Stuttgart is primarily a manufacturing center, but it also has parks and gardens, palaces and castles, various museums (including one for Mercedes-Benz), a zoo, opera, theatre, and an old town center. In other words, Stuttgart is a full-service city. And because it’s a business hub, there are a lot of hotels and restaurants and an active night life, and that makes for a good place to come back to after you’ve been strolling around small villages.
You’ll also find pretty good shopping. All along the the Königstrasse — the country’s longest pedestrian walkway — there are boutique shops, galleries and department stores. Just off the expansive Schlossplatz you’ll find the 19th century Königsbau shopping arcade and the Kleiner Schlossplatz with its boutique shops and restaurants.