Stuttgart for single people

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I don't mean to somehow offend or bother anyone with this post, but I have to ask if there are people out there that actually like living in Stuttgart. I am referring specifically to single expats. The reason I am asking is because I have lived in other cities in Germany (Frankfurt, Heidelberg) and have spent significant amounts of time in other cities/towns in Germany. In each place I have been it was never really that difficult to find inviting places to spend time and to meet new people. However after being in Stuttgart now for almost 5 months I have completely given up on finding anything to like about this "city". I think it could be a pleasant enough place for families with kids, but for single people in their early/mid 30s it just seems as if this city has absolutely nothing to offer.

Am I crazy and/or just missing something, or are there others (expat, single, 30-35) who view Stuttgart as being a mind numbingly boring, lifeless city?

And if I am missing something then please be so kind as to let me know what and where it is! :)

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Have you joined up with the Stuttgart Ex-pats group on FB?

http://www.facebook.com/groups/StuttgartExpatMeetups/

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Ooops, double post.

Just for the record though, I don't find Stuttgart a particularly exciting city either. But then again, I'm from Sydney, Australia and few cities can compare that :P

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I think you have to be more specific in saying what exactly you are looking for because while there are certainly more young expats around in Frankfurt to meet, I think we can at least keep up with Heidelberg and hence it must be a case of going ro the wrong places a little bit. (Says the married father of two who often bumps into people between 30-35 having fun and envies them a little bit....)

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The other option is to not limit yourself to friendships and events with ex-pats. Nothing wrong with the locals.

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Frankly, I think if you're bored in Stuttgart, it's your own fault.

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I'm well over your specified age group of 30-35, but of course I can't resist giving my 2 cents worth. Although Stuttgart isn't exciting or vibrant in the way big cities are, I actually really enjoy living here - a lot more than I thought I would. There is enough on culturally to keep me happy, there are some good restaurants, fantastic green spaces and I have built up a circle of friends (more German than expat though). Besides a weekly VHS yoga course, I go swimming and biking, love the fact there's an English-language cinema showing current films, and enjoy going out/staying in with friends.

EDIT: Sorry, your other criteria "single": I'm single during the week, as I have a Wochenendbeziehung.

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You are most certainly right! (especially in winter months)

I've been in Stuttgart for a little over a year now. The expat group is fun and you can meet people from all over the world including some locals. The downside is that they usually meet on friday and saturday evenings only. It would have been great if a couple of us could meet during the week after work! I could only attend 4-5 activites in the past year :(

My favourite activites I can suggest are:

travel around and explore new cities,

cook (I can hear my mom cry out of joy that his little boy started cooking actual meals and not just pasta)

visit galleries/museums all around town (Gets boring after 6-7 months)

Learn to ride a motorcycle and get one!

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You hit the nail on the head Frankie. It's a good city / area to live if you're a family man or into the outdoorsy sporty lifestyle but it lacks the craic big style.

You're welcome to buy me beer anytime and ya can bend my ear about the boringness of the place. Alternativley start impregnating :P

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Any way to get in touch with the expat group without using Facebook?

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Have you considered the following...

1. Deutsch-Amerikanische Zentrum? http://www.daz.org/

2. Club, night life in Stuttgart? http://partys-in-stuttgart.de/

3. Hosting Couch Surfers? Or Couch Surf in neighboring countries? http://www.couchsurfing.org/

4. Gone to O Reilly' Irish Pub in Stuttgart West? My American friend works here and there are a lot of foreigners who go here. http://www.oreillys.de/

5. Asked your expat friends/German friends about upcoming events/flat parties? Great ways to meet new people.

Good luck!

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Any way to get in touch with the expat group without using Facebook?

you may try http://www.toytowngermany.com/lofi/index.php/f99.html but facebook is highly advised since the group rarely posts events here. (Or I don't look as frequently as I should)

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