Stuttgart's congress region – where industrial might meets lifestyle
Stuttgart - good life and congresses
Baden-Württemberg’s capital Stuttgart is the centre of one of the most prosperous conurbations in Europe. Here, global players mix with innovative Mittelstand companies and the city’s taste for the good life adds an extra little something to congresses and events.
Automotive, engineering and IT
The thriving economic region of Stuttgart is a leading European hub for innovation with the automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering as well as IT and environmental technology industries as stand-out sectors. Surrounded by delightful countryside with an abundance of parks, gar-dens, forests and vineyards, the Stuttgart region is home to 2.7 million people from 170 different countries and combines an exceptional high quality of life with warm hospitality and outstanding attractions.
Did you know?
Stuttgart lies beautifully situated in one of Germany's best wine regions: Württemberg!
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Stuttgart is centrally located in a region with a strong economic infrastructure and equally close to Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich. Getting here is as easy as getting around in the city and surrounding region thanks to an international airport, InterCityExpress (ICE) train station, motorway access and comprehensive public transport network.
Stuttgart’s standing as one of Europe’s preeminent centres of business and innovation is reflected in the outstanding location and hotel infrastructure it offers to organisers of meetings and congresses. Its future-oriented concepts for sustainability also make the region a destination of choice for green meetings. With almost 188,000 square metres capacity for green events it is regarded as a competence centre for sustainable meetings and congresses. Not surprisingly, Stuttgart has over the past few years developed into one of the leading know-how hubs for environmental technologies, supported by regional industry players, research centres and major sector trade fairs and accompanying congresses.
Convention venues include the ICS International Congress Centre with a capacity for up to 10,000 delegates and Stuttgart Exhibition Centre, the Liederhalle Cultural and Congress Centre and around 250 other congress centres, conference hotels and event locations. Apart from different options for events of all sizes, Stuttgart’s congress region also caters for individual style requirements. More than 60 special locations
such as the Carl Benz Arena or Mercedes-Benz Museum plus numerous other museums, wineries or castles complement the more conventional venue choice. Plus, 110 business and superior category hotels provide a wide array of hospitality options.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
The city is not only known for its manifold cultural offerings of international standing, but also for its taste for the good life: Stuttgart is surrounded by vineyards and is the only state capital with its own municipal wine-growing estate. Foodies will delight in numerous Michelin star restaurants as well as the fabulous covered market hall for international delicatessen. Apart from first-class retail options on and around Schlossplatz (Palace Square) and Germany’s longest shopping street Königstrasse in the heart of the city, great add-ons for congress delegates and trade fair visitors include the Mercedes-Benz Museum and Porsche Museum, both stunning architecturally as well as content-wise. For the more culturally minded, there’s Stuttgart State Gallery, Stuttgart art museum, Stuttgart Ballet and the opera house, the latter being one of Europe’s most eminent opera houses. Throughout the year, there are also a number of unique festivals such as the Cannstatter Wasen, one of the biggest funfairs in the whole of Europe, the atmospheric Stuttgart Wine Festival show-casing the best of the region’s outstanding wines and the ever-popular Christmas Market towards the end of the year.
Stuttgart: The creative powerhouse
It is no secret that Stuttgart knows cars inside out. However, it is also worth mentioning that the University of Stuttgart trains around 80 percent of German space engineers, is home to 80 percent of all research institutes in Baden-Württemberg and is also strong in production technology.
Consequently, the Swabian city is heavily focused on transport + logistics and technology + innovation.