From Karlsruhe Castle runs a dozen fan-shaped streets, a unique urban plan for this city in Germany.
Stuttgart is the main metropolis in southwest Germany. The city is ideally located from France with TGV trains connecting it several times a day to Paris and Strasbourg
. Karlsruhe is the closest major city in Baden Württemberg to France, 30 minutes by TGV from Strasbourg and 2.5 hours from Paris.
Stuttgart also has a major airport linked to the city centre by a regional train. Air France offers two to three flights a day from Paris-CDG. Twin Jet will take over the Stuttgart-Lyon route from 20 September with three flights a week. Eurowings also serves Nice with two to four flights a week. There are also two to three daily flights to Brussels
operated by Eurowings. Karlsruhe is easily accessible from Strasbourg airport.
There is a wide range of hotel accommodation in both Stuttgart and Karslruhe, from luxury to budget hotels.
A large number of hotels are located near the trade fair and congress centre, which is halfway between the main railway station and the historic city, less than 10 minutes walk from both destinations. Modern and right next to the conference centre, the Novotel Karlsruhe City offers a contemporary ambience (Festplatz 2, tel: (+49) 72135260; e-mail: email@example.com). More German in style, the traditional four-star Kaiserhof is located in the heart of the city, near Kaiserstrasse and its countless shops (Karl Friedrich Strasse 12, tel: (+49)721 91700; hotelkaiserhof-ka.de). For a longer stay, the ANA Living Karlsruhe by Arthotel ANA is located near the city park and the zoo in a brand new building just a few minutes walk from the conference centre. These are apartments with kitchenette, very convenient for a few days (Bahnhofstrasse 15A, tel: (+49)721 1818 0; ana-hotels.com/living-karlsruhe/en).
The newly opened Jaz in the City is central, with a contemporary hipster vibe and a rooftop terrace that has become a “must” for meeting in Stuttgart (Wolframstrasse 41, tel:(+49) 711 969840; www.jaz-hotel.com/en/hotels/jaz-in-the-city-stuttgart). More classically luxurious, with one of Stuttgart’s finest built-in spas, Le Meridien Stuttgart is near the main train station (Willy-Brandt Strasse 30, tel: (+49) 711 22210; <a href=”http://www.marriott.com/en-us/h
otels/strmd-le-meridien-stuttgart/overview/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/strmd-le-meridien-stuttgart/overview/). In the budget segment, Motel One Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof at the main railway station has just opened its doors. The hotel follows the principle of offering rooms with a contemporary and elegant design, which reflects the culture of the destination. Only a bar serving breakfast and snacks is integrated into the hotel (Kriegsbergstrasse 32, (+49) 711 286968-0; www.motel-one.com/fr/hotels/stuttgart/hotel-stuttgart-hauptbahnhof)
Oberländer Weinstube is a traditional courtyard restaurant that has created international, contemporary cuisine with a German twist (Akademiestrasse 7, tel: (+49) 721 25 066; www.oberlaender-weinstube.de). One of Karlsruhe’s most popular, award-winning, slow-food restaurants, Eigenart blends gastronomy and fine art (Hebelstrasse 17, tel: (+49) 721 570 3443; www.eigenart-karlsruhe.de)
. Stuttgart’s art deco halls, ideal for sampling local specialities (Photos Luc Citrinot)
Stuttgart is considered one of Germany’s gastronomic capitals. At the same time, the city is surrounded by vineyards with grape varieties that can be found in many bars in town.
Cube Restaurant is located on the upper floor of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and offers a panoramic view of the Schlossplatz, its castle and its gardens. It offers a more international – and therefore “lighter” – German cuisine. (Kleiner Schlossplatz 1, tel: (+49) 711 280 44 41; www.cube-restaurant.de/en/cube). For those curious about local Swabian cuisine, Alte Kanzlei offers a range of traditional dishes in a rather contemporary brasserie style overlooking one of the metropolis’ historic squares (Schillerplatz 5, tel: (+49) 711 29 44 57; www.alte-kanzlei-stuttgart.de). With a Michelin BIB, the bistro Vetter. Essen & Trinken is open in the evening for regional wines and fresh, inventive dishes (Bopserstrasse 18, tel: (+49) 711 241916; www.vetter-essen-trinken.de)
For wine lovers, visit Weingut Stadt Stuttgart. Located in a typical shop from the early 1960s, the space belongs to the city of Stuttgart, which exhibits all the grape varieties produced in its municipal area. You can buy and possibly taste the wines of the metropolis (Breite Strasse 4, tel: (+49) 711 21657507; www.weingutstuttgart.de
(website in German). <img src=”https://www.voyages-d-affaires.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/vins-stuttgar.-2.jpg” alt=”vins Stuttgart” width=”700″ height=”525″ />The Stuttgart wine shop, where you can taste and buy wines produced in the metropolis (Luc Citrinot)
The centre of Karlsruhe literally radiates from its castle, formerly the residence of the Electors and then the Grand Dukes of Baden. The baroque residence houses the Baden Museum. The adjacent gardens are home to the State Gallery of Fine Arts. All the streets of Karlsruhe start from the castle and form a fan. Shopping enthusiasts will find what they are looking for along Kaiserstrasse, where all the big brands are to be found, while Erbprinzenstrasse is home to design and fashion boutiques from local designers.
The State Theatre is home to, among other programmes, the famous Stuttgart Ballet (Luc Citrinot)
Fans of old cities will certainly be disappointed by Stuttgart. Heavily bombed during the Second World War, the city offers a resolutely modern face. But it does not lack charm because of its geographical location – nestled at the foot of hills covered with vineyards. While the castle square with the old renaissance castle, the arcades and the baroque castle, the former collegiate church, the State Theatre and Calwer Strasse have been rebuilt, the city is made up of buildings from the 1950s to the 1970s. In this respect, Stuttgart is a perfect example of the German economic miracle of the Adenauer or Ludwig Ehrard era. However, Stuttgart is also a city with a gentle, almost Mediterranean lifestyle, with its parks and gardens, as well as countless museums (including the Porsche and Daimler Benz museums and the remarkable art collections of the State Gallery and the Stuttgart Museum of Fine Arts).
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