Relaxing is not the first thing that comes to my mind when hearing the word “university” but the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen is located in such a beautiful area that it’s a pleasure to spend the whole day there.
Not even 10 minutes away from the city center of Stuttgart you can find the campus of the University Stuttgart-Vaihingen. When you’re there, you feel like you’re in the countryside. Although the buildings of the University of Stuttgart are incredibly ugly, the surrounding area is beautiful. The Pfaffenwald, is a huge forest where you can discover many things, with borders directly on the campus. But the campus itself is also very beautiful with many lakes and green spaces. I like to lie down on the grass and listen to music there. Of course, there are many students but you can always find a remote place where you are unnoticed and not disturbed.
I also recommend a hike through the forest to Bärenschlössle which is located about 2km away. Although the castle is not very impressive, the way that leads you there is so beautiful. You pass by many lakes, but unfortunately, swimming is prohibited there.
Another thing that I really like are the playgrounds in the forest. Almost every time when I go jogging or for a walk, I discover a new, uncrowded playground where I let off steam.
The campus of the University of Stuttgart-Vaihingen is made for having a picnic in the summertime. Even barbecues are allowed, and so almost every night there is a huge party. And for those who like it really idyllic: You can watch the sun go down behind the lake. For me this is the perfect compensation to the urban hurly-burly.