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This is a very busy festival with lots of people but alot of fun. Aug. 2-5 2007. Dates may change from year to year.
Directions: It's at the Schlossplatz and around the park with the lake, see the website. It has a map under plan.
The fest is on the left, see the white tents
Another town outside the main city of Stuttgart, SE about 10 mins. drive or 20 mins. by train. It's a very picturesque town. It's on the 8-18 th of August 2008. Please see the website. They have alot of events, Karaoke, Country night, and such. There are menus on the page too under speisekarte. So lots of food, entertainment and wine. Hang out with some locals.
We went in 2008. It was a Sunday and it was really crowded. It's basically a circle of restaurants serving their specialties, some had massive kitchens they had moved there. In one area was the jazz band. We found the food and beverages prices to be high and it was hard to find a seat. A weekday would be a better time to go.
That part of Esslingen is very beautiful.
Address: Marktplatz, near the Rathaus
Directions: It's near the Martplatz parking garage. The bahnhof was not far away, walk straight from the train station and it's just past the medieval tower and the big gorgeous church, near the vineyards on the hill. Ask anyone for the Marktplatz.
Wine guys, bring wine to the table!!
Most small cities/towns/villages around Stuttgart have their own winefestival. This one is in Boeblingen. It's nice, small, and local, fun! There was a flea market going on when we were there also. You can rent paddle boats there also. They have food too. It's self serve. You order, get the ticket and pass it to the ladies with the food.
It's Sept. 13 and 14th 2008.
Address: Markplatz Boeblingen
Directions: Boeblingen is a town West of Stuttgart, probably 15 mins. by train or bus. The bus station is just 5 mins. walking from the festival. It's near the downtown/old town area. Look for the old church on the hill.
The performance, crowning the King and Queen
This is a great festival! There is a performance in a large field. It is a reenactment of an older time where they had a race through corn fields and which ever boy or girl won became the king and queen of the festival. There are many great period costumes and a nice parade afterwards through the festival area. There are rides and beer booths, plus food of course. It's very medieval and right in city center of Markgroeningen. You have to park and walk in. You have to pay to see the performance, it's near the main fest area. There are bleachers to sit in. I recommend going to the performance, there is a fee. This year it's 22-25 Aug. 2008.
Address: Markgroeningen RAthous/Martplaatz
Directions: This town is just N. of Stuttgart. You can't miss the town or the event, it's what is happening, period.
Birdseye view from the ferris wheel
I can't believe I didn't have this tip in here since I've gone every year. Last year they had a lovely area that was Petite France. It got taken over this year and was replaced by a Bavarian looking type area. I like this one better. Lots of wood laden buildings and a great German feel. There 's quite alot of places to sit and lots of food to choose from. Since seating is hard to find at times at the fest it's a nice cozy place to get away from the carnival rides and the big beer tents. It is right in the center of the fest. The beer tents are great too and get quite crazy crazy at night. Lots of Germans wear traditional costumes and all the servers do. The big beer tents also have nice full menus with dishes such as cheese spaetzle (German pasta dumplings) with salad, roast chicken, Shweinhaxe (spit roasted pork nuckle, huge, my husband fave), schnitzel and more. It's a large festival and is in the Bad Caanstat area of Stuttgart. I'm going to include photos from the last 2 years.
Directions: It's in the Bad Caanstadt (sp?) area. There are two train stops, the first stop is at one end of the fest and the next stop is at the other end. We usually get off on the last one. I think it is a shorter walk.
Dumpling w/ strawberries and vanilla sauce, yummo!
This Winefest is in the middle of Stuttgart. It has alot of food and wine, of course. Different vendors set up outdoor restaurants to eat and drink at. Get there early to get a seat. The 50+ crowd really swarms this one around 5. Great food and drink!!! Go!
Aug. 27-Sept. 7. 2008.
Directions: Schlossplatz" or "Rathaus" is the stop you need when you ride the subway/train.
This was a very nice festival in the middle of Stuttgart. I had the best smoked salmon EVER here. They have fried fish and all types of other fish dishes plus sausages and wine/beer. There was a 3 piece band playing bluesy music if I remember correctly. Some fun music anyway. There was also a few vendors selling things like pickles, ice cream, and a French cheese truck. July 10-20 2008 Karls Square.
Address: City center stuttgart.
Directions: Karls Square. Right downtown, ask anyone.
A cool stage for performance
This is one of the most unique Christmas Festivals I have been to. There are people dressed up in very traditional medieval clothes and they sell swords and goblets and things that you would think were from that era. There were old games being played like betting on which hole a real mouse would run to and other games for children. Really cool stuff. And the food booths and stalls were unique too. A must see.
Address: Marktplatz, central Esslingen
Directions: Esslingen isn't far from Stuttgart, it's SE of there and is about a 10 min. drive. Train should be about the same. It's in the center of town. There are parking garages right in the center.
Phone: (07 11) 35 12 33 30 fon
There are quite a few flea markets around Stuttgart and the surrounding burroughs. Here are some tips to finding them. Here's a site, in German, http://www.geros-flohmarkt.de/
There is one every Saturday mroning, 9-12 at Stuttgart Karlsplatz, Stur-Weilimdord, Sun. Baeko parking, starts at noon; StuttgartSAt., university, center of town Schellingstrasse. I got these out of a newspaper and there are no dates or times.
The Stiftkirche is a great church to visit in Tubingen. There are coffins that have forms on the tops of them in the likeness of the person inside. They are all in medieval clothing. It's really neat. You can walk up to the top of the church. It's really neat since I didn't know how far up we have to walk and exactly we were going at the time. There is a spectacular view from the top. It's right in the middle of old town. You can't miss it. Look for the big clock at the top. It's only about 3 mins. from the River and uphill from market square.
Address: Oldtown center, you can see it from everywhere
Directions: At the train station (hbf) take a right until you get to the main street. Go left, you will see the bridge ahead. The first street on the left after the bridge take a left. It's just up that street, a 8 min. walk from the station.
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