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Car hire at Stuttgart Airport

Car hire at Stuttgart Airport

Stuttgart Airport (STR) is an international airport that serves the capital city of the lander (state) of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, a major manufacturing centre for the car industry and a city featuring many attractive green spaces and fine buildings. The airport lies on the southern edge of the city.

What I need to know

There are numerous Stuttgart Airport car hire providers to choose from and you can use the Holiday Autos tracker to find the best deal for your needs. As well as identifying the best car hire services at Stuttgart Airport, we can also offer free cancellation and 24-hour customer service to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Where to pick up my car

Stuttgart Airport's car hire firms are based in Terminal 2, and cars can be picked up at Level 3. Getting to the terminal is easy, as the airport is well served by local public transport, including a direct rail link from Stuttgart Central Station, which takes around 27 minutes.

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Where to go

Both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have museums in Stuttgart, while those who enjoy a bit of nature can visit Wilhema, one of the largest zoological and botanical gardens in Europe. This lies close to the magnificent Rosenstein castle, which was built in the 19th century as a summer palace for King Wilhelm I of Württemberg.

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Ludwigsburg is half an hour away on the other side of the city to the north, but it features some grand buildings, such as Ludwigsburg Palace, which contains its own museum and is adjacent to the Schloss Favorite, a magnificent Baroque hunting lodge. The nearby Monrepos Chateau is a fine lakeside building and winery.

Longer drives

The airport is well within reach of the beautiful Black Forest (around two hours' drive away). The French border cities of Strasbourg (SXB) and Colmar (CMR) are two and three hours away respectively, while the Bavarian capital Munich is a two-hour drive away.

Eating and drinking

Stuttgart is a great place to sample traditional German food and drink. While beer, large sausages and Schwarzwald kuchen (Black Forest gateau) are popular, the signature dish is actually Spatzle, which is vegetarian. The region also produces some fine wines, not least those that can be tasted at Monrepos.

Things to do

If visiting the zoo and the car museums is not enough fun, try a VFB Stuttgart football match, enjoy a performance in one of the city's many theatres and concert halls, explore the cosmos at the Carl Zeiss Planetarium, or go shopping around the magnificent Schlossplatz.


Schillerplatz and the Old Town offer some classical German architecture, while those seeking a lofty vantage point should head for the 40-metre high Killesberg Tower. Alternatively, see the sepulchral chapel on Wurttemberg Hill, the 19th century tomb of Queen Katharina, which offers a spectacular view over the city and the Neckar Valley.