The answer is Stuttgart. Since 28 November, one of Europe’s largest and oldest Christmas markets has been welcoming visitors in the heart of Stuttgart.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Old Castle and New Palace, the Königsbau and Collegiate Church, Stuttgart's Christmas market exudes a festive charm that makes it one of the most beautiful in the country.
The lovingly decorated Christmas village stretches from Schlossplatz via Karlsplatz and Schillerplatz to the Market Square. Around 300 stalls offer Christmas tree decorations, toys and a lot more. Glühwein (mulled wine), bratwurst and international specialities will keep you nice and warm against the cold winter weather.
A visit to the time-honoured Christmas market, which was first officially mentioned back in 1692, also offers conference and trade fair visitors a chance to relax and unwind after a busy day. Every evening free concerts on the town hall steps and in the courtyard of the Old Castle get you in the mood for a wonderful Advent evening.
And since mid-week Stuttgart’s “Glanzlichter” illuminations have been setting the Schlossplatz aglow. Light sculptures with a height of eight metres depict the city’s most popular tourist attractions and come alive every evening (except on 24 and 25 December) until 29 December with a festive light show at dusk.
Stuttgart’s television tower, the Wilhelma, the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museums, the Royal Burial Chapel, Stuttgart Beer Festival, plus the two shows "Anastasia - The Broadway Musical" and "Disney’s Aladdin" each have their own stage and a special story to tell.
Why is one of the most romantic spots in Stuttgart, the Royal Burial Chapel on Württemberg Hill, known as the "Monument to Eternal Love"? What is the "wobbly man principle” according to which Stuttgart’s television tower was designed? And what is the story behind Porsche’s iconic "911"? Visitors can find answers to all these questions on a cosy stroll through the Christmas market.