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You're Going to Love Stuttgart

Known as "Germany's biggest small town," Stuttgart is a thriving industrial metropolis in the heart of the bucolic Neckar Valley region. Get up close to some of the finest automobiles ever manufactured, take a hike near some of Germany's best vineyards, and enjoy beer and bratwurst with the locals.

Stuttgart was a small rural town until the early 19th century when the Industrial Revolution transformed the city into a manufacturing powerhouse fueled by internationally known companies like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Bosch Electric. Today, Stuttgart is still a manufacturing hub - you can tour both the Mercedes and Porsche factories - but it is also a cultural center with several fine museums and a world-renowned ballet.

The locals are known for their friendliness and relaxed attitude. Visitors can join in the laid-back atmosphere by taking a stroll in one of the many beautiful city parks, noshing on kebabs at a Turkish food stand, or people watching in the tranquil Schlossplatz.

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Unlike many major German cities, Stuttgart isn't crowded with tourists during the summer months. The wonderful weather, with average temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit from May through September, is a delightful climate for visiting Stuttgart's parks or taking a hike in the nearby Alps. Another great time of year to visit is fall for the annual Cannstatter Volksfest, which is the second largest Oktoberfest in Germany.

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Where to Stay in Stuttgart

The Alex 30 Hostel on the Alexanderstrasse 30 is good value, with clean rooms and internet access. The Hotel NH Stuttgart Airport has comfortable rooms and a good restaurant at reasonable prices. The lovely Waldhotel Stuttgart is nestled into a quiet area about 10 minutes from downtown. The hotel connects to miles of hiking and biking trails and provides a peaceful woodland atmosphere.

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Shopping Streets

Stuttgart's main shopping destination is Königstrasse in the city center. There you will find everything from traditional department stores to trendy fashion boutiques. The side streets along Königstrasse offer a lot of funky shops, where you can buy art, antiques, and souvenirs. If you are planning to do a lot of shopping, you can purchase a value-added tax form, which will give you up to 19 percent off purchased goods.

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The world-famous Markthalle on Dorotheenstrasse offers a mouthwatering selection of specialty meats, cheeses, and chocolates that make wonderful, if pricey, souvenirs. Stuttgart also has outdoor food markets during the week, but if you are looking for an American-style supermarket, you can visit an Aldi or Lidl grocery store. The prices are reasonable with milk costing EUR2.40, eggs costing EUR2, and bread costing EUR1.10.

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Where to Eat in Stuttgart

Cheap eats abound in Stuttgart. You can nosh on a buttered pretzel or buy a kebab at a Turkish food stand for as little as EUR1 or stop by Tobi's on Bolzstrasse for fast food, German style (don't miss their homemade fries). For gourmet fare, there is Wielandshöhe, where world-renowned chef Vincent Klink makes regional specialties with locally sourced ingredients at an average of EUR45 per person. For EUR15 per person, the outdoor beer garden Paulaner am alten Postplatz offers a pint with Swabian favorites like weisswurst (veal sausage) and Kaiserschmarrn, which is a dessert with pancakes, fruit, and cream.