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Stuttgart

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

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Stuttgart 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Stuttgart 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Board a hop-on-hop-off bus with this day ticket and explore Stuttgart at your own pace. Your 24-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket gives you enough time to explore the city as you wish. You have the choice between the blue, the green, or the wine tour. You can get on and off as often as you like at 9 stops on the Blue Tour and 8 stops on the Green Tour in the greater Stuttgart area. On the wine tour, it is possible to get on and off at 9 bus stops.  Alternatively, you can stay on the bus and enjoy the flair of the city from your seat. The Blue Tour takes about 100 minutes, the Green Tour about 60 minutes, and the Wine Tour about 35 minutes. Discover multi-faceted Stuttgart and get ready for a city full of surprises. Learn all kinds of interesting and entertaining facts about Baden-Württemberg’s pulsating state capital with the audio guide, which is available in 10 languages, in premium sound quality. With a combination ticket, you can explore 2 of the following tours, the Blue, the Green and/or the Wine Tour. Please note that the Green Tour and the Wine Tour run in the summer season from April to October. Blue Tour Stops: 1) Tourist Information 2) Schlossplatz 3) Pig Museum 4) Mercedes Benz Museum 5) Wilhelma/Neckar-Käpt´n 6) Weingenuss / Römer 7) Weinwanderung 8) Killesberg / Weissenhofmuseum 9) Linden Museum Green Tour Stops: 1) Tourist Information 2) Schlossplatz 3) TV Tower 4) 'Zacke' Rack Railway 5) Funicular Railway 6) Marienplatz Square 7) Karlshöhe 8) Linden Museum Alternatively, choose the Wine Tour Route by selecting the relevant option upon checkout. This tour starts at Mercedes-Benz Museum and takes you to wine estates, the Stuttgart Museum of Viniculture, and the romantic Royal Burial chapel on the Württemberg. Enjoy a wonderful ride through Stuttgart's beautiful vineyards.

Stuttgart: River Cruise to Max-Eyth-See

2. 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.

Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

3. Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

Follow in the footsteps of your favorite players on this fascinating 1.5-hour behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Explore the stadium and the history of the VfB Stuttgart football team in German or English with an experienced guide.  During the tour, go inside the home team's changing room, take pictures in the press conference room, and visit the media hall, the main stand, and other interesting parts of the stadium. Feel each area come to life with your guide's interesting stories, facts, and anecdotes. As a highlight, walk through the players' tunnel out onto the pitch. After the tour, stock up on new VfB Stuttgart apparel, with 10% off in the Fan-Center.

Vineyard Tour in Covered Waggon in German

4. Vineyard Tour in Covered Waggon in German

Experience a tour through vineyards with a tractor and a covered wagon and enjoy a tasting of local wine. Start at Stuttgart-Münster and marvel at the beautiful landscape along the Neckar River. Pass impressively steep slopes on your way to Stuttgart-Mühlhausen. While you make your way to the Freienstein on treading paths, admire the views of Max-Eyth-Lake and the Neckar valley. Benefit from the knowledge of experts and try typical local wines.

Stuttgart: Vineyard Wine Safari

5. 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: "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: Mercedes-Benz Arena VIP Stadium Tour

7. Stuttgart: Mercedes-Benz Arena VIP Stadium Tour

Explore the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart on a guided VIP tour. Learn about the history of VfB Stuttgart football club and access exclusive areas such as the executive lounge, the player's tunnel, and the changing rooms.  Meet your guide and go behind the scenes as you learn about the history of the construction of the stadium. Hear of the rich football heritage of VfB Stuttgart, one of Germany's most successful clubs. Learn about their famous former and current players and title successes throughout the decades. Go inside the home team's changing room to see where the current squad prepares on match day. Take pictures in the press conference room, and visit the media hall, the main stand, and other impressive parts of the stadium. Head to the Mercedes-Benz Business Center, the executive lounge which is usually reserved for high profile guests and ex-players. Enjoy the perfect views of the pitch with a glass of prosecco to finish your tour. 

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: Stäffele Tour in German

9. Stuttgart: Stäffele Tour in German

Choose between 4 different tour routes: • Tour North Begin with a short walk through the new European quarter then head up the steps to the Chinese Garden for a beautiful view over the city. Then, continue uphill to Killesberg where there's a lot to discover. Make your way through the residential area of Feuerbacher Heide to the Bismarck Tower for another wonderful view of Stuttgart. On the way down to the Killesberg tram stop, pass by the house where the industrial families Porsche and Moser once lived. The tour ends at the Killesberg tram stop. • Tour East Begin with a short walk through the castle garden then head over hundreds of steps to the Fair Galathea Statue and the Cannon House. From the Villa Reitzenstein, enjoy a wonderful view of the city and learn interesting facts about the people after whom the Stäffele steps are named. On the way down, you'll see the Wilhelmspalais, the magnificent city residence of the last king of Württemberg. Your tour ends in the Academy Garden, which is located behind the New Castle. • Tour South Start at Marienplatz and soon climb numerous "Stäffele". Marvel at amazing city panoramas until you reach the Alte Weinsteige. From the highest point on the tour, you can see all of Stuttgart. Then, make your way back through a forest to the legendary tea house, where the tour ends. • Tour West Begin your exciting Stäffele tour of West Stuttgart at Marienplatz. From here, go up past the enchanted urban lapidarium and archaeological museum, then continue through the urban vineyard to the fabulous viewpoint on the Karlshöhe mountain. Here, you'll be rewarded for all your climbing with a wonderful view. Next, follow the path up the steep Hasenbergsteig in the footsteps of Wilhelm II. Discover the legendary Alexandershäusle, and hear about the "Schwabtunnel," the first street and tram tunnel in the empire. Listen to many other amazing stories on the route through the west of Stuttgart. The tour concludes at Feuersee.

Stuttgart in 60 minutes: Highlights of the City Center

10. Stuttgart in 60 minutes: Highlights of the City Center

There is something special about Stuttgart's city center. Two magnificent palaces watch over its lively shopping streets and you are never more than a short stroll away from the extensive palace gardens, dotted with sculptures, fountains and lakes. At the center of the city is Palace Square, a vibrant place in the heart of the city with a wide range of great restaurants and cafes, lined by impressive porticoed buildings. Tour the parks, the baroque New Palace and the avant-garde facade of the art museum, for a unique experience, one that surprises and delights every visitor. Find out all about Stuttgart's fascinating cultural history and fun facts on this charming city walk.

Frequently asked questions about Stuttgart

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Stuttgart?

    A full three days will allow you plenty of time to visit Stuttgart. Add a couple extra days for day trips to explore the surrounding countryside, boasting more castles and palaces, beautiful nature and Stuttgart's famed Vineyard Trails.

  • Getting around

    Stuttgart offers plenty of public transportation possibilities for traveling through the city. The StuttCard Plus provides discounts and free admission to many museums, and it also serves as a travel card. Keep in mind that in Germany, it's necessary to stamp public transportation tickets in the validating machine before the first ride.

  • Where to stay in Stuttgart

    Your best bet is a hotel in or around the city center. The Porsche Museum is in the suburban district of Zuffenhausen, and a trip by S-bahn (urban train line) from Stuttgart's main station takes about 20 minutes.

  • Tickets and opening hours for Porsche Museum

    The museum is open Tuesdays - Sundays from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, closed December 22-25, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The ticket price for adults is 8€, children 14 and under are free. You may also add on a guided factory tour to your visit for 6€, but a reservation in advance is necessary. A guided tour of the museum costs 60€, but the admission price is extra.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    In the autumn, the temperatures are still warm enough, the crowds are tapering off, and the natural landscape is at its most beautiful.

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What people are saying about Stuttgart

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,001 reviews

The booking procedure was easy, and friendly! help by very kind staff always available. What I mentioned before.. I would give customers the possibility to get an emergency phone number (mobile number guide) to be used on the day of event. It easily can happen somebody is late or waiting at another place? But with a little heart beat before ;-) finally everything went well, and the good thing is you can always reach somebody from Get yr Guide Team!

Very easy to book on line. Very clear explanations of the main attractions. Very easy to hop on and off (although not tried). Highly recommended if you have two hours to spare gave us ideas of other things to do

Evy war der perfekte Guide, wir hatten einen wunderschönen unterhaltsamen Nachmittag, den keiner von uns so schnell vergessen wird! Vielen vielen Dank!

The tour is far more interesting than we expected, e.g. B also through smaller streets and Stuttgart East. Highlight : Swabian language can be set.

Easy way to explore the city and get an overview. The tour guide is off the tape, but the narration is not boring and tailored to the sights.