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    5 Reasons You Have to See Stuttgart Soon

    5 Reasons You Have to See Stuttgart Soon

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    Everybody knows that Stuttgart, Germany, capital of the Baden-Wurrtenberg state, is a grand city rich in history, palatial architecture and vivacious viticulture, right? OK, I'll level with you — it actually took me until just recently to discover all of this.

    Ever since visiting Stuttgart, I've been singing the city's praises to anyone and everyone who will listen and since the people in my neighborhood and at the supermarket are getting a little tired of hearing about it, I figured I would share it with you. Without further ado, here are five of the many reasons you should see Stuttgart ... soon.

    1. “Goldilocks” Size

    Upon arriving in Stuttgart, I was immediately struck by how it felt “just right” size-wise. The city is big enough to have an expansive Metro, bustling shopping streets, and scores of bars and restaurants, but at no point was it overwhelming or stressful — and we arrived at rush hour during a major festival. This came up over and over when talking to locals too, who would tell us how Stuttgart is the kind of city where you can live right in the center, yet still have space to breathe. As a visitor to Stuttgart, this makes getting to know the city a true pleasure.

    2. Vine Views

    There is just something romantic about rows and rows of grapevines clinging to the side of a sunny slope. Now usually, you have to wander far from an urban setting to see these sorts of scenes, but in Stuttgart, one glance up past the signs of shops and restaurants will make the vines appear.

    Stuttgart is the only German city to harbor its own vineyards, and many of them reside within the actual city center. The region has had a rich history of wine-making and this proudly continues today. Those in the know go for a glass of Trollinger, the signature wine here, a smooth, sippable, fruity red, superb when served ever-so-slightly chilled.

    3. Automotive Excellence

    Two of the world's most exciting automotive brands call Stuttgart home, and in the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums respectively, you can learn about the brands' history and get an inside peek at the magic behind the scenes. It is no coincidence that these powerhouses sprung to life in Stuttgart, as its location on the Neckar River was important to their development into worldwide symbols of speed and luxury.

    4. Fantastic Folk Festivals

    Home to not one, but two iconic folk and beer festivals, Stuttgart takes a back seat to no German city in the fest department (yes, I am looking at you, Munich). Founded in 1818, the Cannstatter Volksfest takes place each autumn and is home to dozens of cavernous beer tents filled with revelers eating, drinking, and singing. Outside the tents, rows upon rows of colorful carnival rides and street food stalls await. The atmosphere at the Cannstatter Volksffest is the epitome of festive and after you leave, I promise you will want to come back and do it all again. Luckily, in the spring each year, you can do just that with the Stuttgart Spring Festival which is the largest festival for that particular season in all of Europe.  

    5. Plentiful Palaces

    If you have a soft spot for castles and palaces — and who traveling in Europe doesn't? — Stuttgart has you more than covered. Dozens of gracious palaces and stout castles are located in the city proper or the nearby countryside, making perfect picnic backdrops or fun day trips. The Neues Schloss, right in the middle of town, truly sets the tone for the entire city as its Versailles-inspired design and graceful fountain form the Schlossplatz, Stuttgart's largest square. The Ludwigsburg Palace on the other hand is a jaunt from the city center and reigns over sprawling grounds, featuring graceful gardens and one of the longest palatial facades in Germany. 

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Worldwide Scott Born in the U.S.A like Springsteen but trying to see the world like Pitbull, Worldwide Scott is the voice behind the hard-hitting travel site of the same name. Employing a groundbreaking strategy of visiting destinations, coming home, and then writing things about them on the internet, Worldwide Scott only tackles the tough questions that other writers wouldn't dare touch: Is travelling fun? Are there pretty places in the world? Do people in other countries wear clothes? Does Europe really exist? And if so, what's the beer like there? Stick around, he's going places.
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