Understatement and good climate.
Dr. Zetsche, you worked abroad for many years, but you have spent more time in Stuttgart than anywhere else. What are this city’s best points? There are so many! What I like, above all, is the mix of lively activity on Königstrasse, and the green vineyards, award-winning restaurants, little ‘Besenwirtschaften’, global corporations, and ‘hidden champions’. And let’s not forget the great climate: We have more hours of sun than Munich, and less rain than Nice. All the same, I notice that Stuttgarters tend to ‘downplay’ their city – but perhaps it’s exactly this understatement that makes Stuttgart even more livable and lovable.
Where can one get the best feel for the city’s distinctive character? On Eugensplatz in summer: be there with an ice cream in your hand, and enjoy the unique view of the Stuttgart Basin. The ice cream parlor on the plaza even sells ‘Mercedes ice cream’ – almond with pieces of chocolate – delicious! My tip for winter is the Markthalle. Although this place is worth a visit at any time of the year, the atmosphere is especially enjoyable during Advent when it’s surrounded by the enormous Christmas Market.