Guess what I’ve done today after work…
Right! I’ve visited the Christmas market (Weihnachstmarkt) which has opened its gates just before.
I met my friend Andrea and her son at Schlossplatz, right next to this beautiful Christmas tree.
We made our way over to Schillerplatz where the official opening ceremony was going on and we could hear a choir singing – beautiful!
We checked out the decoration on top of the stalls like this beauty for example…
…before we headed over to Marktplatz.
Fun fact: Can you spot the numbers in the windows? Each December, the town hall (Rathaus) turns into a huge Adventskalender. From the 1st of December until the 23th (which is when we celebrate Christmas in Germany by the way ) one number will convert into the coat of arms of one of the quarters of Stuttgart. And in addition, a choir from this quarter will perform for free on the stairs in front of the Rathaus. These mini concerts always start at 6 pm. Well worth visiting!
Next to the stairs in front of the town hall, on the left of them when you face the town hall to be precise, you find the stall where they sell my most favorite mulled wine. Try the white “Glühwein” for a change, it’s delicious! Andrea can recommend the hot chocolate with rum though.
When you visit Stuttgart’s beautiful Christmas market, you shouldn’t miss:
-having a Glühwein
-trying Magenbrot (which translates literary into stomach bread…. but is in fact very yummy biscuit, like gingerbread)
-buying at least one very cute but also very unnecessary piece of Christmas decoration
-visiting the Finnish Christmas Village at Karlsplatz
-having your picture taken of you next to the big nutcracker at Marktplatz
The Christmas Market will be on until the 23rd of December from 10 am till 9 am (on Sundays from 11 am until 9 am). So you have 28 days, make the most of it!
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