Stuttgart
Germany
By Libby Wilke

Wilkommen in Stuttgart! Located in the heart of Swabia along the beautiful Neckar River, Stuttgart is a large city with small-town charm.  The Baden-Württemberg state's capital is a place where history and technology meet, and with its abundance of parks, Stuttgart is one of Germany's greenest cities.

The city's slogan is "Stuttgart offers more!" and WhatsCheaper.com agrees! We encourage you to book your next vacation to Stuttgart, and explore all this amazing city has to offer.  Arrive in Stuttgart through Germany's world famous, comprehensive railway system, Deutsche Bahn, or fly into Stuttgart International Airport (STR).  Follow the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to find excellent deals on flights to Stuttgart through WhatsCheaper.com! The city also has so many outstanding hotels with easy access to Stuttgart's many attractions. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you find great offers on hotels by clicking the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to the booking page.

If you're looking for shopping, and Stuttgart has some excellent shopping!, WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends a stroll down Königstraße,  a pedestrian street stretching a mile long lined with specialty shops, designer boutiques, department stores and cafes. Along Königstraße (translation- King  Street), you will also find the New Palace and Schloßplatz (Castle square).  Adjacent to the New Palace is the Staatstheater Stuttgart (Stuttgart State Theater), featuring ballets, operas and other shows sure to provide an evening of entertainment.
 
Next, WhatsCheaper.com invites you to take a tour of Germany's history, told through automobiles at the famous Mercedes-Benz Museum. From the first motor-bicycle, the Daimler Reitwagen, to the latest models, it is a must see for history buffs, auto enthusiasts or pretty much anyone who likes cool things. The building itself is a sleek and modern design, an indication of the progressive minds of Mercedes-Benz and the awesome cars housed on the 9 floors inside. In a city where the automobile reigns supreme, you simply cannot miss this extraordinary museum. Audio tours are available!

For a fun day outside, we encourage you to check out Wilhema Zoologisch-botanische Garten, Europe's largest zoo/botanical garden combo.  This former royal palace turned zoological and botanical garden provides a beautiful and relaxing yet entertaining environment for visitors and residents of Stuttgart alike.  Explore the greenhouses and say hello to the 1000 different types of animals (more than 8000 individual animals in total, including primates, large cats and elephants) at your own leisure, or take a guided tour for more information and behind the scenes details.

Finally, for a breathtaking view of Stuttgart and beyond, WhatsCheaper.com urges you take a ride to the top of the Fernsehturm, or TV tower. Built in 1956 as the world's first concrete TV tower, the still functional Fernsehturm takes visitors up to a height of 504 feet above the ground (upper deck), extending to 711 feet tall at the antenna point.  From the upper and lower observation decks, visitors are treated to panoramic views of Stuttgart's vineyards and forests, Swabian Jura and the legendary Black Forest. For a fabulous (and romantic!) dining experience, grab a bite to eat at the delightful Panorama Café, located on the lower deck.

With so much to do, Baden-Württemberg's capital city has something for everyone.  From the incredible automobile industry to the pristine parks and forests to the world famous ballet, opera and philharmonic orchestra, Stuttgart is a city you simply cannot afford to pass by.

Book your vacation through WhatsCheaper.com today! Bis dann!

MUST SEE IN Stuttgart LIST:

  • 1. Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • 2. Porsche Museum
  • 3. Wilhelma Zoologische-Botanische Garten
  • 4. Fernsehturm Stuttgart
  • 5. Staatsgalerie (State Gallery)
  • 6. State Museum of Wuerttemberg
  • 7. Ludwigsburg Palace
  • 8. Grabkapelle (burial chapel) Wuerttemberg
  • 9. Staatstheater
  • 10. Gottlieb Daimler Memorial

Stuttgart EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Long Night of the Museums - March
  • 2. Spring Beer Festival - April/May
  • 3. International Animated Film Festival - May
  • 4. Christopher Street Day - June
  • 5. Sommerfest - August
  • 6. Wein Festival - August/September
  • 7. Stuttgart Beer Festival - September
  • 8. Esslingen Medieval Market - November
  • 9. Christmas Market - November/December
  • 10. World Christmas Circus - December

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Le Méridien Stuttgart
Willy-Brandt-Strasse 30 Stuttgart, 70173 Germany
By Sarah Howell

In the center of historic Stuttgert, Germany, stands Le Méridien Stuttgart. The Stuttgart-Echterdingen airport is a car or train ride away. With a fee, there are 190 parking spaces available in the hotel's underground garage to be accessed by the lobby. At request and for a surcharge, guests have access to Le Méridien Stuttgart's airport shuttle that can transport them both to and from the airport. Once you arrive for check-in at 3 p.m. you will be greeted by it's acclaimed multilingual staff and 5-star property.    

Le Méridien Stuttgart Hotel has 293 rooms and suites featuring elegant interiors and a view of either the city or the hotel's courtyard and 12 luxurious suites. Le Méridien Stuttgart also boasts several business meeting suites. Each room is equipped with plasma TVs with satellite channels, complementary mineral water and free access to Le SPA downstairs. After the spa experience relax and unwind further in their luxurious rooms and marble bathrooms. There is free wi-fi in public areas but internet access is offered to all rooms at a fee. The indoor pool and well equipped gym is open year round for guests. A delicious buffet breakfast is served daily. Pets are allowed at a fee. Stay connected to work at their deluxe business center available for all their guests.

Located downstairs is a full service spa and steam room as well as a cocktail bar, and a French restaurant. There is little reason to venture outside Le Méridien Stuttgart  but you will want to for the view and attractions! Opposite the hotel is the beautiful Schlossgarten park and  down the road stands the Staatsgalerie Gallery. Popular nearby attractions include the Porsche and Mercedes Benz Museums as well as the Carl Zeiss Planetarium. The New and Old Castle stand nearby the New State Gallery but multiple shops and restaurants are located close by. The train that can shuttle you to the rest of historic Stuttgert is a few minutes walk away as well.

Check out from the hotel is at 12 p.m. Book your reservation at Le Méridien Stuttgart through WhatsCheaper.com. Click link to start searching (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart NeckarPark
Mercedesstrasse 75, 70372 Stuttgart, Germany
By Kris Robinson

Just 40 minutes from the Stuttgart airport, the Hilton Garden Inn, NeckarPark is your ticket to convenience and comfort. Located just steps from the Mercedes Benz Arena and only 4 kilometers from Stuttgart's city center, the Hilton Garden Inn is perfectly situated for your stay. Within 11 kilometers you'll find attractions such as the historic city of Esslingen Castle, The Porsche Museum and the Mercedes Benz Welt Museum. Your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, Stuttgart begins with check-in at 3 p.m. and there is plenty of self-parking available for a small daily fee. Pets are also welcome for an additional deposit.

The standard rooms are stylishly appointed with Garden Sleep System queen-sized beds, a spacious desk area, and LCD flat screen TVs. Each room also features complimentary high-speed internet access, a microwave, and a small refrigerator. Upgrades to Superior rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and the Executive Rooms include a king-sized bed and seating area with a sofa. You may dine in the hotel's Mediterranean style restaurant, order room service, or purchase a ready-to-heat meal at the convenient snack shop that is open 24 hours a day. After dinner, unwind or meet new friends in the handsome lounge area where you can enjoy a fully-appointed bar.

Guests have access to a fitness center, steam room, 24 hour business center including complimentary printing services, and a recreation area with a pool table. If you are visiting on business, you may also reserve one of six full-service meeting rooms accommodating up to 2,000 people. Laundry service, a gift shop, and on-site currency exchange make your stay convenient.

Relax and enjoy your final day with a 12 p.m. check-out time. Your visit to Stuttgart starts here at the Hilton Garden Inn, NeckarPark. Please visit (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to access our hotel finder for great pricing.

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Holiday Inn Stuttgart
Mittlerer Pfad 25-27, Stuttgart , 70499 Germany
By Kathryn Duggan

Holiday Inn Stuttgart located merely 15 minutes outside of Stuttgart with the Weilimdorf train station across the street providing easy transportation to and from the city of Stuttgart. The Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Gardens are nearby and a make for a great day activity as a family. The hotel is only 22 km or 13.67 miles from the airport with taxi services or train as an easy transportation option. Favorite attractions in the downtown area are the Porsche museum, Ludwigsburg Palace, and the baroque gardens. Diverse staff speaks German, Spanish, Greek, English, French, and Turkish providing means for easy communication for all customers.

Holiday Inn Stuttgart offers three different room set up options. The guest room style, executive level, and suites all of which include flat screen TVs, wireless internet, mini bar and fridge, and a desk workspace. The rooms offer single or double beds and the internet comes with a nightly charge. The executive level and suites offer complimentary drinks and turn down service. Hotel is pet friendly with a nightly charge.

Dining options extend the mini bar/fridge to a number of restaurants in the hotel as well as 24 hour room service. Between the two restaurants the hotel serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a culinary variety of both local and international flavors. The hotel has a spa which provides a sauna and steam bath as well as a mini gym equipped with work out machines.  A business center is available with High Speed internet, printing, and a technical concierge to assist with any issues.

The check-out time is 1 p.m. Along with daily housekeeping, dry cleaning pick up and service is available. Dine with your family at either of the restaurants and children eat for free. Event rooms are available with a capacity of 350 people for an event that you may need to hold during your stay.  WhatsCheaper.com can assist you with booking your stay at the Holiday Inn Stuttgart here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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