When to fly
Temperatures in Stuttgart get warm – but not uncomfortably so – during the peak travel season of May through October. This is the best time to visit the city, as a nonstop procession of festivals keeps the city abuzz all season long. Book flights to Stuttgart to attend some of the many popular events, including the Stuttgart Jazz Open in July and the Stuttgart Beer Festival in September, which is perhaps the most famous event in the city. The festival attracts floods of international visitors to the city every year through offering beer tents that can hold up to 5,000 people in each, fairground rides and unlimited food. This event is an absolute must for beer-loving visitors. Another huge event in Stuttgart is Volksfest, an annual three week festival that is considered to be one of Europe’s biggest funfairs that provides an array of rich and enjoyable entertainment for locals and tourists. People can enjoy a huge variety of funfair rides as well as dancing and singing groups in traditional costume.
November through March bring chilly temperatures to Stuttgart, especially in the coldest months of January and February. Fly to Stuttgart to see its world famous beautiful Christmas Market, which is the oldest and most traditional one in Germany, for four weeks preceding to Christmas. The market is set in the heart of the town and is sparkling with more than 280 charming stalls decorated with the perfect gifts for Christmas day.
The shoulder season between March and April sees increased rainfall, but travellers who don’t mind a little rain can enjoy mild temperatures, this is the best time for visitors to book cheap flights to Stuttgart.
At first glance, it doesn’t seem like the hillside city of Stuttgart would be home to mega auto brands like Porsche and Mercedes Benz. Nor would one expect the thriving nightlife scene that rules the heart of this German city. But there is no doubt that there is more to the town than meets the eye.
There is no doubt that Stuttgart radiates a decidedly small-town feel. Here, the banks close for lunch. Many, if not most, shops close their doors on Sundays. Restaurants and stores may not even accept credit cards aside from MasterCards and Visas.
But the absence of the fast-paced perks of a cosmopolitan city isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be quite far from it. This gives visitors a chance to explore the natural side of Stuttgart, like the many mineral springs and gardens found throughout the city.
Spatzle, knodel and beer are essentials when dining in the city and visitors will also have plenty of opportunities to try doner kebabs at any of the Turkish food stalls in Stuttgart. A wide selection of restaurants offers upscale and no-nonsense atmosphere with a range of international cuisines too.
Attractions topping the lists of visitors who fly to Stuttgart include the grand Schlossplatz town square, Neues Schloss (New Palace) and Schillerplatz square. Of course, one can’t leave Stuttgart without getting their fill of fast cars at the Mercedes Benz and Porsche Museums.
Getting around Stuttgart
Public transportation is well-integrated in Stuttgart, and travellers can generally use the local Stadtbahn and S-Bahn train systems with ease. An extensive public bus system is also available, and a travel ticket lets passengers transfer between trains and buses with ease. Walking is another option, as distances between popular destinations are generally not too far. Ample pedestrian zones, bridges and paths make it simple and safe to walk through the city. Taxis and rental cars are the most expensive ways to get around the city, but are options nonetheless. An added consideration to driving a rental car is the expense of parking spaces in the city. With public transportation both affordable and easy to navigate, this – in addition to walking – is typically how visitors get around Stuttgart.
The city is best reached by Stuttgart International Airport (STR), which is located about 6 miles (10 km) south of the city centre. Transportation options between the airport and city are plentiful. Public transport options between the two destinations include the city bus and the municipal rail, which takes about half an hour to reach the city centre. Taxis are available, as are car rentals, but the S-Bahn train is a very convenient, not to mention a cheaper way to reach the city.