Experience culture, city during ‘Stuttgart Nacht’

The annual “Stuttgart Nacht,” or Stuttgart Night, is one of the best ways to experience not only Stuttgart’s cultural offerings, but the city itself.

This year’s Stuttgart Night begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and lasts until 2 a.m. Oct. 23. The program features more than 70 events located in and around downtown Stuttgart, such as theater productions, concerts, movies, dancing, lectures and parties in various night clubs.

Tickets cost €14 when purchased in advance and €16 at the event, and include transportation, along with admission into every location. Shuttle buses will run all night from the Stuttgart Stadtmitte (Rotebühlplatz), Siegle-Haus and Hauptbahnhof (main train station).

“The multi-faceted program gives people the chance to see and experience more cultural events and locations than during a normal night out in the city,” said Maria Melber, event organizer from “Lift” Stuttgart (city magazine). “Discovering Stuttgart in a different and more creative way is the motto of Stuttgart Night.”

This year’s program mainly focuses on musical entertainment across the board, ranging from rock, pop to jazz and classical concerts, according to Melber.

The Bixx Jazz Club (Leonhardsplatz 28, shuttle bus stop Rathaus, Stuttgart Mitte) celebrates the Big Bix Jam with a mixture of jazz, soul and funk featuring Trijo, a jazz band from Stuttgart, and the NuJazz Laidback Groove Ensemble. Concerts will be held from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

For a gospel concert with the “ofChors-feel the music” gospel choir from Böblingen, patrons can visit St. Catherine’s Church (Katharinenplatz 5, shuttle bus stop Olgaeck, Stuttgart Mitte). Concerts will be held every 30 minutes from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

For a classical music experience, the Gustav–Siegle-Haus (Leonhardsplatz 28, shuttle bus stop Rathaus, Stuttgart Mitte) hosts an evening with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker. The  piano concert will feature pieces from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from 9-10 p.m. A crossover classic concert takes patrons on a journey throughout various musical genres  from 10:45-11:45 p.m.

For those looking for an active evening out and about in the city, the Stuttgart Night organizers aim to combine culture with an effective workout for the first time this year, according to Melber. A group of actors, called “Arttours,” have designed a “fit for art aerobic tour” throughout Stuttgart specially for the event.

“The idea is to give visitors a new perspective of the city by combining workout and aerobic techniques while looking at various sites,” said Melber. 

Tours will start between the department store Galeria Kaufhof and the snack bar Grillstation at Königstrasse (shuttle bus stop Stadtmitte) at 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. Tours will be 50 minutes long and 25 participants will be accepted for each tour.

Politically interested visitors can tour the Villa Reitzenstein, headquarters of the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, exclusively during Stuttgart Night. Tours will be offered from 7-11:30 p.m. (Richard-Wagner-Str. 15, shuttle bus stop Bubenbad, Stuttgart Mitte).

Party enthusiasts can dance the Stuttgart Night away with hip hop and electro tunes at the newly opened night club Schräglage (Hirschstrasse 14, shuttle bus stop Rathaus, Stuttgart Mitte). The club will open at 8 p.m.  

“Stuttgart Night is a great chance for visitors to experience what their city has to offer culturally, and it also is a chance to see the city from a different perspective,” said Melber.

She also recommends that visitors create their personal programs online and think about “must-see” events. However, Melber also emphasized that it is important to be spontaneous. “If people really enjoy a location they should stay,” she said.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.stuttgartnacht.de, or call civ. 0711-601-5444. Tickets can also be purchased during the event at all participating event locations.