believe it or not, in...
believe it or not, in stuttgart there is the biggest botanical gardens in europe!!! it is a beautiful place, and you can find exotic plants, lotus ponds and even flamingos there! next to it is a zoo, which is not so nice...the animals look sad in their small cages and missing their original home in the jungle :(( these lotuses can't swim, they are quite happy to stay in the pond, i would imagine :))
Ritter Sport - Chocolate lovers go for it!
About half an hour drive from Stuttgart lies Waldenbuch which is a beautiful town with a medieval historic center which is worth a visit. But the reason to go is the chocolate factory of Ritter Sport, they also have a shop that is open from mo-fr. You get all their flavours, and the so called "Bruch-Schokolade" which is a lot cheaper and last not least they often have market test chocolates.
It was a very big breakfast, and i was amazed having salami and liver pate, served with typical german pretzel and homemade crossaint, does really make a good day to start to explore stuttgart.
What i miss most it the Precious pork liver pate (which i will never eat before) but after introduced it became my most favourite process meat items.
Nice way of eating it with mustard on you rye bread.
Mercedes museum tour
I was sorry to have missed my opportunity to see the Porsche factory, but I failed to heed another warning that you must call ahead. You should heed my advice and call. But I did enjoy spending an hour there, looking at the museum.
I never tried to tour the Mercedes factory, after all, they have so many of them throughout Germany. But I did drive across the city and tour the Mercedes Museum and I'm glad that I did. If you want to see the better museum and have only limited time, or perhaps a limited view to your enthusiasm from your spouse or other travel companions, I'd suggest the Mercedes Museum as it is much better.
When you have arrived at the front door by shuttle (see in directions below), you will walk in and to the right, you will find a staffed kiosk where friendly and helpful attendants will provide you with a recorded tour in the language of your choice. I cannot remember if it was free to use this item, but I think it was. Forgive me if I'm wrong about that. Anyway, this thing is controlled by you, as to the pace. At a certain point, I chose to turn it off until I found something I wanted to know more about. Whatever your particular Mercedes interest, you should find some representation of it here. There were way too many of the first years cars for me. But all of the old Formula 1 cars and road cars and everything else was here. The museum is stylish and easy to navigate. There is a nice boutique and cafe (and nope, the food and drink is not expensive). This is a museum and there's not much for small kids unless they like cars. So if possible you should avoid taking them, although the museum is kid friendly. I think they do have a rule about keeping them with you at all times.
The museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays, but is open Tuesdays through Sunday from 9-5. The parking is free, the tour is free. The layout is about 3 stories high, but the layout uses ramps that you walk up and more cars are laid out along the way. Individual tours can be arranged, but you'll need to call first.
Not only Munich has its Oktoberfest also Stuttgart does and behind Munich it is the second largest volksfest worldwide. The tents are a tic smaller and there are more local people but in the end it's about the same. The Wasen always takes place at the end of September this year from Sep 27 to Oct.12 2003. Stuttgart also has a big Volksfest in Spring the Cannstatter Frühlingsfest this year from April 20th to Mai 12th.On Saturday the 19th we had a small but fantastic VT meeting in the Fürstenberg tent.