Because of its industrial powers Stuttgart was heavily bombed during WWII, and most of its historical structures were destroyed. When the city rebuilt it decided to maintain the historical architectural style in many of its buildings, but overall the city still has a modern feel.
Below is a picture of us in front of the Neues Schloss ('New Castle'). The orginal structure was built by Friedrich I at the end of the 18th century, but now it houses government offices and a museum. A lady offered to take our picture in front of it, and she was very proud of the picture she produced. Unfortunately Penelope couldn't be persuaded to show her face.
Opposite is the Schlossplatz, which is a beautiful garden square full of people resting on benches and sipping coffee in outdoor cafes. The large building in the picture below is the Koenigsbau, which was built by Wilhelm I in the 1850's for court events and stock-market traders. Now it is an upscale shopping mall. The huge statue in the middle commemorates the king's ascension to the throne.
On either side of the monument are beautiful Neoclassical fountains, complete with frolicking cherubs.
The Schlossplatz also made for an excellent place to change Penelope.
A close up of the fountain in the Schlossplatz
A statue of the 18th-century poet Schiller. He spent 7 years studying to be an army doctor in Stuttgart and wrote about how he hated the school and the town. Not quite sure why the city honored him with this statue located in the square called 'Schillerplatz.'
Statue of one of the Dukes of Wuerttemberg located in the courtyard of the Altes Schloss (Old Castle). It is now a museum, but a castle has stood on this spot since 950 AD.
I stopped to get a snack at a stand selling apples from a local orchard. I didn't recognize any of the names of the apples, but the kind lady in red helped me select the perfect one for eating.
Delicious! When I wasn't looking the apple proved to be the temptation of Penelope, and she snatched a bite (or rather a lick).