Schillerplatz Stuttgart (Schiller square)
Duke Friedrich had the houses between the collegiate church and the old chancellery demolished and the Herrenberg master builder Heinrich Schickardt built Schillerplatz Stuttgart. It was a princely area that served the dukes for representational purposes. It was not until courtly life had fully shifted to the new palace and the new Schloßplatz at the beginning of the last century that civic life was able to spread to the square. The symbol of this civic freedom is the Schiller Monument, which, donated by the Stuttgart Liederkranz, created by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorwaldsen and cast from cannons in Munich, was ceremoniously unveiled here in 1839.
Friedrich Schiller, born in 1759, spent decisive years of his life in Stuttgart. Schiller was a pupil at the Hohe Carlsschule and later a regimental doctor in the legionary barracks. As he devoted himself to poetry, he got into increasing trouble with Duke Carl Eugene, with whom he originally had a fairly good relationship. After his drama "The Robbers", in which he took up arms against tyranny, Schiller no longer saw any possibility of remaining in Stuttgart, so in 1782 he left the city with his friend Streicher under false names.
On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, the Stuttgart Flower Market takes place on Schillerplatz Stuttgart. At the end of August, part of the Stuttgart Wine Village is set up in this beautiful historic setting, and in December, part of the Christmas Market.
Free WiFi at Schillerplatz Stuttgart:
Free WLAN is available at various places in Stuttgart - including at the Tourist Information i-Punkt. Simply select the network (SSID) "free-wifi-stuttgart (official)", open your internet browser and start surfing!