Day trips from Stuttgart

28 March 2018

As a budget airline hub, Stuttgart in southern Germany is easy to get to. Don’t just limit yourself to the town itself though – there are some incredible things to see you can manage in some easy day trips from Stuttgart. The best way to do this is with a Baden-Württemberg ticket from Deutsche Bahn:

Baden-Württemberg-Ticket


You get an all-day ticket to travel on all trains and most buses, and your own kids under 15 go free (up to 5 people in one group). Castles, palaces, gardens, half-timbered houses, and monasteries, it’s all super close to Stuttgart.

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The breathtaking Burg Hohenzollern
The breathtaking Burg Hohenzollern

Burg Hohenzollern

You’ve probably seen photos of this castle on Instagram, and for good reason. The Hohenzollern Castle is incredibly beautiful, perched on a hilltop with green fields spreading out below it. This is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, who still own and operate this castle. For castle enthusiasts, this is a relatively new one, constructed in the 1800s, but it’s gorgeous and not too busy. In spring and summer, you can get lunch from an outdoor cafe right in the castle courtyard. From Stuttgart, it’s about one hour by train, with a short local bus ride to the castle parking lot. If you are traveling on a Baden-Württemberg ticket, you get a discount on your castle entrance fee so be sure to present it.




The impressive palace at Ludwigsburg, an easy day trip from Stuttgart.
The impressive palace at Ludwigsburg, an easy day trip from Stuttgart.

Ludwigsburg Palace

Just north of Stuttgart is the impressive baroque splendour of the Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg and its surrounding gardens. Built during the 1700s, the palace and gardens were built in the French style, and served as the home of the Duke Württemberg. It’s the largest in Germany, and has survived intact through several wars. You can tour the interior rooms, and a highlight is the Baroque theatre the Duke had built in 1758 – in fact the oldest surviving castle theatre in Europe with its original stage machinery. As with most German castles and palaces, you can only see the interior rooms on a guided tour – just check with the staff when you buy your ticket when the next English language tour is leaving. If you don’t feel like a full guided tour, just wandering the gardens is incredibly impressive as well. From Stuttgart main station, Ludwigsburg is a quick 15-minute ride on the S-bahn, and a short walk from the Ludwigsburg station.

The massively picturesque town of Schwäbisch Hall makes a good day trip from Stuttgart.
The massively picturesque town of Schwäbisch Hall makes a good day trip from Stuttgart.
The Kloster Großcomburg satisfies that Rothenburg requirements without the busloads of tourists.
The Kloster Großcomburg satisfies that Rothenburg requirements without the busloads of tourists.

Schwäbisch Hall and Kloster Großcomburg

If you’re not in the mood for castles and palaces, try the half-timbered town of Schwäbisch Hall instead. Tucked into a valley around the river Kocher, this town has a surprisingly good museum, several good quality art galleries and endless picturesque corners to explore. I particularly love the covered bridges across the river. Keep an eye out for local festivals like the spring cheese festival, and the Christmas markets. Hop on a bus or take a short hike up to the monastery complex above the town, surrounded by 17th-century walls. This is a quiet spot to experience local history without busloads of tour groups piling up behind you. To get there from Stuttgart, it’s a one-hour train journey and a 20-minute bus ride.

You can organize and buy your train tickets right here, in English.

 


PS – Flying into Frankfurt instead? I have you covered: Great Day Trips from Frankfurt

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10 Comments

  1. Reply

    Diana

    Schwäbisch looks so charming! I love visitting lesser known towns and this is up my alley! I didn’t know Stuttgart was a budget airline hub, I guess this makes it uber easy to visit next time.

    1. Reply

      erinehm

      Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe, Eurowings and a few others do for sure.

  2. Reply

    hdyti

    Great post! I love that you provided alternive sites of interest to castles. We love castles, but living in Europe and seeing them all the time can leave us feeling castled out 😂.

    1. Reply

      erinehm

      I’m a castle fanatic, but I hear people like other things too! 😉

  3. Reply

    Emma Grace

    Wish I had known all this before I went! Schwäbisch Hall looks amazing – definitely somewhere to keep in mind next time I’m in that area. Fab post!

    1. Reply

      erinehm

      Thanks! Yes, Schwäbisch Hall is lovely, I’m hoping to get there for their cheese festival in May.

  4. Reply

    masabutara

    It looks like from a fairy tale! Castles are great for photos and “getting back in time” hehe. 🙂

  5. Reply

    Corey | fifi + hop (@fifiandhop)

    A day of exploring castles and gardens sounds just about perfect. It must be never-ending discovery heaven for you. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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    oregongirlaroundtheworld

    Oh my goodness I’ve never known that I must see Schwäbisch Hall! How cute is that town? And did you say cheese? Sold! Love all the options so close to Stuttgart. Thank you for sharing with #FarawayFiles

  7. Reply

    Emma

    We would love to tour more of Germany, we toured a lot of the north – east last year, but would love to venture more south and west.

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