London Stansted to Stuttgart Airport
Stuttgart has a pleasant location in the south of Germany amongst gentle green hills, woodland, meadows and vineyards. The capital of the Baden-Wurttenberg region has plenty to offer the visitor including castles, a fine opera house, art galleries, thermal spas and many lovely parks.
Flights between London Stansted and Stuttgart International Airport are operated by German Wings. The airline based in Cologne is Germany’s leading low-cost carrier and an affiliate of the national airline, Lufthansa. Stuttgart Airport is around 13km (8 miles) from the city centre. The Express Bus service from outside terminal 1 to Stuttgart city centre runs every 30 minutes from 5am until 12 midnight. Journey times are between 40 and 60 minutes. The S-bahn train service from terminal 1 to Stuttgart’s main train station operates from 5am until 0.10am. At peak times trains run every 15 minutes, and hourly at off-peak times. Single tickets cost 2.80 euros ( 1 is approximately equal to 1.45 euros). Taxis to Stuttgart cost around 26 euros, journeys take about 30 minutes.
Places of interest in Stuttgart include:
- Wilhelma Zoo. Stuttgart is home to Germany’s largest zoo and botanical gardens. Located in an historic park which was laid out between 1842 and 1853 for King Wilhelm I, the zoo is home to more than 10,000 animals from around 1,000 species. Highlights include an ape house, an aquarium with crocodiles, an aviary and a collection of coral fish, while the botanic gardens have some fine orchids and giant magnolias. Children will especially enjoy the walk-through farm with the chance to touch some of the animals. Wilhelm Zoo is one of Stuttgart’s most popular tourist attractions with around 2 million visitors a year.
- Market Hall. Constructed in 1914 in an Art Nouveau style, the market hall is one of the most beautiful in Germany. A variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, flowers and exotic spices from around the world are offered daily. On the first floor is a gallery with small restaurants overlooking the hall.
- TV Tower. The world’s first TV tower made from reinforced concrete was constructed in the 1950s. This Stuttgart landmark is 217 metres tall and has a viewing platform at 150 metres offering a superb panorama over the city. At the tower’s base is a restaurant and terrace.
- The Old Palace. A castle surrounded by a water-filled moat was constructed in the 10th century and became the seat for the ruling dukes and counts in the 14th century. A couple of hundred years later it was reconstructed into a renaissance castle, the highlight of which is the inner courtyard with its fine arcades. After the Second World War the building was converted to the Württemberg Museum
- State Gallery. Stuttgart’s State Gallery is housed in two buildings – the New Gallery and the Old Gallery. The New Gallery, designed by James Stirling, is a fine example of post-modern architecture and houses an internationally-renowned collection of 20th century painting. To the north is the Old Gallery, built between 1838 and 1842 in a neo-classical style. The Old Gallery showcases art from the Middle Ages up until the 19th century.