Stuttgart is renowned for being one of south Germany’s most historic and beautiful cities. There are a thousand and one reasons to visit at any time of the year, but summer is particularly attractive for many tourists. For any music lover, the number of great festivals and events throughout the hot months have got to be the main draw. In this article, we will take a look at a few of these music events and see how you can mix them with the best sites and spots of Stuttgart for the perfect mini vacation.
A perfectly balanced holiday
Ask most people what they are looking for from a short break and they will likely mention good weather, relaxation, great food and drinks, and some thrilling sightseeing. There’s all of that and more to look forward to during any short break to Stuttgart in August as there are a wealth of cultural and music festivals on, as well as glorious sunshine and some impressive historic sites.
Where to stay
For those who have less-than-perfect flight times, staying close to the airport can save significant stress on travel day. Opt for a well-rated business hotel at the Messe, which is just a single direct train ride away from the city’s central station. Alternatively, there are a number of distinguished places to stay for all price ranges in Stuttgart center.
For three days at the start of August, the annual Stuttgarter Sommerfest occurs. Drawing crowds of almost 500,000 over the long weekend, this has to be one of the best city parties in all of Germany. Taking place across different locations including the promenade in front of the New Palace, the Opera house and along the Eckensee, large tents and pagodas are put up and draped in white fabrics for an unforgettable setting. Food and drinks are widely available with everything from fish and seafood to prosecco, cocktails and beer. The music lineup is as varied and exciting as the city: showcasing the latest in South American Latin rhythms for a lively dance-fueled set alongside rock classics, jazz, and soul.
The Esslinger Zwiebelfest is a joyful culinary event celebrating the humble onion. Esslingen is a small city located just south east of Stuttgart and easily accessible by train, bus, or car. The Zweibelfest makes for a truly unforgettable German experience as nine different vendors will present foods native to the Swabian region right in the city center. Let your taste buds delight in the range of wines and foods on offer!
Back in Stuttgart, the Stuttgarter Weindorf event heralds the end of the summer season. Running from the end of August through to the middle of September, this wonderful occasion is soaked in local customs and traditions. One hundred and twenty-five different sellers offer over five hundred different types of wine, all native to the local region. Set in two of the city’s main squares, you can sample delicious vintage wines while admiring a truly spectacular view. With a colorful music program and various entertainment planned, this might just be the most enjoyable way to wave goodbye to a wonderful season.
Stuttgart has a long and interesting history, with a number of varied attractions for tourists. The Old Castle and New Castle offer an insight into the turbulent history of the region, as well as charting the architectural developments and fashions made over the last thousand years in Europe. For a complete contrast, pay a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum or Porsche Museum for an insight into how this city became known as the heart of Germany’s automobile industry.