Day trips from Stuttgart

Day trips from Stuttgart

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

If you're from the Stuttgart area, pile in the car and see where the open highway takes you! Here are a few favorite villages, towns and small cities that are worthy of the time and gas money it takes to reach them.

Ludwigsburg

Location: 10 miles/25 minutes north of Stuttgart

Love it for: its historical town center with a spacious square framed by graceful arcades and Baroque churches.

Don’t miss: at the end of September each year, the city becomes a huge antiques market, with around 170 dealers offering treasures from their stalls. (Sept. 28-29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days)

Esslingen

Location: 12 miles/ 25 minutes southwest of Stuttgart

Love it for: dozens of charming historical buildings, several of which date back over a thousand years; its narrow cobblestone streets and peaceful canals, overlooked by a castle on a hill.

Don’t miss: hiking through the vineyards surrounding the town during its annual Weinwandertag each May.

Schorndorf

Location: 20 miles / 30 minutes east of Stuttgart

Love it for: an Old Town brimming with half-timbered houses, romantic alleyways, modern sculptures and the surrounding nature of the Rems Valley.

Don’t miss: SchoWo, or Schorndorf Week, is a lively city fest with concerts, street acts, a parade and plenty more to see and do. It takes place July 12-16 and July 19 in 2019. 

Tübingen

Location: 28 miles / 50 minutes south of Stuttgart

Love it for: the market square and its stunning Town Hall and with its painted facades and astronomical clock; an avenue lined with plane trees; colorful, stately homes along the Neckar River and a castle towering high above the town. 

Don’t miss: ChocolART, an international chocolate festival with plenty of tasty treats. In the evenings, the facades of the buildings of the town are lit up in illuminations. This takes place Dec. 3-8 in 2019.

Schwäbisch Gmünd

Location: 40 miles / one hour east of Stuttgart

Love it for:  its two strikingly beautiful squares and buildings representing architectural styles from Romanesque to Gothic to Baroque; a setting surrounded by rolling hills, and an almost Mediterranean flair.

Don’t miss: take in the Remstal Gartenschau, a themed walk by some of the town’s prettiest sights and natural beauty spots.

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