Next stop: Stuttgart. Here, locals like their cars fast and their restaurants fancy—but they’re just as happy wandering around the surrounding vineyards and local beer gardens. Check in at Arcotel Camino Stuttgart and then get your art fix at the impressive Stuttgart Museum of Art and Stuttgart State Gallery. This bustling cosmopolis is also home to Stuttgart State Theaters
—Europe's largest triple-branch theater.
Even if you’re not a classic car fanatic, it’s well worth it to make some time to visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum. Known as the “cradle of the automobile,” Stuttgart attracts auto lovers from around the world, with the Mercedes-Benz Museum bringing the brand’s 130-year history to life, and the Porsche Museum displaying 80 iconic sports cars worthy of an action movie.
Oenophiles are in heaven here. Stuttgart is one of the biggest wine-growing communities in Germany and the Stuttgart Museum of Viniculture
will both school you and let you sip its delights. If the timing is right, hit the summer’s Stuttgart Wine Festival or one of the temporary wine taverns—so called “Besenwirtschaften
”—that are open for only 12 weeks of the year. The name derives from the broom that hangs at the door to show they are open for business.
Aside from wine, the Stuttgart region is graced with no fewer than 23 Michelin-starred restaurants. Stuttgart’s Wielandshöhe is a standout. For a taste of local Swabian fare, swing by Weinstube Fröhlich
for mouthwatering Käsespätzle
(egg-based noodles topped with cheese) and Maultaschen
(pasta dough with meat and vegetable fillings).