What to see when visiting Stuttgart's Christmas Markets
Where Germany's festivities come alive
Stuttgart was our 5th and final Christmas market destination, on our German festive road trip.
We really love our road trips especially to the Christmas markets. With the extra bit of space that your car allows, means you don’t have to hold back on gingerbread.
Living in the southeast of the UK and we always 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.
300 years old
Stuttgart is the capital city of the German state Baden-Wurttemberg, and for the petrol heads amongst us, it is the headquarters to Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. If you get the opportunity and time the Mercedes-Benz museum is certainly worth a visit.
Stuttgart’s Christmas market is not only one of the largest in Europe, but also one of the oldest. It has been a tradition in this city for over 300 years.
The 290 stalls that make up Weihnachtsmarkt are all within very easy walking distance of each other. So, you effortlessly stroll from one square to another, along hut lined lanes, all the time taking in the wonderful aromas that evoke Christmas. The roasting nuts are so very tempting.
The four main squares that the markets occupy, are Marktplatz, Schillerplatz, Karlsplatz and Schlossplatz. All the little festive cabins are run from green electricity supplied by the city’s own power company, so they are striving to be as efficient as possible.
All of the squares are a pleasure to wander around, constantly looking for those small differences that make each town distinctive from each other.
The jovial atmosphere of the market revellers always brings a smile to your face.
A reference guide
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.
Up on the roof
What really caught our eye whilst strolling through the markets was the fantastic way in which some of the cabins had been decorated, particularly the roofs.
Stuttgart has an annual competition to choose the ‘Most Beautiful Stall’.
You can even participate in the final decision yourself by entering your choice online.
Mackerel & Gluhwein
No German market would be complete without the traditional array of cuisine.
For the first time on our trip we saw mackerel cooked over charcoal.
One of the spectacles that awaits you at Schlossplatz is the wonderful miniature railway (or eisenbahn). We had never actually seen one at a Christmas market before, but it added a lovely addition. Running day and night for the pleasure of kids, young and old.
Along with the lovely miniature railway, families can enjoy the ice rink and Mini Ferris wheel which also located within Schlossplatz.
Nestled within Karlsplatz is the Antiques market, that has now become a tradition within Stuttgart’s Christmas market.
There are even specific days scheduled for you to be able to get a free valuation on your old heirlooms.
Stroll right through the antiques market and you will be greeted by the Finnish Christmas market, with wonderful sides of salmon being cooked over charcoal.
At the ancient Alten Schloss daily open air daily concerts are performed within the inner courtyard.
Where we stayed
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 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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