I was born in South Tyrol, Italy, a beautiful region with great mountain scenery. I still like to travel there for inspiration. I currently live in Stuttgart and what I like best about it is the landscape with the Swabian hills and vineyards. I also enjoy the variety of neighbourhoods that you can find in Stuttgart and sometimes you even uncover a few hidden places where you have never been before. I have only recently discovered the great Killesberg open-air theatre.
Where do you shop?
When shopping in Stuttgart, I would recommend Blutsgeschwister L’Aufbrezelsteg, an extraordinary shop with our one-of-a-kind Blutsgeschwister-clothes. Suppa has the best sneakers in town, Abseits offers high fashion clothes from great international designers, and Viola Hermann Schmuck sells exclusive jewellery made out of acrylics. Another of my favourite stores is Kraft Augenoptik because they not only sell great glasses but also have a very friendly team and tasty coffee.
Where do you eat?
The Nostalgia di Napoli restaurant does the best Italian food outside Italy. I can’t live without pasta! Weinstube Fröhlich has fresh food, a great vibe and a laid-back and cosy atmosphere. The Goldener Adler in Heslach is a great mixture of local Swabian cuisine and upscale ambiance. If I were celebrating, I would go to the Trattoria da Loretta, because it gives you the feeling of being in your own living room. My favourite local cafés are Galao, Café Moulu and Caffè-Bar Fleck und Schneck.
Do you have any tips for visitors?
For the best experience, visitors should travel around Stuttgart by subway or by foot. You should start by eating an ice cream at Café Kaiserbau, which is located in the centre of Stuttgart, at the Marienplatz. The next stop would be the beer garden at Karlshöhe, which is located in the middle of the vineyards. Last but not least I would recommend strolling up and down the streets in the west of Stuttgart, where many nice shops and bars are located. The best views in the city are from the Grabkapelle chapel on Württemberg Mountain and along the Blauer Weg (the blue path), where you have a stunning view of the vineyards surrounding the city.
What are Stuttgart’s must-see attractions?
I think the best landmark in the city is the Neues Schloss castle. From its architecture, park and history through to the exhibitions and events it is truly impressive. I always take out-of-town guests there. The best museum is probably the Mercedes-Benz Museum. I would also recommend the Fernsehturm television tower because of its height of over 200m, which gives you a great view over the city. The Wilhelma zoo is the perfect place to go with children.
What’s the best-kept local secret?
When it comes to insider tips and secrets, I would recommend Villa Berg. The Japanese garden and the teahouse in the Weissenburgpark are my favourite hidden spots in Stuttgart.