Schwabengarten – a beer garden just outside of Stuttgart

Hi guys! Even though I am Vegetarian, I like beer gardens. One of my favorite ones is Schwabengarten just outside of Stuttgart, in Leinfelden. It’s easy to reach because it’s located just behind the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn Station “Leinfelden”.

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You get all the traditional beer garden style dishes at Schwabengarten, like pork knuckle, sausages, potato salad and of course beer, but they also serve Flammkuchen (tarte flambée), Dampfnudel (steam dumpling), Weißwürste (white sausages) and dumplings with a creamy mushroom sauce, which you would not find in every beer garden. Nice for Vegetarians though!! Smiley

Well, I have to admit, I totally felt like fries today, so that’s what I got. Boring, I know Smiley

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The unicorn in the background is not mine by the way! Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund The Apfelschorle (apple spritz) though was mine indeed! As I don’t like beer (yep, how dare I call myself a German, right?! Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund), I always order Apfelschorle with my meal when I visit a beer garden.

My nephews (proud holders of the unicorn by the way!) on the other hand ordered Rote Wurst and Kartoffelsalat (red sausage and potato salad) and thus made up for my boring decision on the food front.

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What I like about Schwabengarten is, that they have more to offer than just the usual benches and tables: There is a playground for the kids and sun chairs for the grown ups…

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Niiiiiice!! Smiley

It is a great destination after a bike trip, too. And if you are the proud holder of an e-bike, you can even recharge your bike while visiting the beer garden. They have their own e-bike station now! Awesome, right?!

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During the season, Schwabengarten is open every day from 11 am until 11 pm. They also organize several special events every year, for example a “US-Car Meeting” on the 25th and 26th of July.

More information about:

Schwabengarten (only in German)

Schwabengarten on Facebook

City Library Stuttgart – new sun deck in downtown Stuttgart!

Hi guys, guess what I found these days? A new sun deck in downtown Stuttgart! More precisely on top of the City Library Stuttgart!

New sundeck on top of the City Library Stuttgart

There has always been the roof where you could climb up to and enjoy the view. But lately, they have put up sun beds – very comfy ones by the way… 🙂

Enjoying the sun on top of Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart

Ok, I am not the biggest fan of the cold, metal design – I wouldn’t mind some palm trees and sunshades. And a cocktail bar. And sand. And a pool. But the sun beds and the view are very nice as well 🙂 A good spot to spend your break on a sunny day! And when doing so, don’t miss the café LesBar on the 8th floor. 🙂

Let’s hope for some more sunny days this summer! I know I will spend my lunch break up at City Library Stuttgart again when it’s warm enough.

Enjoying my lunch break on the sundeck of City Library Stuttgart

More information about:

Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart (only in German)

Café LesBar (only in German)

Open Air Cinema in Germany – 3 things you should know

This temperature is just perfect for sitting outside till late at night. So why not watch a movie while doing so?? 😉 I’ve been to  the Open Air Cinema in Ludwigsburg last week. I have to admit, I’ve never been there before, and I really missed out on something the last 30 years…

They have put up this huge screen in the courtyard of the Karlskaserne, so the ambiance it quite nice by itself.

Open Air Cineama / Sommernachtskino in Ludwigsburg

Panorama of Open Air Cinema in Ludwigsburg

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But I noticed three things, I want to point out you guys…

1.) Reservations

Better be at the Open Air Cinema early. Because as we are Germans, we are very territorial when it comes to reserving seats… Yes. We even reserve seats at the cinema (at least when it’s an open air one) and if we don’t have towels at hand, we don’t mind using pillows, bags or whatever is present…

Reserved seats at Open Air Cinema Ludwigsburg

Reserved seats at Sommernachtskino Ludwigsburg

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2.) Don’t be astonished when you have to order popcorn in liters.

At least when visiting the Open Air Cinema in Ludwigsburg, you can be faced with this…

3 liters of popcorn, please...

I ordered 3 liters but actually, I was a bit disappointed. I thought, I’ll get a bigger bag… But they tasted extraordinary good, I have to say!

Happy with popcorn

So let the film begin! I am ready!

Popcorn and Open Air Cinema in Ludwigsburg

3.) You should not mind that they show only movies in German…

We watched Die Kirche bleibt im Dorf, which is a German saying that translates literally into “The church will stay in the village”. The actors spoke with Swabian accent which was quite funny to watch as you don’t hear our accent in movies very often 🙂

I checked their program and unfortunately all of the movies they show until the 11th of August are in German. So if you want to go, you should either understand German or be interested in listening to it…

But I can definitely recommend going. I liked the atmosphere of watching a movie under the dark sky of a summer night…

Sommernachtskino Open Air Ludwigsburg 2013

More information about:

Sommernachts Open Air Cinema Ludwigsburg 2013 (only in German)