Stuttgart is the 6th largest city in Germany (pop. 2.7 mil) and the capital of the state of Baden_Wurttemberg in the south of the country. Visitors to this glorious city are often surprised that it is one of the greenest in Europe. With a reputation for being the "Cradle of the automobile", travelers often forget that Stuttgart is a city well-endowed with parks and vineyards and is situated in the heart of one of Germany's largest wine-growing regions.
At the heart of Stuttgart lies a series of gardens that locals refer to as the Green U. This is a perfect destination for families or cyclists looking to enjoy a day outdoors. Within the Green U, be sure to visit the Schlossgarten which is a castle garden dating back to 1350. Another park worthy of mention is the larger Rosensteinpark which borders Stuttgart's Wilhelma zoo and botanical gardens.
For historical sites, start at Stuttgart s largest square, the Schlossplatz<. From here, it s a short distance to many of Stuttgart s finest attractions. A few examples are the Stiftkirche (the Collegiate Church), the Altes Schloss (the Old Castle), the Alte Kanzlei (the Old Chancellery), the Neues Schloss (the New Castle), and the K nigsbau (the King's Building), just to name a few.
For those more interested in contemporary sites, be sure to visit the the sensational Mercedes-Benz World, where 160 vehicles are on permanent display. View not only the earliest models but also the latest series production vehicles. Porsche is also opening a new museum in Autumn of 2008.