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Welcome to the Stuttgart Region

Welcome to one of the world’s most productive regions: approximately 160,000 companies and 1.4 million employees generate 100 billion euros here every year. Stuttgart and the surrounding area form a versatile and energetic region that unites different facets of business and culture.

This is probably the reason why visions and economic goals are being tackled somewhat more purposefully here. The region has the highest number of exports in Germany. It holds the top position nationwide in innovation and research and is one of the leading locations in Europe for industries of the future.


Automotive and mechanical engineering


Space and environmental technology


Research and Development


Pillar of the German economy

The Stuttgart region is a key European business location. World market leaders such as Daimler, Porsche, Bosch, IBM and Hewlett Packard are based here alongside medium-sized innovation drivers that form the mainstay of a global economy and give it indispensable impetus. In recent decades, renowned auditing and consulting firms as well as financial and creative enterprises have settled in this agile and expanding environment.


With over 50 % of all employees in knowledge-intensive branches of industry, the Swabian metropolis occupies the top position in Germany. Highly qualified university graduates ensure a high density of skilled workers and make Stuttgart one of the most innovative locations for companies.

With two Max Planck Institutes, five Fraunhofer Institutes, six research institutes of the German Aerospace Center and numerous private institutions, the outlook for the future is optimistic. In the first half of 2017, Baden Württemberg's total economic output rose by 2.1 percent.

In the countries of the European Union, the business sector accounts for the lion's share of research and development expenditure. In 2015, investments in research and development (R&D) amounted to 69 % in the German business sector and 64 % in the EU. In Baden Württemberg, this share is even higher at 81 %.*

(*Source: Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg, press release 254/2017)



Schloss Solitude: Welcome to Rococo

With the outstanding architectural ensemble Schloss Solitude, Duke Carl Eugen von Württemberg created probably the most famous building of his era.


Great stage for cultural highlights

Center of classical and modern art life: The Staatstheater Stuttgart, erected in 1912 in the Opera House, is home to the Stuttgart Opera, the Stuttgart Ballet and the Schauspiel Stuttgart.


Major Collection: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Modern on the outside, great tradition on the inside: the Staatsgalerie of Stuttgart was opened as early as 1843 and boasts a world-famous collection of graphic art.


Land of engineers and carmakers

With Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, Stuttgart is home to two world leaders in automotive culture. Their histories can be viewed in the two brand museums.


Porsche Museum and Mercedes-Benz World

You can experience the milestones and magnificent examples of automotive history up close in both museums.

Cultural metropolis with an excellent offer

Whether it’s the Jazz Open, the award-winning Opera House, the Schlossfestspiele concerts or the  musicals, Stuttgart ranks at the top of the German cultural metropolises. In the latest HWWI / Berenberg Culture City ranking, Stuttgart was once again named the German Capital of Culture No. 1 in 2016.

The multi-faceted offer is appreciated and enjoyed far beyond Stuttgart. And the persistently high demand even makes the cultural sector an economic pillar of the Stuttgart region. Nowhere else have so many theatre and opera visits been recorded in recent years.


The famous Staatstheater Stuttgart is home to three cultural institutions: opera, ballet and drama. International artists and classical productions define the events on the three large stages of  the opera house at the Schlosspark.

Attractions in the city include the Stadtmuseum, the Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg, the Staatsgalerie, the Naturkundemuseen, and the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums. Countless destinations in the surrounding countryside invite you to discover and explore at all times of the year.



Cycling and hiking on countless paths

Around Stuttgart, a great variety of marked cycle tours and hiking trails lure you to exciting discovery tours and relaxation.


Home of award-winning winegrowers and fine wines

Top quality wines from the Stuttgart region convince through highest quality, individual character and are appreciated internationally.



Unique natural landscape: Swabian Alb biosphere reserve

With the steeply sloping “Albtrauf”, the Danube gorge and countless picturesque corners, the Swabian Alb is one of the most impressive landscapes in Germany.


Paradise shopping on Stuttgart's shopping mile

Königsstrasse and top addresses such as the Breuninger Department Store in Marktstrasse make shopping an exclusive lifestyle pleasure.


The most beautiful time of year to celebrate: Stuttgart Summer Festival

Every year in August, Stuttgart's city center becomes the stage for great live performances, delicious cuisine and refreshing drinks in the open air.


Leisure and sport without borders

With 5.6 square kilometers of parks, the city is one of the greenest metropolises in Europe. Idyllic vineyards, bathing lakes and, of course, the Swabian Alb add to the allure of the region. Several hundred sports clubs boast growing memberships and have wide offer that include traditional activities along with new trends.


But above all, the Stuttgart area draws people outdoors to explore unique landscapes on bike or foot or to play a round of golf at one of the expansive courses in the area. Recreation trails lead out of the city into the vineyards, along the hidden corners of the Albtrauf and across the Swabian Alb. An extensive network of bike paths in and around Stuttgart offers every cyclist the ideal route for taking a leisurely excursion or sporty tour.

Connoissers will also get their money's worth. Like Stuttgart Airport City, the region is a shopping and gourmet paradise, rich in Swabian specialities and home to award-winning winegrowers.