Stuttgart Landmarks and Monuments
(Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Landmarks and monuments in Stuttgart range from the very old, such as the spire of the Collegiate Church, to the ultra-modern Television Tower, by far the tallest structure in the city. For some serious architectural appreciation in central Stuttgart, the Schlossplatz is a good place to start, with this spacious public square being centred around the Konig Wilhelm Jubilee Column.
The luscious urban green spaces and parks for which Stuttgart is famous are also important landmarks, both in the physical sense and as landmarks in the development of modern city planning.
Fernsehturm (Television Tower)
Address: Jahnstrasse 120, Stuttgart, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0711 232 597
The Fernsehturm holds the distinction of being the world's first-ever television tower and came into service in 1956. With its foundations set firmly amid the forest of Degeloch, its height of 217 metres / 712 feet makes it visible from across the entire conurbation. On clear days, the German, Austrian and Swiss Alps can be seen from the observation deck, which attracts a steady stream of visitors.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 23:30
Schellenturm (Shackles Tower)
Address: Weberstrasse 72, Stuttgart, Germany, DE
This attractive monument to 16th-century Stuttgart is now a wine tavern, but was originally built as part of the city's walls by shackled prisoners from the nearby goal. For many years the half-timbered structure was used for storage of wine and grain. These days, visitors are able to enjoy some well-selected regional wines.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
State Opera House / State Theatre (Staatsoper / Staatstheater / Grosses Haus)
Address: Oberer Schlossgarten 6, Stuttgart, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0711 202 090
The State Theatre (Staatstheater) goes by a number of different names and was completed in 1912, with the design being the result of a major national architectural competition. This is the only opera house of significance in Germany still standing, following the WWII bombings, and renovations in the 1980s have ensured that it remains in good order. In total, the theatre is capable of accommodating audiences of just over 1,400 people, with many coming to see performances by the acclaimed resident German opera company, the Staatsoper. Ballets, concerts, musicals and a variety of other theatrical events are also staged here all through the year.
Open hours: daily - hours vary according to performance
Tagblatt-Turm (Tagblatt Tower)
Address: Aberhardstrasse 61, Stuttgart, Germany, DE
Another innovative early 20th-century high-rise structure and one of Germany's earliest, the Tagblatt Tower is now regarded as a landmark of the city, measuring around 60 metres / 200 feet in height (16 storeys). Designed in the New Objectivity style, its sparse appearance raised many complaints in the community immediately following its construction. Nowadays, it's an office building with a cultural centre next door.
Open hours: daily
Burial Chapel Wurttemberg
Address: Rotenberg, Stuttgart, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0711 337 149
On a hill high above the city and its vineyards sits the burial chapel of King Wilhelm I's beloved wife, Princess Katerina of the Russias. Until her early death, the site contained the 11th-century Wurttemberg fortress, which was torn down in 1819 to enable this spot to be used for Katerina's memorial and place of burial.
Open hours: March to October, Wednesday - 10:00 to 12:00; Friday and Saturday - 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 17:00; Sunday and holidays - 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 18:00
Address: city centre, Stuttgart, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 01805 996 633
Opened in 1922, the Hauptbahnhof is famous for its stunning Art Deco design, as well as the 200 ancient trees planted nearby. However, this grand building is under threat of demolition, due to a plan to relocate the entire station underground. Protests by citizens are underway, but this great building really should be visited before its probably inevitable demise! Currently, the Hauptbahnhof accommodates up to 600 train services each day, attracting in excess of 200,000 visitors and passengers.
Open hours: daily - 04:30 to 01:00
Address: Rosenbergstrasse 7, Stuttgart, Germany, DE
This ancient cemetery, used between the 17th and late 19th centuries, is now part of the city's renowned green spaces and open to the public. Also the site of Stuttgart's former Jewish cemetery, this romantic and mysterious corner of the city contains the graves of many famous residents and artists, and is a good place to relax and unwind away from the hectic city centre life.
Open hours: daily
Address: Morikestrasse 24 / 1, Stuttgart, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0711 164 448
A little-known monument to the culture of Stuttgart which was lost due to bombing in WWII, this lovely Italian Renaissance-style garden was conceived to hold portals, statues, columns and other remnants rescued from the ruins of just under 70 percent of the city. Surrounded by massive old trees, the Lapidarium park is located close to the Marienplatz and also contains a fine collection of Roman stone artefacts.
Open hours: April to mid-September, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - 14:00 to 17:00