Is Stuttgart Germany safe at night

Through Stuttgart at night Safe way home through the palace gardens

Anyone who walks from the theater through the palace gardens to the train station at night often has a queasy feeling. That should change. The police, the city, the state theaters and the Ministry of Finance have now come up with some ideas.

Stuttgart - In the inner city area on Theodor-Heuss-Straße there is new reading material. In addition to the current situation report and the mission diaries, they now also regularly study the repertoire of the Stuttgart State Theaters. And not because they wanted to set up a cultural training program for the civil servants on duty there. But for reasons of operational planning: "We look to see when the performances are that end late," explains the district manager Joachim Barich. Because then the police are increasingly on patrol in the castle garden.

The police are reacting to something that they actually cannot fully explain: the subjective feeling of security of the people who walk through the dark park at night after the performance. At the time, it is not particularly dangerous there, says the head of the inner city district. But the theater goers and the employees of the state theaters feel differently - even if most of the robberies and other crimes there only happen much later in the night. Confusing corners between hedges, lighting that is a bit too dim and - not many anymore, but they have been seen quite often in the past few years - groups of beggars camping caused the queasy feeling, summarizes Barich, what he hears regularly.

More light and less undergrowth

The police are not alone when it comes to strengthening the feeling of security on the way home after a visit to the theater or the opera. The people in charge of the state theaters, the Ministry of Finance as the landlady of the palace gardens (the park is land area), the city and the police have jointly considered how this can be done.

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“For us, it was even less the feedback from the visitors than the feedback from the employees. They walk through the park a little later, when the large crowd is already gone, ”says Marc-Oliver Hendriks, the managing director of the State Theaters. He raves about the location of the opera and the small house - within walking distance of the stops at the main train station and Charlottenplatz, so easy to reach by public transport, and in the middle of the palace gardens.

Pollution and party junk

However, he understands the dwindling sense of security of the colleagues and some guests of the houses. Because pollution, party rubbish on the steps of the Big House and bushes where you don't know what's behind: Taken together, these factors did not fail to have their effect. On the one hand, the employees have now trained how to behave in tricky situations. On the other hand, something should be done for the environment. “The public space here is so precious. He mustn't neglect, ”says the managing director.

This is where the Treasury Department comes into play. It is responsible for the land in the country. Wilhelma employees look after them. “And they are good. When Sabine swept through the city, all the paths in the palace garden were full of branches in the morning. When I cycled back later, everything was clean, ”said Benjamin Hechler, press spokesman from the Ministry of Finance, praising the park keepers.

Costs still unclear

Now more is to be done. Confusing undergrowth should be shortened. In addition, the ministry wants to hang up house rules at the New Palace in order to curb the partying - with broken bottles the next morning. Hechler explains that it needs to be posted in order to enforce house rules. He could not give any details about the other measures in the palace garden: "We are working out a lighting concept, you cannot say any costs," he explains. Until the concept is in place, lamps will be replaced for more light along the routes to the stops and to Schlossplatz.

One of the city's contributions comes from crime prevention: something should soon be found in the palace garden that may seem a bit anachronistic in the age of smartphones: an emergency telephone. “It's a pilot project,” says prevention officer Gregor Belgardt. The pillars were originally intended to enable contact with rescue workers in the event of an accident on the side of the road. "But we use them if someone wants to report something - a dangerous or threatening situation or processes that seem suspicious to them," explains Belgardt. Another component in the jointly developed plan for a palace garden in which everyone should feel comfortable again.