Dec 4, 2013

Stuttgart Christmas Market


Theeyyy'reee baaaacck! Ladies and gents, it's Christmas Market season again here in Germany and the entire country basically threw up Christmas last weekend! It's truly a magical sight to see. Hundreds of towns across Germany have completely decked their streets and markt squares with evergreen-lined stalls, twinkle lights, and jolly reindeer to kick off the holiday season as festively as possible. It's SO hard to miss home when Germany puts on such a show at Christmas time. In fact, my parents will be arriving here on Friday to experience the markets for themselves this year! I must have done a good job of talking them up because my mom texts me almost daily with a Christmas market countdown. I'm positive Germany won't disappoint. :)

In years past, D and I have made it a point to visit as many Christmas Markets as possible during the season. We've visited 8 so far (would have been more had we not gone back to the states for Christmas last year), but we have goals to hit at least 5 or 6 this year alone. Mostly because this is our last Christmas Market season before moving back stateside this coming summer. I'm already mourning the loss of my beloved Christmas Markets! I can't even. Ugh. Anywho, to kick off our marketing adventures this year, we took a 2 hour drive down to Stuttgart to see what wonders their Weihnachtsmarkt had to offer!

Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt is one of the more spread out markets we've visited. With over 250 food and handicraft stalls, it's no wonder. There are two main sections for the market...one just off the New Palace Schlossplatz (just in front of the Old Palace) and the other right smack dab in the middle of the Marktplatz. Walking from one section to the other, you'll find a slurry of stalls and decorations along the way. In the Marktplatz, the Stuttgart Rathaus has been turned into a giant advent calendar, a door opening each day revealing coats of arms for each borough in Stuttgart. Of course, while winding in and out of the rows of festive stalls, you'll find German lebkuchen (gingerbread), candied nuts, a myriad of traditional German market dishes like bratwursts, kartofflepuffers, and spätzle, as well as my personal favorite...GLÜHWEIN!!! That hot mulled red wine (or white, if you prefer) is too delicious for words. I so wish I could ship some to each of you to try...it's that amazing! At the Stuttgart market, I was able to find the hot version of my favorite summer cocktail...the Hugo. It's totally giving my precious glühwein a run for its money! Yum yum!

After filling our bellies with market treats, we spent some time wandering the city to see a few of the sights. We stopped in front of the New Palace for a few photos and wandered down Stuttgart's largest shopping district just for fun. All in all, the Stuttgart Christmas Market was great. A bit too crowded for my taste, but that's only because it was the first weekend the market opened. Had we gone during the week, I'm sure we would have fought the crowds less. I'm just happy to have been able to mark another beautiful German Christmas market off my list! 
On to the next! :)

31 comments:

  1. germany absolutely knows how to celebrate christmas. their decorations, handmade ornaments, scrumptious food, and beverages are the best. there is a transplanted german christmas market downtown chicago that I try to visit every year!! love all of your photos!! xo - chels @ LLinaBC.com

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  2. Everything about this is GORGEOUS! I wish Asia was in on the whole Christmas thing! Makes me want to pack up and get over there STAT! Sigh. What an amazing way to celebrate the holidays!

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  3. You should come to Cologne, we have around 7 (?) christmas markets here! ;) And I love Glühwein, too! There's nothing better than a hot Glühwein on the christmas market after a long day of uni! :D

    xx, eleonora

    * eleonoras blog *

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  4. This is so pretty and christmas-y! Love it!

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  5. I have never experienced Christmas in Germany, but I think that in Europe in general there's just a magical feeling to it that you don't get here in the States. I definitely got that feeling when I was in England, Switzerland and Italy at that time!

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  6. That looks freakin' magical. I'm jealous. Thanks for sharing the photos! Now it's on my bucket list to get to Germany around Christmas :)

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  7. The Christmas markets in Germany are SUCH an amazing experience - the kind of thing you want to box up and send to everyone you know. How fun that your parents are going to get to visit some and enjoy them as much as you do! And what I wouldn't give for a mug of real, traditional glühwein... we make it at home, but it's just not the same ;)

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  8. Christmas markets are seriously amazing!!! Why don't we have these in the States!?!?!?!?!

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  9. I imagine that there is no pushing/shoving/fighting over electronics in the Christmas Markets like there is Christmas shopping in the States :)

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  10. Ah! I was planning to travel around Germany to try to find the best Christmas markets, but thanks to my unlucky timing with exams, the only one I'm able to make it to is the one in Berlin... not that I'm complaining.

    This looks wonderful :)

    Mishfish13

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  11. Holy moly! That looks amazing! Can someone invent teleportation so it would be possible for me to visit and be home in time for dinner tonight?

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  12. That looks incredible! We need these in the US....

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  13. German Christmas markets look so fun! I wish they had something like this near me because I love Christmas and I'd be all over it!

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  14. Oh My GOD!! Every time I read this blog My little fluffy green monster starts to pout... I want to go there! It's been a dream for years to visit the Christmas Markets there, what with My obsession with Christmas since childhood!
    ^^ have fun with You very last LOVELY chance to visit the marketss!!

    Loads of love, SJay
    www.sweetswithfreaks.blogspot.com

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  15. This is just absolutely beautiful!!! I am jealous as can be, I'd love to find a place that is this stunning.

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  16. So festive and beautiful! Wish I was there! Kinda jealous...

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    http://acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  17. Oh, I love Christmas Markets and have already hit a few this season. Which one are you going to next?

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  18. Christmas Markets are the best! We visited my aunt and uncle in Stuttgart a few years ago at Christmas, and I fell in love! So jealous you guys get to enjoy them! And the gluhwein. So good.

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  19. Another wow post from you, those Christmas markets are bloody marvelous I would love to visit those markets

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  20. Wow, so freaking cool!!! Christmas in Germany looks dreamy!! I am going to a Bavarian village in Eastern Washington called Leavenworth in a few weeks. That's the closest I'll get to the beauty you are experiencing right now !

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  21. Yay for Christmas markets!

    Norway does not have very good Christmas markets - or at least not compared to others - but I'm excited to head to Switzerland this weekend to get my fill!

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  22. Stunning! We have a teeny tiny Christmas market here, but it is fun to walk around.

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  23. Be still my heart. The next time I go back to Europe it'll absolutely be during Christmas market season. I think not being able to go to more is my one regret (well, I have two—the other not visiting Bruges). Looks like another lovely time :)

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  24. Fun! looks like you had ok weather. We live just 10km outside of Stuttgart, I am glad you had fun! :)

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  25. Oh you came to my town!! I love the Christmas market in Stuttgart!! But there is a special Middle age christmas market in Esslingen (15min from Stuttgart) which is also super cool. If you have time you should go and see it!! There "hot honey wine" is to die for... <3

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  26. So much fun culture! I love it! I've never been a fan of mulled wine (I like the normal stuff enough for all of us :)), but when in Germany...

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  27. oh my goodness, it's christmas on crack! how amazing! jeremy would never be able to find me because that's where i would always be : ) they have one in seoul but i'm guessing it doesn't even BEGIN to compare to the real thing ; ) at least they try haha

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  28. So cool! Also, I love your headband!

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  29. Jealous that you've been to 8 Christmas markets so far! Those are so fun!!

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  30. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the Christmas market! I spent Christmas with my sister in Austria one year and one of my favorite things was the Christmas market and drinking glühwein! I think about it all season long, even now. :)

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  31. Thank you for sharing these photos! My parents lived in Stuttgart while my dad was serving in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Vietnam War and really loved the city - I've heard lots of stories about festive German holidays!

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