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    Stuttgart - a brief overview

    Stuttgart, capital of Baden-Württemberg state, is a prosperous place. This is where the modern motorcar was invented, and some of the main attractions here reflect its proud automotive heritage. But despite the apparent industrial edge, it is also a big city with the friendly heart of a small town. While it may lack the stunning historical architecture of some other central

    European cities, what it offers instead is green spaces in abundance, which lend it a laid-back charm, and a vibrant cultural scene the locals are justly proud of. In summer, the whole place comes even more to life, when everyone moves outside and enjoys the café terrace lifestyle.

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    Mercedes-Benz Museum

    Mercedesstrasse 100
    70372 Stuttgart
    Germany
    Tel: (0711) 173 0000
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 0900-1800

    This unmissable nine-floor museum traces the history of the car from its invention by Gottlieb Daimler to the present day. The collection includes more than 160 classic and vintage vehicles.

    Porsche Museum

    Porscheplatz 1
    70435 Stuttgart
    Germany
    Tel: (0711) 9112 0911
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 0900-1800

    Like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche also has a stunningly designed purpose-built museum tracing the development of the company from 1948 on. The museum houses 80 vehicles, as well as several thematic exhibits.

    Landesmuseum Württemberg

    Schillerplatz 6
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
    Tel: (0711) 8953 5111
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1700

    Located in the Altes Schloss (Old Castle), the State Museum tells the history of Württemberg from prehistoric times on. On show are the crown jewels once worn by the regional royal family.

    Wilhelma

    Wilhelmaplatz 13
    70376 Stuttgart
    Germany
    Tel: (0711) 54020
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Europe’s largest combined zoological and botanical gardens is named after King Wilhelm I of Württemberg, who ordered them built for his personal entertainment in the 1850s. It now provides refuge to more than 10,000 animals and 5,000 exotic plant species.

    Schlossplatz

    Schlossplatz
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    The large central square is a lively meeting point, the perfect place to watch the world go by. There’s an ice-skating rink here in winter, while outdoor concerts are staged in summer.

    Gottleib Daimler Memorial

    Taubenheimstrasse 13
    70372 Stuttgart
    Germany
    Tel: (0711) 173 0000
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Fri 1400-1700
    Sat-Sun 1100-1700

    This memorial to the local engineer and inventor who – along with partner Wilhelm Maybach – developed the petrol combustion engine and the world’s first motorcar, is located in a greenhouse that was once their workshop.

    Kunstmuseum

    Kleiner Schlossplatz 13
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
    Tel: (0711) 2161 9600
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Thurs and Sat-Sun 1000-1800
    Fri 1000-2100

    The Stuttgart Art Museum is located in a striking modern building constructed in 2005. Much of the exhibition space is below ground, in two former traffic underpasses. The permanent collection includes works by local Swabian painters.

    Schlossgarten

    Schlossgarten
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    This long-thin green corridor of parkland stretches northeast for more than 3km (1.8 miles) from the central Schlossplatz to the banks of the Neckar River.

    Staatsgalerie

    Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse 30-32
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
    Tel: (0711) 470 400
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800
    Thurs 1000-2000

    Housed in three separate buildings, the State Gallery houses an important art collection that includes works from across the ages. The 20th-century wing features Picasso, Chagall and Klee, among others.

    Grabkapelle auf dem Württemberg

    Württembergstrasse 340
    70327 Stuttgart
    Germany
    Tel: (0711) 337 149
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    Opening times:
    Various

    On the eastern city outskirts, this hilltop sepulchral chapel was erected by King Wilhelm I in memory of his wife Katharina, who died at a young age. The setting among the vineyards provides great views over Stuttgart and the surrounding area.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

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    Population: 81.147.265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2014
    Day of Reformation: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Repentance Day: 19. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2015
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Repentance Day: 18. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Stuttgart

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    Stuttgart has a thriving nightlife with a great selection of bars, clubs and music venues. The hub of the action is the city’s infamous ‘Party Mile’, comprised of Theodor-Heuss-Strasse,

    Wilhelmsplatz and Geisstrasse. More traditional German pubs are found all over the city.

    Sophie’s Brauhaus

    Marienstraße 28
    70178 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Popular brewpub and restaurant serving beer in volume and hearty local food.

    Sonja’s Biergarten im Schlossgarten

    Am Schlossgarten 18
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Large outdoor beer garden, perfect for warm evenings, and with free live music on summer Sundays.

    Laboratorium

    Wagenburgstraße 147
    70186 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Music venue hosting international performers from a range of musical backgrounds.

    5

    Bolzstraße 8
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Ultra-chic upmarket lounge bar below a Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Muttermilch

    Theodor-Heuss-Straße 23
    70174 Stuttgart
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    One of the largest clubs on the Party Mile, the place to head for house and electro.

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    Restaurants in Stuttgart

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    Stuttgart is filled with great places to eat in every budget range. The international nature of the options reflects the multicultural nature of this industrial city, where the car manufacturers have long attracted immigrants from around the world.

    Local hearty Swabian food is also well represented.

    YoSH

    Feuerbacher Weg 101
    70192 Stuttgart-Feuerbach
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Sophisticated restaurant serving classic seasonal cuisine created by a Michelin-starred chef.

    OLIVO

    Arnulf-Klett-Platz 7
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Elegant Michelin-starred restaurant located on the first floor of a grand hotel.

    il quinto quarto

    Olgastrasse 133b
    70180 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Refined Italian dining in a southern suburb, with a local reputation for great seafood.

    Speisekammer West

    Rosenbergstraße 89
    70193 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Refined German food, prepared only from local seasonal organic ingredients.

    SIDEWAYS

    Brahlesgasse 14
    70372 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Trendy living room-style bar selling traditional snacks in unusual ways – think currywurst in a glass.

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    Stuttgart Wine Village

    27 August – 7 September 2014
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    More than 600 regional wines are offered for sale, served by the glass to a backdrop of live music. The relaxed, festive atmosphere is best enjoyed on the market places around the Old Castle. Swabian foods such as Maultaschen (filled pasta) and Kässpätzle (pasta in cheese) are sold to accompany the wines.

    Stuttgart Beer Festival

    26 September – 12 October 2014
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    Venue: Cannstatter Wasen.

    The Cannstatter Volksfest (Stuttgart Beer Festival) is the world’s second biggest beer festival (after the Munich Oktoberfest) and takes place around a 26m-high Fruchtsaeule (fruit column) which is a reference to the origins of the event, as a harvest festival. Some visitors come for the rides of the funfair, but many more come to enjoy a beer and to sing, dance and make merry within the 5000-seat festival tents.

    Christmas Market

    26 November – 23 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: City centre.

    Stuttgart’s popular city centre Advent markets attract more than three million visitors a year. Over 270 traders operate seasonally decorated wooden stalls selling a wide range of wares, from Christmas decorations to handcrafted gifts. The busy markets around the Old and New Castles draw locals and visitors from overseas. They provide a great opportunity to sample spiced seasonal foodstuffs and warming drinks and to shop for presents and souvenirs.

    Spring Festival

    18 April – 10 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Cannstatter Wasen.

    The Stuttgarter Fruehlingsfest (Stuttgart Spring Festival) is a long established event aimed at providing a fun day out for families. The event is characterised by a funfair rides, rollercoasters and entertainment in beer tents. In recent years an increasing number of visitors to the Spring Festival have worn the Tracht (traditional costumes) of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The festival tents sell beer and the festive evening atmosphere is comparable to the Oktoberfest.

    Hamburg Fish Market

    09 – 19 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Karlsplatz

    The famous jaunty atmosphere of the Hamburg Fish Market makes an annual appearance in Stuttgart every summer. The market takes the form of a fish and food festival, accompanied by live music. For gastronomes who enjoy fish dishes and people watching, Stuttgart’s Hamburg Fish Market is definitely worth a look.

    Jazz Open

    13 – 20 July 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Schlossplatz

    The city enjoys a major summer music festival that attracts names such as BB King and Chicago. Open air performance are given on Schlossplatz and at the Mercedes-Benz Museum and indoor, at the BIX Jazzclub and Lounge. The atmosphere is buoyant and the top performers are world class.

    Summer Festival

    6 – 9 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Schlossplatz

    The Stuttgarter Sommerfest (Stuttgart Summerfestival) is held in the heart of the city over four nights, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy good food, drinks and live entertainment. Tents are erected and a party atmosphere reigns. In total more than 120 hours of live music, ranging from jazz to Latin American to light classical, are performed for free.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Stuttgart

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    Stuttgart’s accommodation covers all bases from guesthouses to luxury retreats, but places at the lower end of the budget spectrum are thin on the ground in the centre.

    Book well ahead during popular periods, such as in December during the Christmas market.

    Le Méridien Stuttgart

    Willy-Brandt-Strasse 30
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Central modern luxury chain accommodation overlooking Schlossgarten Park.

    Althoff am Schlossgarten

    Schillerstrasse 23
    70173 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Luxurious spacious rooms in the perfect central location.

    Kronenhotel

    Kronenstrasse 48
    70174 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Friendly design hotel with modern comforts, close to the city centre.

    Waldhotel

    Guts-Muths-Weg 18
    70597 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Quietly situated design hotel by a forest on the outskirts of Stuttgart, close to transport links.

    Riedsee Gasthof

    Elfenstrasse 120
    70567 Stuttgart
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Rustic family-run guesthouse in a quiet southern suburb, with good transport links.

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    Climate and best time to visit Stuttgart

    As a major business hub, Stuttgart is busy at all times of year. Being situated in southern Germany, winters are milder than many other parts of the country, and the summers are agreeably warm and pleasant. Locals will tell you the city is at really its best in June and July, as rainfall is often higher in August and September. Nevertheless, there are still several big events worth considering in late summer. A wine festival is held from the end of August into early September, and the annual Oktoberfest beer festival takes place later in September. The city’s Christmas markets in December are also very popular.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness "slow" periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Shopping in Stuttgart

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    Key Areas

    Stuttgart’s city centre is filled with shops covering all bases in terms of styles and budgets. All the big international brands can be found on or around Königstrasse. This bustling central shopping street is pedestrianised for over one kilometre, starting near from the main station, and has department stores and chic boutiques.

    Markets

    Stuttgart’s indoor market, the Markthalle, is an attractive Jugenstil building packed with stalls selling quality delicatessen items. You’ll find traditional outdoor markets on both Marktplatz and Schillerplatz every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – come in the morning as they close early. For second-hand goods and bric-a-brac, try the Saturday morning flea market on Karlsplatz. Several Christmas markets appear in the city during December. The largest is on Schlossplatz.

    Shopping Centres

    Stuttgart’s biggest central shopping mall is the Königsbau Passage (Königsstrasse 26), which has more than 70 shops and eateries spread over five floors.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Jens Dr. Künzel
    Airport Medical Center
    Terminal 1 West
    D-70629 Stuttgart
    Germany
    Tel. +49-71193315872

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Stuttgart’s public transport network includes buses and the U-Bahn metro system. There’s also a suburban S-Bahn rail network. Services are operated by the Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS; tel: (0711) 66060; www.vvs.de). Buy tickets from machines at stations, or from bus drivers where this is not possible. Single journey tickets are available, but day tickets and three-day tickets usually offer visitors better value. The tourist Stuttcard pass includes free public transport.

    Taxis

    Pick up taxis from designated ranks, or call the central line Taxi Auto Zentrale (tel: (0711) 551 0000). Tipping is not necessary.

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