A sunny day at the top of the Fernsehturm (TV-Tower)

Hi guys! Spring has arrived! And today, I could totally feel and see it. Sunshine and blue sky – what else can a girl ask for?

This weekend, my sister-in-law came to see us with her family. After visiting the Märchengarten in Ludwigsburg (for more information about this place, check out my post from 2013) and the Eselsmühle (to learn more, check out my post from 2015) they had one more “must do” on their list: the famous Fernsehturm (TV-Tower) of Stuttgart. As some of you guys know, the tower was closed for a while due to fire safety improvements but it opened its gates again just a few weeks ago. I was very excited to be able to go to the top of the tower again!

Today, we took the U-Bahn to Ruhbank and walked the few meters to the entrance.

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Let me share some fun facts with you before we enter the tower:

  • it is 217 meters/710 feet high
  • it was the very first TV-Tower constructed in reinforced concrete
  • it was built within 20 months
  • the engineer that constructed the tower was Fritz Leonhardt
  • the tower was opened on February 5th, 1956
  • the construction cost 4.2 million Deutsche Mark

Not too bad, right? OK, let’s move on.

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As it was early in the day, we didn’t have to line up and could walk in nearly right away. The cash point is located in a little gift shop where you find lot’s of cute little things, all related to the tower of course Smiley

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After we had a look around, it was time to hop into the elevator and fly up the 217 meters to the top.

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Even though it was not the clearest day, the sight was good from the top of the tower.

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Check out Schlossplatz with the Königsbau on the left and the Neue Schloss on the right:

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And here is the stadium of Stuttgart, the Mercedes-Benz Arena:

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And do you know where that is?

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I am sure you recognize the colorful buildings of the Marktplatz in the center of the picture, the white  tower of the city hall on the left, and the Stiftskriche in the back. Zwinkerndes Smiley

And here comes one more beautiful spot: the Karlshöhe:

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Yep, I liked it a lot up there!

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(Before you ask – we got balloons at the entrance because the Fernsehturm is celebrating its 60th anniversary! Happy birthday Fernsehturm!! Smiley)

As it got a bit cold after a while, we decided to visit the Panorama Café.

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We were lucky to get a table. It was crowded up there. I saw that the group next to us had made reservations for a table in advance. That’s definitely a good idea if you guys want to visit the tower and intend on having a break in the café.

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The Panorama Café is open until 11 pm everyday and they even serve cocktails up there! A great location for an after-work drink, don’t you think?! Smiley

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But it was only around noon, so only coffee and hot elderflower tea with a view for us Smiley

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We had a great time at the top of the tower. Bye bye, Fernsehturm – see you again soon!

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The Fernsehturm is open from 10 am to 11 pm during the week and from 9 am to 11 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The entrance fee is 7 Euro for adults and 4 Euro for students and kids between 6 and 15. They also offer special prices for groups, early birds or night owls. Check out their website for more details.

More information about:

Fernsehturm Stuttgart (only in German)

 

Enjoying a free yoga class under the open sky

Guys, I have to share this wonderful experience I had on Monday: For the first time, I tried yoga under the open sky. And I loved it! Yoga in a small, crowded room is nothing against it.

Each monday at 6 pm there is this free yoga class, organized by “Sport im Park“. It’s taking place at Höhenpark Killesberg, more precisely in the Valley of the Roses (Tal der Rosen). You find this place quite easily: When leaving the U-Bahn station Killesberg, you see the big, twisted tower. The valley is just next to it.

View from the exit of the U-Bahn station over to the tower at Höhenpark Killesberg

Even the walk from the station through the park is very nice by itself:

Statue at the Valley of the roses / Tal der Rosen, Killesberg, Stuttgart

Can you guess why this place is called Valley of the Roses? 😉 And it’s just the season for them, they are blooming everywhere. So beautiful!

Tal der Rosen / Valley of the Roses, Killesberg, Stuttgart

Waiting for the yoga class at Killesberg to begin

We found a space under a huge tree where there was enough shade to provide shelter for about 50 (!!) people. And then the course started. I liked the teacher very much. She had a relaxing voice and led through the different poses very smoothly.

Yoga teacher at Killesberg

Yoga under the open sky feels sooooo different to yoga at a studio. You smell the grass, feel a cool breeze on your skin sometimes and the ground is so soft.

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I really enjoyed it.

Downward dog at Killesberg Park

That’s what you see while doing the downward dog. Better than the white sealing of a yoga studio, isn’t it?! 😉

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Even though we were quite a big group, the lesson was very relaxing. Everybody had enough space for him- or herself.

After a bit more than one hour, the class was finished. Some people stayed on their mats afterwards but my friends and I decided to head over to the “Höhencafe“, a little restaurant which is overlooking the Tal der Rosen.

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Up there, you have a very nice view; over the park and all the way to the Fernsehturm (tv tower).

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Next to the view, the food is really nice, too! 🙂

I had Flädle (pancake) with goats cheese…

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… and my friends ordered Apfelstrudel (apple strudel)…

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… and Maultaschen (Swabian ravioli):

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We sat there, enjoyed the yummy food and watched the sun turning the tv tower pink.

What a lovely evening!

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Yoga and the other free classes are provided by Stuttgarter Amt für Sport und Bewegung in cooperation with Sportkreis Stuttgart, SportCodex and some sport clubs. The classes will be held under good weather conditions until the end of September. The directions are given in German. If you don’t speak German, talk to the instructor at the beginning, so he or she can advise you, have a special eye on you and switch to English when needed.

More information about:

Sport im Park (only in German)

Höhencafe Killesberg (only in German)