the Electra, a fully electric-powered ship, you'll also find a tasty menu of locally-sourced food and drink to savor as you make your way.

Stuttgart: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

2. Stuttgart: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

Explore the Museum of Illusions in Stuttgart and have a visual, sensory, and educational experience as you try a handful of new, unexplored illusions. See the Anti-Gravity Room, the Clone Table, and many more with this entry ticket. Be brave enough to jump into the Vortex Tunnel, a rotating cylinder that makes you lose your sense of balance despite being stable and flat. Warp your reflection in the Mirror Room and get lost in the vast Infinity Room. Enjoy the collection of holograms and see images constantly transforming, appearing, and disappearing before your eyes. Visit the Turntables which create a hypnotic illusion and different turning patterns. Have fun with your friends and family with the Head on the Platter. Round off your visit by learning the illusions' rational and scientific explanations as you walk around. Hear about human vision, perception, and the functioning of intellect.

Stuttgart: River Cruise to/from Marbach

3. Stuttgart: River Cruise to/from Marbach

Admire Stuttgart from a unique perspective as well as the city’s beautiful surrounding nature aboard a river cruise sailing down the Neckar. Start from Wilhelma and head up to Marbach or begin in Marbach and disembark at Wilhelma. You can decide which tour you would like to join.  Onboard the MS Wilhelma, purchase different culinary treats from the regional food and drink menu. Enjoy local wine and meadowy landscapes from the Schiller town of Marbach, or from Stuttgart's Wilhelma. The journey takes 3 hours one way, or 6 hours roundtrip.

Stuttgart: Vineyard Wine Safari

4. Stuttgart: Vineyard Wine Safari

Take a walk along Stuttgart's steep slopes and let yourself be guided through the vineyards of the region by a guide wearing a traditional costume. Enjoy spectacular views of Bad Cannstatt, Münster, and the Neckar on this hiking experience. Taste five regional wines and discover what makes them so special. On this tour, try the famous Cannstatter Zuckerle and other phenomenal regional wines. Enjoy a few snacks, and look forward to fun games related to all things wine.

Stuttgart: Old Town Guided Ghost Walking Tour

5. Stuttgart: Old Town Guided Ghost Walking Tour

Discover the eerie history of Stuttgart on a guided ghost tour in Old Town. See the Market square, Collegiate Church, the Old Castle, and the Schlossplatz. Learn about dark encounters with headless horsemen and shadowy figures that can still be seen at dawn today. Hear stories about the history of Stuttgart and find out, among other things, where the bean quarter got its name, what the city owes to a hidden stream, and about graveyards in the olden times.

Stuttgart: "Kehrwoche" Tour in Swabian

6. Stuttgart: "Kehrwoche" Tour in Swabian

After meeting your guide outside the Stadtmuseum Stuttgart, your guided tour will begin. Throughout your tour, a resolute Swabian housewife (or her husband), armed with a broom and a duster, will guide you through the inner city of Stuttgart. Knowing no discretion, your housewife-guide will dig up the dirt on their neighbors. She will divulge to you her most economical cooking recipes, and will also shed some light about some of the great Stuttgart personalities. Nothing is safe from Frau Schwätzele. Only one person enjoys her undivided respect, and that is the inventor of the notorious Swabian Kehrwoche. Take part in this cheerful yet unusual city walk, and after around 2 hours you will result in the courtyard of the old castle.

Stuttgart: Stand Up Paddling Rental

7. Stuttgart: Stand Up Paddling Rental

Come to the Riverhouse in Stuttgart Münster and enjoy some beautiful hours spent on the River Neckar. First, you will be equipped with the paddles and life jackets. Then, you get a short introduction to the sport before you can start your adventure on the water. You have the possibility to rent a SUP-Board for 2 hours. During this time you can enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar and have a great time with your family, friends, or your partner. The available route map shows you which routes and tours are passable and which corners of the Neckar you can explore. After a long day, you can order some drinks and food and relax at the beach.

Stuttgart: Exclusive City Walk

8. Stuttgart: Exclusive City Walk

Your personal guide will take you on an entertaining and informative circular tour through the heart of Stuttgart. Get to know the city's main attractions and their histories on this guided walk. Your tour begins in the Upper Palace Gardens (Oberer Schlossgarten), before taking you past the theater and the internationally renowned Stuttgart Opera. You will continue at a leisurely pace past the Eckensee Lake, and the seat of the Landtag, the regional parliament. You will then advance towards both the New and Old Palaces, with a look at the inner courtyard. When you arrive on Palace Square, you've reached the true heart of the city. On Schiller Square you'll hear all about the history of the city, which was originally founded back in the 10th century as a stud farm. In the Market Hall you can embark on a culinary trip round the world, while only a stone's throw away there's the Marketplace with the Town Hall.

Stuttgart: Culinary Excursion through Bad Cannstatt

9. Stuttgart: Culinary Excursion through Bad Cannstatt

Discover the oldest part of Stuttgart from a different perspective and embark on a culinary journey through the regional cuisine. Follow your guide on an entertaining tour of the old town and taste the local delicacies, such as the classic Hefezopf (braided bread) or typical Maultaschen (pasta squares filled with meat or cheese served in a clear soup). Explore Bad Cannstatt with all your senses and enjoy some amusing anecdotes. Listen to the interesting city history and taste treats typical of the Stuttgart region.

Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

10. Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

Follow the footsteps of your favorite players on this fascinating 1.5 hour behind the scenes guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Explore the arena and the history of the VfB Stuttgart football team in German or English with an experienced guide. Learn everything you need to know about the arena, its history and get exclusive insights of the construction site and the future arena. Discover the home ground of VfB Stuttgart during the reconstruction for the 2024 European Championship. Feel the emotions in the standing zone of the 'Cannstatter Kurve' and enjoy the view from the roof terrace in the Soccer Lounge over the VfB training grounds. After the tour, stock up on new VfB Stuttgart apparel, with 10% off in the Fan-Center.

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What people are saying about Stuttgart

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,001 reviews

I was a little concerned when I read previous reviews that I might have a hard time navigating my way to dock. My fears were abated by excellent directions that came with the activity reminder. The boat, the crew, the service, food snd guests were top-notch. I had an excellent roundtrip and would definitely recommend as a fun memory whether or go solo for relaxation, as a couple’s date or in a group for a party.

The guide was very kind and knowledgeable. It was a nice mix of urban/Cannstatt history and an exploration of regional foods. I signed up late (English only speaker) and the guide was gracious enough to accommodate me by catching me up in between sites, and I got by with the Google Translate app, but if you don't speak German I recommend signing up earlier so they can prepare for a non-German speaker.

I've done several SUP tours with Jones and this was my first time at the Testival. Since I want to buy my own board, the testival was perfect for me. During the 2 hours you could test many different boards stress-free or receive individual advice. Expert advice and lots of fun at the same time, anytime again!

The background noise around it was often so bad that you couldn't always understand the woman chattering

Great guided tour with Kunigunde! I can only recommend!