Carnival in Southern Germany is quite different from carnivat along the Rhine in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf. We call it "Fasnet " or "Fasnacht" and people don't shout "alaaf" but "narri narro" and all kinds of other stuff.
Here the witches and other strange creatures are the most important part of the processions. The costumes are very traditional and people wear "beautiful " hand carved wooden masks, that have been bequested within the families for generations.
Stuttgart has a large procession on Carnival Tuesday and afterwards people go to the bars to party. The best party spot is "Calwer Eck Br?u" but you have to be there very early to get in. "Paulaner" also in Calwer Strasse is also good for partying on this day.
If you want to see the real traditional "schwaebisch-alemannische fasnet you have to go to places like
- Weil der Stadt
or Villingen Schwenningen.
This christmas market shall seeming the nicest in Germany. You can buy nice things for christmas and eat and drink something that you get most to christmas time.
Christmas Market starting at 26. November up to 23. December 2014. (The opening ceremony is at 26. November at 18:00 o'clock in the court of the old castle.
The market is opening from 10:00 up to 21:00, sunday 11:00 - 21:00 (At 27. from 18 until 21).
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At 7., 14. und 21. December 2013 the special line of SSB will take the visitors from Cannstatter Wasen (big parking area) directly to the christmasmarket in the city.
From 11 until 20 o'clock the tram will go every 15 minutes. Cost for parking at Cannstater Wasen per car 5 Euro - same time the parking ticket is the ticket for the tram for up to 5 passengers. Of course you can drive after 20 o'clock with this ticket back to your car, free, with every line back to Cannstatter Wasen.
The Krautfest is every year at the weekend of the 3rd sundy of October (18./19. Oct 2014).
The Volksfest (Canstatter Wasen/Volksfest 26.09. - 12.10.2014) is for old and young looks like the Octoberfest in Munich, but I think it is nicer than the Octoberfest in Munich.
Every wednesday (01. and 08. October) is a family day. Showman, innkeeper and the market merchants give reduced prices and the parking cost only the half (2,50). And many other things special for children.
December is the time when I really like living in Germany. I love going to the beautiful Christmas markets which take place everywhere from small towns to the big cities. Sometimes just a day or two sometimes for the whole month of December like in Stuttgart. There is nothing better than standing in the snow with a Gluehwein (mulled wine) to warm your hands and your body (watch out it get's you drunk real fast :-) - listening to a choral singing christmas songs.
The Christmas Market in Stuttgart is said to be the largest one in Germany, I don't have any idea if that's true but it's pretty big and very beautiful. It normally starts on the last weekend in December and lasts until Dec. 23rd.
Stuttgart is a city of wine the vineyards almost reach the central station, and every year in August the annual Weindorf is takes place for about ten days. The whole Marktplatz and Schillerplatz are full of little booths where the local restaurants and winebars sell wine and food. The younger people meet at the Schillerplatz and there especially in the area in front of the Altes Schloß (old castle) In 2003 the Weindorf last from August 27th to Sept 7th.
Stuttgart Wine Village
At the end of August wine connoisseurs and wine lovers from all over the world return to the beautiful state capital of Baden-Württemberg to sample the fruits of summer at the popular "Stuttgart Wine Village". More than 350 wines from Baden-Württemberg are sold in more than 120 lovingly decorated vine bowers on Marktplatz and Schillerplatz around the Altes Schloss. 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
27 August to 7 September 2003
25.August to 05.September 2004
Stuttgart Beer Festival
16 days of festive spirits around the 24-metre-high fruit column, the symbol of the Stuttgart Beer Festival which was originally established back in 1818 as a harvest festival. Over 300 showmen always offer new rides and attractions on the, now, largest folk festival in the world: the largest transportable Ferris wheel, the wildwater ride, the French Village with its Parisian backdrops and the typical French specialities, the large beer tents including the "Black Forest Experience Tent" containing fir branches, waterfalls, lively music and a fantastic laser show, etc.
27 September to 12 October 2003
25 September to 10 October 2004
Stuttgart Christmas Market
The Stuttgart Christmas Market is traditionally opened on the last Thursday in November with a ceremonial concert in the inner courtyard of the Altes Schloss. The small wooden houses lovingly decorated with angelic figures, fir branches and Christmas balls are open daily up to December from 10.00 to 20.30 and on Sundays from 11.00 onwards.
28 November to 23 December 2003
25 November to 23 December 2004
uuuuuh, it reminds me of "Glühwine" = "mulle wine", (a type of prepared warm wine) and "weiswurst"(sausage) . I love this combination in the cold December christmas atmosphere and
the Christmas Market in Stuttgart is not only one of the oldest, but certainly also one of the most beautiful and largest in Europe with over 200 stalls on Marktplatz and Schillerplatz. The Stuttgart Christmas Market is traditionally opened on the last Thursday in November with a ceremonial concert in the inner courtyard of the "Altes Schloss". The small wooden houses lovely decorated with angelic figures, fir branches and Christmas balls are open daily up to Dezember 23 from 10.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11.00 a.m.
Before I came to Germany to live, Octoberfest in Munich was the only beer festival I knew of here. But I've been told that Stuttgart has one that is as good and popular as the Munich one. In here, it is Wasen. What I also learned is that it's not a beer festival but a celebration of harvest just with a lot of beer thrown in! Everything is decorated in the theme of harvest with various vegetables, autumn colors and, naturally, livestock that is carried over from ancient times as a celebration of life.
You have pleanty of things to do here, but I suggest that you come in day time if you are with children because it gets very crazy and rowdy. Predominantly in a good way but non the less lot's of drunk people falling down. If you are not with kids, NIGHT TIME for sure!!!!!!!
In the picture you can see one of many tents where you can listen to traditional German music, have traditional southern German food (Schwabische and Bayernische with some austrian thrown in) and of course, drink traditional BIER (it's beer for you only english speaking ppl :)
As I was saying, lot's and lot's of tents with good beer, food and music so it's rather difficult to pick one! My hubby and I liked this one the most because of it's lively colors. It's owned by Klauss family and it's huge to the tune of 5000 guests! That is JUST GUESTS, not service staff which numbers in the hundreds themselves! There is also a rather large stage with pretty modern and uptodate lighting and sound system. Up to par with modern concert tour! Not to mention that the band is outstanding which also gets "happier" (as in beer happier :) as the evening comes because they do not hesitate to participate in their own festivities as they encourage the crowd to take part in the fun. They'll do beauty competitions, make everybodysing and dance, climb benchs', tables and at times, one another if they are "merry" enough.
See ppl in the pic? Well, they are just following the instructions given by band. Seriously! The band actually stands on the stage and as they sing, they tell the crowd what they should do next. It's fun and it's funny because you have to have in mind the amount of beer these people have had. Everybody sings and dances disregarding the age and sex. You even have groups of people coming dressed in the same T-shirts representing their regions, cities, towns, sports teams etc. Many foreigners come to enjoy this great festival and are warmly welcome by the locals as they are helped with the instructions the band is giving to the people by their German speaking "comarades in beer".
Even if you are not a beer lover it is not an excuse not to go to a beer tent. The food and atmosphere are reason enough alone to have fun. But enough of the boring stuff!
And for you beer lovers, well German beer is known around the world to be the best and justifyably! I would recommend to have "wiessen" beer. Many people who don't even like beer, once they've tried weissen found it pleasant to the palette. Weissen is a wheat beer. It's cloudy and the taste borders on the sweet side... in a word: GREAT!!! Why do you think I could drink a whole litre, and then some!
While speaking of that, be aware that it is rather difficult to find smaller stiens during the weekend. After all, the principle must be held! It is the weekend! :) Small ones are available only during weekdays (we don't want people going around drunk! :)
At the end of September the City of Stuttgart throws a huge Oktoberfest. Ten beer tents holding 1,000's of your new closest friends. There is a large carnival surrounding the tents complete with food stalls and all the rides you need to heave ho all that beer you drink. The festival goes on from near the last week in September through the first week in October.
Harald Wohlfahrt PALAZZO - Simply The Best is the title of the show 07/08
Harald Wohlfahrt is the best cook of Germany. He is the unsurpassed master - he is the best!!
In the center of The show there is Daniello, a clown with heart and esprit. He is the German Clown of the presence. He gives PALAZZO the face, the colour and the soul.
THE MENÜ: You can find it on the special homepage
The show: Many artits from all over the world.
Simply The Best !!!!
It seems like there's always a party going on. From the Spring Fest, Wine Fest, Christmas Markets, Oktoberfest (second largest outside of Munich) and that's just in Stuttgart proper. All the smaller towns have their fests too.