Though most associate Sindelfingen with its famous Mercedes-Benz assembly plant, this charming town on the outskirts of Stuttgart has much more to offer curious visitors. A long, industrious history that has involved heavy production of textiles, computers–and indeed, automobiles–has brought in considerable prosperity over the centuries and funded the production of picturesque half-timbered houses, glorious monuments, and a particularly stunning medieval church. A casual stroll down the gently sloped streets and across the market square will inspire the sense of wonderment you’d only dreamed possible in German storybook villages, but those looking for more modern amusements will be quite pleased as well–thanks to the extensive miniature railway, international street fair, and famed Sensapolis theme park.
Location: Along the River Schwippe
Situated in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, at the headwaters of the Schwippe–a tributary of the River Würm–Sindelfingen is quite close to the city of Stuttgart, which also hosts the nearest major airport. Whether you visit by air or land, major autobahn and rail connections ensure an easy voyage.
Business: Industry and Collaboration on a World Scale
The city is an industrious one. Daimler AG is Sindelfingen’s largest employer, thanks to the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant that they operate locally, but the IBM Data Processing History Museum, remaining behind after IBM headquarters’ migration to Stuttgart, is another major site of interest. Business travelers and tourists alike are welcome to attend factory tours at the Mercedes-Benz plant, or to attend the numerous annual trade fairs in every field from art and antiques to fish and reptiles.
Culture: A Storied Past, on Full Display
In a testament to Sindelfingen’s massively growing industrial prosperity, some zebra-stripe crossings near the town center were laid in the 1970s with Carrara marble–still visible today, this is just one of the unique sights on tap. Visits to the Friendship Fountain and the Statue of Gossips are must-dos, and those who enjoy architecture will love exploring the millennium-old St. Martin’s Church. Stop by the old town hall (Rathaus)–currently a museum of the city, with free entry.
Activities: Explore Fun and Festivities
Sindelfingen’s proximity to numerous hiking trails makes it a great destination for the avid outdoors enthusiast, and those remaining in the city center can explore the Marktplatz (Market Place) or take the family to the Sensapolis theme park. If your trip lines up with one of Sindelfingen’s numerous trade fairs and festivals, be sure to pay a visit–some of the more popular and quirky ones include the International Stamp Exchange (usually in October) and the Fish & Reptile Fair (varies).