What to do?
The Christmas Market - Weihnachtmarkt Stuttgart
What to do?
WHAT TO DO IN STUTTGART
Christmas Market in Stuttgart
On November 27, the city's Christmas market was ready. For a full month ending before the new year. The city center is completely transformed into a familiar and very traditional atmosphere to celebrate the end of the year.
The market includes where is the Schlossplatz or Palace square, a part of the Konig Strasse or The Street of the King and the surroundings of the AlteSchloss or Old castle, the Schiller square, the Karls Square and the surrounding streets until reaching the Market Square in the City Hall.
The Market is already over 300 years old, starting at the end of the 17th century and is one of the oldest markets in the State of Baden Wurttemberg in southern Germany. Nowadays the shelves and shops open their doors at noon, where their visitors cram from very early the different streets and alleys to enjoy their delicious cuisine, the days of December are relatively short, the night arrives around 5 in the afternoon and the market remains open until before midnight. The temperatures in December are around 10 to 0 degrees Celsius, so it is recommended to dress warmly to enjoy without any problem.
We make the usual tour through each of the corners to explore and find all the curiosities that meet this beautiful market, in addition to knowing the different traditional gastronomic offers of these dates.
Among the curiosities that can be found is the ice skating rink, mechanical games for the little ones, a very well decorated small miniature train and a very well conceptualized light show representative of the city's tourist attractions in the main square.
In their shelves and alleys visitors can find a wide variety of items, especially Christmas crafts, home ornaments, glassware, toys, perfumery, and beauty items, a variety of winter clothing accessories, hats, scarves Coats
Finally the night came, the atmosphere changes in a radical way, and the lights that adorn the entire city create a magical atmosphere unmatched.
It should be noted that the last two years one of the specials is the show of lights and decoration of the central square of the New Palace, consists of the construction of different structures around the square, characterizing the places or events that are very representative of the city such as the TV Tower, the Sepulchral Chapel, the Volkfest Festival, the Mercedes Benz and Porch Museum, the Wilhelma Park, the theater and the wine festival, all conceptualized with colored lights together with the central pillar imposingly and highlighting the lighting and beauty of the New Palace to the rhythm of the background music..
As for entertainment, the city prepares different musical shows during the four weeks, usually the activities take place around 6 pm, when different musical choirs from both the city of Stuttgart and different regions and surrounding towns are invited to present their musical proposals, these meet in front of the town hall in the Market Square as well as inside the Old Castle, which its patio is very well decorated with the colorful characteristic of the time, emphasizing that the light show highlights the walls and corridors of the Castle in a unique way, a show that is really worth enjoying.
As for gastronomy, the market is very varied, from the typical German and Swabian cuisine of traditional festivals such as grilled fish, sausages with bread, and logically you can not miss kassespatze and multaschen which are always the Swabian dishes present in every public street event. But especially the market is characterized by its sweets, and chocolate specialties, in addition to the very popular sweet gingerbread cookies during this time of year, the main drink is the warm wine called Kluhwein, which can be white or red, but traditionally it is Red wine combined with species and heated without being boiled to maintain its alcohol. A sweet and very pleasant drink for low temperatures.
If you visit the city of Stuttgart during December, we want to offer you other alternative activities that you can do in addition to the obligatory visit to the Christmas market. This time of year is very special to share with family and friends, and the city knows it very well.
Our first recommendation is in addition to the traditional Christmas market, in the southern part of the city on Marienplatz square there is also a small market, but this one is a little different, more youthful with contemporary music and party atmosphere, a bit more focused on the nightlife of the city where in addition to hot wine, you find more variety of cocktails and alcoholic drinks.
If you are traveling as a family, another of the recommendations is the visit to the Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Park, which prepares its gardens with decorations set at the end of the year, very pleasant for the little ones at home, the beauty of the park's gardens It is exceptional, so it is a very good option, although you should know that the entrance is no for free.
Finally, our last recommendation may be the city bus tour that is carried out with the Christmas concept, it is an alternative route and specially prepared this time of year by the local tourism promotion agency.
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