Fun things to do this May

Hi guys! It’s May! Hurray! Let’s see what fun things and events this month holds in stock for us!

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A posh festival and fun in the fountain

As we are still waiting for some of the pictures of our wedding, I will write about something else until I put up posts about our big day. And there are many things happening in and around Stuttgart these days. It feels like I am emerging from the whole wedding preparation thing into real life 🙂 And it feels nice to finally be a part of what’s going on again! 😀

I have missed a lot of festivals in Stuttgart this year. But one is taking place this weekend and Moritz and I used this lovely afternoon today to stroll over the Sommerfest (Summer festival).

Sommerfest Stuttgart 2013

It was once planned as a one time event after the Bicycle World Cup in 1991. But as it was a great success, it became an annual thing. Until Sunday, 4th of August, you’ll find its white tents at Schlossplatz…

Sommerfest on Königstrasse in Stuttgart

Sommerfest in front of the new castle in Stuttgart

…but mainly in front of the opera house, all around the Ecksee:

Sommerfest in front of the opera house in Stuttgart

Tents around the Ecksee

As they are opening the festival this evening, not all of the businesses had their tents ready when we were there around 4 pm. But we were not hungry so it was no big deal. We simply had a fruit smoothie and were quite happy 🙂

Moritz ordering smoothies at Sommerfest Stuttgart

Selection of fruit smoothies

Enjoying our fruit smoothies at the Ecksee

We strolled around a little longer, but as it was such a lovely hot day today, I felt like a quick refreshment. And what do you have fountains for in Stuttgart?!

Refreshing yourself under the fountain in Stuttgart

Having fun under the fountain in Stuttgart

Standing in the fountain at Schlossplatz

On the last pic you see me splashing water at Moritz, seconds before I noticed it’s my camera he’s holding… 😀

I have to admit, that the Sommerfest isn’t my favorite festival in Stuttgart. It is a bit too posh for my taste. For example, here you don’t just eat pizza, you’ll have a  “Pizza Gourmet”!

At the Sommerfest, you don't want to eat normal pizza - you'll have a pizza gourmet!

True story! 😉

Plus, I always feel a bit sad for the ducks that live in Ecksee… Especially as they have babies right now…

Ducks swimming in Ecksee.

On the other hand it’s nice to see the Schlossgarten with all the white tents and a festival is a festival and festivals are always nice to visit – especially when you have such great weather as we will this weekend! 🙂 So: Don’t mind my words and just go! 🙂

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Sommerfest Stuttgart / Stuttgart Summer Festival 2013

Christmas starts in November

There is one thing you need to know about Stuttgart. It might irritate you at the beginning. But over the years, you will get used to it and accept it as a fact. In Stuttgart, Christmas starts in November. And I am not referring to all these christmas cookies, you find in grocery stores now. I am talking about the ice skating rink “Wintertraum” on Schlossplatz.

Wintertraum at Schlossplatz

I have to admit, when it opened the first time a few years ago, I was very skeptical myself. “An ice skating rink? In Stuttgart? Like the one in front of Rockefeller Center in New York?? And it opens when it’s nearly still summer??? STRANGE!!” Well, I am swabian and we Swabians don’t trust anything that’s new and different. 😉 So it took me a few years to accept the rink. And by now, I quite like  it and the booths around, where you can get mulled wine and all sorts of food.

Today, I went there with a colleague to have lunch and to enjoy the first mulled wine in 2012! 🙂

The entrance to "Wintertraum"

What I have never noticed before, when you look up while standing in the entrance, you see that they have decorated the gate with skates:

Skates in the decoration of "Wintertraum"

I had yeast dumpling (Dampfnudel) with vanilla sauce for 4,50 Euro and my colleague tried fried mashed potatoe (Kartoffelpuffer or Rösti) s with apple sauce.

Kartoffelpuffer and Dampfnudel at Wintertraum

I liked my dumpling very much, only my colleague had little trouble eating his fried mashed potatoes, because they only give you forks at Wintertraum…

Eating Kartoffelpuffer with two forks

But I can assure you, he managed to eat his Rösti the end and didn’t have to starve! 🙂

When we had finished our lunch, we had a glass of mulled wine – which came out of this nice, little pot:

Pot of mulled wine

I actually tried to have two glasses. But sadly, I didn’t get through with it after my colleague handed me back the camera…

Nearly enjoying two glasses of mulled wine

As they have a lot of lovely sweets, we thought about getting something for dessert as well…

Sweet apples

A heart for Wintertraum

Yummy sweets

…but we stayed strong and resisted.

If you wonder now where the skating rink is, here it comes:

Skating rink at Wintertraum

As I said, it’s not very crowded at Wintertraum during the day.

We had a very nice and yummy break here at Wintertraum and I will surely come again, the winter is still young! 😉

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