Stuttgart, Germany

Living in Stuttgart

Iyna Bort Caruso

There are few places where wine grapes are grown within meters--not miles--of a major urban center. Stuttgart, Germany, is one of them. The city that serves as the capital of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg has a wine-making tradition that dates back nearly a thousand years.

Stuttgart is a city of some 600,000 that’s an attractive mix of provincial and cosmopolitan. It is in the southwest part of the country in the Neckar River Valley known as the Stuttgart Cauldron. The Black Forest is less than a two-hour drive. Greenery is within and around Stuttgart, especially on the hillsides and along the Neckkar River where a patchwork of vineyards produces reds like Trollinger, Lemberger and whites like Riesling and Silvaner.

The city is praised for its high quality of life. In addition to viticulture, it is blessed with a proliferation of mineral springs, scores of castles and palaces and a robust cultural scene. The Cultural Mile includes opera, theater and ballet.

Stuttgart’s Christmas Market is one of the oldest in Europe, while its Volksfest is second only to Oktoberfest in size. In the greenest part of this green city, bikers flock to a five-mile corridor referred to as the Green U that extends from the New Palace gardens by the main Schlossplatz square to popular Killesberg Hill Park.

Another key component of Stuttgart’s high quality of life is its status as a leading business center. The city is in the middle of the economic triangle of Frankfurt-Munich-Zurich and the beneficiary of research and development investment.

While it is known as the “cradle of the automobile.” Daimler and Porche are headquartered here. Engineering, green technology and aerospace are also strong industries.

Stuttgart’s property market includes offerings in modern and sustainable downtown apartments, restored residences in historic buildings and luxury villas along the slopes of the surrounding hills with panoramic city views.