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Stiftskirche

Browse displays of ancient art and climb to the top of the tower for sweeping city views at this pretty church, which overlooks the vibrant Schillerplatz square.

Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church) is an architecturally impressive monument and one of Stuttgart’s most eye-catching churches. Spend some time admiring the eclectic designs of its exterior, its art collection and magnificent organ. Enjoy uninterrupted city panoramas from a tower lookout. Stiftskirche stands on the site of Romanesque church built in the 1000s or 1100s. It was all but destroyed by bomb attacks in World War II and rebuilt in the 1950s.

Start your visit by admiring the varied design features of the building. The historical and modern sections of the church are easily noticeable. The north wall and the two towers were the only aspects to survive the 1944 bombing. Note the styles of the towers; one is square shaped with a tall spire while the other is octagonal shaped. Adorning the church walls are Gothic windows of differing sizes.

Step inside to find a Gothic church layout characterized by three aisles. Look up at the contemporary vaulted glass ceiling, a stark contrast to the ancient sculptures. Decorating the choir are carvings of the Counts of Württemberg that date to the 16th-century. See the artistic tombs of some of the rulers of the Württemberg kingdom. Don’t miss the church’s organ, which incorporates over 5,000 pipes.

If open at the time of your visit then be sure to climb the steps to the observation deck of the west tower. Gaze over the rooftops of Stuttgart’s historic heart and look down on Schillerplatz. Spot major city landmarks, including Martkplatz and the New Castle.

Located in Stuttgart’s city center, Stiftskirche is easy to reach on foot and via public transport. The metro stations of Charlottenplatz and Schlossplatz are less than a 10-minute walk away.

Stiftskirche is open daily and admission is free. Guided tours of the church and its art collection are available free of charge, although donations are welcome. The tower is open on select days only. Find full details on the church’s official website.


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