What I did and saw:
Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market)-
Germany is famous for its Christmas Markets. They sell a variety of trinkets as well as food and drink. It was fun to walk through the market and see the Christmas decorations and different stands. Also, when buying "Glühwein" you are served in a nice mug. If you return the mug you will get your downpayment back (of a couple euros) or you can just keep it as a souvenir! I was also to try the currywurst at the market.
The Porsche car company was founded in 1931 in Stuttgart. I visited their museum in Stuttgart and got to see many of their models and cars. I was even able to visit a short augmented reality display and I was able to sit in one of their cars.
Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart (Public library)-
The public library in Stuttgart is one of the more impressive libaries I have ever been in. It is free to enter and worth a visit if you are in the area.
Palace Square (Schlossplatz)-
The "Schlossplatz" is the main square in the center of Stuttgart. They had a variety of Christmas decorations while I was there, and also had an ice skating rink. This Palace Square also had an entry to the Christmas market.
Hohenheimer Gärten and Karlshöhe Park-
The Hohenheimer Garden is the botanical garden of the University of Hohenheimer, just outside of Stuttgart. Karlshöhe Park is another park located closer to the city center. They are both nice places to walk through and look out at the surrounding German countryside.
Where I ate and drank:
If you want a great coffee in Stuttgart, Mókuska Caffè is a great option. They offer a variety of beans with different origins. My coffee was served with a card that showed details such as the tasting notes and origin of the beans.
Tiffin is a nice, small cafe with some good options for a small bite to eat, as well as coffee options.
Misch Misch is a nice, comfortable cafe with excellent coffee. They also offer a few food options. It is a nice place to hang out and escape the German winter cold.
Located in the main city square (Schlossplatz), Carls Brauhaus offers good beer and hearty German fare. It is a nice place to sit down for a meal, and it is very conveniently located.
Das Backparadies is a German bakery serving classic German baked goods. Many places are closed on Sundays in Stuttgart, but Das Backparadies was still open.
Due to some Middle Eastern influence, Germany is famous for their doner kebabs. These kebabs are not the same as shish kebabs (what many Americans reference when they say "kebab"). They are döner kebabs (what many Brits reference when they say "kebab"), which is made by taking a large slab of meat, shaving of some slices, and placing it into a pita or flatbread with vegetables and sauces (most Americans would know it better as a "Gyro"). While not spectacular, the döner kebab I had at Ützel Brützel was very good.
Where I stayed:
Alex 30 Hostel-
Alex 30 Hostel was a nice place to stay during my time in Stuttgart. I didn't spend much time at the hostel becasue I was exploring the city for most of my time in Stuttgart. However, the beds were very comfortable, and there were some cool people staying there while I was there.
How I got around:
I walked and used public trains to get around while in Stuttgart. I also downloaded and used the local "VVS" app to find up-to-date information on the transport system make using public transport there easier.
My favorite thing:
Stuttgart had some great coffee, and their library is one of the more impressive ones I have been to. My favorite part of Stuttgart was the Christmas market (and the Glühwein).
My least favorite thing:
My least favorite thing from my time in Stuttgart was the weather. If I am going to be in below freezing weather, I want to at least see a little snow. It was very cold, but there was minimal snow.
For next time:
Next time in Stuttgart I would like to visit a few more interesting sites like the TV tower and the SchweineMuseum. I would also be interesed in taking a day trip to nearby Heidelberg.
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