Rent a car in Stuttgart with Europcar
The capital of Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart is an iconic city in south-east Germany. Located around 200 kilometres south of Frankfurt, the sixth largest city in the country has a sharp and modern appearance. But underneath that shiny exterior is a city with soul, reflected in the numerous museums and cosy wine taverns.
Choose car hire in Stuttgart to discover the surrounding area, including the Rhine Valley, Black Forest and traditional towns such as Heidelberg.
The Europcar car rental experience in Stuttgart
The Audi A1 or Volkswagen Golf are popular economy car hire options, ideal for small groups discovering the city for a weekend. The Mazda CX-5 or Opel Insignia are larger models, perfect for bigger parties touring the area. Van hire in Stuttgart is also available, for moving house or transporting heavier loads.
Whether you need your Stuttgart car hire for a few days or up to a month, Europcar has the vehicle to suit your needs.
Driving in Stuttgart
In Stuttgart itself the speed limit is 50 km/h. On motorways and dual carriageways it is 130 km/h. The speed limit on other roads is 100 km/h and is reduced further in residential areas and around schools.
It is commonly believed that German autobahns have no speed limits, however this is not true and there can be heavy fines for speeding on any road in Germany.
There are no toll charges for private cars on German roads.
On-street parking spaces are scarce in the city centre and it is easier to find spots in car parks. Paid on-street parking is enforced from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 10pm, with a maximum stay of one hour. There are several multi-storey car parks with unlimited parking.
Discover Stuttgart and the surrounding area by car
Close to the picturesque towns of the Rhine Valley, Stuttgart is superbly located to explore the wider local area.
Dating back to the 11th century, Hohenzollern Castle is a magical place just an hour from Stuttgart. Regarded as one of the best castles in Germany, this is the former seat of the House of Hohenzollern, with breath-taking views of Hechingen and Bisingen.
Around 90 kilometres from Stuttgart, the medieval town of Ulm houses the tallest church in the world. The spire of Ulm Minster is 161.5 metres tall and was extended to beat the height of Cologne Cathedral.
Driving onwards from Stuttgart, explore the Black Forest (121 kilometres away), the glamorous casinos of Baden-Baden (99 kilometres away) and the romantic town of Heidelberg (115 kilometres away), all within easy driving distance.
With the company HQ in Stuttgart, it makes sense that the Mercedes-Benz Museum would be located here too. Offering insight into more than 130 years of the history of the automobile industry and the brand itself, you can spend hours in this vast and swanky museum. The 16,500 square metre space has nine floors with over 1,500 exhibits and 160 vehicles on show. There are several rotating exhibitions and guided tours are available in eight different languages. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 6pm. Parking is available in a secure multi-storey car park, from €1 per hour. The museum is a ten-minute drive from the centre of Stuttgart.
Also known as The Schloss of Solitude, Stuttgart Palace is 10 kilometres outside of the city. Commissioned by Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg for his hunting lodge and summer residence, this lavish palace and gardens offer a great vantage point over Stuttgart. In-depth tours of the rooms are available, with their intricate late Rococo and early Neoclassical decoration. Head out into the gardens afterwards, walking along the Alley of Solitude which stretches for over 13 kilometres from the north gate of the Palace to Ludwigsburg.
Things to see in Stuttgart
Stuttgart may have a cosmopolitan façade but underneath there is a rich cultural seam. Popular attractions include St. John’s Church, a Gothic structure sat in the middle of Lake Feuersee; and the gleaming Stuttgart City Library, one of the most spectacular modern libraries on the planet, with an open roof terrace boasting great city views.
Green spaces abound in the centre, including Killesberg Park with its outdoor pool, miniature train and cafés; or Neckar Park, best experienced in springtime or during the September beer festival.