Dangers & Annoyances
Stuttgart is by and large a very safe city, but the usual common-sense precautions about taking taxis late at night and keeping valuables stored away apply.
Get a StuttCard (24/48/72 hours without VVS – public transport – ticket €15/20/25, with VVS ticket €25/35/45) for free entry to most museums, plus discounts on events, activities and guided tours. Sold at the tourist office and some hotels.
Emergency & Important Numbers
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Gay & Lesbian Travellers
Stuttgart welcomes schwule (gay) and lesbische (lesbian) travellers, with a number of gay bars, saunas and gay-friendly cafes, as well as the massive Christopher Street Day festivities and parade in July, when the rainbow flag flies higher than ever.
For more on the gay and lesbian scene, check out https://spartacus.gayguide.travel and www.travelgayeurope.com.
Much of central Stuttgart is a free wi-fi hotspot.
Königstrasse has many ATMs, including one in the tourist office.
Banks 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, some open Saturday
Clubs 11pm–early morning
Post offices 8am–8pm Monday to Saturday
Major stores and supermarkets 10am–8pm Monday to Saturday
Travel with Children
Like most major German cities, Stuttgart is well geared up for families. There's plenty to appeal to kids, from free play in parks and gardens to museums and river cruises. Stuttgart Tourism (www.stuttgart-tourist.de) has a dedicated page for families, with details on kid-pleasing attractions from theme parks to wildlife reserves.
Kids either go free or get discounted admission to all the key sights and attractions. Baby food and changing facilities are widely available, and most hotels will happily squeeze a cot into a room for a nominal charge. Those under six years old travel free on public transport, while children aged six to 14 pay a reduced rate. Well-behaved children are welcome in most restaurants and some offer a Kinder-Menü to appeal to small appetites.
- Car Museums Speed across to the Porsche Museum and Mercedes-Benz Museum for motor-related fun.
- Fairy Tales Tots will love the cackling witches and damsels in distress at the Märchengarten in the grounds of Ludwigsburg's baroque Residenzschloss.
- Pig Encounters This little piggy went to the Schweinemuseum and found many other little piggies there.
- Star Gazing Stuttgart's Planetarium whisks the family into outer space – virtually, of course!
- Park Life The Schlossgarten has one of the best playgrounds in the city.
- Eye-popping Views Kids can pick out landmarks from the Fernsehturm as Stuttgart opens up like a pop-up book.
- River Cruises Boat trips along the Neckar with Neckar-Käpt’n are easy kid-pleasers on sunny days.
- Zoo Days Head to Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten for wondrous animals and botanical species.
Travellers with Disabilities
Stuttgart's flat, pedestrianised city centre is largely accessible, and a number of hotels (especially the big chains) have accessible rooms. The airport is barrier-free and the public transport network is mostly accessible – see www.vvs.de/barrierefrei for details.
Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.