I have to admit, Stuttgart is a bit of a blur for me – I managed to hurt my back on the train ride there, and spent half of my time there lying perfectly still in a hotel room trying not to feel too sorry for myself. I did manage to make short trips out to the Christmas markets, which were probably the most intricately decorated of all the markets we saw in Germany. Where Nuremberg‘s markets had relatively plain tents, Stuttgart had adorable wooden cabins covered in pine trees, lights, and Christmas themed figures (some of which moved!).
The Boy spent a lot of time doing his own thing, seeing car museums and a football match. We somehow managed to book more days in Stuttgart than we needed to see it, so I was grateful to have some time to heal and rest up before Christmas.
- I was fascinated by the springerle (German anise cookies popular at Christmas) stall, which sold both the cookies and the beautiful little stamp moulds used to make them. The cookies are very light and only slightly sweet, with the anise kneaded through for flavour. Although they are apparently made throughout Germany, I only saw a stall for them in Stuttgart.