Stuttgart in...

Two Days

Begin the day over a blow-out breakfast at Zimt und Zucker, before edging your way through the cobbled lanes of the Bohnenviertel to cafe-rimmed Hans-im-Glück Platz, with a fountain depicting the Grimms' fairy-tale character Lucky Hans in a cage. This chilled neighbourhood reveals a very different side to the big city. Amble north on elegant, pedestrian-friendly Königstrasse, Stuttgart's main shopping boulevard, to stately Schlossplatz. After lunch, an afternoon of art awaits at the Staatsgalerie, followed by a stroll through the fountain-dotted Schlossgarten and, if weather permits, drinks at its enormous beer garden.

On day two, strike out to some of Stuttgart's outlying attractions. It's but a speedy U-Bahn hop to the futuristic Porsche and Mercedes-Benz museums and the pig-focused Schweinemuseum.

Four Days

Day three takes you further afield for views. Zoom up the Fernsehturm for a 360-degree panorama, or head to Grabkapelle Rotenberg to glimpse a Pantheon-inspired royal burial chapel atop a vine-strewn hill. In summer, join the Stuttgarters at Max-Eyth-See.

Devote day four to Le Corbusier's architectural genius at the Weissenhof Estate, or take a quick train ride to Ludwigsburg for the Versailles-inspired Residenzschloss. Treat yourself to dinner at a top table such as Christophorus or Délice.