Unusual sculptures were displayed at the Hauptbahnhof and after storing my bags in a locker, I studied the art work.
One can linger at a bahnhof too long. I found out the hard way. A man approached and asked for money. I said, in English, 'I don't speak German.' It was the politest response I could think of.
He just wandered off. Several other men asked for money or invited me for a drink. Each time I patiently responded, 'I don't speak German.' While organizing the train schedule to Vienna I included a full day stop in Stuttgart to visit two friends, Kirstan and Dagmar. The train arrived early, 0600 so I first had breakfast at the train station,---am not recommending the food at this restaurant--then I called the girls to say I had arrived. Their father answered, he doesn't speak English and I don't speak German. I managed to say, 'Linda Hauptbahnhof.'
He told me, in German, that Kirsten was at work and Dagmar was at school. Obviously, I'd have to wait a while.
Around noon, after several hours of memorizing the Art Work, I felt hungry. Since I wasn't going to give the restaurant, at the train station, a second chance, I ventured out of the station for a bit. My first stop was, of course, a restaurant. I'll tell you more about Stuttgart in the other sections.
Back at the Hauptbahnhof: I had returned, hoping to meet with Kirstan and Dagmar. I made another call and again got only the father, left another brilliant message and continued to explore the bahnhof. It isn't a large one so didn't take up much time, therefore, I spent hours sitting on the base of the impressive sculptures, being approached by many men (Studs of Stuttgart,) who either wanted to buy me a drink or take my money so they could drink alone!
Yes, Kirsten, Dagmar and their mother arrived--just before my train to Vienna left at 2100! They apologized for coming so late, Father forgot to give them the five messages I left! It was good to see them again, we had a nice visit. Worth the adventurous waiting .