Stuttgart Journals

Deep in the heartland

A November 2002 trip to Stuttgart by perrytoo

Quote: Capital of the richest region of Germany. Flattened in 1945. Is there anything here for a budget traveller?

Deep in the heartland

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Overview

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Stuttgart is a rich, lively, modern city. The older monuments were rebuilt, stone by stone, after the war, but the rest of the town has used the same material that is the colour of strawberry fudge, so all the architecture blends smoothly and pleasantly together. The shopping is good, as you would expect, particularly in the summer, when the central pedestrian area is alive with stalls and markets, or the magical Christmas market. On all sides, the city is closely surrounded by hills. Take a bus or tram (15, 40 and 42 are good, but almost every line is interesting), for fantastic views. No official observation points, but just get off anywhere you fancy. Stuttgart is in the heart o...Read More

Hotel Stern

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Hotel

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Anonymous hotel on a dull street. The kind of place where every light is on a time-switch, and every light-bulb is the lowest wattage commercially available. All heaters are in a default state of off; the highest manual setting is only around 16 degrees, and all windows are left bracingly open. I dreaded the frozen bathroom each morning, and never had the courage to get up an hour early to shut the window and turn the heater on. No lift. I know it is virtuous in Germany to conserve energy these days, but it seems to coincide most fortunately with the owners’ instincts for economy. Having said which, there are some good points to this hotel, too. The whole place has been completely refurbishe...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 1, 2002

Hotel Stern
Neckarstrasse 215 A
Stuttgart, Germany 70190
(0711) 269-6941

Karlsplatz Historic Square

Attraction | "flea market"

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Saturday morning in Karlsplatz, from about 9.00 am. This is a good place to visit. More antiques than fleas, and more of both than either repro or crafts, it’s the kind of respectable market you visit each week to check for your individual interest. There are second-hand books as well as leather-coated ones, old farming, household and kitchen implements, lots of old Christmas ornaments, coins and stamps, and toys. The second-hand clothes are all hung neatly on rails. There are a handful of specialist collector’s stalls: miniature electric trains, china dolls (with spare legs and arms laid out neatly in rows), old glass beads, of all sizes and colours, embroidered motifs and initials, computer generate...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 1, 2002

Karlsplatz Historic Square
Center of the City
Stuttgart, Germany

Pforzheim

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A cheerful, bustling little town, on the edge of the Black Forest. Very little of age or interest to look at, due to extensive redevelopment by the RAF in 1945. I’ve only been twice, each time in bad weather, but stayed longer than I intended both times, waylaid by the shops spilling over onto the pavements of the market square with all kinds of interesting offers (thermal long johns, only 7 euros a pair, freshly-baked organic bread, 2 for the price of one). Pforzheim is best known as the centre of the German jewellery-making business in the 19th century (the German equivalent of Birmingham, although much smaller), and continues as a centre for manufacturing and education today. There’s a good ...Read More

Karlsruhe

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About 1 hour from Stuttgart, on the road to Strasbourg. This is one of the strangest towns I’ve been to. Directly opposite the main station is a large park with a zoo. As I walked past it towards the town centre, the ostriches came out of their sheds to investigate me, and the deer started, and ran away. The town itself is very quiet. Wide empty avenues, disturbed only by the gentle trundling of trams, arranged in a grid pattern overlaid with curved streets whose exact centre is in the private study of the Margrave of Baden, in the enormous Schloss which now houses the Badisches Landesmuseum. The museum is equally large, and fills the palace. Check the plans carefully, because some rooms are onl...Read More