This is the first in a series of 24 hour posts.
How would you spend a day in Stuttgart? Suppose you have a layover that was going to be four hours. Is there any wisdom in changing that layover into a day in Stuttgart? If you’re a fan of the automotive the answer is unquestionably, “Yes.” Add 20 hours and spend a day in Stuttgart. Here’s what we recommend.
Stay in Stuttgart
There is a Movenpick Hotel close enough to the airport to be practical yet upscale enough to be enjoyable. It’s directly across the street from the airport and at the corner is a subway station that takes you right into the heart of the city. You can rent a car at the airport but it sounds like that’s not the best use of your time in Stuttgart. I happen to love using public transportation whenever possible in part because it’s often the quickest way to navigate a city (except my own) and in part because it immerses you in the local culture. Now you’re on your way to being a traveler and not a tourist. If you prefer to rent a car grab one at the airport.
See in Stuttgart
This is The Other PTA. I all love planes, trains and automobiles. There’s no reason to be in Stuttgart without visiting the Porsche Museum and the Mercedes Museum.
The Mercedes Museum‘s website is not a lot of fun to navigate. They’re open 9 to 6 Tuesday to Saturday and since you’re visiting Stuttgart for a day it would be prudent to buy your tickets ahead of time here. Some people like to cruise through a museum at a faster pace and others enjoy tours. You can purchase either option in advance online along with a tour of the plant if you’re interested.
The Porsche Museum is also open from 9 to 6 Tuesday to Saturday. If you’d like a factory tour you’d need to either phone 0049 (0)711 – 911 20 911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to arrange for one. Both museums are inexpensive to visit with tickets topping out at €8.
If you’d prefer all your cars in one place perhaps Motorworld is the place for you. Here you’ll find collections of classic and exotic vehicles all under one roof. It’s not a museum, it’s not a showroom, it’s not a conference hall, it’s a little bit of everything and, in all candor, I can see this being a very expensive place to visit for someone like me who practices little restraint and loves automotive accessories. If you love to see cars being modified go here. You’ll have a blast.
If you decided to visit both museums and Motorworld the trip will require approximately ah hour and a half of drive time.
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Mercedes Benz Museum Photo Credit: Barnyz via flickr creative commons