Explore my city guest blogger Chelsea from Pack More into Life
We had an amazing opportunity to spend just over two years near Stuttgart, Germany as a military family living overseas. Living overseas gave us the opportunity to really explore Stuttgart and the surrounding areas.
Stuttgart is the capital of Baden-Württemberg. It is well known for its car museums, including Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. But the city has so much more to offer, check out our top 10 places to visit in Stuttgart, Germany if you have more than 24 hours to explore!
Exploring Stuttgart in 1 Day
This amazing green space is perfect for kids and easily accessible from the city. It is a favorite for locally living families for its wide variety of activities. The park is free to enter, but there are a few paid attractions. You can easily spend an entire morning/afternoon in the park.
Huge area full of fun play features for children including sand/rocks (bring toys), climbing, swings, zip line, bike powered carousel, slides and more! It’s located at the end of the main walkway (to the left).
- Located in the south-east corner of the park. The train travels around the entire park and is a great way to get a preview. Buy your tickets at the little building and load the train. There is parking for the strollers and the whole family is welcome. The train returns to the starting location without stops.
- The train is 3 euro for adults/1.50 euro for kids 4 and older.
- The train is open from April till October.
Horses, goats, donkeys, llamas, chickens and more! Bring some change to buy food from the dispensing machines.
Botanical gardens, sculpture gardens, and wildflowers.
A variety of biergartens are scattered throughout the park. Check out the menu of each one to decide where you’d like to eat.
Enjoy the amazing views of Stuttgart as a reward for your climb! There are 174 spiralling stairs and it does sway a bit, but a fun adventure for those that aren’t faint of heart.
Bring 0.50 Euro cents per person. Insert the coins into the “kasse” slot.
2 euro per ride. Buy tickets at the food stand. There is also a swinging ride if your children are a bit older.
If you are traveling in July, check out the parks Lichterfest Stuttgart. The park is decorated with thousands of lanterns and in the evening there is a fireworks show accompanied by music. You can bring dinner and a blanket to sit on the grass for the show.
Other summer events include the circus, Puppet Theater, and outdoor pool.
Parking for Killesberg Park
There are multiple entrances into the park depending on how you arrive.
- By car, put Thomastraße, 70192 Stuttgart Germany into your GPS and it will guide you into a neighborhood. Find a place to park along one of the neighborhood streets and you’ll enter via the southwest side entrance. A great location if you want to climb the tower or visit the train first. It is also a flat path, which is best for strollers.
- Alternatively, there is also parking along Stresemannstraße. You’ll have to walk along the street to the south-east entrance and then walk uphill (avoiding the stairs) to the top of the park. This can be a better location if you want to head to the playground first.
Traveling by public transportation?
- S-bahn Killesberg is the stop you’ll need. It will put you at the southern end of the park. Find the stairs and begin your climb up the hill into the park. If you want to get closer to the entrance, you’ll need to ride the bus and get off at the stop Höhenfreibad.
Things to bring
- Blanket if you fancy a picnic or a break on the grass
- Toys for the sand/rocks in the playground
- Coins for the animal feed/tower climb, euro for food and carousel purchases.
- If you prefer to picnic, bring lunch, if not, hit the biergartens or the snack stand
Head into the city to enjoy the landmarks and have a nice dinner at Carls Brauhaus directly off the Schlossplatz.
The Schlossplatz is another great space to let the kids wander the green spaces, splash in the fountains (hands only) and play on the sandy paths. Directly off the Schlossplatz is the 18th-century grand baroque castle and is now offices for government ministries. It makes a wonderful backdrop for a family photo.
Not far from the Schlossplatz is Königstraße, this is a favorite shopping area. Enjoy tucking into a few different shops.
If your children are a bit older, head over to Wurttembergisches Landesmuseum. It is a free cultural museum that covers the Swabian history from the Stone Age to the present. Open 10am-5pm.
Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church)
A beautiful historic church with stained-glass windows. If you’re lucky, you will get to hear the pipe organ and church bells. Open 10am-4pm (7pm Mon-Thurs).
Dinner at Carls Brauhaus
This is a favorite restaurant for us. It is family friendly and stroller friendly. You can either sit inside or outside at large tables. If your little one is taking a late nap, you can often take them into the restaurant and park them off to the side (but near enough to see them). Some traditional dishes to try:
- Schwabenpfännle: Pork fillet and veal schnitzel with black beer sauce,
- Maultaschen and Kässpätzle: It comes in a shallow baking dish and I promise that you won’t want to share. Wash it down with some cold beer and you’ll have a great night’s sleep ahead of you!
- Kässpätzle was always a favorite of my sons. It’s like a high-end macaroni and cheese.
I hope you enjoyed my tips for 24 hours in Stuttgart with kids. It is a beautiful city and we truly loved the 2.5 years that we lived there.
About the Blogger
Chelsea is a military wife and mother of a young son. She is a special education teacher by trade but is currently staying home and writing for her new family-friendly travel blog.
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