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Stuttgart Airport

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Stuttgart Echterdingen Airport
Location Stuttgart, Germany
Airport type Commercial
Overview map Google Maps (by JuergenL)
Tower 118.800
Ground 118.600
Approach 125.050 or 119.850
ATIS 126.125
Plane Spotting Hotels guide

Official Spotting Locations

Observation Deck

The entrance to the observation deck of Stuttgart's airport is located on the top floor of Terminal 3. There is a 2,50€ fee for adults, 1€ for teenagers under 16 and 1.50€ for handicapped people.

The opening times are:
April - September: 8:00 - 21:00h
October - March: 9:00 - 18:00h

Since the observation deck is on top of the terminal buildings it is really long. There are a few light type aircraft on display including an Antonov 2. Unfortunately the terminal is to the north of the runway/apron so it is not an ideal place to take pictures except after approximately 18:00.

When aircraft are approaching on rwy 07 you can see them better, since the rwy 25 is on the other end of the airport. However there is a fence. Depending on what kind of lens you use you might be able to navigate in between. If not, photography opportunities won't be that great for you. Also the gates are a little further away compared to the observation deck at FRA. Other than that, it is a pretty good place to go spotting.


Other Spotting Locations

"REAL" parking lot

time of day: from the morning until the afternoon

focal length: 70-300mm or more for smaller planes

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  • sample photo: large

hill 25

Hill 25 in Stuttgart

time of day: from the morning until the afternoon

focal length: 70-300mm

Noise protection barrier A8

time of day: late afternoon until sunset.

focal length: 28-100mm for taxiway, 70-300mm for runway

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Google Map

There is a google map available with these locations.

Locations to Avoid


Regular Traffic

Airlines serving STR regularly (Source: Airport homepage, January 2008)

Aegean Airlines, Air France, airberlin, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, B&H Airlines, Blue Air, BlueWings, British Airways, Carpatair, Cirrus Airlines, Condor, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Finnair,, Freebird, germanwings, Hamburg International, Jat Airways, KLM, LGW, LOT, LTU, Lufthansa, Malev, Nouvelair, Olympic Airlines, Pegasus, SAS, Sky Airlines, Sun Express, swiss,, Tunis Air, Turkish Airlines, XL Airways France, XL Airways Germany

Facilities and Transportation

Public Transport

The airport can be reached from the city center/main station by suburban train (S-Bahn-lines S2/S3). The journey takes 27 minutes. There are also several bus lines from surrounding villages.

The "REAL" parking lot is close to the bus station "Bernhausen Nord-West-Ring". There is no direct bus line from the Terminal area, therefore you have to change. Journey time is aprox. 15 Minutes. From the city center you need to change from light rail (U5/U6) to buses in 'Degerloch'.

You can get your best connection at the Electronic Timetable Information by the regional transport authority: VVS

The spot "Hill 25" is also reached via this bus spot, but it needs a bit of walking to the east.