Stuttgart has a unique combination of world-class cars and wine where visitors can enjoy both without drinking and driving in this capital of SouthWest Germany, the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. State-of-the-art automobile museums, including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and the workshop of Daimler and Maybach and the Benz House offer a unique automobile experience combining history and innovation. At the same time, the wine festivals in late summer and early fall are a fabulous way to enjoy and be a part of the local culture without breaking the bank.
Stuttgart is at the center of one of Germany's 13 wine growing regions: Wuerttemberg; and it is close to another of Germany's wine regions: Baden. The city is surrounded by beautiful low-lying hills that are covered with vineyards and harvest time is especially active and festive. A popular aspect of SouthWest Germany's wine culture is the "broom tavern," or Besenwirtschaft, whereby locals are allowed to open their homes and sell wine and food for 12 weeks of the year. The owners hang a broom outside of their house which signifies to visitors that they are open for business.