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Gearing Up for Your Visit to Stuttgart in 2024

Known for its rich cultural heritage, a multitude of gorgeous green parks, and legendary motoring history, Stuttgart will host several of the UEFA Euro 2024 football matches this year. We’ve got the ultimate Stuttgart travel guide below to help you plan the perfect itinerary and make the most of every second of your trip to this vibrant German city. You’ll also find the top tips you need to know ahead of your visit so whether you’re traveling to Stuttgart for sports or a family vacation you’re guaranteed a smooth and pleasant ride.

Stuttgart’s 2024 Highlights

Stuttgart Spring Festival, Mercedesstraße

A springtime visit to Stuttgart isn’t complete without taking in the delights of the annual Spring Festival, taking place this year from April 20th to May 12th. Enjoy all the fun of the fair, including a range of traditional and new rides and festival tents – and there will be plenty of local food and drink to savour.

For families, a trip to the event is ideal: there are lots of rides and activities specifically geared toward little ones, and most marquees offer children’s menus. Wednesdays are particularly family-friendly, with reduced prices available on many attractions. Take a look at this video to get an idea of what’s on offer at the Stuttgart Spring Festival – and just why it’s become so popular with locals and visitors to the city alike.

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Schlossplatz 

From April 23rd to April 28th, the Scholl Platz will welcome the 32nd International Festival of Animated Film, becoming – for a few days at least – the global centre of the animated film world. The event celebrates all facets of animated filmmaking with exhibitions, screenings, lectures, workshops, master classes, live performances, and exciting VR events.

Whether you’re a committed animated film superfan or are simply curious about this vibrant world, a visit to the festival is highly recommended.

Stuttgart Classical Music Festival, Various Locations throughout Stuttgart

The Stuttgart Classical Music Festival is a celebration of all things classical music and will be held at various locations and venues throughout the city from May 31st to June 8th, 2024. Relax and savour the sounds of the local and international musicians, as well as take in a series of fascinating lectures and workshops.

As well as evening concerts, lunchtime performances form a large part of the event’s program, so it’s easy to fit in some classical music appreciation around the rest of your itinerary.

UEFA Euro 2024 Festival, Various Locations throughout Stuttgart

This summer, the UEFA 2024 tournament is coming to Germany, with the national teams from fifty countries getting ready to face off in one of the most exciting events in the footballing calendar. As one of the host cities, Stuttgart will be home to several official fan zones and public viewing spaces designed to allow fans from around the world to gather, watch the matches, and celebrate (or commiserate!) together.

Official Fan Zones will be popping up in the Schlossplatz, Schillerplatz, Marktplatz, and Karlsplatz. As well as giant screens to enjoy watching the Euro 2024 matches, you’ll also find plenty of live entertainment, cultural events, football-related and interactive activities, and local and regional food and beverages to enjoy in an unforgettable atmosphere.

For more cultural events during Euro 2024, check out our Must-Attend events list for Euro 2024 Host cities guide.

Cannstatt Folk Festival, Mercedesstraße

Celebrating its 177th year in 2024, this hugely popular folk festival will run from September 27th to October 13th this year – and it’s a must-visit if you’ll be in Stuttgart during this time. Over four million spectators visit Stuttgart every year to enjoy the exciting rides, traditional carousels, and fantastic live performances.

The Cannstatt Folk Festival invites you to soak up the party atmosphere and pay a visit to one of the many brightly decorated festival marquees, where you can also sample some traditional Swabian beer and snacks.

Stuttgart Christmas Market, Schillerplatz

One of the oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets in the whole of Europe, the Stuttgart Christmas Market will run from November 27th to December 23rd, 2024. As usual, the event is expected to draw over three million visitors from all over the world to be enchanted by the festive atmosphere, gorgeously decorated streets, and handcrafted treasures for sale.

Explore the market while warming your hands on a mulled wine, admire the multitude of glittering lights, and savour a freshly baked Cinnamon Star before heading to the courtyard of the Old Castle (entrance is free) to listen to a choir singing carols under the stars. Literally – could anything be more festive than that?

Top Ten Tips for Your Visit to Stuttgart

1. Get a Travel Card

As with everywhere in Germany, the public transport network is exceptional. It’s reliable, comprehensive, clean, and affordable, and allows you to get to all parts of the city with ease. To make your travel for a sports event more affordable, consider purchasing a StuttCard Plus card, which not only gives you free rides on public transport throughout the region but also offers the holder tons of discounts on entry to major attractions. These discounts can also be used in many of the city’s restaurants and retail outlets.

2. Enjoy Free Things to Do in Stuttgart

If you’re traveling on a budget, you’ll be pleased to know that Stuttgart has plenty of free things to do, from visiting the spectacular Stadtbibliothek (public library) to taking a ride in the historic elevator in the city’s town hall. 

The luscious Höhenpark Killesberg is also well worth checking out: after ambling its peaceful paths, enjoy a refreshment in one of the park’s relaxed bars and bistros. And, of course, don’t miss Palace Square in the city centre, with its dramatic castle and fountain.

3. Relish the Local Cuisine

Want to eat like a local during your visit? You’ll be spoiled for choice with the range of delicious dishes on offer. Food authentic to this region includes Zwiebelrostbraten (roast beef with sauteed onions), Maultaschen (layered pasta with smoked or minced meat, onions, spinach, herbs, and spices), and Flammkuchen. The latter is popular throughout the whole of Germany – resembling a pizza, it’s comprised of a thin and crispy base covered in creme fraiche and yogurt and then topped with a range of ingredients.

4. Immerse Yourself in Automotive History

Stuttgart is home to both the Porsche and Mercedes-Benz museums, so if you’re an automotive fan, be sure not to miss out on a visit to these extremely popular attractions. The former has more than ninety cars on display (from classic to cutting-edge models), while the latter boasts seven distinct areas designed to take you on a journey through 135 years of Mercedes-Benz history.

5. Best Time of Year to Visit Stuttgart

When it comes to tips about Stuttgart, knowing what you can expect the weather to do in any given month is invaluable in planning your trip. The months when, typically, the city experiences the best weather are May through September, with the hottest months being June, July, and August. January is usually the coldest month of the year, while May, June, and July are when you can expect the most rainfall. If you want to avoid the crowds, the best months to visit Stuttgart are January through April and November.

6. Visit the Tourist Information Offices

Stuttgart has two tourist information offices, one located at Königstraße 1a directly opposite the main station and Stuttgart Airport at Terminal 3. If this will be your first visit to the city, these offices are an invaluable source of information and can provide you with all the advice you need to make the most of your time. 

7. Enjoy the Fabulous Opportunities for Retail Therapy

While you’re in Stuttgart, be sure to build some time into your itinerary to make the most of some authentic German shopping opportunities. The city’s main shopping street is Königstraße, where you can explore plenty of beautiful boutique stores and upscale outlets. The Markthalle hosts a regular local food market, which is a wonderful place for a peaceful morning wander, and you’ll see lots of stalls and flea markets around the streets of Stuttgart, too.

8. Take in the View from the Stuttgart TV Tower

During your time in the city, take a trip to the Stuttgart TV Tower to enjoy a truly spectacular view. Standing at an impressive 217 metres tall, the tower is visible from all over the city. The outside viewing platform on the 148th (148th!!) floor offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Stuttgart and its surroundings. There’s a restaurant here, too, so you can appreciate that view while enjoying a coffee and cake. Fancy a sneak peek before your visit? Check out this video for a preview of the views you’ll soon be enjoying.

9. See the City from a Different Viewpoint

While the regular buses and trains run like a dream throughout Stuttgart, why not take the opportunity to see the city from a different viewpoint via a ride on an open-top bus or even on a funicular (cable car)? The latter are quirky little wooden trollies that run on an elevated track through the charming woodland between Südheimer Platz and Degerloch.

10. Be Aware of No-Shopping Sundays

As is the case throughout Germany, the vast majority of shops, restaurants, and other businesses are closed on Sundays. You may find the odd bakery open in the morning, but apart from this, you’ll need to head to a gas station or train station if you want to get hold of, say, a cold beverage or toiletry item. So if you’re coming to Stuttgart, be sure you’ve got everything you’ll need for the following day on Saturday.

FAQs about Stuttgart

Is public transport expensive in Stuttgart?

Getting around on public transport is very affordable in Stuttgart. You’ll pay around €1 to €2 for a single bus, tram, or metro fare in the city.

What’s the best way to get from the airport to the center of Stuttgart?

It’s easy to get from Stuttgart Airport to the city center, on S-Bahns lines S2 and S3. Trains run every ten to twenty minutes, and the journey time is approximately twenty-five minutes.

How many days do I need in Stuttgart?

Ideally, plan to spend three to five days in Stuttgart just to see a sports event, which will give you enough time to see the major sights and attractions and, if you wish, explore the city’s surroundings.

The Race is On! Get Set for Your Perfect 2024 Stuttgart Getaway

Now you know all about Stuttgart, from the city’s varied highlights, automotive legacy, sights, and attractions to the exciting sports at Stuttgart due to take place in 2024, you’re no doubt keener than ever to start your visit. Use the guide below to put together an outline itinerary and identify the experiences you’d most like to enjoy to ensure you relish every moment of your time in this German city.