When in Stuttgart, the thing to do is take a stroll through Das Grüne U, a few kilometers of greenery whose parks provide a grounds for many of the city's attractions. At its southernmost point is Schlossplatz, the most important square in the city, which is flanked by architectural wonders like the Neues Schloss (New Castle) and Alte Schloss (Old Castle). Killesberg Park is great for its small, steam-powered train and the viewing tower at its heart, while the Wilhelma Zoo is also quite good. Although traditional museums are pretty decent (unless you've been to those in Berlin or Munich), the best you'll find are the two that herald the two automobile brands that have put Stuttgart on the map, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Both museum are excellent, although the ultra-modern Mercedes-Benz museum is a spectacle both inside and out. Also of interest is Fernsehturm, the first tv tower built in concrete, and the best viewing area around at 216.61 meters (710.66 feet).
There are a handful of attractions with a day's travel time that will invariably draw you away from Stuttgart. Although more well-known destinations like Munich, Frankfurt, and Nuremburg are within three hours, you'll also find yourself close to smaller, more unique destinations like Bamberg, Wurzburg, and Frieburg. Bamberg is a small city built on the broad shoulders of eight microbreweries and a UNESCO-certified, medieval city center located just north of Nuremburg. Wurzburg, located about 150 km north, is home to the incredible Marienberg Fortress, reached by crossing an ancient bridge over the River Main. Finally, Frieberg is the most important community in the Black Forest, fueled by biking locals and its many small canals and the best hub from which to explore this amazing part of the world.
A lover of epic castles need look no further than the sprawling beauty of Burg Hohenzollern, a little known treasure located just south of Stuttgart. Then again, lovers of antiquity will have to travel north to Trier to view the 2200 year old Porta Nigra.
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