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Arts & Museums
Neues Schloss means New Palace in German. However don't be fooled by the name. Built in 1806, this palace has stood the trials of time and nature for centuries. A visit to this palace is a treat for those who appreciate architecture. Previously a museum during the 1900's, it was left in ruins during World War II due to bombings. Subsequently the rooms were restored painstakingly to their former beauty. Presently it serves as the administration office for several ministries of the Baden-Wuerttemberg state government. While the White Hall is used for various conferences and meetings, the Parade Rooms can be visited only with special permission. The palace in night is breathtakingly beautiful.
The 10th-century Altes Schloss is located in the heart of the city adjacent to the 19th-century Neues Schloss. Since its construction, the castle has served as a residence for the city's sovereign Counts in 14th Century and by the dukes. On commands of the 16th-century dukes, the moats of the castle were removed and it was converted into a Renaissance castle. What we see today at the site was reconstructed in 1969, as the original was destroyed during the World War II. The castle is currently the headquarters of the Württemberg State Museum that houses archaeological, as well as collections related to local history and culture.
The art chamber, historically the core of the museum dates back to the 16th century when dukes of Württemberg collected anything rare, precious, or unusual. The royal house of Württemberg is represented here by the crown and by many other curios. In addition to the current things on display, the collection glimpse into the bygone lives. There are different interesting areas within the palace too to explore and marvel at.
In March 2005, the municipal art collection at last found an apt setting in the crystal cube of the new Museum of Art. The basis of the collection was the endowment of Marquis Silvio della Valle di Casanova, who in 1924 donated his private collection to this place. The museum is vast with beautiful paintings from all over. Once tired of exploration and admiration the visitors can visit the in-house bar and restaurant for drinks or snacks. Also, there is an interesting shop to take away few things as a reminiscence of the museum.
Also known as Haus der Geschichte, the permanent exhibition in the House of History offers different themes to its visitors. The House of History features the history of South and West Germany since Napoleon's era. The rooms in the museum are chronologically and thematically arranged. The themes include Black, Economic Miracle, Urban Culture, Religions and Confessions, Emigration and Immigration, Women and Men, and Science and Research. The House of History also conducts educational programmes for the tourists and guided tours for kids. The museum has a nationwide collection of historical photo archives. Check website for further details.
The State College of Music and Performing Arts was built as the Music School of Stuttgart in 1857. A large number of students studied in this historic building. However, when the original building and the building that housed its classes were heavily damaged during WWII, the college had to be relocated. After many years, in 1955 a new building was constructed. Recently, in 2002, British architect James Stirling completed the second wing of the music academy. The beautiful academy has now become one of Stuttgart's major landmarks.
A prominent person from Stuttgart, Hegel had an impact all over with his great philosophical thoughts. This is the house where the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born on 27th August 1770. Hegel lived in Stuttgart until 1788 and died in Berlin in 1831. Since the 19th century the house which survived the war undamaged, has held all kinds of articles which bring the memories of Hegel's life.
With sculptures and paintings from the Renaissance era till the 20th Century, this museum that was opened in 1843, is an amalgam of different art works belonging to different eras. The museum houses Italian, ancient German and Dutch paintings in one of its wings. Another extension of the building called the Neue Staatsgalerie that contains modern art works from Pablo Picasso, George Grosz, and Joan Miró, to name a few. This building itself is an architectural wonder which has won various awards for its designs. A place recommended for all art lovers.
The Milky Way, the sun, moon and stars are almost close enough to touch at the Carl Zeiss Planetarium. Here the night skies are realistically simulated. Constellations from thousands of years ago or special occurrences such as solar and lunar eclipse are all created, appear almost real. A must visit for the family on their next holiday. Please check the website for hours.
The Linden Museum is one of Europe's leading museums of ethnology. The exhibition covers three floors and is divided into five sections: America, the South Seas, Africa, the Orient, and South and East Asia. Here visitors can experience treasures from the bygone years. The collection of diverse art-forms are quite appealing to look at.