I lived in Stuttgart for about 3 years and got to really like the place. Because Porsche, Mercedes and Bosche are all based here people tend to think of the place as industrial but it is in fact a very green and relaxed large town, surrounded by vineyards with a beautiful park that starts right in the town centre and stretches out to the suburbs. The centre is fully pedestrianised, usually full of street performers of various types and very easy to access with an architectural mixture of old traditional buildings and tasteful low-rise modern. The S-Bahn system connects all the different parts of the town together efficiently, running underground in the very centre.
Apart from being a great place to live it is also good to visit. There are the old and new castles right in the centre along with an excellent art gallery and museum. There are opera houses and theatres set in parks, a zoo, and further historic buildings just out of town. And of course there are plenty of car-related attractions. Good times to visit are at the end of August for the Weindorf – german wine, german music (oomp pah pah) and Swabish food; end of September – for the Volksfest – a beer, sausage and fairground event second only to the Munich Oktoberfest or Xmas for the Weinachtsmarkt – one of the best in Europe.over 2 years ago