This piece of modern architecture was the first high rise concrete tower block in Germany. It caused quite a stir when originally built, being at 61 meters as tall as the tower of the old city hall. While it was not well liked in its day, it has come to be regarded as a high ranking work of architecture, and an protected city monument since 1978. Before it gained protected status, it was the main publishing house of the Stuttgart newspaper, the Tagblatt, hence its name. The tower was built in 1928, and designed by the then completely unknown architect Ernst Otto Osswald.
Opposite the Staatsgalerie, and beautifully framed by that building's fountains, is Baden-Württemberg’s state theater. It contains both the theater itself, and the opera house. From the Staatsgalerie you can reach the theater on the left side, and the opera house on the right.
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The State Opera in Stuttgart
The Stuttgart Opera House was built from 1909 to 1912 as part of the Royal Court Theater (Königliches Hoftheater).
Unlike many of the nearby buildings, the Opera House was not seriously damaged during the Second World War, but it lost some of its character when it was „modernized“ in 1956 and 1970.
In 1982 the original blueprints and plans were rediscovered, and in 1983/84 the building was fully restored to its original form. There are seats for 1,399 people, slightly more than in the new opera house in Frankfurt.
Second photo: On the ceiling of the Stuttgart Opera House there is a large circular painting showing various constellations of the northern sky. It is the work of a painter named Julius Mössel (1871-1957).
Third photo: If you don't mind sitting up in the third balcony ("3. Rang") of the opera house, you can not only save a lot of money -- some seats cost as little as 8 euros -- you can also step outside onto the roof during the intermission to get some fresh air and have some nice views of the park and the rest of the city of Stuttgart.
Fourth photo: Like most of the older opera houses in this part of the world, the Stuttgart Opera has separate staircases going up to the second and third balconies on the left and right sides of the building. The idea of this was that the elegant spectators at the lower levels should be spared the indignity of having to mingle with the less elegant spectators from the cheaper levels upstairs. The staircases going up to the third balcony (“III. Rang”) are narrow, dimly lit, not carpeted and not decorated. They just serve the purpose of getting the not-so-well-off people up to their cheap seats without letting them go through the more posh areas down below.
For more photos, please have a look at my travelogue "The Opera House in Stuttgart".Related to:
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Not far from the Old Playhouse is the cleverly-named Renitenztheater, a cabaret theater that was founded in 1961.
To understand the name, you have to know that lots of German towns have something called a Residenztheater, meaning the former official court theater at the Residence of the local duke, prince, margrave, count or whoever happened to be in charge of the area in the bad old days when Germany was split up into hundreds of small feudal jurisdictions.
By making two small changes in the word Residenz you get Renitenz, which means refractoriness, i.e. being stubborn, unmanageable, unruly, resisting control or authority.
Many of the well-known figures of the German-language cabaret scene have appeared here, including the Austrian singer-songwriter Georg Kreisler, author of the Gelsenkirchen song, Lola Blau and the hilarious Opera Boogie.Related to:
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Opernhaus der Wurttembergischen Staatstheater
The opera house was once the Royal Court Theater, and was built from sandstone between 1909 and 1912 by Max Littman. It contains over nearly 1400 seats, and puts on many prominent performances. The building was fully restored to its original state in 1984.
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Gottlieb Daimler Stadion
After a major refurbishment in the late 1980s and early 1990s partly financed by Daimler-Benz, the Stuttgart town council dedicated the stadium to Gottlieb Daimler. The inventor had tested both the first internal combustion motorcycle and the first 4-wheel automobile there in the 1880s. wikipedia
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June 19, 2006 21:00 Spain - Tunisia
June 22, 2006 21:00 Croatia - Australia
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World Cup best: Runners-up (1974, 1978)
European champions: 1 (1988)
Fifa world ranking: 3
Coach: Marco van Basten
A controversial choice to replace Dick Advocaat in 2004, van Basten took over the Netherlands coaching job with virtually no top-level experience in the dug-out. But the most celebrated member of the great AC Miland and Holland teams of the late 1980s has been an unqualified success as coach, weeding out the troublemakers from the international set-up and inspiring a youthful side to romp through the qualifying campaign.
Key player: Ruud van Nistelrooy
Though van Nistelrooy has struggled to command a regular place at Manchester United this season, the striker has always been a central figure for van Basten, who regards him as his spiritual heir.
Van Nistelrooy was a keen source of goals for Holland during qualifying and his form will be crucial if the Dutch are to make significant progress in Germany.
Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United/ENG), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax) and Henk Timmer (AZ Alkmaar)
Khalid Boulahrouz (SV Hamburg/GER), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona/ESP), Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar), Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Jan Kromkamp (Liverpool/ENG), Joris Mathijsen (AZ Alkmaar), André Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Johnny Heitinga (Ajax)
Mark van Bommel (Barcelona/ESP), Phillip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar), Hedwiges Maduro (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax) and Rafael van der Vaart (SV Hamburg/GER)
Ryan Babel (Ajax), Dirk Kuijt (Feyenoord), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United/ENG), Robin van Persie (Arsenal/ENG), Arjen Robben (Chelsea/ENG) and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven)
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State Theater, Small House
Originally, the State Theater in Stuttgart consisted of the Opera House, or “Large House”, and a venue for spoken theater called the “Small House”.
Whereas the nearby Opera House suffered hardly any damage during the Second World War, the Small House was completely destroyed in the bombings in February, July and September 1944. After the war, a modern new Small House (Kleines Haus) was built in the years 1958-1962.
A full program of classic and modern drama is presented here, in German of course, nearly every night of the week.Related to:
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The Old Playhouse
This theater was built in 1909 "as an Art Deco structure with Baroque elements". It has about 500 seats and was given "a prestigious entrance" even though it was built on a very narrow construction site.
Second and third photos: The front of the Old Playhouse.
Fourth photo: A sign in front of the theater, with explanations in German, English and French.
Fifth photo: When I took these photos they were presenting the play Die Weiße Rose (The White Rose) by Lillian Groag, about the best-known student resistance group against the Hitler regime in the 1940s. There is also an opera of the same name by Udo Zimmermann, which has been performed with great success in Koblenz and Frankfurt am Main, among other places.Related to:
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Schauspielhaus der Wurttemburger Staatstheater
Literally the theater at the theater, this is the section of the State Theater that has all of the plays. It was built between 1959 and 1962, by the architects Volkart, Placking and Perlia, and contains 841 seats. The steel sculpture outside is by Bertoni, and entitled "Bewegung", or Movement.
Neues Schloss (New Castle)
The New Palace in the middle of town is somewhat of an anamoly in that from outside the Courtyard you have no clue what this building is. I couldn't even tell you if you could go inside and what would be there. There are two imposing statues in front, one of a lion, the other a stag that are interesting.
Duke Carl Eugen von Wuerttemberg (1744 - 1793) had the last large Baroque residence castle facilities in Germany built. He demanded from the city and the Wuerttemberg representatives of the orders that they build a "proper residence which is convenable to his royal dignity and the amplitude of his royal household" because he wanted to make Stuttgart to a second Versailles.
The cornerstone was laid on 3 September 1746. The building master was Leopoldo Matteo Retti, a nephew of Donato Giovanni Frisoni, the builder of the castle in Ludwigsburg. Between 1746 and 1751, Retti built the main building, the so-called Corps de Logis and the garden wing. In doing so, he used the contemporary architecture of France as an orientation.
Today the New Castle is the home of the ministries of the Baden-Wuerttemberg state government and representation rooms.Related to:
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Transformed from a dusty parade ground to a garden in the 1860's the Schlossplatz features and interesting cast iron bandstand, several fountains and a Jubiliee Column erected for Kind Wilhelm I, in 1843. The main shopping street empties out into the square.Related to:
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Here you find old stones of sculptures which the people there try to save. Many buildings where these sculptures been are destroyed at war or torn down.
1. Mai - 20 September 2009
We, Th, Fr, Sa. 14:00 - 18:00
Su.11:00 - 18:00 Uhr
If you go there, give them little bit money into their box, they save the stones with money of bounties, they work there on a voluuntary basis.Related to:
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Since 1923 the Mercedes-Benz Museum has fascinated visitors from all over the world, attracting about 480,000 each year. A journey through nearly 120 years of automotive history.
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There are quite a few flea markets around Stuttgart and the surrounding burroughs. Here are some tips to finding them. Here's a site, in German, http://www.geros-flohmarkt.de/
There is one every Saturday mroning, 9-12 at Stuttgart Karlsplatz, Stur-Weilimdord, Sun. Baeko parking, starts at noon; StuttgartSAt., university, center of town Schellingstrasse. I got these out of a newspaper and there are no dates or times.Related to:
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Short City Coach Tour
I have this Inforamtions from a flyer of the Stuttgart marketing GmbH. Hopes that help you to plan your travel.
Time 2.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Participants min. 5 persons
per person € 15,-
concessions € 13,50
children € 8,50
Meeting Point Hotel am Schlossgarten Schillerstrasse 23
Languages English + German
Advance Booking Necessary phone +49 (0)711/2228-0
The short sightseeing tour is ideal for visitors who want to find out a little more about Stuttgart past and present. After a short drive through the cultural heart of the city, there is a walking tour of the historical city centre.
The bus tour then continues out into the surrounding hills to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the city, firstly to the acclaimed Weissenhof housing estate on Killesberg hill, then past the Wilhelma zoo/botanical gardens and the mineral spas, before returning to the main railway station in the city centre where the tour ends.
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