When they hear the name Stuttgart, most people, in Germany and elsewhere, think of cars. This is because the State Capital of Baden-Württemberg is the home of the world's oldest car manufacturers: names such as Gottlieb Daimler, Carl Benz, Wilhelm Maybach and Ferdinand Porsche all have close links with Stuttgart.
The capital of Baden-Württemberg is a great patron of sports, ranging from popular to professional sports. Over 400 sports clubs and organisations in Stuttgart offer their 165,000 members around 5,000 training and competition facilities for over 70 different sports.
Many top-class sports events have become a permanent fixture in Stuttgart’s sports calendar and underline its reputation as city of sports, for instance the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the Stuttgart-Run, the Mercedes Cup International Weissenhof Tennis Tournament, the German Open Championships, the ADAC Super Cross, the EnBW Gymnastics World Cup/ DTB Trophy as well as the German Masters international horse riding tournament. In 2006, Stuttgart was one of eleven German cities to host the FIFA World Cup. In 2007, the city was the venue of the world championships in handball, gymnastics, road cycling and ballroom dancing. In the same year, Stuttgart was awarded with the title „European Capital of Sport.“
As a cultural and sporting centre, Stuttgart offers a highly diverse programme of events throughout the year. Alongside prominent sports events and cultural highlights, festivals and markets are a special feature of the State Capital. Every year, the city celebrates the Spring Festival, Summer Festival and the Cannstatt Folk Festival, and visitors flock to the Wine Village and the Christmas Market in the heart of the city.
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