Below is a quick summary, several pictures, and a video I took with my son today at Killesberg, Park; a large, beautiful park just outside of Stuttgart, Germany.
The park is free to enter and has a petting zoo, a massive playground with a zip line, several biergartens, botanical gardens, hidden paths, an art sculpture trail walk, carousel (2 Euro per ride, multi-ride discounts are available), live performances (theatre, music, laser light show and concert, etc!), plenty of green space to set up a picnic, a tower you can climb to get some amazing views (honor system of 0.50 cents Euro can be paid at the “kasse” coin slot before you start the climb), a freibad (pool), and a rad little train you can ride around the park to see it all! The train costs 3 Euro for adults or 1.50 Euro for kids older than 4 (3 and below are free!) Multi-ride discounts are available.
On this day we climbed the tower, rode the train, and rode the carousel for only 5.50 Euro! Since we brought our own lunch and drink, it was a cheap date-day with my son. However, ice cream, full entrees, snacks, popcorn, waffles (and other fair food), flamkuchen, kids meals, and coffee/beer/wine can all be purchased in the park at one of the many biergartens or at the snack bar next to the carousel.
Getting there: The drive there is easy and you can park in a residential area (Thomasstrasse) right outside of the green gates. See the map to the left I screen-shot: the star is the gate entrance and free parking can be found in this neighborhood. To get there, turn left just before you pass the train station/mall/bus stop. Or you can take the train and get off at the Ubahn stop Killesberg.
Below is our sped up video of the train ride – because otherwise it would be 12 minutes long!
- Hohenpark Killesberg: https://int.stuttgart-tourist.de/en/a-killesberg-park
- Killesbergbahn info from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: (German: Killesbergbahn) is a miniature railway in the Killesberg Park in Stuttgart, Germany. Opened with the park in 1939, the 15 in (381 mm) gauge track travels in a 2,294.35-metre (7,527.4-foot) loop around the park. Diesel locomotives pull trains around the park daily during the summer months whilst steam locomotives are used for special occasions.
The park now maintains four locomotives, of which two are powered by diesel and two by steam. Blitzschwoab is the oldest of the two diesel engines, manufactured in 1950. Schwoabapfeil was manufactured in 1992. The steam engines Tazzelwurm and Springerle were delivered to the park in 1950 to replace the two that originally operated on the line until they were removed to Leipzig during World War II. The Killesbergbahn website: http://www.killesbergbahn.de
- A very basic map of the park is below, but more detailed maps can be picked up in person at the standing kiosks throughout the park.
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