The Draws of Stuttgart
From automotive museums to beer and wine festivals, Stuttgart offers fine attractions for visitors
Stuttgart is the only city in the world with two major car museums, both of which showcase some of the most sought-after automobiles on earth. Sports-car fans will certainly want to stop by the Porsche Museum to further fuel their passion. Car lovers, architecture enthusiasts and history buffs will all enjoy a trip to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, where visitors are transported back to 1886, the birth year of the car. More than 125 years of automotive history are on display through classic collections, reportage, race cars, and even a simulation ride. The building itself is a point of interest as well, designed by Dutch firm UNStudio van Berkel & Bos. Its glass and aluminum structure looks something like a double-helix, with weaving concrete spiral ramps and two futuristic pod-like elevators.
Beer and Wine Festivals
Each year, Stuttgart celebrates a different element of its culture, hosting beer and wine festivals. From late August through early September, the Stuttgart Wine Village celebrates the region’s food and wine scene, offering delicious tastes of both in a festive atmosphere. In 2014, the festival will run from Aug. 27 – Sept. 7. Not long after, beer steps into the spotlight at the Stuttgart Beer Festival. The second largest beer festival in the country, the event features live bands, carnival rides, fair food, and enormous beer tents. The 2014 edition of the festival will take place Sept. 26 – Oct. 12.