Stuttgart is the capital of Germany’s Southwest Baden-Wuttermberg state, situated astride the Neckar River. Stuttgart's location is unusual when compared to other German cities; nestled amongst the hills, valleys and vineyards that dominate the region. The city lies between the Black Forest and the picturesque Swabian Alps.
The city is filled with green spaces that wrap around the urban jungle, with popular parks including Schlossgarten, Rosensteinpark and Killesbergpark. The city centre was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but the city was slowly rebuilt and now has a mix of modern and historic architecture.
Stuttgart has a mild climate, with generally warm summers and cold winters, extreme weather conditions being rare. Temperatures average about 3 degrees celsius (38 Fahrenheit) during Winter and 22 degrees celsius (72 Fahrenheit) in summer, with rain falling throughout the year.
Culture: Stuttgart has a total population of approximately 624,000 people, making it the sixth largest city in Germany. Like many German cities, the population is diverse with approximately 24% coming from outside of Germany. Stuttgart has an annual beer festival comparable to Oktoberfest in Munich – Cannstatter Volksfest. There’s a great balance of a growing ex-pat community in Stuttgart, while simultaneously ample opportunity to learn German and embrace the city’s unique culture!
Travel: Due to Stuttgart’s location in the stunning German state of Baden-Württemberg, travel to other countries is incredibly easy. Austria, France and Switzerland are just some of the places you can reach with ease from Stuttgart. Furthermore, the landscape surrounding the city is filled with famous landmarks, such as Hohenzollern Castle, less than an hour’s drive away.
Cars: Stuttgart is a known manufacturing hub for Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, and both brands have headquarters and museums in the city. A car lover’s dream!