Flights to Stuttgart
Stuttgart is a city in Southern Germany. It’s the sixth largest city in the country and is the capital of the Baden-Wurttemberg state. Not as famous or popular as some of Germany’s large cities, Stuttgart does actually have a lot to offer including some fine architecture, parks, and culture.
The Stuttgart Airport (airport code: STR) just has a single runway, but does handle international flights. It’s about a half hour drive to the city from the airport. Many airlines offer flights to Stuttgart from South Africa, usually with one connection. South African Airways stops in Munich, as does Lufthansa. A flight to Stuttgart with Turkish Airlines transfers through Istanbul, or go through London with British Midland. Depending on the airline, the total flight to Stuttgart from South Africa will be between 12 and 16 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Stuttgart:
Festivals and Events
Stuttgart’s festivals and events are as much a tourist attraction as its landmarks, and the city has several that are very popular. Volksfest for example takes place at the end of September and beginning of October, one week later than Munich’s famous Oktoberfest. Volksfest is thought of as a beer festival, second only in size to Oktoberfest, but it’s actually much more than this, acting more like an agricultural autumnal fair with amusements including a giant Ferris wheel, roller coasters, fireworks and a parade.
Another of Stuttgart’s famous festivals is the Christmas Market. This is one of the largest Christmas Fairs in Germany, offering around 200 stands selling all things Christmas related. This starts on the last Thursday in November and ends on Christmas Eve each year.
Many of the historic buildings in Stuttgart were heavily damaged during the Second World War however most of these were restored, so Stuttgart has retained a lot of its history. At the centre of the city is Schlossplatz, the main square, from which you can access most of the city attractions including Stuttgart’s top shopping street, Konigstrasse.
Other landmarks in Stuttgart include the Old Castle (Altes Schloss) which mainly dates back to the 15th century but some parts are even older, and the New Castle (Neues Schloss) which was completed in 1807. These are all to be found in the inner city, while outside there are more castles and palaces such as Ludwigsburg Palace. This beautiful palace is one of the largest baroque style palaces in Germany and sits within spectacular grounds.
A landmark of a far more modern kind is the TV Tower. From its two observation decks there are wonderful views over Stuttgart and the surrounding region; on a clear day you can even see as far as the Bavarian Alps.
Stuttgart has many museums too. Inside the Old Castle is the State Museum of Wurttemberg, plus there are several other historical museums in the city. Visitors interested in Stuttgart’s auto industry will enjoy a visit to the Mercedes Benz Museum, and the Porsche Museum.
When Should You Visit?:
For warmer temperatures visit Stuttgart in the summer months, particularly July and August when the average high is 23 to 24C. The summer months are a little wetter than the rest of the year though rainfall could be a factor whenever you visit. Winters are cool and snowfall is fairly common each year though usually only lasting for a couple of days. The average high in January is 3C.