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Things to do in Stuttgart

Automotive museums, architectural gems, and historical palaces await in this southern German city.

Our most recommended things to do in Stuttgart

Stuttgart: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

1. Stuttgart: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

Explore the Museum of Illusions in Stuttgart and have a visual, sensory, and educational experience as you try a handful of new, unexplored illusions. See the Anti-Gravity Room, the Clone Table, and many more with this entry ticket. Be brave enough to jump into the Vortex Tunnel, a rotating cylinder that makes you lose your sense of balance despite being stable and flat. Warp your reflection in the Mirror Room and get lost in the vast Infinity Room. Enjoy the collection of holograms and see images constantly transforming, appearing, and disappearing before your eyes. Visit the Turntables which create a hypnotic illusion and different turning patterns. Have fun with your friends and family with the Head on the Platter. Round off your visit by learning the illusions' rational and scientific explanations as you walk around. Hear about human vision, perception, and the functioning of intellect.

Stuttgart: Guided Ghost Walking Tour

2. Stuttgart: Guided Ghost Walking Tour

Discover the eerie history of Stuttgart on a guided ghost tour in Old Town. See the Market square, Collegiate Church, the Old Castle, and the Schlossplatz. Learn about dark encounters with headless horsemen and shadowy figures that can still be seen at dawn today. Hear stories about the history of Stuttgart and find out, among other things, where the bean quarter got its name, what the city owes to a hidden stream, and about graveyards in the olden times.

Stuttgart 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

3. Stuttgart 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Board a hop-on-hop-off bus with this day ticket and explore Stuttgart at your own pace. Your 24-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket gives you enough time to explore the city as you wish. You have the choice between the blue, the green, or the wine tour. You can get on and off as often as you like at 9 stops on the Blue Tour and 8 stops on the Green Tour in the greater Stuttgart area. On the wine tour, it is possible to get on and off at 9 bus stops.  Alternatively, you can stay on the bus and enjoy the flair of the city from your seat. The Blue Tour takes about 100 minutes, the Green Tour about 60 minutes, and the Wine Tour about 35 minutes. Discover multi-faceted Stuttgart and get ready for a city full of surprises. Learn all kinds of interesting and entertaining facts about Baden-Württemberg’s pulsating state capital with the audio guide, which is available in 10 languages, in premium sound quality. With a combination ticket, you can explore 2 of the following tours, the Blue, the Green and/or the Wine Tour. Please note that the Green Tour and the Wine Tour run in the summer season from April to October. Blue Tour Stops: 1) Tourist Information 2) Schlossplatz 3) Pig Museum 4) Mercedes Benz Museum 5) Wilhelma/Neckar-Käpt´n (Due to construction work, this stop is currently canceled) 6) Weingenuss / Römer 7) Weinwanderung 8) Killesberg / Weissenhofmuseum 9) Linden Museum Green Tour Stops: 1) Tourist Information 2) Schlossplatz 3) TV Tower 4) 'Zacke' Rack Railway 5) Funicular Railway 6) Marienplatz Square 7) Karlshöhe 8) Linden Museum Alternatively, choose the Wine Tour Route by selecting the relevant option upon checkout. This tour starts at Mercedes-Benz Museum and takes you to wine estates, the Stuttgart Museum of Viniculture, and the romantic Royal Burial chapel on the Württemberg. Enjoy a wonderful ride through Stuttgart's beautiful vineyards.

Stuttgart: TV Tower Tickets

4. Stuttgart: TV Tower Tickets

At 217 meters tall, the TV Tower of Stuttgart was the first in the world and thus the oft-imitated prototype for many other television towers. Regarded as an aesthetic and architectural masterpiece, TV Tower Stuttgart has remained unique with its harmonious proportions and timeless design.  One of Stuttgart's main landmarks, the tower has long attracted visitors from all over the world. Those that reach the top will be treated to fantastic views of the surrounding areas, over the vineyard landscape of the Neckar valley, the Swabian country, towards the Alps, Black Forest and the Odenwald. You may also wish to stop at the restaurant in the tower for a bite to eat or a drink.

Stuttgart: Vineyard Wine Safari

5. Stuttgart: Vineyard Wine Safari

Take a walk along Stuttgart's steep slopes and let yourself be guided through the vineyards of the region by a guide wearing a traditional costume. Enjoy spectacular views of Bad Cannstatt, Münster, and the Neckar on this hiking experience. Taste five regional wines and discover what makes them so special. On this tour, try the famous Cannstatter Zuckerle and other phenomenal regional wines. Enjoy a few snacks, and look forward to fun games related to all things wine.

Stuttgart: Christmas Garden at the Wilhelma Zoo

6. Stuttgart: Christmas Garden at the Wilhelma Zoo

Experience a uniquely illuminated circular walk through the zoological botanical garden of Wilhelma and let yourself be carried away by many glittering illuminations into a unique Christmas world after dark. The Christmas Garden Stuttgart promises a magical journey through enchanting fantasy worlds and guarantees a wonderful open-air experience for young and old. Escape the drudgery of winter with a trip to the fanciful Christmas Garden at the Wilhelma Zoo. Wandering through the zoo, explore the transformed grounds across a roughly mile-long track, taking in the romantic winter wonderland laid out before you. Amble down long paths alongside waterways, reflecting the Christmas lights strung upon the trees above, taking a moment to pause in fancifully decorated gazebos. With colorful floodlights illuminating snow-covered trees, massive arrays of Christmas lights strung upon buildings and branches, and musical accompaniments to boot, the Christmas Garden is a celebration of the joy of the holidays. Admission tickets are timed to assure a relaxing experience for all, but all are welcome to stay in the gardens until they close. In addition to several gastronomic stands on the circular route, the Wilhelma Restaurant Amazonica is also available. In a special ambience, you can expect, among other things, regional dishes and Swabian specialties suitable for the Christmas season.

Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

7. Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

Follow the footsteps of your favorite players on this fascinating 1.5 hour behind the scenes guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Explore the arena and the history of the VfB Stuttgart football team in German or English with an experienced guide. Learn everything you need to know about the arena, its history and get exclusive insights of the construction site and the future arena. Discover the home ground of VfB Stuttgart during the reconstruction for the 2024 European Championship. Feel the emotions in the standing zone of the 'Cannstatter Kurve' and enjoy the view from the roof terrace in the Soccer Lounge over the VfB training grounds. After the tour, stock up on new VfB Stuttgart apparel, with 10% off in the Fan-Center.

Stuttgart: "Kehrwoche" Tour in Swabian

8. Stuttgart: "Kehrwoche" Tour in Swabian

After meeting your guide outside the Stadtmuseum Stuttgart, your guided tour will begin. Throughout your tour, a resolute Swabian housewife (or her husband), armed with a broom and a duster, will guide you through the inner city of Stuttgart. Knowing no discretion, your housewife-guide will dig up the dirt on their neighbors. She will divulge to you her most economical cooking recipes, and will also shed some light about some of the great Stuttgart personalities. Nothing is safe from Frau Schwätzele. Only one person enjoys her undivided respect, and that is the inventor of the notorious Swabian Kehrwoche. Take part in this cheerful yet unusual city walk, and after around 2 hours you will result in the courtyard of the old castle.

Stuttgart: Neckar Valley Vineyard Tour by Covered Wagon

9. Stuttgart: Neckar Valley Vineyard Tour by Covered Wagon

See the vineyards of Stuttgart on the back of a vintage tractor in a covered wagon and enjoy a tasting of local wine on this wagon tour. Benefit from the knowledge of wine experts and try typical local wines and snacks. Start at Stuttgart-Münster and marvel at the beautiful landscape along the Neckar River. Pass impressively steep slopes on your way to Stuttgart-Mühlhausen. Admire the views of Max-Eyth-Lake and the Neckar Valley as you travel along hidden paths. Stop to enjoy a tasting of local wines and snacks with a local wine expert before returning to Stuttgart. Water is also provided.

Stuttgart: VfB Tour for Kids at the Mercedes-Benz Arena

10. Stuttgart: VfB Tour for Kids at the Mercedes-Benz Arena

Enjoy a e Mercedes-Benz Arena tour that is specially designed for children on this walking tour. Have the opportunity to look behind the scenes at VfB's home stadium during the reconstruction for the 2024 European Championship on this guided tour.  Meet your guide outside the stadium and begin your VfB adventure. Listen as your guide tells facinating stories about VfB Stuttgart. Feel like a true VfB fan in the Cannstatt Curve or admire the best view of the entire stadium from the opposing stand.  Make children's birthday party special, or take your club or family outing to the next level as the kids compete with a goal shooting competition where the winner takes home an thrilling VfB prize. At the end of the tour each child takes home a personalized certificate as a keepsake.

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Was great. Although we have been to Stuttgart many times, this tour enabled us to learn so much more and we found the Swabian translation to be great and funny. We would recommend this event to everyone. Kudos to the organizers and the bus driver, who had to weave his way through the narrow streets with the high volume of traffic.

It’s excellent. I was afraid the guide only can use German but he also can use English. He tell me lots of history of vfb and bring me to see different rooms. That was really great fan tour.

This bus was easy to find. and the guided tour was sweet. My family and I loved it!

It truly gets you around the city and its historic sights fast.

It was a convenient way of touring the City with my family.