Even if you are only stopping off in Stuttgart for one day, donâ€™t make the mistake of hanging around in your airport hotel and missing the beautiful sights of this historic city.
It is easy to arrange Stuttgart transfers from the airport (with Shuttle Direct you can even book online in advance), so why not head into the city centre and spend 24 hours getting to know this fascinating city?
Where to Go
So youâ€™ve got 24 hours and youâ€™ve arranged for one of Shuttle Directâ€™s Stuttgart transfers to pick you up at the airport. Where do you go first?
On a tight schedule, my advice is to concentrate on one area that you can explore at your leisure, rather than trying to see everything. In Stuttgart, the obvious choice is the heart of the city, as it boasts a wealth of historic architecture, museums and palaces all within a short walking distance of one another.
Start at the Old Palace
The Old Palace was built as a fortress in the tenth century, but was expanded in the fourteenth century when it became the main residence for the Counts of Wuerttemberg. By the eighteenth century, it once again became too small to accommodate the demands of court, and the Duke Carl Eugen commissioned a â€˜New Castleâ€™.
Today the Old Palace houses the WÃ¼rttemberg State Museum, which retells the fascinating history of Stuttgart and its local area.
From Old to New
When Duke Carl Eugen commissioned the building of the Neues Schloss â€“ or â€˜New Castleâ€™ â€“ in the eighteenth century, his ambition was that the large Baroque edifice would rival the famous Palace of Versailles in France. Consequently, he gave rise to the largest Baroque residence in Germany!
Following bomb-damage during the Second World War, the palace was restored, and once again radiates much of its past glory. Today it serves as the seat for the current local government.
The Palace Square
The Palace Square â€“ in front of the New Palace â€“ is a popular meeting place for locals, as well as a venue for many outdoor events. If you want to rest your legs and/or enjoy people watching, this is the best spot for it!
The Museum of Art
In the afternoon, bring your exploration of Stuttgart right up to date with a visit to the ultra modern Museum of Art. Designed by Berlin architects Hascher and Jehle, the museum is a glass cube that offers spectacular views of the city.
If you stay until nightfall, youâ€™ll discover that the museum seems to float like a futuristic vision above the city, making it the perfect last stop on a 24-hour tour of this beautiful German metropolis.
How to Get There
Flights to Stuttgart are available from London, Birmingham and Manchester, taking around one and a half hours. Airlines including British Airways, easyJet and German Wings all offer flights from the UK.
The most convenient way to get from the airport to the city centre is by booking Stuttgart transfers with a reputable company like Shuttle Direct.
Shuttle Direct will ensure that a driver is waiting for you when you land. Weâ€™ll drive you directly where you want to go â€“ that way, you wonâ€™t waste a single precious moment on your 24-hour visit to the city.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for the most affordable Stuttgart transfers, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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