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Stuttgart has a strong reputation as an industrial city with both the automobile and motorcycle said to be have been invented within its limits. In fact, both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche call Stuttgart home, leading to 'The Cradle of the Automobile' moniker. However, look a little closer at the city and you'll soon find a location surrounded by green spaces - with parks, valleys and hills scattered throughout the wider region of smaller towns.
In fact, the geography of Stuttgart is what makes this city so special. Despite being Germany's sixth largest city, Stuttgart limits urban development and ensures the natural beauty is retained - something that other places often take for granted.
Stuttgart is located in southwest Germany near the French and Swiss borders, with the Black Forest to the east. This unique position allows Stuttgart to experience a range of temperatures throughout the year, from an average of 26 degrees in the summer to just 3 degrees during the winter - perfect for visitors during any season.
The Stuttgart region is serviced by Stuttgart Airport with incoming passengers treated to views of the German forest before landing just south of the city.
Stuttgart Airport is located about 13 kilometres south of the city and is the only international airport in Germany to have only one runway. Despite this, the airport still sees more than 10.5 million passengers travel through its terminals each year. With all four terminals at the airport connected by a long, single airside area, negotiating the terminals is a breeze.
In fact, because Stuttgart doesn't have the biggest airport, it is the perfect place to enter Germany. Upon landing, it's simple to pass through immigration and customs before finding the car rental area at Terminal 3, Level 2. With all the major car rental brands such as Avis, Hertz, SIXT, Alamo, Enterprise, Europcar and Keddy available, you can pick up your pre-rented vehicle and make your way to the Stuttgart CBD along the B27.Where to drive in Stuttgart?
The urban sprawl of Stuttgart ensures that it is a driver's dream. Within the city, visitors are urged to see Staatstheater, the fountain at Schlossplatz, Cannstatter Volksfest in Bad Cannstatt and the Mercedes-Benz Museum. However, to make the most of your freedom, explore a bit wider than the city and experience what the real southwest region of Germany has to offer. Here are a couple of examples.
Fellbacher Weingartner - The surrounding Stuttgart region is well known as one of Germany's largest wine-growing regions, with countless vineyards dotted across the rolling landscape. One of these is Fellbacher Weingartner - located east of the city. While you shouldn't be drinking and driving, you will have the opportunity to explore the vineyard and pick up a couple of bottles to take home.
Ludwigsburg - Just 12 kilometres north of Stuttgart stands another city - Ludwigsburg. While it is much smaller than its counterpart, the city's Residential Palace is well worth a visit. As one of the only surviving Baroque buildings in Europe, its architecture is a snapshot of many centuries gone by including Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical. With guided tours and expansive gardens, the palace is a treat for all ages.
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