Traditional yet modern, professional yet friendly, structured yet flexible, the anglo-german institute reflects the seemingly conflicting characteristics of the city in whose heart it sits: Stuttgart....
Stuttgart, capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg, is the 6th largest city in Germany.
Protected by the nearby Black Forest and Swabian Alp hills, Stuttgart enjoys an oceanic climate and offers all the attractions of a historic, university city with a strong industrial base.
Despite its size, Stuttgart is known for its friendly, small town atmosphere.Visitors are often surprised by the number of parks, hills and even vineyards across the city.
In fact, Stuttgart is the only city in Germany where wine is grown within the urban area and wine was its main source of revenue well into the nineteenth century. Wine-growing is still significant today, and of course Stuttgart also has its own breweries.
Nicknamed "Benztown" by its inhabitants, the city is considered to be the "cradle of the automobile". The automobile and the motorcycle were born in Stuttgart with Karl Benz, and industrialised as early as 1887 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. The VW Beetle was first produced in Stuttgart, based on a design by Ferdinand Porsche. Today, manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Maybach are based in the region.
The booming automotive industry in the last century attracted many international workers and Stuttgart today is a truly cosmopolitan city.
In recent years, it has positioned itself as “the creative power of Germany” and “the new heart of Europe”, slogans that reflect Stuttgart’s ongoing dynamism. And with good reason - no other region in Germany registers so many patents and designs as Stuttgart.
Stuttgart is home to both the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum, must-sees for car lovers. The city also has a thriving cultural scene, with numerous art galleries and institutions, including the Kunstmuseum and the Neue Staatsgalerie, which houses one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Germany, including works by Picasso, Kokoschka, Miro and Beuys. There is a lively selection of bars, clubs, traditional German pubs and live music venues in the city, which has a strong jazz tradition, as well as opera and theatre.
Exploring the city's historic monuments, museums, contemporary and classic architecture, cafes and restaurants, German language students will inevitably discover the "Stäffele"! These flights of steps arise from Stuttgart's valley location: they make all the ups and downs easier for pedestrians.