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State Capital of Stuttgart

Baden-Württemberg's state capital of Stuttgart is Germany's most sustainable city. In the overall rankings of the "WirtschaftsWocheSustainable City Indikator" (WWSCI), Stuttgart attains higher-than-average results among Germany's 50 largest cities in every category (economic strength, environment, human capital, social affairs, energy and transport, transparency and commitment).

What's more, within the framework of the 2012, 2014 and 2016 City of Culture rankings, the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), on behalf of the Berenberg Bank, chose Stuttgart from among Germany's 30 largest metropolises as the Number One City of Culture. Stuttgart excels with several top placements. The award pays tribute to the state capital's wide range of first-class culture options: Stuttgart's cultural flagships include the city's art museums and its renowned orchestras, its music festivals in a variety of genres and its architectural highlights, as well as the State Theatres with the world-famous Stuttgart Ballet, the award-winning Stuttgart Opera and innovative drama productions.

The state capital is surrounded by vineyards and forests, with numerous parks and gardens that invite relaxation. Much of Stuttgart's special charm is due to its vineyards; the city has a long tradition of viniculture. Though vines grow mainly along the R. Neckar, they're also to be found in the centre of town.

Stuttgart's mineral springs are among the most prolific in Europe, second only to Budapest. Their healing mineral waters are used, among other things, to feed Stuttgart's three mineral spas.

Stuttgart has over 400 flights of steps, known locally as "Stäffele" (steps), with a total length of around 20 kilometres. Many of them date back to the days when wine growers tended their vineyards on the hills; they therefore document a piece of the city's history. It's well worth the exertion of climbing up some of these steps: from the top, there are magnificent panoramic views over the city.

The people of Stuttgart like to celebrate: hardly a month goes by without some kind of major festival or colourful market. The first warm days are greeted with the Stuttgart Spring Festival, while countless collector's pieces change hands at the large flea markets held in the spring and autumn. Fine wines from the region are enjoyed by Stuttgart's inhabitants at the Stuttgart Wine Village. The Cannstatt Beer Festival attracts visitors from all corners of the globe to Stuttgart, as does the Christmas Market, which fittingly rounds off the year with a profusion of aromas and coloured lights.