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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Travel tips for ballet lovers: Stuttgart

Stuttgart Opera House -ballet is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
If you're going to see the Stuttgart Ballet, the Hotel Astoria, Hospitalstra├če 29, about 15 minutes walk from the theatre, currently has rooms starting at 55 euros a night including breakfast (less on weekends). If you're flying into Stuttgart, the great advantage of this hotel is that it is literally 2 minutes walk from your room to the platform of the Stadtmitte station of the S-Bahn train that takes you to the airport. If coming by train, it is only one stop away from the main train station (Hauptbahnhof). While only a short block from Stuttgart's main pedestrian shopping street, this hotel is on a quieter side street so not at all noisy.  
Another longtime fave of mine is the City Hotel, Uhlandstra├če 18, rooms starting at 79 euros including a great buffet breakfast. It is only 9 minutes walk from the theatre, not quite as convenient for the main shopping streets and train station (both still walkable) or airport as the Astoria, but as Stuttgart has a fantastic public transit system it is definitely not difficult to get where you're going.
There is a good Italian restaurant, La Piazza, just down Uhlandstrasse from the hotel, on the corner of Urbanstrasse.
Make sure you stop in for Kaffee and Kuchen at the Grand Cafe Planie (the big yellow building on one corner of Charlottenplatz). Their cakes are fantastic!



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