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Stuttgart Travel Blog

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From Bratislava, I head back to the city that I skipped just a few days ago:  Stuttgart.  Folks on the bus told me to go to Munich instead--  it’s a lot more interesting… Now after exploring several “Super Interesting cities”, I’m quite ready to check out “less interesting” Stuttgart


I arrive fairly early in the morning at the bus station.  On one side is a rather grim looking old train station and on the other is a large park… I head out to explore the park while I wait for the ticket office to open to book my next ticket…

 

It’s a pleasant, well maintained park with fountains, lakes and a giant chess game--  and even some old medieval ruins of sorts…

 

Afterwards I go to book my next ticket and explore the heart of the city.

  I don’t see much of interest as I head south along the tramway boulevard--  but that’s OK… good to get the feel for a run of the mill industrial German city…

 

I reach what seems to be the end of town and see on a map that there’s another town over the hill and through a small stretch of forest so I figure I’ll go ahead and add another notch to my belt… But once I get there and wander around a bit, and sit down in a little park to play my set, I see a sign that catches my eye that tells me that I’m still in Stuttgart.  I guess, unlike the French, Germans don’t feel the need to chop up their metropolises into lots of tiny little towns…

 

…Anyways, it still has a small town feel, so I guess it’s worth a visit.

 

Houses are all very well maintained and freshly painted--  but more practical than beautiful.

.. I wander around the suburb a bit then find a path through the forest back up the hill and to Main Stuttgart.

 

I take a different street back.  This time I find a beautiful cathedral next to a lake with a fountain--  nice spot for a clip… then I continue on and find that Stuttgart does have a pedestrian only shopping district, but still lacking in historical architecture… I check out a couple of protestant churches--  but they lack the same elaborate décor that I’m used to seeing in Catholic churches…


And then, suddenly I’m in a vast, grassy plaza with an imposing pillar and angel statue in the center.  All around are booths set up… it looks like I happened on the annual summer festival…

 

These aren’t your typical popcorn and cotton candy booths--  these folks serve fine wines on marble counters with full bands playing live music.

.. there’s a good, friendly vibe to the place.  A good size crowd is gathered around one reggae-folk band playing Tracy Chapman covers…

 

There are a couple of impressive buildings in this area--  including a quasi castle with a courtyard in the center… I’m overall pleased by my experience here in Stuttgart.  People generally are friendly--  I hear a lot of “guten tags” along the way… It’s nice to see an industrial city that is clean, prosperous, and where people know how to have fun and relax…

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From Bratislava, I head back to the city that I skipped just a few days ago:  Stuttgart.  Folks on the bus told me to go to Munich instead--  it’s a lot more interesting… Now after exploring several “Super Interesting cities”, I’m quite ready to check out “less interesting” Stuttgart


I arrive fairly early in the morning at the bus station.  On one side is a rather grim looking old train station and on the other is a large park… I head out to explore the park while I wait for the ticket office to open to book my next ticket…

 

It’s a pleasant, well maintained park with fountains, lakes and a giant chess game--  and even some old medieval ruins of sorts…

 

Afterwards I go to book my next ticket and explore the heart of the city.

  I don’t see much of interest as I head south along the tramway boulevard--  but that’s OK… good to get the feel for a run of the mill industrial German city…

 

I reach what seems to be the end of town and see on a map that there’s another town over the hill and through a small stretch of forest so I figure I’ll go ahead and add another notch to my belt… But once I get there and wander around a bit, and sit down in a little park to play my set, I see a sign that catches my eye that tells me that I’m still in Stuttgart.  I guess, unlike the French, Germans don’t feel the need to chop up their metropolises into lots of tiny little towns…

 

…Anyways, it still has a small town feel, so I guess it’s worth a visit.

 

Houses are all very well maintained and freshly painted--  but more practical than beautiful.

.. I wander around the suburb a bit then find a path through the forest back up the hill and to Main Stuttgart.

 

I take a different street back.  This time I find a beautiful cathedral next to a lake with a fountain--  nice spot for a clip… then I continue on and find that Stuttgart does have a pedestrian only shopping district, but still lacking in historical architecture… I check out a couple of protestant churches--  but they lack the same elaborate décor that I’m used to seeing in Catholic churches…


And then, suddenly I’m in a vast, grassy plaza with an imposing pillar and angel statue in the center.  All around are booths set up… it looks like I happened on the annual summer festival…

 

These aren’t your typical popcorn and cotton candy booths--  these folks serve fine wines on marble counters with full bands playing live music.

.. there’s a good, friendly vibe to the place.  A good size crowd is gathered around one reggae-folk band playing Tracy Chapman covers…

 

There are a couple of impressive buildings in this area--  including a quasi castle with a courtyard in the center… I’m overall pleased by my experience here in Stuttgart.  People generally are friendly--  I hear a lot of “guten tags” along the way… It’s nice to see an industrial city that is clean, prosperous, and where people know how to have fun and relax…

Stuttgart
photo by: lapostol77