Berlin, Munich, Hamburg. When traveling to Germany, you – and about 95 % of all other tourists – probably have one of these famous cities on your to-see list. But why always swim with the crowd? This amazing destination has so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered! The city of Stuttgart is one of them …
Stuttgart: Some basic facts and insights
Stuttgart is the capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which is one of the most beautiful and richest regions in Germany. Due to the fact that this idyllic city is home to two of the most prominent car manufacturers – Porsche and Mercedes Benz – it comes to no surprise that among the younger crowd Stuttgart is also known as “Benz-Town”. On top, the city is also rated 21st on Mercer’s 2015 list of cities by quality of living. Nestled among lush forests and vineyards and with the river Neckar close by, it is a fantastic place for outdoor fans and nature lovers. Thus, to sum things up, Stuttgart is definitely worth a visit!
A luxury weekend starts with the perfect hotel!
Let me start off by saying that I do enjoy backpacking, finding sweet and cosy retreats with the perfect price/value balance and rather focus on spending less in order to have more money to prolong my travels. But I also love to pamper myself with a few days in a luxurious hotel, fine dining and a nice night out in the coolest clubs in town. In Stuttgart you can enjoy all of these goodies plus a fantastic, diverse and historic city as well as a breath-taking landscape right in front of your door step! The most prominent of all 5* hotels in Stuttgart is without a doubt the “Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten”. This very traditional luxury hotel is situated in the heart of the city. Its close proximity to the beautiful city park “Schlossgarten”, the elegant rooms, the fantastic restaurant and of course the high-class service make it the first address for any VIP coming to town. A bit more affordable but not less enchanting is the design hotel “Zauberlehrling” (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). With rooms called “Paddington”, “Floor to Heaven” or “Black Box”, you will find the perfect retreat that suits all your needs. Copper bath tub, whirlpool, roof garden, and so much more …
Time to dine: From hearty traditional foods to delicate tasting menus
Foodies will have the time of their lives in Germany! You’ll discover a huge variety of amazing dishes, great beers and fine wines. Then, of course, every region will pamper you with their own signature dishes. In Stuttgart this can be a bowl of “Kaesespaetzle” (a kind of thick pasta with heaps of melted cheese, braised onions and a bit of speck) or “Maultaschen” which are … well … kind of hard to explain but extremely tasty! If you are looking for a place to enjoy these delicacies in an authentic setting, you should go to the Restaurant “Stuttgarter Staeffele” – a rustic place with a very typical German ambience. If you wish to take it up a notch on the culinary level, you’ll also find a great choice of gourmet restaurants. For example, the “Délice” is only one of 14 restaurants in town with one Michelin star! In this small and very cosy restaurant you will be pampered with exceptional creations and an incredible choice of mouth-watering wines. If you are a gentleman looking for a charming lady to take out for dinner, finding a fitting companion it is actually very easy. “Benz-Town” hosts some of the most up-scale escort service providers in Europe which discreetly arrange dates with stunning escort models.
A dive into Stuttgart’s nightlife!
The party and music scene of Stuttgart is legendary throughout Germany. Especially the German Hip-Hop culture finds its roots in this bustling city. Clubs like the “Suite 212” or the “Muttermilch” will open the doors to a great night filled with laughs, dancing and delicious cocktails! If you are traveling alone, exploring the numerous bars, lounges and clubs in this city can be quite challenging. Not because it is boring or even dangerous, but due to the fact that you will literally dance the night away until the sun rises over Stuttgart the next morning.
Photo by: Torsten Scholz