The centre of the city spreads out from the Schlossplatz, or castle square and from it the shopping mile Königstrasse branches off. This area houses not only the castle but also the art museum (Kunstmuseum) containing a fine collection of offerings by local talent. More famous names can be found in the Staatsgalerie, which displays works by, among others, Rembrandt and Memling.
Yet more culture can be sampled in the form of the Canstetter Volksfest, held for the first two weeks in October, it showcases everything schwabisch (the local region), from food and drink to music and dancing. Should you miss the festival, we would recommend the State Opera. Opera not your cup of tea? No problem check out the SI Erlebnis-Centrum, a complex of theatres, cinemas, restaurants and a four star hotel. At the time of writing one of the theatres was sowing the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia”.
More to do and see deep in the south with car hire
Feeling the need to chill a little, how about a boat trip along the Neckar? The boats depart from Wilhelma in Stutgart-Bad Cannstatt, the Wilhelma itself is also worth a look and can be easily reached in your car hire. Wilhelma is a botanical garden boasting 9000 different fauna and over 1000 different flora, and is, considering the petting zoo, a good place to take the kids. The other main park is the Höhenpark Killesberg, which also has plenty for the kids including a model railway and a pool.