Our trip to Stuttgart focused around a Zelda symphony concert my husband wanted to go to, so I wanted to make the most of the long drive and discover other sights in the area. My favorite part of our trip was the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, and not the actual city of Stuttgart. I’m sure there is more to discover in the city, but we were really short on time. If you have anything you’d like to as please feel free to leave a comment so that others can benefits from your advice.
Saturday at the Uracher Wasserfall and the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival
Saturday morning we left around 6 am in order to get to the Uracher Wasserfall. I wanted to get there really in the morning to avoid the crowds. Well getting here was an adventure! I read on Trip Adviser to park at the train station in town and walk to the waterfall. This was our original plan but we ended up getting really lost. When we were about twenty minutes away both of our phones decided to do a system update. I wish I could remember exactly how to get to the place where we started walking but we just came upon it by accident. It was a really nice hike through this forested area and we could see some castle ruins at the top of the mountain where we began our hike.
To get to the mountain view from the waterfall just walk past the beer garden and to the right you’ll see a small stream of water cascading down. When you look to your left you’ll see a small path.
We ended up staying for a short amount of time, maybe about an hour and a half. I did see many children but no strollers. This might be a little too strenuous for smaller children and strollers.
The festival was just a short drive from the waterfall so we made our way there. Parking was a little chaotic, but we eventually found a garage that was very conveniently located. I’ll put the address below in the resources. We didn’t think the festival was going to be as big as it was, but I was actually really fun and entertaining. There was a lot to see and eat!
We spent most of our time in the kid area petting the goats and riding on the free boats that go around the kids section. I also spotted a train but we couldn’t find the starting point. There are little fairy tale houses along a path that depicted all the different stories. My favorite was Hansel and Gretel. I believe these are permanent displays that you can visit with entrance into the palace. To get into the festival we did have to pay, I believe it was 7.50 Euro, but it is worth it.
That night we stayed on base at the Kelley Barracks Hotel. It was really cheap for both of us to stay there and breakfast was included! Our room was very nice and the hotel was located right by the gas station and gym.
The hiking and driving from the day before mad us both super tired. We both wanted to stay in the hotel room all day, but we found the energy and headed out for the day. Someone recommended the parking garage that was located behind the train station so we parked there. DO NOT PARK THERE! It was 2.50 Euro per hour!
My recommendation is to park by the Porsche Arena. The garage there was only 6 Euro for the whole day. Once you’re parked there you can get onto the Hop-on-Hop Off, which is 15 Euro per person. If you want to, you can also take public transportation. If you want a cheap meal, check out what the train station has to offer. My husband and I split a half chicken for 4 Euro.
From here we went to the tourist office. To get there: walk through the train station and on your right you’ll see stairs, go down the stairs and then up another set. The tourist office is right there. We purchased the Stuttgart Card and our Hop-On-Hop-Off tickets here. This was really expensive and we don’t normally purchases these but we thought we’d give it a try. I wouldn’t get this unless you plan on spending more time in the city. We didn’t get our monies worth at all and ended up losing money on even though we went to three museums. If you do go try to find a walking tour or do something self guided.
We spent the day riding around on the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus and checking out the museums. Around 6 we made our way to the Porsche Arena and yet again paid for parking. When we left the parking garage at the train station we sent 17 Euro! The city left a bad taste in our mouths. On top of wasting money on parking and the Stuttgart Card we ate at Maredo, which is a steak place that was horrible and expensive. So take my advice and eat at the train station or a street vendor.
Address for Bad Uracher WasserFalle: Kurverwaltung Bad Urach Bei den Thermen 4 72574 Bad Urach (I found this on the tourism website, we didn’t use this because our GPS wouldn’t work. I hope this address work out for you!)
Parking garage address for Ludwigsburg: Wilhelmstraße 26, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany
Website for Pumpkin Festival: http://www.kuerbisausstellung-ludwigsburg.de/en
Kelley Hotel Website: http://stuttgart.armymwr.com/europe/stuttgart/programs/kelley-hotel
Stuttgart Train Station Parking: Hauptbahnhof Stuttgart Arnulf-Klett-Platz 70173 Stuttgart (Folow signs for parking, it’s near what looks like a bank)
Gas – $100
Spending money – $100
Hotel – $47.50
Total – $247.50