Germany Trip Plan:
Stuttgart and the beautiful Neckar-Valley from Esslingen to Marbach

Germany trip plan: Stuttgart and the beautiful Neckar-Valley from Esslingen to Marbach
Michaelis-Church in Waiblingen and look over the town, GNU, author Anwiha
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Follow the River Neckar and discover historical towns and the ancient wine-region. Witness the unique Pumpkin Exhibition with bizarre pumpkins in gorgeous colors and unusual forms, find out where the poet Friedrich Schiller was born and admire Porsche racing cars at their own new museum.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Stuttgart Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Follow the River Neckar and discover historical towns and the ancient wine-region. Witness the unique Pumpkin Exhibition with bizarre pumpkins in gorgeous colors and unusual forms, find out where the poet Friedrich Schiller was born and admire Porsche racing cars at their own new museum.

The River Neckar has a total length of 231 miles and passes so famous towns like Rottweil and Tübingen before reaching the old imperial town of Esslingen. It continues its journey in the Stuttgart Basin, passes through the old ducal capital of Ludwigsburg and the little town of Marbach, Schiller's birthplace. This is a wine-growing region, a tradition introduced by the Romans and after that for centuries in the hand of monasteries. The whole region is perfect for a relaxing holiday with a lot of variety for everyone's taste.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $745 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $300 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $429 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $150 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1624 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $2345 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Half-timbered houses in Waiblingen, GNU, author Anwiha
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A nice holiday apartment awaits you in the incorporated towns of Waiblingen; in Hohenacker or Bittenfeld, around 8 miles northeast of Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg. The historical Town-Center and the fortifications of Waiblingen are reminders of the Middle Ages and its fun to just stroll around or maybe do some local shopping.


Day 2: Ludwigburg - Germany's largest Baroque Castle and the Pumpkin- Exhibition

Day 2: Ludwigburg - Germany's largest Baroque Castle and the Pumpkin- Exhibition
Castle Ludwigsburg, GNU, author Badanedwa
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North of Stuttgart lies the old ducal capital town of Ludwigsburg. Once, it was the residence of Karl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg, who enrolled the young Friedrich Schiller in the Karlsschule Stuttgart, faculty medicine. This was an elite military academy he had founded in 1773. Schiller's childhood was a lonely and unhappy one, but in return he received an excellent education. It was there that he wrote his first play, Die Räuber. Ludwigsburg was put on the map at the beginning of the 18th century with the construction of the largest Baroque Castle in Germany, the Ludwigsburg Palace, under Duke Eberhard Ludwig von Württemberg. The Baroque Hunting- and Pleasure-Palace was built between 1713 and 1728 and was called Favorite. The Seeschloss Monrepos, Lake-Palace, was constructed between the years 1764 - 1768.

Each of this three castles has their own park. Interesting is the Favoritepark, a park where fallow dears, European mouflon, lots of bird species, bats and squirrels found a natural habitat. During summer months the Blühende Barock, best translated with Blooming Baroque, is a well-visited park landscape around the huge residential Baroque Palace. From August through November 2009 this park showcases a real special treat with the world greatest Pumpkin Exhibition. Admire bizarre growths, gorgeous colors and unusual forms from over 450 different kinds of pumpkins. Additional the pumpkin sale offers a unique variety of selected squashes and many more delicacies in the pumpkin shop.


Day 3: Esslingen am Neckar - 1,200 years of history

Day 3: Esslingen am Neckar - 1,200 years of history
Old Town Hall Esslingen, GNU, author Karlheinz Woschée
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The former imperial town of Esslingen is the oldest and second biggest town in the region. Since it was not seriously hit by destruction during the Second World War, the architectural history of 1,200 years can still be found here. The Dicke Turm, Big Tower, is the landmark and a former part of the towns fortification. Today home to a restaurant of the same name, it provides its guests not only with a delicious menu but also with great views over the town and neighboring municipalities. Besides guided tours through the historical town with its outstanding buildings and history you can now follow the trail via mobile phone directions! Wine-growing can be traced back to the 8th century. Already in the middle ages wine was exported to the Alsace region and Bavaria. An area of 80 hectares is covered by grapes of 20 varieties. The smallest area is on the Esslinger Burg and only very special wines are vinificated here.


Day 4: Stuttgart-City and Cannstatter Beer-Festival

Day 4: Stuttgart-City and Cannstatter Beer-Festival
Old Castle Stuttgart
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Visiting Stuttgart you best begin at the Schlossplatz, Castle-Square, which is centrally located and a good starting point for a shopping spree in the nearby . This is a great shopping mile, in fact 1,000 meters long, where you will find shopping malls, special shops and boutiques; Cafes and resting areas. On top of this street-artists give concerts or theater shows are staged and make a visit always worthwhile. The nearest vineyard, the Kriegsberg, is only a short walk away from the train-station and makes clear that wine is also a big theme in Stuttgart. Visit a Besen, a kind of wine-pub, which open now in the autumn season and get a taste of the fresh wines, served in a Viertele, 0.25 l and along with it enjoy great local foods.

If you prefer beer, Stuttgart hosts the annual second largest Beer Festival in Germany, this year from the 25th of September to the 11th of October. Fair ground attractions, traditional costumes, gastronomic delights, typical German Brass Band music and an open air market attract each year an ever growing number of visitors.


Day 5: Marbach am Neckar - Friedrich Schiller's birthplace

Day 5: Marbach am Neckar - Friedrich Schiller's birthplace
Schiller's birthplace in Marbach, GNU, author Mussklprozz
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The small town of Marbach is integrated in the Deutschen Fachwerkstraße, German Framework Road, the Württembergische Weinstraße and the Schwäbischen Dichterstraße, Swabian Poet Road. High above the River Neckar, on the southern slope of the Strenzelbachtal, lies the old town center of Marbach, since 1983 under monument protection. Surrounded by the picturesque landscape of vineyards and fruit orchards, Marbach is a great place to spend a leisure day. Three sites of the historical town center are still enclosed by the original fortification and towers. The oldest intact landmark is the Obere Torturm, Upper Gate-Tower, which can be visited daily. On 5 levels you can learn about the tower and the town's fortification history; and once you've reached the top of the 40 meters high tower, you forget about the 95 steps since the views are breathtaking. Below the old town center at the River Neckar, you can embark on a boat-trip to enjoy the beautiful Neckar Valley.

Marbach is known as the birthplace of the classical poet and dramatist, Friedrich Schiller. Although Schiller moved away as a child, he is commemorated in Marbach by the Schiller-Nationalmuseum and Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Schiller National Museum and German Literature Archive, one of the main archives of literature history in the Germany. The year 2009 marks the 250th birthday of Schiller on the 10th November 1759, and many special cultural activities will take place in Marbach around this time.


Day 6: Stuttgart - new Porsche-Museum and Friedrichsbau Varieté

Day 6: Stuttgart - new Porsche-Museum and Friedrichsbau Varieté
Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, author 8mobili
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Stuttgart is renowned for its car producing companies Mercedes Benz and Porsche. The latter opened in January 2009 a brand-new museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and this is a must see for every car enthusiast. The changing exponents display the best of Porsche style and design, including racing cars and are chosen from a total of around 300 available models. The museum complex houses three different theme restaurants. The exclusive Christophorus Restaurant in the upper part of the building displays the style of an Old American Diner, has a huge wine cellar and a separate cigar-lounge.

More celebrations are on the way for the autumn season 2009. Take the evening and visit the Friedrichsbau Varieté. They celebrate their 15th birthday in style with a special show between the 4th of September and the 31st of October. The theme is ZAUBER ZAUBER, magic-magic, and you can expect nothing less then a great Magic-Revue with international magicians, illusionists and manipulators, mixed with great humor, elegance and perfect timing.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Market-Triangle in Waiblingen, author Holger
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By now you might feel sorry to leave already with so much more to do and to explore. Waiblingen also has a lot of activities and attractions throughout the year like the light-show Waiblingen leuchtet, which takes place in autumn in the historical part of town and of course the historical Christmas Market with its very much alive Advent-Calendar.


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Bittenfeld

Bittenfeld
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Bittenfeld is an incorporated (1975) town located in the northernmost quarter of Waiblingen in the Rems-Murr-Kreis in Baden-Württemberg. Its population is approximately 4,300 inhabitants.  [ + ] More Details

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Esslingen

Esslingen
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Esslingen am Neckar is a city in the Stuttgart Region of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany, capital of the District of Esslingen as well as the largest city in the district. It is located on the Neckar River, about 14 km southeast of Stuttgart city…  [ + ] More Details

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Ludwigsburg

Ludwigsburg
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Ludwigsburg is a city in Germany, about 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) north of Stuttgart's city center, near the river Neckar. It is the capital of the Ludwigsburg District (its largest city having at present ca 87,000 inhabitants), and belongs to the Stuttgart…  [ + ] More Details

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Stuttgart

Stuttgart
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Stuttgart is the capital of Baden-Württemberg and has a population of almost 600,000. Presently it is the 6th largest city in Germany. It is most famous for its automotive industry - both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have their headquarters in Stuttgart…  [ + ] More Details

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Waiblingen

Waiblingen
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Waiblingen is a town in the southwest of Germany, located in the center of the densely populated Stuttgart Region, directly neighboring Stuttgart. It is the capital of the Rems-Murr district. As of September 30, 2004 Waiblingen accommodated 52,948 inhabitants…  [ + ] More Details

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