This audioguide is your own personal escort which you can call on at any time to accompany you on a sight-seeing tour of the city centre of Stuttgart.
Daimler, Bosch and Porsche are among the world-famous firms that have made Stuttgart a centre of economy. The award-winning Opera, the Ballet, the Musical Theatre and the Art Galleries all ensure that the standard of cultural activities in the capital city of Baden-Württemberg is comparable to any in Europe. In addition many international sports meetings and other events are held here so that Stuttgart regularly heads the rankings in the quality-of-life index for German towns. There are many sights of exceptional interest: on a walk through the town centre in the valley you can admire the Palace with its grounds and the Collegiate Church and explore the Covered Market, you will pass architectural highlights such as the Museum of Art and the New State Gallery, linger in the Königstrasse – the longest pedestrian precinct in the world – and gaze up now and then to the wooded slopes and rich vineyards that seem to embrace the city centre. And then at the end of the tour awaits the opportunity to explore the gastronomic delights of the Swabian metropolis.
So put on the headphones and set off on a sight-seeing tour of the highlights of the town.With a wealth of information, anecdotes and tips for restaurants, cafés and bars.
And those who have already seen everything can put up their feet and let the 27 sites unfold before their mind’s eye at home.
This Stuttgart guide was created by red.sign medien GbR, Stuttgart, and shiva-medien GbR, Reutlingen.
Texts: red.sign medien GbR
Speaker: Christian Berger
© 2013 red.sign GbR, Stuttgart
The guided tour through the city centre of Stuttgart starts at the Main Station. The first stop is the Palace Square (Schlossplatz) and on the way we give you in roughly 7 minutes a short, entertaining introduction to the town and its history.
Duke Carl Eugen’s intention was to build a “second Versailles”, and the New Palace with its 365 rooms, many of which are sumptiously furnished, did indeed attain an impressive size. It was restored after the Second World War and now houses various government offices.
The attractive colonnaded building with the golden stag surmounting its cupola has been since 1913 the seat and the exhibition rooms of the Württemberg Art Society whose principal aim since its foundation in 1827 has been the promotion of contemporary art.
In the middle of the Upper Palace Garden lies the large Square Pond (Eckensee). Around the perimeter of the garden stand the Art Gallery (Kunstgebäude) seen from the side, diagonally opposite it the Playhouse (Schauspielhaus) and the Opera, the two most important of the town’s theatres, the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament and the north facade of the New Palace (Neues Schloss). As you begin your walk around the pond you can admire the 12 statues of Venus which caused a considerable scandal when they were erected in 1854.
Directly in front of the Playhouse (Schauspielhaus) of the Stuttgart State Theatre stands a Nirosteel sculpture by Wander Bertoni, his vision of Icarus, the mythical pioneer of flight.
The fountain was erected to commemorate a tragedy closely connected with the theatre but which took place behind the scenes: the murder of Stuttgart’s “Carmen”, the soprano Anna Sutter.
Stuttgart’s most important theatres, the one opulent, the other unpretentious. The Opera dates from the beginning of the 20th century, the Playhouse from the early 1960s.
Stuttgart is not only a centre of culture and commerce but also the State capital, so that fittingly the State Parliament of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg stands beside the Opera and close to the New Palace (Neues Schloss).
The two most important Art Galleries stand side by side, an architectural juxtaposition of the venerable and the post-modern.
Those who are not familiar with Baden-Württemberg are recommended to have a look around this new museum designed by James Stirling and Michael Wilford. The exhibition provides insights into the everyday life of the inhabitants of South-West Germany and a comprehensive overview of the eventful history of the region in recent times.
Bibliophilic treasures within concrete and brick.
A large square often used for markets with a statue of the German Emperor.
Four huge cubical blocks of stone stand as a reminder of the National Socialist reign of terror.
Gourmet paradise and a fine example of Art Nouveau architecture.
Market days attract crowds of shoppers and sightseers, but without this lively scene the square presents a rather sober appearance.
Ornamental fountain in a small square with several trendy restaurants and bars.
The building houses an exhibition illustrating life in Stuttgart in the philosopher’s time.
One of the town’s landmarks and the oldest Protestant church in Stuttgart.
Originally a storehouse for grain, it now houses a collection of musical instruments.
One of the finest Renaissance squares in Germany with a monument to the “poet of freedom” who once had to flee Stuttgart.
Historical buildings with modern functions.
The fortified castle in the town centre now houses the Württemberg State Museum which takes the visitor on a time journey through the history of the state.
The glass cube on one side of the Palace Square exhibits works of Swabian painters of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as contemporary art. The jewels of the collection are the works of Otto Dix.
Alexander Calder’s steel mobile is both monumental and playful.
The tour ends at the neoclassical colonnaded building on one side of the Palace Square (Schlossplatz) – unless you wish to return to the Main Station tower to have a look at Stuttgart’s plans for the future in the “Turmforum Stuttgart 21”.