Stuttgart is the capital of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Over 600,000 people live in Stuttgart. This makes it the largest city in Baden-Württemberg and the sixth largest in Germany.
Typical for Stuttgart are the many slopes. The city center itself is located in a basin, through which flows the river Neckar.
Stuttgart was founded in the 10th century. From the 15th century dukes, later electors and from 1806 the kings of Württemberg lived here. In 1952, the present state of Baden-Württemberg was formed, and Stuttgart became the capital.
The old station building of Stuttgart. There is a dispute about this building because the city of Stuttgart wants to demolish it and build a new train station. However, many people see the building as an important landmark of Stuttgart and complain about the demolition. Stuttgart is known in the world as the home of Daimler and Porsche, two big companies that make cars. One of the inventors of the car, Gottlieb Daimler, lived in Stuttgart. In 1886, he began putting an engine in a horse-drawn carriage. His company gave birth to the Mercedes brand of vehicles. Porsche and Daimler have museums in Stuttgart, where many vehicles that were built in the past are on display today.
A major landmark of Stuttgart is the television tower. There are such towers in other cities, but Stuttgart had the first one. It was the first television tower to be built of reinforced concrete and the first to have a tower basket below the antenna. In this tower basket there is a restaurant. This was also new and was imitated in many places.
Wilhelma has many visitors. This is a combined zoo and plant garden. A special feature is gorilla kindergarten. There are taken young animals from other zoos, which were abandoned by their mothers.