Schloßplatz – Palace Square
Schloßplatz, or Palace Square, is one of the main squares in Stuttgart. The square is beautifully designed around two fountains and the Anniversary Column, which was built on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the reign of King William I in 1841. The goddess of harmony, Concordia, tops the 30-meter-high column (that’s nearly 100 feet). The square offers a view of striking buildings from several architectural styles: the medieval Old Chancellery (Alte Kanzlei), the Renaissance-style Old Palace (Altes Schloss), the Baroque New Palace (Neue Schloss), and the late classical Königsbau (now a shopping center).
Schloßplatz is a popular spot located in the middle of the pedestrian Königstraße, Stuttgart’s main shopping street. People meet here to go shopping, head to the movie theater or opera house, enjoy a picnic or sunbathing, or have some refreshment in the many cafes surrounding the square. The music pavilion located near the U‑Bahn station entrance is an easy meeting point. The square also plays host to events like open air concerts, the Stuttgart Summer Festival, and the Christmas Market.