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Stuttgart

Automotive museums, architectural gems, and historical palaces await in this southern German city.

Our most recommended things to do in Stuttgart

Stuttgart: River Cruise to Max-Eyth-See

1. Stuttgart: River Cruise to Max-Eyth-See

Admire the city of Stuttgart and its gorgeous surrounding valley from a unique perspective, with a voyage down the Neckar River. The 2-hour round trip will take you from Wilhelma Port to the Max-Eyth-See, which is known for its rich biodiversity and excellent birdwatching opportunities, and back again. On board the Electra, a fully electric-powered ship, you'll also find a tasty menu of locally-sourced food and drink to savor as you make your way.

Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

2. Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

Follow the footsteps of your favorite players on this fascinating 1.5 hour behind the scenes guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Explore the arena and the history of the VfB Stuttgart football team in German or English with an experienced guide. Learn everything you need to know about the arena, its history and get exclusive insights of the construction site and the future arena. Discover the home ground of VfB Stuttgart during the reconstruction for the 2024 European Championship. Feel the emotions in the standing zone of the 'Cannstatter Kurve' and enjoy the view from the roof terrace in the Soccer Lounge over the VfB training grounds. After the tour, stock up on new VfB Stuttgart apparel, with 10% off in the Fan-Center.

Stuttgart: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

3. Stuttgart: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

Explore the Museum of Illusions in Stuttgart and have a visual, sensory, and educational experience as you try a handful of new, unexplored illusions. See the Anti-Gravity Room, the Clone Table, and many more with this entry ticket. Be brave enough to jump into the Vortex Tunnel, a rotating cylinder that makes you lose your sense of balance despite being stable and flat. Warp your reflection in the Mirror Room and get lost in the vast Infinity Room. Enjoy the collection of holograms and see images constantly transforming, appearing, and disappearing before your eyes. Visit the Turntables which create a hypnotic illusion and different turning patterns. Have fun with your friends and family with the Head on the Platter. Round off your visit by learning the illusions' rational and scientific explanations as you walk around. Hear about human vision, perception, and the functioning of intellect.

Stuttgart: Vineyard Wine Safari

4. Stuttgart: Vineyard Wine Safari

Take a walk along Stuttgart's steep slopes and let yourself be guided through the vineyards of the region by a guide wearing a traditional costume. Enjoy spectacular views of Bad Cannstatt, Münster, and the Neckar on this hiking experience. Taste five regional wines and discover what makes them so special. On this tour, try the famous Cannstatter Zuckerle and other phenomenal regional wines. Enjoy a few snacks, and look forward to fun games related to all things wine.

Stuttgart: River Cruise to/from Marbach

5. Stuttgart: River Cruise to/from Marbach

Admire Stuttgart from a unique perspective as well as the city’s beautiful surrounding nature aboard a river cruise sailing down the Neckar. Start from Wilhelma and head up to Marbach or begin in Marbach and disembark at Wilhelma. You can decide which tour you would like to join.  Onboard the MS Wilhelma, purchase different culinary treats from the regional food and drink menu. Enjoy local wine and meadowy landscapes from the Schiller town of Marbach, or from Stuttgart's Wilhelma. The journey takes 3 hours one way, or 6 hours roundtrip.

Stuttgart: TV Tower Tickets

6. Stuttgart: TV Tower Tickets

At 217 meters tall, the TV Tower of Stuttgart was the first in the world and thus the oft-imitated prototype for many other television towers. Regarded as an aesthetic and architectural masterpiece, TV Tower Stuttgart has remained unique with its harmonious proportions and timeless design.  One of Stuttgart's main landmarks, the tower has long attracted visitors from all over the world. Those that reach the top will be treated to fantastic views of the surrounding areas, over the vineyard landscape of the Neckar valley, the Swabian country, towards the Alps, Black Forest and the Odenwald. You may also wish to stop at the restaurant in the tower for a bite to eat or a drink.

Stuttgart: Old Town Guided Ghost Walking Tour

7. Stuttgart: Old Town Guided Ghost Walking Tour

Discover the eerie history of Stuttgart on a guided ghost tour in Old Town. See the Market square, Collegiate Church, the Old Castle, and the Schlossplatz. Learn about dark encounters with headless horsemen and shadowy figures that can still be seen at dawn today. Hear stories about the history of Stuttgart and find out, among other things, where the bean quarter got its name, what the city owes to a hidden stream, and about graveyards in the olden times.

Stuttgart: Mercedes-Benz Arena VIP Stadium Tour

8. Stuttgart: Mercedes-Benz Arena VIP Stadium Tour

Explore the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart on a guided VIP tour. Follow the footsteps of your favorite players on this exclusive 1.5 hour behind the scenes guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Explore the arena and the history of the VfB Stuttgart football team in German or English with an experienced guide. Learn everything you need to know about the arena, its history and get exclusive insights of the construction site and the future arena. Discover the home ground of VfB Stuttgart during the reconstruction for the 2024 European Championship. Feel the emotions in the standing zone of the 'Cannstatter Kurve' and enjoy the view from the roof terrace in the Soccer Lounge over the VfB training grounds. Enjoy the perfect views with a glass of prosecco to finish your tour. 

Stuttgart: Canadian Canoe Rental

9. Stuttgart: Canadian Canoe Rental

Combine your love of adventure and canoes in this unique experience on Stuggart's section of the Neckar! Come to the Riverhouse in Stuttgart Münster and rent a canoe for 2 hours. Enjoy stunning views of natural and urban landscapes. First, you will be equipped with a paddle and a life jacket. Listen to a short introductory briefing before beginning your adventure on the water. Spend quality time with your family, friends or your partner. Map out your route of discovery using a helpful route map, which shows you which tours are passable and which corners of the river you can explore. After an enjoyable day, order some food and drink, and relax at the Riverhouse beach.

Stuttgart: "Kehrwoche" Tour in Swabian

10. Stuttgart: "Kehrwoche" Tour in Swabian

After meeting your guide outside the Stadtmuseum Stuttgart, your guided tour will begin. Throughout your tour, a resolute Swabian housewife (or her husband), armed with a broom and a duster, will guide you through the inner city of Stuttgart. Knowing no discretion, your housewife-guide will dig up the dirt on their neighbors. She will divulge to you her most economical cooking recipes, and will also shed some light about some of the great Stuttgart personalities. Nothing is safe from Frau Schwätzele. Only one person enjoys her undivided respect, and that is the inventor of the notorious Swabian Kehrwoche. Take part in this cheerful yet unusual city walk, and after around 2 hours you will result in the courtyard of the old castle.

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What people are saying about Stuttgart

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,001 reviews

I was a little concerned when I read previous reviews that I might have a hard time navigating my way to dock. My fears were abated by excellent directions that came with the activity reminder. The boat, the crew, the service, food snd guests were top-notch. I had an excellent roundtrip and would definitely recommend as a fun memory whether or go solo for relaxation, as a couple’s date or in a group for a party.

The guide was very kind and knowledgeable. It was a nice mix of urban/Cannstatt history and an exploration of regional foods. I signed up late (English only speaker) and the guide was gracious enough to accommodate me by catching me up in between sites, and I got by with the Google Translate app, but if you don't speak German I recommend signing up earlier so they can prepare for a non-German speaker.

I've done several SUP tours with Jones and this was my first time at the Testival. Since I want to buy my own board, the testival was perfect for me. During the 2 hours you could test many different boards stress-free or receive individual advice. Expert advice and lots of fun at the same time, anytime again!

The background noise around it was often so bad that you couldn't always understand the woman chattering

Great guided tour with Kunigunde! I can only recommend!