Which metropolis has just been crowned German Culture Capital four times in a row?

The Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) and Berenberg Private Bank have compared the 30 largest German cities and their culture scenes for the fourth time. As in previous years, Stuttgart has once again made it to number one - and even extended its lead over Dresden, Berlin, Munich and Karlsruhe.

The study examined the availability of and demand for theatres, opera houses and cinemas, libraries, museums and other culture offerings. Stuttgart ranks first in virtually all areas. The share of people working in the culture industry was also included in the rankings. At 7.6 percent, this figure is higher in Stuttgart than in other cities.

Hence, the Swabian metropolis also offers an inspiring environment for events. Not only can investments in cultural infrastructure help "cities explore new avenues of development," as the authors of the study point out. Around 30 of Stuttgart's culture institutions can also be booked for corporate and other events.

Theaterhaus Stuttgart, for example, one of the most innovative culture projects in Europe, offers capacities for around 1,000 attendees and focuses strongly on green meetings. As a former royal residence, the newly reopened Stadtpalais Stuttgart is not just the geographical but also the cultural heart of the city. State Gallery Stuttgart, the Museum of Modern Art at Schlossplatz, and the House of History Baden-Wurttemberg in Stuttgart's Culture Mile can also be booked for events.

The Altes Schauspielhaus in tiny Königstraße is a stylish venue with its stunning Art Nouveau interior and façade. Not to forget the Porsche and Mercedes-Benz Museums as well as venues in the region, from Kreuzkirche Nürtingen to the Museum of the Prehistoric World in Holzmaden.

Click here for a list of all bookable culture venues in and around Stuttgart.

For further details on the Culture Capital study click here.