Is Stuttgart worth a stop on a tour of German cities?
We chose Stuttgart because of it’s proximity to a family wedding taking place nearby (stay tuned for more on that experience).
With a couple of days free from wedding related activities – and comfortably camped out at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Neckarpark section of Stuttgart – we set out to see the city.
We quickly discovered that the Mercedes Benz museum was just a block from the hotel. What a wonderful place!
A full half-day was spent gawking at these beautiful, classic vehicles.. the first gasoline engine, the first ‘horseless carriages’. The ultra contemporary building (first image below) houses originals and copies of motor vehicles built by this iconic company from the 1890’s to the present.
We took hundreds of photos. Here’s a link to 110 of them..posted to Flickr. Click on the arrow in the box on the Flickr navbar for automated slide show.
Also, we happened to be in the country when the German team won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
First World Cup Moment: We were dining at OGGI, a wonderful Italian restaurant in downtown Stuttgart on the night Germany shocked Brazil – by a score of seven to one!
I don’t know which was more fun, watching the game.. or the reaction of the normally staid and conservative diners!
Second World Cup Moment: The night Germany defeated their arch rival, Argentina, to win the final game – we were dining alfresco in the old section of Munich. (more about that and Munich reveiws coming soon!)
Here’s a link to great hotel deals in Stuttgart.