Pipelines on wall

Getty Images/F1online RF

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Top choice in Stuttgart

The neoclassical-meets-contemporary Staatsgalerie bears British architect James Stirling’s curvy, colourful imprint. Alongside big-name exhibitions, the gallery harbours a stellar collection of European art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, and American post-WWII avant-gardists. Highlights include works by Miró, Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky and Klee. Special billing goes to masterpieces such as Dalí's The Sublime Moment (1938), Rembrandt's pensive, chiaroscuro Saint Paul in Prison (1627), Max Beckmann's utterly compelling, large-scale Resurrection (1916) and Monet's diffuse Fields in the Spring (1887).

Recent temporary exhibitions have homed in on everything from pop art to Catholic splendour during the Reformation.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Stuttgart attractions

1. Planetarium Stuttgart


This pyramid-shaped planetarium uses up-to-the-minute technology to virtually propel you into outer space, with highly realistic projections of…

2. Oberer Schlossgarten

0.21 MILES

The Oberer Schlossgarten is framed by eye-catching landmarks such as the columned Staatstheater and the ultra-modern, glass-clad Landtag.

3. Landtag

0.22 MILES

One of Oberer Schlossgarten's most eye-catching landmarks is the ultra-modern Landtag, a glass rectangle housing the state parliament.

4. Turmforum

0.28 MILES

Some of the best views of Stuttgart are from the the top of the tower jutting out from the main train station. A free lift (elevator) deposits you right…

5. Neues Schloss


Standing proud on stately Schlossplatz, the three-winged Neues Schloss is Duke Karl Eugen von Württemberg’s answer to Versailles. The baroque-neoclassical…

6. Schlossgarten

0.31 MILES

A terrific park for a wander right in the heart of the city, Stuttgart's sprawling Schlossgarten threads together the Mittlerer Schlossgarten, with its…

7. Württembergischer Kunstverein

0.32 MILES

Identified by its copper cupola, this gallery stages thought-provoking contemporary art exhibitions. There are free guided tours (in German) at 3pm on…

8. Mittlerer Schlossgarten

0.32 MILES

The fountain-dotted Mittlerer Schlossgarten draws thirsty crowds to its beer garden in summer.