Christmas Markets have become all the rage in the UK.
And with so many cities hosting wonderful festive Christmas markets, many of those are German markets promising all the atmosphere and festivities you would expect from a real German Christmas Market.
For many years I have been happy with that, it is wonderful to nip to a Christmas market on a Saturday. Enjoy mulled wine and festive music. And they are wonderful, but they are all missing one thing. They are not in Germany. Yes, that may be stating the blatantly obvious. But it is easy to be fooled into thinking it is the real deal. And whilst they are wonderful you really do need to experience a real, authentic Christmas Market at least once. Although once you do, you will want to return.
Whilst in Stuttgart I visited 3 Christmas Markets in different towns around the region. All beautiful and unique in differing ways that left me feeling that unless you have visited a Christmas Market in Germany then you really haven’t experienced the real deal.
Stuttgart is only just over an hour away
And with Eurowings offering flights out of Stansted and Heathrow for as little as £24.99 there really is no reason not to visit. The region has blown me away; I can’t believe we have not visited before, there is much for families to do all year round.
I was so lucky to have some wonderful experiences in this truly beautiful region and I can’t wait to share them all, however today I want to share why you should hop on a plane to Stuttgart and see the real German Christmas Markets.
The Stuttgart Christmas Market
Located in the city center and a couple of minute walk from the train station Stuttgart Christmas Market is a huge buzzing market. The wonderful thing about the Stuttgart Christmas Market is that shops and boutiques surround it. Making it the ideal place to do all of your festive shopping.
And the perfect post-shopping place to chill with a delicious festive cookie and gluhwein. The food is a major feature of all the Christmas Markets, with stalls offering fruit kebabs dipped in chocolate, chocolate slabs, pork rolls, potatoes I could go on. German street food really is quite delicious and worth traveling for.
Stuttgart Christmas Market also hosts a large ice rink; I just wish it had snowed during our visit. Ice-skating in the snow is the stuff off dreams.
Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market
I can’t wait to share more about my list the Ludwigsburg palace, it is breathtaking and a must place to visit. The market set in the town square under the most beautiful church, which is lit up with thousands of twinkling lights and spectacular giant angels that feel as though they are looking over you. It really is a beautiful sight and with 120 stalls there is so much to see.
The gingerbread at Ludwigsburg traditionally comes fresh from the oven. Can you imagine the delicious smell coupled with sweet gluhwein, as you wander amongst the sparkling stalls?
Ludwigsburg is a beautiful town with so much to see. And is very easy to get around as it is built on a grid system. All streets are parallel, apart from the street leading back to the train station, which is diagonal making it very difficult to get lost.
Esslingen Medieval Market and Christmas Market
All the markets are fabulous but Esslingen captured my heart in a way I never thought possible. I am not sure if it was the historic feel of the village that is a perfect Dinseyesque version of Germany, with is medieval buildings of different shapes and pastel colours. When Disney represents Germany it must be based on Esslingen. I felt like I was visiting a storybook from my childhood. The sort of place that gives you a warm feeling inside and makes you want to stay forever. Esslingen is breathtakingly beautiful and I fell head over heels in love with it.
Esslingen features a Christmas and Medieval Christmas Market. The Christmas market boasts over 120 stalls and no two stalls are the same. Every stall sells something different, which leaves you wanting to browse at a slow pace to take in every single molecule of festive joy.
The Medieval Market portrays life as it was 100s of years ago, Dressed in historic costume and offering stalls such as candle makers, rope and basket makers. There are street performers, and a doctor, which even though I can’t speak a word of German spent ages watching a laughing along. You can even have a bath at the market, just like in the old days. And to keep the market authentic, at night the market is lit by candlelight and oil lamp. Which has left me desperate to visit in the evening.
Those are my 3 wonderful and very different reasons to visit Stuttgart Christmas Markets.
But you need a plan, either 3 days an a market a day. Or a fleeting trip and a market a year, they are all beautiful for different reasons. Which is why if you have a Christmas Market wish list then these gems deserve a place.
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