Home to more than 600,000 residents, Stuttgart is the sixth largest city in Germany in terms of population and is the capital city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Stuttgart has a long history, dating back to the 10th century, and its name comes from a time when it was a site for breeding cavalry horses.
Stuttgart is one of the most economically significant cities in Germany, with companies such as Mercedes-Benz and Porsche headquartered there. Located in the heart of Swabia, the city is often nicknamed the Swabian metropolis by Germans due to the regional dialect spoken by natives. The Black Forest and Swabian Jura mountains are about an hour drive away from the city centre.