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"Stuttgart Highlights" and the "Stuttgart Christmas Tour" enhance Stuttgart's attractiveness

The Bright Lights of Advent

A winter highlight for Stuttgart: Eight light sculptures on Palace Square and the illuminations in Königstrasse brighten the city centre in the dark weeks of winter. This unique Christmas lighting can be seen again for the duration of the Christmas Market. And the "Stuttgart Christmas Tour" makes for even more Christmas flair. 

Stuttgart Christmas Tour
The "Stuttgart Christmas Tour" bus will once more cruise through the streets of Stuttgart in 2021. The diverting, 45-minute circular tour in the festively decorated double-decker bus guarantees an unforgettable atmosphere – with yuletide anecdotes from Stuttgart's past and present. A special bonus: from the hills surrounding Stuttgart there are wonderful views over the brightly-lit city centre. The Christmas Citytour operates from 24th November to 23rd December 2021.

Stuttgart Highlights (“Glanzlichter Stuttgart”)
Since the winter of 2018 the "Stuttgart Highlights" have created a unique and enchanting Christmas atmosphere in Baden-Württemberg's state capital. The centrepiece of the installations is the light sculptures on Palace Square. Up to eight metres high, they represent eight of the city's main tourist attractions: the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the Porsche Museum, the Television Tower, the Royal Burial Chapel, the Wilhelma Zoo, the Wasen fairground, the Stuttgart Wine Festival and the Stuttgart horse, which is known from the municipal coat of arms. At nightfall the figures on Palace Square come alive. Every half-hour, visitors are enthralled by a spectacular light and sound show against the atmospheric backdrop of the New Palace. They can also look forward to special light effects between the sound shows. The Jubilee Column in the middle of the square stands out clearly as an illuminated highlight and the focal point of Palace Square – in festive radiance, adorned with thousands of lights. This historic monument is also the symbol of a fund-raising appeal: visitors have the opportunity to make a donation online for a good cause. The money goes towards projects of the "Herzenssache e.V", the children's relief campaign of the SWR and SR broadcasting corporations and the Sparda-Bank. The festive light installations are staged parallel to Stuttgart's popular Christmas Market, one of the oldest and loveliest in the whole of Europe.

As part of the "Stuttgart Highlights" event, in addition to the light sculptures on Palace Square, there are also the illuminations in Königstrasse – Germany's longest pedestrian precinct with a length of 1.2 km. The c. 110 trees along the middle of the shopping boulevard are decked with thousands of LED lamps, bathing it in a warm, white light. 

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