Museum-Monday I: Willi Baumeister at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

I know, I know, Monday is not known as the day where you go to a museum. Actually, on Mondays most museums are closed. So why not use this day to decide, which museum you want to visit next?!  Smiley

I’ve decided to introduce you guys to some interesting museums and galleries on the next Mondays. Today we start with the Kunstmuseum and the Willi Baumeister exhibition.

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When the glass cube was erected in 2005 at Schlossplatz, not everybody was happy. At the very spot where the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is located today, there used to be wide outside staircases that were famous amongst young people as a meeting place. You can see the remains still on the left side of the museum.  And I have to admit, I haven’t been a fan of the building at the beginning, either. But by now I’ve grown fond of it. It really is a very special building and the view from the restaurant CUBE, which is located at the top floor, is wonderful.

The Kunstmuseum is known for it’s exhibitions. At the moment, you can visit “Willi Baumeister International” – and that’s exactly what I did lately.

Born in 1889 in Stuttgart Will Baumeister became one of the most popular German artists in the postwar period. Even though Baumeister lived most of his life in Stuttgart, he had a great international influence and that’s exactly what this exhibition want’s to illustrate.

Between 1919 and 1924 Baumeister created his series Mauerbilder (wall pictures), in which geometrical shapes dominated.

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Later, the artists style became less strict and more playful.

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I like his later paintings very much. Especially the Monturi and Montaru series. The fotos don’t do them justice, you have to see them in full size.

If you want to visit the Will Baumeister exhibition, you have time until the 3rd of march. The museum is open from Tuesday until Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm, on Fridays even until 9 pm. The regular entrance fee for “Willi Baumeister International” is 8 Euro.

More information about:

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (only in German)

On the Möhringer Witch Trail on a sunny winter day

Even though the calendar tells me it’s winter, I don’t really believe him. No snow but blue sky and sunshine. So Moritz and I made up our minds to go for a walk today and explore some new sides of Stuttgart. We decided to do the first part of Möhringer Hexenweg which means Möhringer Witch Trail in English.

For all of you who are new to this blog: my dad writes hiking books about Stuttgart and the surrounding area so I always use his books when I feel like going for a walk. For todays hike, we used “Stuttgarter Wanderbuch” by Dieter Buck.

We took a U-Bahn to the station Riedsee in Stuttgart-Möhringen and started our walk.

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We followed the U-Bahn tracks until we reached the Riedsee on the right.

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And that was where we saw the sign the first time:

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A big, black M, the head of a rather friendly looking witch and a broom stick. If you don’t have a map or a hiking book but want to do this walk anyway, just follow these signs, they are well placed along the track.

After the lake and the restaurant with the same name, we turned left and walked along the north side of the lake.

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After we had passed this tree with it’s watchful eye we turned right onto a country lane.

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From here we had a nice view to what I think is THE symbol of Stuttgart: The Television Tower (Fernsehturm).

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We followed the lane until we reached the next asphaltic street and walked along garden plots and nurseries. We followed Korinnaweg and turned into Lohbauerweg until we reached Degerlocher Straße.  We crossed the tracks and followed them until Anna-Peters-Straße. Here we turned left and walked up to Sonnenbergkirche (church of Sonnenberg).

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I didn’t like the bulk, grey building  a bit, I have to admit. But it won the Paul-Bonatz-Architecture prize once and is actually a great example for sacral buildings from the 1960s. What we liked much more though was this statue showing three cute kids with books and footballs… wait a minute… Zwinkerndes Smiley

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We turned left into Orplidstraße and then left again into Grundlerstraße. We were now in the quarter Sonnenberg which is a great area to live in, I think. We saw so many beautiful houses.

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Moreover, we passed creative gardens and owners, that loved Stuttgart, as well:

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We crossed Laustraße and followed the street Im Betzengaiern downwards.

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After a left turn of the street we reached the forest.

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And all of the sudden, there was a little, mossy stream next to the track and we were passing through a small canyon.

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What a beautiful place! And remember, we’re still within the boarders of Stuttgart.

At the end of the canyon, we had to pass a tiny bridge and turn left (as I’m pointing out to you on the picture Smiley)Stuttgart_Hexenweg_Schwäblesklinge4.jpg

The track was leading up again until we reached houses. We turned right into Christian-Belser-Straße, walked along a hospital and took the next track on the right that brought us back into the forest.

We followed this trail that led us over a bridge and up again.

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This area looked a bit wild because of all the cut trees. We took the trail Hundsklingenweg on the left, where you can see a jogger in the distance.

After a while we reached this little lake where frogs lay their eggs in spring.

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It’s a protected area so you shouldn’t step too near.

After the lake we turned left and walked up again. Before we reached some more houses we turned right and walked parallel to the street. We left the forest after a while and had a lovely view over to the hill Birkenkopf, also known as “Monte Scherbelino”.

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After WW II many ruins and debris of the destroyed houses were brought there and piled up until a hill arose. It’s a very special place and offers an amazing view over Stuttgart.

At the end of the road we turned left and passed the Jugendfarm (kids farm), where we saw some cute animals.

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Definitely a fun place for kids!

After the farm we turned right and then right again. The trail led us left and started to become smaller but we turned left before. We walked up a hill and walked straight to some benches that overlooked a street. Here we turned left again and walked along the street and reached Vaihinger Landstraße after a while. We crossed the street, followed Lautlinger Straße until we reached the tracks of the U-Bahn and thus the end of our walk.

It took us two hours to do this easy, 8 kilometer long hike and we enjoyed the mixture of exploring beautiful quarters of Stuttgart and walking through stunning nature, we wouldn’t have expected within the city boarders.

More information about:

Stuttgarter Wanderbuch by Dieter Buck (only in German)

Artikle about the 2nd part of the Witch Trail

Stuttgart Market Hall celebrates 100. birthday!

Many people name the Market Hall (Markthalle) when you ask them about their most favorite places in Stuttgart. And it is indeed a special place: The art nouveau building with it’s lofty architecture offers a variety of international products and an atmosphere, that reminds you of an oriental bazar. And in January, the Market Hall had turned 100 years old! Reason enough for Moritz and me to pay it a birthday visit this weekend.

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38 stalls offer fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, spices and much, much more on 3500 square meters. The smell and the colors make a visit very enjoyable.

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Mouthwatering, right?

From the gallery on the first floor you’ve got a nice view down to the bustling market…

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… and you find some shops and restaurants:

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If you’re not looking for fresh products but for some souvenirs, check out the stall from Hochland Kaffee. Their roasting facility is located in Stuttgart-Degerloch and the tradition of this company goes back to 1930. I like them not only because of the good quality of their coffee, but also because they offer some very fun, Stuttgart related products:

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Like these boxes with coffee named Stuttgarter Bohnenviertel”(“Stuttgart beans quarter”, which relates to a part of the city with this exact name in the west of Stuttgart), chocolate with bezels, noodles in the shape of bezels and much more. Or Wibele (traditional mini cookies from Stuttgart) and “wine to go”:

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One of my favorites is this set of four chocolates:

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It brings together the best of Stuttgart: The Fernsehturm (television tower), Wibele, Brezel and the Swabian accent (Schogglad, meaning chocolate). Fun! Smiley

Yep, the Markthalle is always worth a visit – and I always have to take at least a tiny piece of deliciousness home with me…

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More information about:

Markthalle Stuttgart (only in German)

Hochland Kaffee (only in German)