Discover centuries of festive fun
The historic city of Stuttgart in southwest Germany is the capital of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. During the festive season, Stuttgart’s ancient Weihnachtsmarkt winds its way through the city’s attractive streets and notable squares, bringing a smile to the faces of the young and old.
Stuttgart’s Christmas market is one of the largest in Europe, and one of the oldest. It has been sharing yuletide fun and local traditions in the city for over 300 years.
For the petrol heads amongst us, Stuttgart is probably ringing a bell with you as it’s the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Now, I must admit, we are Audi fans, but honestly, if you get the opportunity, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is certainly worth a visit.
We really love our road trips, especially to the German Christmas markets. With the extra bit of space that your car allows, it means you don’t have to hold back on the delicious gingerbread you bring home.
We live in the southeast of the UK and choose to catch Le Shuttle, as the crossing only takes 35 minutes. Then from Calais, where the shuttle disembarks, the open roads are yours to discover.
Where is Stuttgart?
How to get to Stuttgart
- By Air
The nearest airport is Stuttgart Airport, about 20 minutes (8mls/13.5km) from the centre of Stuttgart by taxi. Take a browse through ebookers.com for departures from your local airport. There are also public transport connections which take around 40 minutes.
- By Car
If you’re venturing from the UK, jump on Le Shuttle and tour Germany under your own steam.
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‘Green Power’ at Stuttgart’s marketEnvironmentally friendly cabins
Stuttgart’s WeihnachtsmarktComplete with a living nativity
As we explore the twinkling yuletide cabins, we’re keeping an eye out for those quirky, magical differences that make each German town and city distinctive from one another.
We welcome it all, whether it’s that unique handmade gift or a delicious twist on the local gingerbread.
The jovial atmosphere of Stuttgart’s market revellers will always bring a smile to your face. Family and friends enjoy the delights and festive traditions.
I love seeing the traditional wooden pyramids in Germany; they are so iconic to the country. We even have our very own Christmas pyramid decoration at home, which we bought from Käthe Wohlfahrt.
Surely, everyone loves a nutcracker soldier, and this fella was huge.
Not content with the traditional, stable scene nativity, Stuttgart has its own twist on the proceedings and has its own ‘living nativity’.
Within the festive stables, you’ll find three lambs, two sheep and a friendly fluffy donkey.
Where to stay in Stuttgart
Our accommodation for the two nights in Stuttgart was in the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin.
This luxury hotel, which is located directly opposite Stuttgart’s Central Station, is only a 10-minute stroll to Schlossplatz.
Another plus point for us was the underground car park, a daily charge applied.
Alternatively, pop your dates in the Booking.com search box and discover further options for all budgets.
Decorative cabin rooftopsA feast for the eyes
I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Germany road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
Feasting at Stuttgart’s Christmas MarketIndulging in mackerel & glühwein
While we were strolling around the food stalls in Stuttgart, we noticed whole mackerel being cooked over charcoal.
We had never seen this before; many times, we had seen and indulged in the flamed cooked salmon, but we had never seen mackerel on a stall.
Stuttgart’s miniature railwaySteaming fun in Schlossplatz
This fantastic spectacle is for your little Christmas market fans, and I’m sure they will love it.
The miniature railway is primarily for children; however, it’s fun to stand on the sidelines and watch the mini locomotive chuffing and steaming its way around the illuminated miniature village.
Stuttgart’s mini-antique marketVintage Christmas
Bring along your own antiques, as there are even specific days scheduled for you to get a free valuation on your old heirlooms.
When we strolled out of the far end of the antique market, we were greeted by more festive cabins, and on this occasion, it was a Finnish Christmas market.
Altes SchlossFestive fun for everyone
Just a few points to note;
If you wish to fly to Stuttgart, a direct flight from London will take about 1 hour 35 minutes.
Dress warm and comfortable; this is essential because it was cold in December.
You really need to book early as these markets are very popular.
Germany’s Christmas markets are for all ages, don’t be put off that it is all for children; it really isn’t. We are all big kids at heart…..
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