Exploring Downtown Stuttgart
Rendy and I went to Stuttgart to visit our friends who went to the same college with us, Rike, Georg and Silda. Rike now studies in Masterprogram in the university of Stuttgart and Silda married a german and now they live and work in Stuttgart. Georg originally comes from Göppingen, a small city 40 km away from Stuttgart. He was at home just a couple of weeks before he flies to China to do his master thesis. So we figured it was the best time to see them again.
It was the first time for me to visit Stuttgart. Rike showed us around these beautiful places in downtown Stuttgart while waiting for Georg to arrive. There was a big demostration in Göppingen, so all the transportation was either cancelled or very late. And here are the 5 places you can visit if you have only one day to explore Stuttgart:
- upper castle garden – oberer Schlossgarten
The first place we visited is oberer Schlossgarten. This garden is located only several hundred meters away from the train station. The garden has a very nice atmosphere in the afternoon. There was a shallow lake in the middle of the garden for the ducks and swans. From the garden, you can see the stuttgart opera house and the new castle, which now functions as goverment office.
- a Tower in the University of Art – Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Stuttgart
South east to the opera house, there is a tower that belongs to the univerity of art. I don’t think a lot of people know about this tower. In front of the building, there were several displays of typical stuttgart/schwäbisch things. Such as broom, meaning, that here in stuttgart, the cleanliness of the house is very important and critical in comparison with other region. The sweets of Stuttgart is also displayed there. A machine symbolizing that a lot of inventors were born in the region etc.
The tower itself is not really high. But the view is quite impresive. Actually, there was another higher tower called fernsehturm, but due to savety reasons, the Fernsehturm is now closed for public.
- Castle square – Schlossplatz
I assume the Schlossplatz is “the travalgar square of Stuttgart”. This is the most spacious squere in Stuttgart with three fountains and one can see the new castle as well as the old castle from there.
- Marktplatz and Schillerplatz
Marktplatz and Schillerplatz are two smaller squares near the old castle. The Town hall is located in the Marktplatz.
- The Train Station Tower – Stuttgart Hbf
If you want to enjoy another aerial view from the other side of the town, you can come to the train station tower. On top of the tower there is a big rotating symbol of mercedez-benz, as you might know, Stuttgart is the home of the german’s car industry, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. You can see the Schlossplatz and the Fernsehturm from there, You can also observe the trains coming and going. We went to the tower only 15 minutes before our train departed and Rike and her boyfriend, Daniel accompany us and took us to the platform.
We only had so little time to explore the city. But it was certainly nice to meet and catch up with old friends. At sundown we managed to meet Georg, Silda and her husband. We had dinner in a restaurent, and got to try the schwäbisch traditional food. It was very delicious I must say. After dinner, Daniel has also joined after his delayed long trip from France. After dinner, we played different card games in Rike’s house.
There are a lot more to see from Stuttgart, like Mercedes-Benz museum and Porsche museum or the beutiful medieval castles and palaces in the surrounding highland of Stuttgart, Oh I’m such a sucker for romantic castles. And also the alluring vineyards! just imagine taking a stroll in the afternoon with your close friends uphill toward a castle or even a ruin of a castle, how wonderful it would be! We’d definitely like to visit there again when we have more time.