|Schlossplatz (Castle square)|
|Ceety subdivisions||23 destricts|
|Laird Mayor||Wolfgang Schuster (CDU)|
|Aurie||207.36 km2 (80.06 sq mi)|
|Elevation||245 m (804 ft)|
|Population||613,392 (31 Dizember 2011)|
|- Density||2,958 /km2 (7,661 /sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Stuttgart (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtʊtɡaɐ̯t]) is the caipital o the state o Baden-Württemberg in soothren Germany. The saxt-lairgest ceety in Germany, Stuttgart haes a population of 600,038 (December 2008) while the metropolitan aurie haes a population o 5.3 million (2008).
The ceety lies at the centre o a hivily populatit aurie, circled bi a ring o smawer touns. This aurie cawed Stuttgart Region haes a population o 2.7 million. Stuttgart's urban aurie haes a population o roughly 1.8 million, makin it Germany's seivent lairgest. Wi ower 5 million inhabitants, the lairger Stuttgart Metropolitan Region is the fowert-biggest in Germany efter the Rhine-Ruhr aurie, Berlin/Brandenburg an Frankfurt/Rhine-Main.
Stuttgart is spread athort a variety o hills (some o them vineyards), valleys an pairks - unuisual for a German ceety an aften a source o surprise tae visitors who primarily associate the ceety wi its industrial reputation as the 'cradle o the automobile'.
Stuttgart haes the status o Stadtkreis, a type o self-administratin urban coonty. It is an aa the seat o the state legislature, the regional parliament, local cooncil an the Protestant State Kirk in Württemberg as well as ane o the twa co-seats o the bishop o the Roman Catholic diocese o Rottenburg-Stuttgart.
The ceety o Stuttgart ranked 30 globally in Mercer's 2010 liveability rankins, an 7t in Germany ahint top-ranked ceeties such as Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich. For economic an social innovation the ceety wis ranked 11 globally, 2nt in Germany efter Hamburg an 7t in Europe in 2009 oot o 256 ceeties.
The ceety's tourism slogan is "Stuttgart is mair". Unner current plans tae improve transport links tae the internaitional infrastructure (as pairt o the Stuttgart 21 project), in Mairch 2008 the ceety unveiled a new logo an slogan, describin itsel as "Das neue Herz Europas" ("The new hert o Europe"). For business it describes itsel as "Standort Zukunft", "Whaur business meets the future"). In 2007 the Bürgermeister mercatit Stuttgart tae foreign investors as "The creative pouer o Germany". In Julie 2010, Stuttgart unveiled a new ceety logo, designed tae entice mair business people tae stay in the ceety an enjoy breaks in the aurie.
Table o contents
- 1 Name an coat o airms
- 2 History
- 3 Economy
- 4 Sport
- 5 Internaitional relations
- 6 References
- 7 Freemit airtins
Name an coat o airms
Stuttgart's coat o airms shows a black horse on its hind legs on a yellow backgrund. It wis first uised in its current format in 1938; prior tae this various designs an colours haed been uised, aften wi twa horses. The cantin seal pictured here reflects the oreegin o the name 'Stuttgart'. The name in Auld Hie German wis 'stuotgarten', wi 'stuot' meanin mare, later cognate wi the Auld Inglis term 'stod' (Modren Inglis: 'stud', relatin tae the breedin o horses). The Auld Hie German term 'garten' referred tae the compoond on the site o the oreeginal settlement.
Pre 19t century
The first kent settlement o Stuttgart wis aroond the end o the 1st century AD wi the establishment o a Roman fort in the modren destrict o Cannstatt on the banks o the river Neckar. Early in the 3rd century the Romans wur pushed bi the Alamanni back past the Rhine an the Danube. Although naething is kent aboot Cannstatt durin the period o Barbarian Invasion it is believed that the aurie remained inhabitit as it is mentioned in Abbey o St. Gall archives datin back tae 700 AD.
Stuttgart itself wis probably foondit around 950 AD shortly afore the Battle o Lechfeld bi Duke Liudolf o Swabie, ane o the sons o Holy Roman Emperor Otto I the Great. The toun wis uised for breedin cavalry horses in fertile meadows at the vera centre o today's ceety, although recent archaeological excavations indicate that this aurie wis awready hame tae Merovingian farmers.
A gift registry frae Hirsau Abbey datit aroond 1160 mentioned 'Hugo de Stuokarten', confirmation o the existence o the Stuttgart o today.
Aroond 1300, Stuttgart became the residence o the Coonts o Württemberg, who expandit the growin settlement intae the caipital o their territory (Territorialstaat). Stuttgart wis elevatit tae the status o ceety in 1321 when it became the offeecial ryal residence. The territory around Stuttgart was known as the Coonty o Württemberg afore the coonts wur elevatit tae dukes bi the Holy Roman Emperor in 1495, when Stuttgart became the Duchy caipital an Ducal residence.
The name Württemberg oreeginates frae a steep hill in Stuttgart, umwhile kent as Wirtemberg.
In the 18t century, Stuttgart temporarily surrendered its residence status efter Eberhard Ludwig foondit Ludwigsburg tae the north o the ceety. In 1775, Karl Eugen requestit a return tae Stuttgart, orderin the construction o the New Castle.
19t an 20t century
In 1803, Stuttgart wis proclaimed caipital o Württemberg Kurfürstentum (ruled bi a Prince-elector) till Napoleon Bonaparte's breakup o the Holy Roman Empire in 1805 when Stuttgart became caipital o the Kinrick o Württemberg. The ryal residence wis expandit unner Frederick I o Württemberg although mony o Stuttgart's maist important biggins, includin the Wilhelm Palace, Katharina Hospital, the State Gallery, the Villa Berg an the Königsbau wur built unner the reign o Keeng Wilhelm I.
Stuttgart's development as a ceety wis impedit in the 19t century by its location. It was not until the opening of the Main Station in 1846 that the city unnerwent an economic revival. The population at the time wis aroond 50,000.
Durin the revolution o 1848/1849, a democratic pan-German naitional parliament (Frankfurt Parliament) wis formed in Frankfurt tae owercome the diveesion o Germany. Efter lang discussions, the parliament decidit tae affer the title o the German emperor tae Keeng Frederick William IV o Proushie. As the democratic movement became weaker, the German princes regained control o their independent states. Finally, the Proushie keeng declined the revolutionaries' affer. The members o parliament wur driven oot o Frankfurt an the maist radical members (who wantit tae establish a republic) fled tae Stuttgart. A short while later, this rump parliament wis dissolved bi the Württemberg military.
At the end o the First Warld War the Württemberg monarchy broke down: William II o Württemberg refused the croun - but an aa refused tae abdicate - unner pressure frae revolutionaries who stormed the Wilhelm Palace. The Free State o Württemberg wis established, as a pairt o the Weimar Republic. Stuttgart wis proclaimed the caipital.
Unner the Nazi regime, Stuttgart began deportation o its Jewish inhabitants in 1939. Aroond saxty percent o the German Jewish population haed fled bi the time restrictions on their movement wur imposed on 1 October 1941, at which point Jews livin in Württemberg wur forced tae live in 'Jewish apartments' afore being 'concentratit' on the umwhile Trade Fair grunds in Killesberg. On 1 December 1941 the first deportation trains wur organised tae Riga. Anerlie 180 Jews frae Württemberg held in concentration camps survived.
Durin Warld War II, the centre o Stuttgart wis nearly completely destroyed in Allied air raids. Some o the maist severe bombin teuk place in 1944 at the hands o Anglo-American bombers. The hiviest raid teuk place on 12 September 1944 when the Ryal Air Force bombed the auld toun o Stuttgart droppin ower 184,000 bombs includin 75 blockbusters. Mair than 1000 fowk perished in the resultin firestorm. In total Stuttgart wis subjectit tae 53 bombin raids, resultin in the destruction o 68% o aw biggins an the daith o 4477 fowk.
In 1945 the Allied Forces teuk control o Germany, spearheidit bi the French airmy which occupied Stuttgart till the ceety fell intae the American military occupation zone. An early concept o the Marshall Plan aimed at supportin reconstruction an economic/political recovery athort Europe wis presentit durin a speech given bi US Secretary o State James F. Byrnes at the Stuttgart Opera House. His speech led directly tae the unification o the Breetish an American occupation zones, resultin in the 'bi-zone' (later the 'tri-zone' includin the French). When the Federal Republic o Germany wis foondit on 23 Mey 1949, Stuttgart, like Frankfurt, wis a serious contender tae become the federal caipital, but finally Bonn succeedit.
Durin the Cauld War, Stuttgart became hame tae the joint command centre o aw Unitit States military forces in Europe, Africae an the Atlantic (US European Command, EUCOM). EUCOM is still heidquartered there today. U.S. Airmy bases in an aroond Stuttgart include or includit the follaein: Patch Barracks (HQ EUCOM), Robinson Barracks, Panzer Kaserne, Kelley Barracks (HQ AFRICOM)
In the late 1970s, the destrict o Stammheim wis centre stage o ane o the maist controversial periods o German post-war history durin the trial o Red Airmy Faction members at Stammheim heich-security court. Efter the trial, Ulrike Meinhof, Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin an Jan-Carl Raspe committit suicide in Stammheim. Several attempts wur made tae free the terrorists bi force or blackmail durin the 'German Hairst' o 1977, culminatin in the abduction an murther o the German industrialist an Preses o the German Employers' Association Hanns Martin Schleyer as well as the hijackin o Lufthansa flicht LH181.
In 1978 Stuttgart's suburban railway came intae operation.
The Stuttgart aurie is kent for its heich-tech industry. Some o its maist prominent companies include Daimler AG, Porsche, Bosch, Celesio, Hewlett-Packard an IBM -- aw o whom hae their warld or European heidquarters here.
Stuttgart is hame tae Germany's nint biggest exhibition centre, Stuttgart Trade Fair which lies on the ceety ootskirts next tae Stuttgart Airport. Hunders o SMEs are still based in Stuttgart (aften termed Mittelstand), mony still in family awnership wi strang ties tae the automotive, electronics, ingineerin an hie-tech industry.
Its nominal GDP per caipita is €57,100 an GDP purchasin pouer parity (PPP) per caipita is €55,400. Total GDP o Stuttgart is €33.9 billion, o which service sector contributes aroond 65.3%, industry 34.5%, an agricultur 0.2%.
The cradle o the automobile
The motorbike an fower-wheel automobile wur inventit in Stuttgart (bi Raed and Thomas an Karl Benz an subsequently industrialised in 1887 bi Gottlieb Daimler an Wilhelm Maybach at the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft). As a result it is considered bi mony tae be the stairtin point o the warldwide automotive industry andis sometimes referred tae as "The cradle o the automobile". Mercedes-Benz, Porsche an Maybach are aw produced in Stuttgart an nearby touns. The vera first prototypes o the VW Beetle wur manufactured in Stuttgart based on a design bi Ferdinand Porsche. An aa automotive pairts giants Bosch an Mahle are based in the ceety. A number o auto-enthusiast magazines are publisht in Stuttgart.
Science an R&D
The region currently haes Germany's heichest density o scientific, academic an research organisations. Nae ither region in Germany registers so mony patents an designs as Stuttgart. Amaist 45% o Baden-Württemberg scientists involved in R&D are based directly in the Swabian caipital. Mair than 11% o aw German R&D costs are investit in the Stuttgart Region (approximately 4.3 billion euros per year). In addition tae several universities an colleges (e.g. University o Stuttgart, University o Hohenheim, Stuttgart Institute o Management an Technology an several Stuttgart Universities o Applied Sciences), the aurie is hame tae sax Fraunhofer institutes, fower institutes o collaborative industrial research at local universities, twa Max-Planck institutes an a major establishment o the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).
The Stuttgart Stock Exchynge is the seicont lairgest in Germany (efter Frankfurt). Mony leadin companies in the financial services sector are heidquartered in Stuttgart wi aroond 100 credit institutes in total (e.g. LBBW Bank, Wüstenrot & Württembergische, Allianz Life Assurance).
A history o wine an beer
Wine-growin in the aurie dates back tae 1108 when, accordin tae State archives, Blaubeuren Abbey wis given vineyards in Stuttgart as a gift frae 'Monk Ulrich'. In the 17t century the ceety wis the third lairgest German wine-growin community in the Holy Roman Empire. Wine remained Stuttgart's leadin source o income well intae the 19t century.
Stuttgart is still ane o Germany's lairgest wine-growin ceeties wi mair than 400 hectares o vine aurie, thanks in main tae its location at the centre o Germany's fowert lairgest wine region, the Württemberg wine growin aurie which covers 11,522 hectares (28,470 acres) an is ane o anerlie 13 offeecial auries captured unner German Wine law. The continuin importance o wine tae the local economy is marked ivery year at the annual wine festival ('Weindorf').
As in the rest o Germany, fitbaa is the most popular sport in Stuttgart which is hame tae 'The Reds' an 'The Blues'. 'The Reds', VfB Stuttgart, are the maist famous an popular local club. An established team in the German Bundesliga, VfB wis foondit in 1893 an haes wan five German titles since 1950, maist recently in 1992 an 2007. VfB is based at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Bad Cannstatt.
'The Blues', Stuttgarter Kickers, are the seicont maist important fitbaa team. They currently play in the Regionalliga Süd (fowert diveesion) at the smawer Gazi Stadium close tae the TV tower in Degerloch.
Stuttgart is hame tae VfL Pfullingen/Stuttgart, a local handbaw team that played in the naitional league frae 2001 tae 2006 in the Schleyerhalle. Its three-times German champion women's volleybaw team, CJD Feuerbach, haes nou stopped playin for financial reasons but there is nou Stuttgart Volleyball Club wi a women's team in the 2nt soothren league.
Stuttgart haes twa American Fitbaa teams, the Stuttgart Nighthawks American fitbaa team which plays in the Western Europe Pro League an Stuttgart Scorpions which plays in Stuttgarter Kickers' Gazi Stadium.
Stuttgart haes a reputation for stagin major events, includin the FIFA Warld Cup 1974, the UEFA Euro 1988, an the Warld Championships in Athletics 1993. It wis an aa ane o the twal host ceeties o the FIFA Warld Cup 2006. Sax matches, three o them seicont roond matches, includin the 3rd an 4t place playaff, wur played at the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium (today Mercedes-Benz Arena). Stuttgart wis an aa 2007 'European Caipital o Sports', hostin events such as the UCI Warld Cyclin Championships Road Race an the IAAF Warld Athletics Final.
Ither famous sports venues are the Weissenhof tennis courts, whaur the annual Mercedes Cup tennis tournament is played, the Porsche Arena (hostin tennis, basketball an handbaw) an the Schleyerhalle (boxin, equestrianism/show jumpin, gymnastics, track cyclin etc.).
Stuttgart an aa haes ‘special friendships’ wi the follaein ceeties: 
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