A stadium that will have a capacity of over 50,000 currently home to a top-tier side.
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Stuttgart (population: 640,000) is a major industrial city ad home to two of the most famous car manufacturers in the world, Mercedes and Porsche. The mild climate and rich soil of the Neckar Valley mean the surrounding area produces some great wines too.
The Arena Stuttgart was built in 1933, has been renovated and modernised several times since, and will have a capacity of over 50,000 for UEFA EURO 2024.
Once known as the Neckarstadion, it staged games at the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups and the 1988 UEFA European Championship, as well as holding two European Cup deciders – Real Madrid’s 1959 defeat of Reims and PSV Eindhoven’s 1988 win against Benfica.
Following a refurbishment that was completed in 2011, the Arena Stuttgart is now a dedicated football stadium, although the likes of Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones and Phil Collins have played concerts there. Currently operating in Germany’s top tier again, five-time national champions VfB Stuttgart are the resident home club.
Check out some cars
The Mercedes-Benz-Museum's star exhibits include the first car that automobile pioneer Gottlieb Daimler produced as well as Nico Rosberg's World Championship-winning Formula 1 car. The building that houses all these vehicles is a real eye-catcher too.
Königsstraße (translation: King Street) runs from central station to the middle of town, and has more to offer than shopping. Head for the Schlossplatz to see the Neue Schloss and Alte Schloss (new and old castles) as well as museums and the Königsbau shopping precinct.
Local food in Stuttgart is something special: when in the city, try and check out Flädlesuppe (pancake soup), Maultaschen (pasta dough with various fillings), Zwiebelrostbraten (roast beef with onions) and Kässpätzle (local pasta with cheese).