THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
From 04/24 to 04/30
Prize money: $ 710,900
Surface: Clay indoor
Tournament location: Porsche Arena – Mercedesstrasse 69, 70372 Stuttgart, Germany
How to get: By public transport you can use S1, S2 or S3 SBahn or respectively the R1, R2, R3 or R8 trains to the Bad Cannstatt station. Then Bus 56 (Wagenburgstraße). Driving distance from Stuttgart Mitte is 12 minutes (5,7 km). Stuttgart Airport is far 18 km and 22 minutes driving from venue.
Previous winners: 2016/2015 Angelique Kerber – 2014/2013/2012 Maria Sharapova – 2011 Julia Goerges – 2010 Justine Henin – 2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2008 Jelena Jankovic
Entry list: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Madison Keys (Usa) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Samantha Stosur (Aus)
THE TOWN: Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg and it is located on the Neckar river in a fertile valley locally known as the “Stuttgart Cauldron”. Stuttgart’s urban area has a population of 623,738, making it the sixth largest city in Germany. It is unusual in the scheme of German cities because it is spread across a variety of hills, valleys and parks. This is often a source of surprise to visitors who associate the city with its reputation as the ‘Cradle of the Automobile‘. The city’s tourism slogan is “Stuttgart offers more“.
For Lonely Planet: “The real Stuttgart is less superficial than legend. True, some good-living locals like their cars fast and their restaurants fancy, but most are just as happy getting their boots dirty in the surrounding vine-clad hills and hanging out with friends in the rustic confines of a Weinstube (wine tavern). In the capital of Baden-Württemberg, city slickers and down-to-earth country kids walk hand in hand.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Schlossplatz (Palace Square)
- Mercedes Benz Museum
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Central Classic Hotel. Very good *** hotel rated 8.4 on Booking and located at 10 minutes walking from Old Town. It provides comfortably furnished rooms with a private bathroom and a minibar. A rich breakfast buffet is available each morning in the modern breakfast room. Price from 95€ per night in b&b.
- Der Zauberlehrling. Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, **** Hotel Der Zauberlehrling offers pet-friendly accommodations in Stuttgart. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and private parking available on site. A superior double room costs 259€ per night. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
- Le Méridien Stuttgart. Wonderful ***** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located opposite the Schlossgarten Park in Stuttgart which offers a French gourmet restaurant, a spa with indoor pool, and classical-style rooms. The spa and fitness center Le SPA with 850m² is the largest spa in downtown Stuttgart. An executive classic of 30 mq2 costs 326€ per night.
Enjoy this city-break-tennis-trip!
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