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Stuttgart - a City Surrounded by Hills, Forests and Vineyards

By Maike Mintelowsky

This charming Swabian city is not just home to the automotive sector and winegrowing. No other region invests more in research and development on a daily basis than Stuttgart, the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

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Stuttgart as a research location

Stuttgart is famous for more than its automotive manufacturers. Research in Stuttgart also focuses on mechanical engineering, environmental technology and power engineering as well as information and communications technology.

Stuttgart has 18 institutions of higher education and universities plus a variety of leading research and development facilities such as the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW), the Centre for Energy Research (ZfES) and the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines (FKFS).

Companies in Stuttgart invest 13 million euros in research and development every day - more than any other region in Germany. Stuttgart's businesses register on average over 3,600 patents each year, the second highest number of patent applications by a European city.


Stuttgart was probably founded around 950 AD when Duke Liudolf of Swabia set up a stud farm, or 'Stuotgarten', there. Over the years this farm became a settlement and eventually the city of Stuttgart. As a royal residence, Stuttgart's growth primarily stemmed from craft enterprises and winegrowing.

Charles Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, wanted to make Stuttgart one of the most powerful empires in Europe and therefore put his entire fortune into building magnificent palaces. This bankrupted the duke but has benefited the city because these architectural gems can still be visited and admired today.

During the Second World War, Stuttgart was severely damaged. In modern Stuttgart, the Schillerplatz square, the Baroque 'New Castle' and the King's Building nevertheless bear witness to the city's past.

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Living in Stuttgart

In 1519, the humanist Ulrich von Hutten wrote that Stuttgart was the name that Swabians gave to paradise on earth. And you still can understand why today: vineyards, parks and forests combined with a vibrant arts and cultural scene deliver a high quality of life.

In addition to the art museum, state gallery and the Linden ethnological museum, Stuttgart also has museums paying tribute to its biggest business - the automotive industry. The Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums depict the history of the automobile.

From the district of Sonnenberg with its wonderful view of the Stuttgart basin or exclusive Degerloch to Rotenberg where the landscape is shaped by winegrowing, housing is unfortunately expensive throughout developed Stuttgart.

Typical aspects of Stuttgart

Here in the heart of Swabia, the accent is rather different and people like to party - hardly a month goes by without some sort of festival such as the Wine Village or Cannstatter Wasen.

Due to its location in a basin, there are more than 400 flights of stairs around the city (called 'Stäffele' in the local dialect). With 250 springs in the urban area, Stuttgart has the second-largest mineral water deposits in Europe.

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academics :: July 2010