Are you thrilled by German car technology? How about a visit to Stuttgart, the headquarters for Mercedes-Benz and Porsche? Well, with car hire services you can get the chance to discover the city. Luckily, car rental firms are not hard to get here. Read on to find out things you can do during your stay in the city.
Stuttgart is the capital Baden-Württemberg state in Germany. Spanning over an area of 207.4 km² (80 square miles) this city is home to 631,000 people. The growth of Stuttgart is often linked to Duke Luitolf’s stud farm which he established in the area more than 1,000 years ago. This farm is forever immortalized in the city’s coat of arms through the black stallion. Over the years the city grew. Great men and philosophers had their histories written here.
For instance, Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel was a great philosopher who shaped German philosophy. Engineer Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler made a mark in the city through his invention of internal-combustion engines used in the automobile industry. Another big name in the engineering field roots in Stuttgart is Robert Bosch. Today, Bosch is towering multinational engineering and electronics giant that offers jobs to over 400,000 people globally. Although the city suffered the scars of World War II, a keen focus on manufacturing and export top quality machinery helped Stuttgart bounce back to the path of prosperity.
Today Stuttgart boasts as Europe’s powerhouse of innovation and technology. The region has attracted over €6.5 billion worth of investment for research and development. The automobile construction sector is still the leading employer in the area. But Stuttgart is not all about car and electronics. It is a cultural powerhouse too. For those who are thrilled by nightlife, Stuttgart will blow your mind with unforgettable experiences. There are lots of live performances in clubs within the city featuring jazz, blues and soul music.
The beauty of Stuttgart is crowned by its green spaces and parks. These include Schlossgarten and Rosensteinpark. If you love wildlife, you can spice up your trip by visiting Wilhelma zoo. There are various animals housed here such as elephants, monkeys and sea lions. There are different species of animals that are native to diverse ecosystems such as Africa and South America. If you love road trips then you can explore cities near Stuttgart such as Karlsruhe and Mannheim that are 79km(49 miles) and 132 km(82 miles) away respectively.
Having a rental car allows you to explore the city at your pace. You can drive from one place to another with convenience as opposed to using public transport. If it’s your very first visit to Stuttgart, a short tour around the famous places in the city will be ideal. You can drive to the city centre and start your tour from the Landesmuseum then head straight, a few blocks away to the famous Oper Stuttgart.
This is a short 8-minute drive through a 3.4 km (2.1 miles) distance. You can then pass by the Markthalle (Market Hall) which displays the thriving viniculture and agriculture trends in Stuttgart. A visit to Rathaus only 600 m from the Market Hall will give you an opportunity to learn about the history of the city council of Stuttgart. Feel free to sample healthy means at Hans-im-Gluck-Brunnenas, only 110 m from you wind up your city council building.
Other places you should visit include the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums in Stuttgart. If you fancy spa and hot baths, then plan an epic drive to Baden-Baden (560 km) through the Black Forest. You will get a chance to see beautiful landmarks in the countryside such as lakes and waterfalls.
Stuttgart International Airport connects the city to various destinations across the globe. These include Madrid, London, Vienna, Paris and Rome, just to mention a few. The good news is that you will get detailed information from the flight schedule to car rental services available at the airport on the company’s website.
Since all airlines operating from this airport are updated on the company website, you can easily check available flights and download flight plans. Also, the information on available car rental companies at the airport allows you to book for a car online and collect it on arrival. Examples of international firms you will find at Stuttgart Airport include Hertz, Sixt and Avis.
There are local car hire companies such as Car2Go that offer quality services. Whether you go for international or local firms, focus on the quality of services you will receive from the company. It is a good idea to look up reviews of the various firms only to give you an idea of how they operate and various customer experiences with the companies.
The beauty of driving through the city of Stuttgart and its environs is that the roads are smooth and well built. It will be a good idea to try autobahn driving if you have a knack for high-speed driving. There are some autobahn sections that have no speed limits but the recommended speed is 130 km/h (80 mph). Look out for speed limits on various sections of the roads.
It is recommended to read through the traffic regulations of the city to make sure that you are aware of what is expected for drivers. For instance, in the low emission zone of Stuttgart, cars with diesel engines are not allowed. This will affect the type of car you will hire. Do your best to stick these regulations to avoid unnecessary inconveniences.