Stuttgart, a south German city that's the capital of the Baden-Württemberg state, is not the most obvious place to go for a short break.
Well known for its industry, the city plays host to some well known engineering giants such as Daimler, Porsche and Bosch. Plenty of people go there for work but the city actually has a surprising amount to offer for leisure.
Here are a few things you could be doing:
Geek out at car museums
With so much industry in Stuttgart, it's no surprise that the city's biggest attractions are its car museums.
Located in different parts of the city, the Mercedes Benz and Porsche museums are both filled with supercars and you don't have to be a car aficionado to go there. The exhibitions are curated to give design, tech and even celebrity appeal.
Inside the Mercedes Benz Museum, visitors can learn about the history of motor cars as well as see the brand's own race cars. The Porsche museum, meanwhile, is an architectural experience in itself.
Trying out Swabian cuisine
The area around Stuttgart is famed for its Swabian cuisine and the city has various gourmet food walks dedicated to discovering the local delicacies. On these food safaris, you'll get the chance to taste a traditional Swabian offering at each stop.
Look out for the Spätzle (egg noodles, usually hand-rolled), Flädle soup (thinly sliced pancakes in a clear broth) and Maultaschen (filled pasta sheets).
And while we're on food, the city is obsessed with ice cream and there are many good vendors to choose from.
Go on a "steps tour"
Stuttgart is located inside a valley and some of the suburbs are on top of hills. As such, one of the things the city is famed for is its steps.
Take the time to walk all the way up on a "steps tour" and you will be rewarded by the wonderful views of the city found at the top. Of course a steps tour is not just about an exercise up the hill but also about the stories and scandals that have taken place on those steps.
Revisit castles and palaces
Stuttgart is also a place for history buffs as there are many historical palaces in and around the city, most dating back to the middle ages.
Be sure to check out the Altes Schloss (Old Castle) and Neues Schloss (New Castle) which are both in the middle of the town centre. There's also the Rosenstein Palace, a former country home that's now part of the Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History.
Outside of the city there are also plenty of places worth visiting such as Solitude Palace, Bebenhausen monastery and palace, Ludwigsburg palace and Hohentübingen Castle.
Get into the heart of wine country
All around the city of Stuttgart are vineyards and some are even owned by the city itself. This stems from the city's historical connection with wine where a local count banned the production of beer and wine was the only alcohol allowed.
That's not the only thing connecting Stuttgart to wine of course. In the nearby town of Esslingen you'll also find the oldest Sekt (the German version of Champagne) producer in Germany and a short drive to Lake Constance will reveal Germany's most southerly vineyards.
These days, wine remains a dominant part of Stuttgart's culture as every year the city hosts its wine festival right in the heart of the city.
Travel and stay:
This year the Stuttgart wine festival runs from the 27th of August to the 7th of September.
Germanwings has regular flights from London to Stuttgart www.germanwings.com . The centre of Stuttgart is easily accessible from the airport by the underground.
For a peaceful stay a little outside of the centre try the Waldhotel Stuttgart which has rooms starting from 180 euros per night. www.waldhotel-stuttgart.de
In the centre of Stuttgart, the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten is very centrally located and has rooms starting from 131 euros per night. www.hotelschlossgarten.com