The City The guide was updated:Charmingly situated in the heart of one of Germany's largest wine-growing regions, this vibrant metropolis fascinates visitors from all over the world. The state capital of Baden-Württemberg delights tourists not only by virtue of its magnificent panorama, its impressive gardens and parks, its fine squares, splendid palaces and buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, but also by its cultural diversity.
Stuttgart itself lies in a basin-shaped valley that opens up to the Neckar. Vineyards and forest-rich heights are marking the conurbation according to the east and south, fertile plains to the west and north. While Cannstatt was already populated in the Romans time, Stuttgart was founded as a stud in the 10th century at a point where probably people had previously settled. 1219 Stuttgart was declared as a city by Hermann V. von Baden. From the late 15th century, Stuttgart was the duke's seat, from 1806 onwards capital of the Kingdom Württemberg.
Today Stuttgart is the cultural and political center of Baden-Württemberg but also serves as an industrial, trade-fair and financial city. A big draw for visitors to Stuttgart is the sensational Mercedes-Benz World as well as the magnificent Porsche-Museum. Discover the myth of those world-famous premium cars in Stuttgart's unique automobile museums! Furthermore, the traditional festivals also enjoy world-wide popularity. Come and celebrate!