Art and culture – up and down the country

Those interested in art and culture will hardly be bored, the range of museums in the Stuttgart region alone is so large. The wide range of theater and music on offer, from opera, ballet and drama to electro and hip-hop, is at least as impressive.

The Stuttgart region is home to countless treasures of art and culture - and not just in the state capital itself. In Stuttgart's palace gardens, the State Theater is Europe's largest three-part theater, which combines opera, ballet and theater.

The opera has been voted “Opera of the Year” several times. Many other small and large stages can be found throughout the region, from the musical theaters in Stuttgart-Möhringen to the renowned Württembergische Landesbühne in Esslingen to the Theatergalerie in Neckartailfingen.

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State Opera Stuttgart

This is what the Stuttgart region sounds like

Music lovers can look forward to the International Bach Academy’s Stuttgart Music Festival, Eclat – the Festival for New Music, the Jazz Open or the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival. The region's jazz scene in particular is diverse and is known not only for its own jazz legends such as Wolfgang Dauner: Stuttgart's BIX, for example, is one of the largest and most renowned jazz clubs in Germany, but there are also many pearls just outside the state capital, such as the Armer Konrad jazz club in Weinstadt. The region is not only a mecca for fans of classical genres, but also thrives on a lively pop culture scene. The state capital is also the “mother city” of hip-hop. Formative stars of the scene, such as Kolchose, the Fantastischen Vier, Freundeskreis, Massive Tones and Cro not only fill the region's concert arenas, but are also internationally successful. But it's not just the big city that shapes the hip-hop and rap scene: several nationally recognized rappers come from the large district town of Bietigheim-Bissingen. Electronic music in all its facets is celebrated at the Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival. The Kessel Festival, a sustainable music and culture festival, offers top stars of the scene and up-and-coming artists a large stage. To ensure that the music scene remains so lively and colorful, new pop music talents are regularly discovered in clubs throughout the region Pop office Stuttgart region specifically networked and supported.

The fact that culture in the Stuttgart region does not always have to take place on the theater stage or in the concert hall is also a given in the region. Both in the city and in the region, empty rooms or unused areas are often creatively showcased. Parking garages in the heart of Stuttgart were not only used as the home of a cultural kiosk, but also as a venue for the Bunte Beton Festival and the #FUMES AND PERFUMES exhibition series.

Automotive museums and art in a square

©Stuttgart Marketing GmbH / Porsche AG Porsche Museum at night
Porsche Museum at night

There are also a colorful and excellent variety of museums. The collections and exhibitions of the Stuttgart State Gallery and the Stuttgart Art Museum are internationally renowned. History, natural history and ethnography can be experienced, for example, in the Rosenstein Museum, the Linden Museum or the Württemberg State Museum. Private collections, such as the Schauwerk in Sindelfingen or the Charlotte Zander Museum in Bönnigheim, show high-quality branches of modernism.
Vehicles become works of art in automobile museums, be it in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the Porsche Museum or in the Motorworld at the Böblingen/Sindelfingen airfield. Anyone who prefers art in squares to curves will find what they are looking for in the Ritter Museum in Waldenbuch. The Modern Literature Museum in the Schiller city of Marbach has a unique collection of manuscripts, pictures and estates of famous authors.

The City Palace – Museum for Stuttgart is much more than a museum. Here, city history(s) are told and urban future issues are openly discussed. The Wilhelmspalais museum garden is also a popular location for cultural and music events, workshops and exhibitions. There are around 200 other museums around Stuttgart, including top-class special collections such as the German Literature Archive in Marbach or the Kage Museum for Microphotography in Lauterstein.

Architecture and living history

The Stuttgart region is also known as a metropolis of architecture. Not only is the world's first television tower located here, in the state capital you can discover the Tagblattturm, the first high-rise made of exposed concrete, Stirling's State Gallery as an ode to postmodernism or Werner Sobek's pioneering residential buildings in Stuttgart. And last but not least, there is the Weissenhofsiedlung, the world's largest ensemble of Bauhaus architecture, in which the star architects of modernism from Walter Gropius to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to Le Corbusier were immortalized in 1927. 100 years after the dawn of architectural modernism at Stuttgart's Weissenhof International Building Exhibition 2027 CityRegion Stuttgart (IBAʼ27) about the future of building and living together in one of the strongest economic centers in Europe. Your exhibition locations in 2027 will be socially and functionally mixed houses and neighborhoods. In them, living, working, culture and leisure merge to form complex, sustainable neighborhoods.

©Unsplash – Florian Rebmann Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart
Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart

A variety of other cultural highlights make a trip through the Stuttgart region always a journey through its living history: from the grave of the Celtic prince near Vaihingen an der Enz, for example, you go to a Roman estate in Oberensingen, then on to the castle landscape of the Swabian Alb Old towns from Herrenberg, Schorndorf or the former Free Imperial City of Esslingen with the oldest half-timbered houses in Germany, to the magnificent baroque palaces such as the Residenz in Ludwigsburg or the classicist palace in Oppenweiler.

Further information

On the side of the Stuttgart Regio Marketing and Tourism GmbH You will find a complete overview of all the culinary highlights of the Stuttgart region. The website also offers a comprehensive calendar of events for the Stuttgart region.