Exploring the medieval cellars of Kessler Sekt sparkling wine in Esslingen

Exploring the medieval cellars of Kessler Sekt sparkling wine in Esslingen

Hi guys! Do you like sparkling wine? If you do, you might be delighted to hear that the oldest German producer of sparkling wine is located in Esslingen and thus only 30 minutes away from Stuttgart: Kessler Sekt sparkling wine!

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Three Christmas markets in and around Stuttgart

Three Christmas markets in and around Stuttgart

Hi guys! Germany is famous for its Christmas markets. And of course there are some beautiful ones in and around Stuttgart, as well. In this post, I would like to point out three of them: the one in Stuttgart, the medieval one in Esslingen and the baroque one in Ludwigsburg,

I was lucky when I went to the Christmas market in Stuttgart during my lunch break as it had just begun to snow. And of course Christmas markets always look amazing when it’s snowing…

Stuttgart christmas market

Stuttgart christmas market

A great thing to do for kids is ride the miniature steam-train on Schlossplatz:

Miniature steam train on Schlossplatz

The Christmas market in Stuttgart is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. Its roots date back to the 16th century. And it is also a very large one, including parts of the Schlossplatz, the whole Schillerplatz, several streets between Schillerplatz and Marktplatz and the whole Marktplatz. Around 280 beautifully decorated stands offer food, drinks, Christmas decorations and much more. Especially the roofs of the stands are worth looking at.

A Christmas pyramid on the roof of a stand

Golden angel on top of a stand

Poet Friedrich Schiller looking down on what’s going on on “his” square, the Schillerplatz.

Statue of Friedrich Schiller on the Schillerplatz

Because of all the lights, it is always a stunning experience to visit a Christmas Market at night. So here are some impressions of one of my visits:

Stuttgart Christmas Market seen from Kleiner Schlossplatz

Two angels in front of the city hall on the Marktplatz:

Two angels on Marktplatz

Of course, the steam-train runs when it’s dark, too.

Miniature steam train during the night

When it gets too cold, it’s a good idea to step inside the Sporer Alm, between Marktplatz and Markthalle. It’s warm and cosy inside.

Sporer Alm on Stuttgart Christmas Market

Some of the stands offer very cute Christmas decorations. I have to admit, I do get weak sometimes…

Christmas decoration

Colourful candles

When visiting a Christmas Market, it’s a MUST to have a Glühwein (mulled wine). This year, I got a bit adventurous and tried Eierpunsch, which consists of egg-nog and white wine… well, I can’t recommend it… If you want to have something different from the traditional Glühwein, try a white Glühwein. That tastes very nice.

Glühwein and Eierpunsch

What I found very fascinating, but didn’t have the guts to try, were these chocolate-covered chillies…

Chocolate covered chilli

One of my favourite places on the Christmas Market in Stuttgart is the Finnish Village (Finnisches Dorf), which is located on Karlsplatz, close to the U-Bahn sation Charlottenplatz. They don’t serve Glühwein there but Glögi, which is made of berries and tastes very nice. And they sell the best salmon I ever had – seriously! You can have it on the plate for 10 Euro or in a bread-roll for 5 Euro. But they also offer a lunch special for 7,50 Euro for the plate. If you’re lucky, you find a seat inside the tent, close to the fireplace. Very cosy!

Enjoying Glögli on the Finnisch Christmas Market in Stuttgart

Cosy Finnish tent

The next Christmas market I went to this year was the medieval one in Esslingen.

Medieval Christmas Market infront of the city hall in Esslingen

Actually, only a part of the Christmas market in Esslingen is called “Mittelaltermarkt” (medieval market), there is also a “normal” Christmas market around it. When you enter the gate to the Mittelaltermarkt, you step into another world…

Entering the medieval Christmas Market

… and meet people you would not expect…

Meeting the Grim Reaper in Esslingen

Actually, the Grim Reaper turned out to be very polite and didn’t mind me taking a picture of him. Who would have thought that?? But I still asked him to keep his distance for some more decades… And he promised to do so! 🙂

When it comes to food, I made one epic discovery: Waffles with Nutella and cherries taste fantastic! How could I have lived without them for so many years???

Waffles with Nutella and cherries

There is one more Christmas market I would love to introduce to you: The Barock-Weihnachtsmarkt in Ludwigsburg. It takes place on the Marktplatz and is surrounded by baroque buildings and churches.

Baroque Christmas Market in Ludwigsburg

What blends in very nicely with the baroque surrounding are the illuminated angel statues in the middle of the market square.

Angel statues on the Christmas Market in Ludwigsburg

Don’t they just look beautiful?

Illuminated angel in Ludwigsburg

Unfortunately, it was raining heavily when I visited Ludwigsburg, so I didn’t take a lot of pictures. But I hope you can still get an idea of how lovely the baroque Christmas market is.

These were the Christmas markets in and around Stuttgart that I have visited this year. But of course there are many more around Stuttgart. I hope I get the chance to go to some of them next year.

That leaves me with only one more thing: I want to wish all of you a very merry Christmas with your friends and families! Have a good one!

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