Stuttgart Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Stuttgart

Stuttgart offers a variety of beautiful, impressive historical buildings. The theatres, castles and other attractive buildings will impress you with their beauty and interesting architectural features. Take this self-guided tour to discover the most prominent Stuttgart landmarks.
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Stuttgart Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Stuttgart Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Germany » Stuttgart (See other walking tours in Stuttgart)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • New State Gallery
  • National Theatre
  • State University of Music and Performing Arts
  • Wilhelmspalais
  • New Castle
  • Konigin-Olga-Bau
  • Königsbau
  • Haus der Wirtschaft
  • Prinzenbau
  • Alte Kanzlei
  • Old Castle
  • Altes Schauspielhaus
New State Gallery

1) New State Gallery (must see)

Constructed in the early 80s, The New Gallery is one of the greatest examples of post-modern architecture in Stuttgart. The Gallery exhibits a fabulous permanent collection of works of twentieth-century artists including Schlemmer, Pollocks, Beuys and Matisse. Visitors here can also view one of the largest Picasso collections in the world.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm; Sunday: 10 am- 6 pm.
National Theatre

2) National Theatre (must see)

The Staatstheater Stuttgart is an opera house in Stuttgart, Germany. It is also known locally as the Grosses Haus, having been the larger of two theatres in the former Königliche Hoftheater. Designed by the noted Munich architect, Max Littmann, who won a competition to create new royal theatres, it was constructed between 1909 and 1912 as the Königliche Hoftheater, a royal theatre of the Kingdom of Württemberg with a Grosses Haus and a Kleines Haus. In 1919, the theatres were renamed the Landestheater, and later, the Staatstheater. The Small House was destroyed by bombing during the Second World War and today, the site is occupied by a new Kleines Haus, which opened in 1962.
Sight description based on wikipedia
State University of Music and Performing Arts

3) State University of Music and Performing Arts

Situated in the city centre, next to the New State gallery, State University of Music and Performing Arts of Stuttgart is another attractive architectural complex which definitely deserves viewing. This unique University building was designed by the famous British architect James Stirling. Come here to explore the exclusive architectural features of this lovely building.

4) Wilhelmspalais

The Wilhelmspalais is a Palace located on the Charlottenplatz in Stuttgart-Mitte. It was the living quarters of the last Württemberg King Wilhelm II. It was destroyed during World War II and between 1961 and 1965 reconstructed in modern style. Nowadays, the central library of the Stadtbücherei Stuttgart is situated in this building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
New Castle

5) New Castle (must see)

The New Castle is a building which stands on the south edge of Schlossplatz, the central square in Stuttgart, Germany. The castle is built in late Baroque style. From 1746 to 1797 and from 1805 to 1807, it served as a residence of the kings of Württemberg. The castle, which is more of a palace, stands adjacent to the Old Castle. The castle was almost completely destroyed by Allied bombing during the Second World War and was reconstructed between 1958 and 1964. During this time, most of the inside of the castle was also restored and the building was used by the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament. Today it is used by the State Ministries of Finance and Education.
Sight description based on wikipedia

6) Konigin-Olga-Bau

Situated next to Königsbau, the Konigin-Olga-Bau, meaning Queen Olga Building, was built on the remains of the Grunderzeit building, which was destroyed during World War II. The structure of the building beautifully combines architectural modernism and traditionalism so typical to the 1950s. Today Konigin-Olga-Bau is a prominent mark of Stuttgart architectural landscape.

7) Königsbau

Konigsbau, meaning King’s Building, is situated opposite the New Castle. This stunning, classical historical building with its 135 meter long colonnade was constructed in the middle of the 19th century by Leins and Knapp. It has been used as a concert and ball building, but since 1991, it holds the Baden-Wurttemberg Stock Exchange.
Haus der Wirtschaft

8) Haus der Wirtschaft

Haus Der Wirtschalf is situated in the city centre, just 5 minutes away from Konigstrasse. During World War, II this massive complex was damaged, but after extensive restoration, the building regained its former beauty. Come here to check out the Haus Der Wirtschalf, one of the largest and most impassive buildings of 19th century Stuttgart.

9) Prinzenbau

Prinzenbau, meaning Prince’s Building, is located next to Alte Kanzlei building. Construction of this attractive complex began in 1604 and finished in 1686. When in 1805 the building became the residency of the prince, it was named The Prince’s Building. During World War II, Prinzenbau was partly destroyed and was later reconstructed by the Ministry of Justice of Baden-Wurttemberg.
Alte Kanzlei

10) Alte Kanzlei

Alte Kanzlei, meaning Old Chancellery, is situated next to the Stuttgart’s famous Old Castle. The features of this impressive building tell an interesting story of its glorious past. It was built in the middle of 16th century during the rule of Duke Ulrich. Today Alte Kanzlei serves as offices of the Ministry of Justice, the hotel and the restaurant.
Old Castle

11) Old Castle (must see)

The Old Castle is located in the centre of Stuttgart, the capital of the German State of Baden-Württemberg. It dates back to the 10th century. The first castle dates back to around 950 when Stuttgart was a settlement for breeding horses. In the 14th century it became the residence of the sovereign Counts of Württemberg. In the 16th century dukes Christopher and Ludwig ordered it to be converted into a Renaissance castle. Moats around the castle were removed in the 18th century. In 1931 the castle was severely damaged by a fire and before it could be reconstructed, it was damaged by bombing in the Second World War. The castle was finally renovated in 1969. Today the Old Castle is home to the Württemberg State Museum. King Charles I of Württemberg and his wife Olga are buried beneath the castle church. The inner courtyard houses a monument to Eberhard I.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Altes Schauspielhaus

12) Altes Schauspielhaus

Altes Schauspielhaus is one of the leading and oldest theatres in Stuttgart. Top live performances take place on the theatre’s big stage. Here visitors can enjoy viewing high quality contemporary plays, comedy, musical productions, drama programs and other unforgettable shows. Check out one of this venue's amazing shows in a pleasant environment.

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Cultural Venues in Stuttgart

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Art Galleries and Museums in Stuttgart

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Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Stuttgart Museums Walk

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Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles