Discover Germany's medieval city of Esslingen (and its Christmas market) – only with carry-on luggage
After a brilliant day in Tübingen we decided to drive to Esslingen, where one of the best Christmas markets of the city should take place.
Esslingen is confusing a city in Greater Stuttgart (just "confusing" because of the whole city in a city – in fact, it could not be easier to get there.) It is literally only 20 minutes away by direct train from the city center).
A short walk from the train station is the magnificent (and gigantic) basilica that lures you (we stopped by).
… here you will also find the lively marketplace.
We have wasted no time in delving into the matter, piping hot mulled wine to warm our cockles, and at the same time bringing the bratwurst down at record speed.
The reason why Esslingen is something very special goes beyond the pretty half-timbered square and the fun Christmas market, as beautiful as they are. The reason why it is so special is the medieval Christmas market.
In any way, it's still like a Christmas market (they still have hot mulled wine), but here everything feels like you've taken a step backwards.
The vendors dress in 'Ye Olde'y costumes and even the stuff on sale here (apart from food maybe) is very different.
It's such a unique market, and since it's right next door to another market, you have no excuse not to visit it, even if you prefer to light your market stalls with electricity rather than candles. 😀
We walked from stall to stall for the next few hours and stopped to replenish mulled wine as soon as the chill returning to our cups reminded us that they were running out and playing games at some stalls.
We spent so much time here that we arrived late for dinner! (Once again!)
The dinner was held that evening in a really cool spot in the city where a tapas-like mix of German and international food was served. It was really such delicious food and I try to remember what it's called, but I just can not seem to.
When you first enter, you will be greeted with complimentary glasses of wine while you wait for your table to finish (already a promising start).
Waving to our table, we sat down and ordered some beers to start …
… quickly followed by meatballs, ravioli (do you remember when we made them here?) and dumplings.
In a typical style, Lloyd also had some goulash while sharing spaetzle, salmon and spicy potatoes.
In the end, we ate so much that it was difficult to consider the dessert, and ended the evening with winter cocktails instead of desserts.
It was time to hit the hay!
The whole day was proof of why it is sometimes important to be a little further from the city center – Tübingen and Esslingen were such jewels and had definitely put us even more in the mood for more Stuttgart and what was outside the city. to see.