It was Kristin's first day in Stuttgart and we took advantage of the lovely weather to wander around the center of town.
We first checked out the Opera House, which is located on a pretty pond in the Oberer Schlossgarten (the Upper Castle Garden). The Schlossgarten is a large park that runs through Stuttgart, similar to Central Park. The trees aren't as fabulously colorful as New England in the fall, but we can't complain. The weather was fantastic, so there were lots of people around enjoying a beautiful fall day. (No coats! That wasn't just for the picture.)
We then made our way to the Schlossplatz (Castle Square), the larges square in the center of Stuttgart. The Neues Schloss (New Palace) is a huge Baroque government building the sits on the square. It was almost completely destroyed during WWII bombings, but has since been restored.
We took our time checking out all the shops on the Königstraße (King Street). Folks claim it is the longest pedestrian shopping district in all of Germany. My sore toes tell me it is true. There are a bunch of chain stores (like H&M and Zara), as well as some quirky smaller shops. Kristin found a yarn store and a craft store, so she was more than happy.
We also took a long walk through some neighborhoods in the west of the city that we are interested in living in. We are hopeful that we can find a place that is close to the city, but also a relatively quick drive to Matt's work. We don't think it will be an easy task, but we are hopeful. Kristin needs to figure out the German translation for "I need a ginormous kitchen" before we meet our first real estate agent.
For dinner we ate at a really tasty Italian place called Valle. There was a great outdoor patio with heaters. The pastas were homemade and the pizzas looked delicious (a must-try for next time).
It was a fun first day with both of us here! We can't wait to get out and explore more of Stuttgart and further afield.