The Stiftskirche is a church in the heart of Stuttgart, amidst the many shops along the Königstraße, the old castle (altes Schloß) and market square (Marktplatz) and town hall (Rathaus). It rises up amongst the urban setting and is the main and oldest Evangelical-Lutheran church in the city.
Parts of the building were destroyed during World War II and were then repaired later, making for a part modern, part historical structure. Walking into the church itself, it is plain to see what is new and what is old, especially upon looking up and seeing frosted glass constructions that stabilise the ceiling.
The structure has two Romanic-styled towers, one of which we were allowed to climb this weekend on Pentecost and also the day of the worldwide churches. The entrance to the west tower is situated amongst luxury labels like Louis Vuitton. The journey begins with a tight, winding staircase that seems like it will never end. Finally, we then reach a wooden room with windows where one can look down through a hole in the middle of the room and see the pendulums of the towers clock. A flight of stairs takes us to the mechanics of the clock and another two to the church bell.
Another two flights and we’ve reached the top of the tower. This room has windows, providing a protected view of the city from every side and around the side of the room there is a viewing platform.
This journey is not for people who are afraid of heights, but it is doable. Just make sure you have enough energy!
We walked one time around the outside of the tower, taking in the incredible view and of course, taking some pictures. It’s incredible how such structures were built back in the day. I could barely carry myself up there, let alone wooden planks and stones.
The tower is only open a few times each year for visitors, so if you happen to have the chance, it’s worth the journey for that view!