A weekend in Stuttgart was not really on our agenda. But YouTube has invited to a Creator Day and so we take the opportunity to explore the city after the event.
Friday: Arrival in Stuttgart
On our arrival in Stuttgart, it rains and the darkness falls already. But we’re not here for fun. The bad weather can not spoil our good mood and we take the suburban train to our hotel. Afterward, we are looking for a restaurant for dinner.
In the Geißstrasse at the “Hans im Glücksbrunnen” (Hans in Luck fountain), we will find a place to eat. The fountain was set up after the successful completion of the old town restoration in 1909. The neighborhood around the fountain has developed into a lively scene district where you can also enjoy the night. We choose the inn “Platzhirsch”.
We stay on the ground floor since smoking is allowed here. The upper floor is reserved for non-smokers only. The cozy restaurant is very busy and offers excellent dishes, like the local speciality Maultaschen – Swabian pockets (homemade filled pasta squares).
We will go on a small tour and watch the guests sit on the street while they are drinking and talking. We only knew this from Brussels. As we want to drink another glass of wine, we visit one of the many taverns. Three nice men offer us a place at their table. We are quickly getting into the conversation, and it soon it turns out that they are working at Daimler-Benz. Well, there are not many alternatives in Stuttgart! We quickly landed on the issue of electromobility, because on some days the city suffers from a very high particulate matter pollution.
Two days later, we actually see an alibi electric car in Stuttgart.
Saturday: YouTube Creator Day
The next day it still rains, but the YouTube Creator Day lets the time pass quickly. We get to know many nice YouTuber and receive many tips and suggestions on how to make our work better.
In the evening, we eat at the Paulaner, which we have already seen on the way to the venue. The ground floor is for smokers and the upper floor for non-smokers, just as in the place we visited the day before.
It reminds us strongly of places in Munich. However, we notice that Stuttgart is the better Bavaria since smokers are still tolerated here.
Sunday: Walk through the city of Stuttgart
Finally, the sun shines again. We take a bus from the main station and drive to Eugensplatz. From here you have an excellent view of the rooftops of the city.
On a trip to the “oldest television tower of the world,” we renounce. We walk down into the valley and arrive at Konrad-Adenauer-Straße between the State Gallery and the Baden-Württemberg House of History.
On the opposite side of the road, we find the opera Stuttgart on the right and the State Parliament on the left. At the Eckensee, the lake in the palace garden, we have a wonderful view of the new castle.
The beautiful weather has driven the people on the streets. We get the impression that everybody wants to enjoy the sunshine quickly before the winter weather puts itself over Germany. Many people enjoy the stay in the open at the castle square.
Besides that, an ice rink has been set up for the first time here. The offer for ice skating is well accepted by the people of Stuttgart and young and old enjoy it.
A small Christmas market in front of it is already open.
After a short visit to the inner courtyard in the old castle, which today houses the Landesmuseum, we continue to the city hall. Everywhere people prepare and decorate the stalls for the big Christmas market. So we have the chance to get a small foretaste.
We go on to the Wilhelmsplatz since we have heard here is another scene quarter.
Also here the people sit in the open and enjoy the sun. When we turn into the Leonhardstraße, we recognize that we have landed in the red light district of Stuttgart.
So we return to the city hall. The shops of Schlemmermeyer and Hofpfisterei in the Schulstraße immediately remind us of Munich.
We stroll along the Königsstrasse. With a length of 1.2 km, it is Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping zone. But we are more interested in the model railway at the castle square.
A break in one of the cafe gives us the opportunity to watch the people.
When we arrive at the main station we still have some time, so we go to the observation terrace in the station tower. Admission is free! At dusk, we have a fantastic all-round view. Here we see that center of Stuttgart lies in a narrow valley basin.
The project Stuttgart21, a railway and urban development project is explained in the individual floors of the tower with different models and multimedia demonstrations. Having convinced ourselves of the future route management and the reductions in travel time, we think that Stuttgart21 will be a big win for Stuttgart and the whole of Baden-Württemberg.
After an eventful weekend in Stuttgart with a lot of new impressions we take the train back home.
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