When you go to the Getranke stores you buy the beer and pay the Pfand (price for recycling the container) the first time you go. When you take pack the empty container you walk in the door and someone will address you. They will give you a slip with the money they owe you (the pfand) or someone will acknowledge you and make a mental or other note. They will take care of the rest of the bill at the register when you check out.
You will notice that the food portions are very large. No matter what type of restaurant (German, Chinese, Thai etc...) you go to they will make a comment if you don't eat all your food. It's considered an insult. Be that as it may, I still can't finish a whole plate.
When you want to eat a local dish in Stuttgart you have to try Schwäbische Flädlesuppe. This is a typically local soup with strings of pancake in it. It sound very strange, it looks very strange, but is tastes really good!
In winter, you must drink plenty of Schokolade mit Sahne (hot chocolate with whipped cream). Whatever it is they do differently than we do in the US, it's delicious! I suspect the use of real whipped cream.
For the wine connoisseurs and wine lovers amongst us, Stuttgart is the right catch. Come on and sample the fruits of summer at the popular `Stuttgart Wine Village`. More than 350 wines from Baden-Württemberg are sold in more than 120 lovely decorated wine bowers on the Marktplatz and Schillerplatz around the `Altes Schloss` (old castle). Typical regional specialities such as Maultaschen (meat and spinach stuffing in pasta pockets), Kässpätzle (swabian cheese noodles), Schupfnudeln mit Kraut (potato noodles with cabbage), etc. are served with the wine. The most delightful and largest wine festival in Germany goes on for ten days and eleven nights in Stuttgart.
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