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.

Discount Cards

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

Ambulance, fire brigade112
Police110

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.

Internet Access

Much of central Stuttgart is a free wi-fi hotspot.

Money

Königstrasse has many ATMs, including one in the tourist office.

Opening Hours

Banks 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, some open Saturday

Bars 6pm–1am

Cafes 8am–7pm

Clubs 11pm–early morning

Post offices 8am–8pm Monday to Saturday

Restaurants 11am–11pm

Major stores and supermarkets 10am–8pm Monday to Saturday

Post

Post Office Just northwest of the Schlossplatz.

Tourist Information

Airport Tourist Office The tourist office branch at Stuttgart Airport is situated in Terminal 3, Level 2 (Arrivals).

Stuttgart Tourist Office The staff can help with room bookings (for a €3 fee) and public transport enquiries. Also has a list of vineyards open for tastings.

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.

Family Highlights

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.