Germany – Stuttgart

Cost of Flights: £57 return from Manchester

Weather: Hot as fook!

Month/Year: June 2015

So we got in Bobs car and drove to Manchester. We paid £37 in total for parking for 3 days which wasn’t bad.

Our flight from Manchester was delayed by about an hour so it was only right that we have a few bevies. The local ale in this airport bar was actually quite nice and did go straight to our heads after a few pints.  We looked around and noticed quite a few stag dues and Hen parties. I couldn’t see where they would be going on the destination chart.. then we later found out 3 of the stag parties were actually going to Stuttgart – this must be a place of good night life surely – little did we know!

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The Arrival

We arrived in Stuttgart around 5pm and followed signs to the MESSI train line. We did find it difficult to use the train ticket machine as you would select English and then once you selected train station it would go back to German. We hadn’t got a clue where to catch it too as there were 2 different fares to the center.  After going to the tourist desk we finally found out how to get to our hotel that was in the center.

 

  • From Stuttgart Airport follow/ walk to  signs to the Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe train
  • Select Stuttgart city center as the destination on ticket machine (its the 3.90 euro option) and get the S3 train to Backnang. Backnang is the final destination however you want to get off at the Stuttgart Stadmitte station which is on the way.
  • This will take you right to the city center. To get to the hotel we ended up going out the entrance by JIJI BAR and asking them. It wasnt far literally a 2 min walk to hotel.

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Accomodation = Novum Hotel Boulevard Stuttgart City

Cost: £32 each per night without breaky.

We stayed at a hotel called “Novum Hotel Boulevard Stuttgart City”.

This hotel was literally a 5 minute walk from where we got off the tube. The rooms were good and spacious.  All channels on tv were in German – so couldn’t really watch a fat lot.

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Gyros (or as Bob calls them “Gypos”)

So this place loves Kebabs. Lots of Turkish people so you get the Turkish kebab style (which personally i think is the best as they wrap the meat up with fries and salad which is a nice touch). You get these for around 3.90 euros…and they are literally everywhere in the city center!

 

Kebab in cob

So although they do the traditional kebab, they also do weird kebabs that are served in a bread roll. This is very filling and actually really nice!

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Stuff to do

 

Stuttgart Card

Cost: 15 EUROS

So we went to the tourist information place where you can get your tour bus passes n all that stuff. The Stuttgart card is deffo worth getting as it costs you 15 euros for entry into lots of museums.  We wanted to go to the Porsche, Mercedes and Piggy museum and each one cost 8 euros so we would be saving here. Also if you get a Stuttgart you get the tour bus for 12 Euros instead of 15! Bargain.

So we got both cards and wandered on over to the tour bus waiting outside the tourist place.

 

Stuttgart Tour Bus

Cost: 15 EUROS

So this bus is your classic old English London style bus where you can hop on and off at different attractions. To be honest ive only just started getting into these buses and they are a brill idea for around 15 euros in each city as you get to see alot.

We hopped on, went upstairs and banged on the head phones

This bus takes you around most the museums but not the Porsche one. When you put on the headphones it starts off with an old man and  his grand daughter getting on the bus. The entire journey is basically him telling her all about the different sites. She is a terrible actress however still I liked the whole telling a story thing rather than just someone telling you facts.

Our first stop was the Pig Museum.

Pig Museum

Cost:  Should be 6 EUROS entrance but free with Stuttgart pass

The pig museum was Bobs idea and to be honest when you see the outside of it, you kinda just gotta go. The outside features a huge Pig bus and lots of other big piggys. It was worth going just for the pics lol.

Inside the lady let us upstairs where basically there’s lots of rooms done out like its in a house. So there’s a kitchen area, dining area etc.. and in each room there’s basically PIGS. Pig ornaments, toys the full works! This place is basically a shrine to pigs lol. If honest it does get boring after a while just seeing lots of pig ornaments, and deffo not somewhere you can spend the day…but at same time its unique and worth the experience as there’s so many pig things I didn’t even know existed…there’s even a sexy pig section which is rather weird.

One room which was cool was the poker room. They dressed pigs up as humans which was quite arty.

It does also feature a nice beer garden where you can also eat cake n tea so not bad on a summers day.

We waited for the bus which is like a 2 min walk from Piggy museum and then got back on to listen to the Grandad and his bad actress of a grand daughter on the headphones.

Our next step was the Mercedes Museum

 

Mercedes Museum 

Cost: 8 euro (free with Stuttcard)

So since Mercedes orginated here this museum had to look great.. which it did. We bopsed in there like vip with our Stuttgart passes and they gave us those audio guides. We were all set and ready to go

 

You start off with the first Merc ever built then you walk around with it telling you the history behind the brand. To be honest im not much for reading or even one for museums (unless its quirky shit)… and I did think this Museum was abit long winded…and at the end they didnt even have the Merc Brabus Amg which was featured on Top Gear which was disappointing!

It did however feature a huge racetrack in doors that had the first Merc racing car all the way up to the newest one which was cool. They also had car racing noises in the background. This was a good display to see the transition between old and new.

The museum came to an end and and we handed in our audio guides only to be told that we could keep the necklace bit which said “Mercedes Museum”. . this was rather cool!

We then hopped back on the bus and stayed on until it reached our starting point. This is where we had to get off and then catch a train to see the Porsche Museum. The tour bus does not go here!

 

Porsche Musuem 

 

Cost: 8 euro (free with Stuttcard)

So we went to the subway station right next to the Tourist information centre. The fare was 2.90 from Stadtmitte to Neuwirtshaus (Porscheplatz) which cost 2.90 euros. We did actually catch 5 wrong trains as I completely miss read the train map :(. We were all dis- heartened as due to us catching many wrong trains it was now 6:20pm and the museum closed at 6pm. I said to Bob, were going to be going past the Porsche Museum stop on the way anyway so lets just look to see if anyone is still going inside on the odd chance its still open.

 

We arrived at the Porsche Museum stop (Neuwirtshaus (Porscheplatz)) and we saw  a HUGE amount of people crowded around the museum and lots of loud car noises. We quickly darted off the train only to find that the Lemans Race event was going on in France so the Porsche Museum here were hosting an open museum event. It was awesome. They had the 3 stages of porsche racing vehicles outside the front and had closed part the road off. Each car had a Lemans driver next to it and you got to hear them thrape the shit out of them up and down this closed road. The noises were amazing. The middle orange 911 was the loudest but the new Lemans Race car was so epic and F1 sounding.

 

They also served cold beer outside and the sun was gleaming down so had to be done whilst watching the cars

We then wandered into the museum which was open until 6am! The museum was free on this day. We could not believe our luck that of all days it was a LEMANS race event day and the museum was open (was supposed to shut at 6pm). Amazing how fate works!

We bopsed in there and had a look around. Now me personally I preferred the Porsche museum to the Mercedes Museum as its smaller and straight to the point. You start with the first Porsche evented then work around to the newest one. I love 911 cars and the difference between this and the Mercedes one is that it featured the best road car created which was the Porsche GT. The mercedes museum did not feature the best road car they did which was the  Brabus AMG which was disappointing.

They also had the Lemans Race on huge screens throughout the museum which was good.

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Nightlife

Nightlife here is quite weird. It seems all the bars huddle together in groups of 4 then you have to walk for ages until you get to another set. It was too scattery for us…you could also go into a bar, purchase a bottle and walk the streets drinking it. This was weird as coming from the UK we cant do this (legally)..but after a while walking the streets with a bottle trying to find a bar…you kinda get bored.

There was a strip along the main road which aint bad that features bars that turn into clubs..this is good as when you sit outside by the road you can hear and see all the locals in there suped up Porsches and Mercs. There were some great cars here!

Price of booze

Average price of a bottle was 3.90 euros! It wasnt too bad for pints either. . think it cost like 12 euros for 4 pints.

We heard of the likes of Moulin Rouge that we just could not find. Google maps was directing us towards the main street with shops which was weird to have a club like this – maybe its shut down? Even local bouncers didn’t know where it was!

Bouncers

Along the main strip we did encounter weird bouncers. 1 set said it was a Turkish night only and that maybe we would prefer a more westernised club down the street…then another set of bouncers to a different club said it was guest list only and we went and got served by the lady outside doing drinks and she said it wasn’t guest list!! We purposely said “we were going to spend lots on champagne and everything” and then out of no where this dude came to us saying he could sneak us in if were willing to pay it – we obviously declined but what the hell? no idea what was going on here

Biddy Early’s Irish Pub

This place is over rated. You go downstairs and it opens up into a huge bar. Now I visit Dublin alot and what I love about the bars here are how small and dark and cosy they are…oh and rustic.. this bar is none of the these. The odd sign saying Ireland etc is probably as Irish as it gets…Others may disagree but I just didn’t feel Irishy in there!! grr

 

GIGI Bar

This place is on one of the main road strips. It looks like a kebab joint, it kinda is a kebab joint but you can also have beers here. If you go upstairs you will see its kinda like a club too. The food is good here.. just dont get the breakfast burger as they forgot me mates egg and still charged him 7.90 euros just for a burger haha.

 

Skybeach

So it was Bob who heard about this one. He said theres a sky bar somewhere in Stuttgart, so I made it my mission to find out. Now this place is easily hidden and not that easy to find (unless you know what your looking for)…anyways I took some pics in case anyone needs help finding it.

You come to multi storey car park that has green labels everywhere. You go inside lift and you will see the Skybeach button..press it and you go up to the top floor that takes you out onto the a up top. You have to walk round to the left hand side where you will see the opening to Sky beach. We did try and get there for about 11:30pm however they were no longer letting people in so we went the next morning to see what it was like in the day…this place is great!\This is the street, the lift and the top…

 

There were beds, sun loungers and seats everywhere with cool soothing acoustic music of your favourite tracks playing in the background.

Now when we went here it was scorching hot and blue skys so we had a great view.

You could imagine chilling with your mates in the corner on one of the huge beds etc. It was great.

The only bad thing was the service. We walked in and they said they would be open in ten minutes .. We waited for ten mins and walked to bar and they said wait another ten mins… we waited, took pics and then half hour went by and we saw someone else wandering out with a drink so thought great their serving…went up the bar and there were 3 of them just stood behind the counter…all of them we had previously approached and they new we were looking for a drink..and they were all just chatting to each other whilst we stood there. One of those awkward moments where we were both standing there…obviously looking for a drink and the barman / barmaid are just chatting to each other…me and Bob laughed at each other n said a few swear words they wouldn’t understand..and finally they served us!

To be honest I would go there again.. dispite the bad service in the morning..the rest was fine. I would like to come here at night..but I reckon you’d have to come early to get one of those bad boy beds as it was rammed when we went at night originally.

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Air Con

So this place dont seem to like Air Con. It was so hot over here and none of the clubs / bars had air con.. so much that we had to stand outside as it was so hot. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Cigarettes

Cigarettes were cheap as! Were talking  1.75 euros in off licenses for 20 for Pall Mall and their own make. Even in bars in the machines they were 5 euros.

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Conclusion

This place is worth the visit.. mainly for its history etc! The tour bus is deffo worth it..anything from a Piggy museum to a vineyard!. It can be done in a few days..Would I go again – maybe…its cheap flights so possibly but wouldn’t go there for a good night life!

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