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Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
This tranquil palace, with its relaxing parks, is out in the hills overlooking the city, a half an hour bus journey from the train station. The palace itself is quite small, and easily viewed in half an hour, unless you go inside to look about. The parks and pathways around the palace, however, offer hours of wandering in the countryside. The views of Stuttgart from the palace are also very good, especially when framed by the trees and the passageways under the building. The palace is very elegant, and built in the Rococo style 1764 and 1775 by architects Friedrich Weyhing, Philippe de la Guepiere and Reinhold Ferdinand Heinrich Fischer. Guepiere also had a distinctive hand in the design of the Neues Schloss down below in the city centre.
Inside the palace are exhibitions for the Akademie Schloss Solitude, who put on exhibitions from budding artists from around the world. Entrance is 3 euros and the palace is open from 9am until 5pm every day except Monday from 1st April until 31st October, but closed for lunch from 12am to 1:30pm. For the rest of the year it shuts an hour earlier, at 4pm.
It's a bit colder and windier up on the hill, so you may want to take some warm clothes.
Directions: Take bus 92. Buses leave from outside the station. Enter the subway at the station end of Konigstrasse and bear right. Follow the ZOB signs.
Phone: +49 (711)/69 66 99
This piece of modern architecture was the first high rise concrete tower block in Germany. It caused quite a stir when originally built, being at 61 meters as tall as the tower of the old city hall. While it was not well liked in its day, it has come to be regarded as a high ranking work of architecture, and an protected city monument since 1978. Before it gained protected status, it was the main publishing house of the Stuttgart newspaper, the Tagblatt, hence its name. The tower was built in 1928, and designed by the then completely unknown architect Ernst Otto Osswald.
Directions: On Eberhardstrasse, at the end of Konigstrasse.
The Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church) completes the triumvirate of landmarks in Schillerplatz. It was built by Albert Jorg in the 15th and 16th centuries, and is the main Protestant church for Stuttgart. While there is no structural reminder of it, there was an earlier church on this site dating to the 10th or 11th century, and its boundaries lie with the centre of the modern Stiftskirche.
Address: Stiftsstr. 12
Directions: Walk between Altes Schloss and Alte Kanzlei into Schillerplatz, and it will be directly in front of you.
Phone: (0711) 29 42 92
Schillerdenkmal in Schillerplatz, Stuttgart
Stuttgart's Schillerplatz is one of the most picturesque parts of the town, and perhaps the one most evocative of earlier times. The square is surrounded on all sides by historic buildings, including the Stiftskirche, the Altes Schloss and the Alte Kanzlei. In the center of the square is the monument to Friedrich Schiller, the celebrated poet who studied at the Hohe Karlsschule in Stuttgart between 1773 and 1780. The monument, or Schillerdenkmal, was designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorwaldsen, and unveiled in 1839.
Directions: Walk in between the Altes Schloss and the Alte Kanzlei from Schlossplatz.
Alte Kanzlei, Stuttgart
The Old Chancellery was built between 1541 and 1543. It was originally the administrative building for the state, like an uber-rathaus, where the Duke kept track of all the local wealth that he wanted a piece of, as well as being used as a store and guest house for visitors. Today it is used for cafes, restaurants and bars. It is distinguished by a water column topped with the gilt statue of the Roman god Mercury, made my Ludwig von Hofer in 1862. You can find the Alte Kanzlei next to the Altes Schloss, on the left as you look at the two buildings from Schlossplatz.
Tubingen Standing Stone, Landesmuseum, Stuttgart
The Wurttemberg's state museum is vast, taking up a large section of the palace itself, and tracing the history of the region through artifacts and exhibits. There is lots to see here, from many time periods, including pre-history, Roman and Celtic. It's hard to pick a favourite as there are so many fascinating things to see, but I loved the huge 2,500 year old standing stone from Tubingen, pictured here, and the strangely rude Bauer Niederlande figurine. In the entrance to the Museum, which is free to wander around, there is also a wonderful model of what the town looked like back in earlier centuries, with the palace, moat and tumble down houses of the medieval period, and the town before it even was a town.
To see the entire museum you need to pay 3 euros, and you will find it open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. It is closed Mondays, unless it is a public holiday.
Address: Schillerplatz 6
Directions: Inside the Altes Schloss.
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Phone: 0711/ 279-3481
Renaissance Courtyard, Altes Schloss, Stuttgart
Just to the south of the Neues Schloss, and visible from Schlossplatz, is the Altes Schloss, or old palace. This palace dates back to the 10th century, where it was originally built as a moated castle. It has a beautiful 16th century Renaissance courtyard and a Protestant Castle Church built in 1562. The palace also hosts a vast museum with a vast collection of historical artifacts from the region, dating back through the ages.
Directions: To the left of the Neues Schloss as you look at it from Schlossplatz or Konigsbau.
Neues Schloss, from Konigstrasse
The Neues Schloss is very reminiscent of the palaces of nearby France. This is due to Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg wanting to create a new Versailles in Stuttgart. The design had a great French influence too. It was started by Leopoldo Retti in 1746, continued by Philipe de la Guepiere of Paris, before being completed in 1807 by Nikolaus von Thouret, to become the noble residence. It was rebuilt again between 1958 and 1968 after war damage.
Today it is used by the state government of Baden-Württemberg. The central part of the palace contains the rooms for the representatives, while the wings host two ministries.
Entry to the building costs 7.60 euros.
Directions: Right smack bang in the middle of Schlossplatz, off Konigstrasse.
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Phone: 0711 - 66 73 - 43 31
This tranquil and open space proves a welcome relief from the intense hustle and bustle of the adjacent Konigstr. The square sits basking in the glory of the enormous neo-classical Neues Schloss, with two fountains flanking the central Jubilaeumssaule, a great towering monument erected to celebrate the 25th anniversary of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg’s accession to the throne.
From the square you can head east into the Oberer Schlossgarten, north onto Konigstrasse, or south to the Altes Schloss and the Stiftskirche. You can also access the Kunstgebaude (House of Art), which fronts onto Schlossplatz.
Directions: Off Konigstrasse.
Opposite the Staatsgalerie, and beautifully framed by that building's fountains, is Baden-Württemberg’s state theater. It contains both the theater itself, and the opera house. From the Staatsgalerie you can reach the theater on the left side, and the opera house on the right.
Directions: Opposite Staatsgalerie. Exit at that building's station and/or cross through the subway passage.
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