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Stuttgart's Christmas Markets
  Stuttgart Travel Event ( Press Release )

Stuttgart invites you to the most beautiful Christmas market.

Stuttgart, Germany: 2002. The exciting metropolis of Stuttgart has a special fascination for visitors at Christmas time. First mentioned in a document in 1692, the Christmas Market in Stuttgart with its more than 200 delightfully decorated stands is not only one of the oldest, but certainly also one of the most beautiful and largest Christmas markets in Europe. The unequalled illuminations, the wonderful smell of cinnamon and vanilla, the festive Advent concerts, the small wooden houses lovingly decorated with angelic figures, fir branches and Christmas balls, and the "fairy-tale land" on Schlossplatz form a fabulous backdrop and produce a Christmas atmosphere which fills millions of visitors every year with enthusiasm.

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 stands will be open from 29th November 23rd December 2002, and Advent will then begin. The magic "fairy-tale land" will be built for children on Grosser Schlossplatz, just 5 minutes' walk from the main railway station. Between the K”nigsbau and the Neues Schloss there will be numerous attractions as nostalgic children's roundabouts, a giant Ferris wheel, fairy-tale figures and a mini railway station with a real steam train. Clowns and magicians will appear daily from 14.00 to 18.00 on the children's stage to narrate fairy-tales or give puppet performances.

A few metres further on, around the Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz, Kirchstrasse, Marktplatz and Hirschstrasse, the decorated small wooden houses will be open daily from 10.00 to 20.30 and on Sundays from 11.00 onwards. They offer an overwhelming range of Christmas items and gift ideas from Christmas tree decorations, crib figures, toys, woodcuts, puppets and candles through to lambskin shoes. There is also a wide range of culinary delights, which makes it difficult to choose between hot chestnuts, lebkuchen, roasted almonds, grilled sausages and mulled wine.

Every evening from 18.00 onwards, choirs and music groups perform on the steps of the city hall and in the Renaissance-style inner courtyard of the Altes Schloss.

A trip to the Christmas market can also naturally be combined with a visit to numerous tourist attractions in Stuttgart and the surrounding region. They include the New State Gallery, the Wrttemberg State Museum in the Altes Schloss, the Linden Museum of Ethnology, the Carl Zeiss Planetarium or one of the many other museums such as the car museums of Mercedes- Benz and Porsche.

With its elegant shopping arcades, exclusive boutiques, large department stores and the longest pedestrianised zone in Germany, Stuttgart is a paradise for all shopping enthusiasts. Every Saturday during Advent, an additional service is available for shoppers: they can deposit their heavy shopping baskets in package storage buses on Schlossplatz.

Stuttgart Marketing GmbH is offering a christmas package which includes hotel accommodation and breakfast, a welcoming cocktail and a voucher booklet ("Christmas Magic"). The booklet contains vouchers for a festive christmas meal, a glass of mulled wine, a bratwurst etc.. The package costs from Euro 73 per person in a double room.

Further information can be obtained from Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH, Lautenschlagerstraáe 3, D-70173 Stuttgart Tel.: +49 (0)711 22 28-246, Fax: +49 (0)711 22 28-251 pauschalarrangements@stuttgart-tourist.de

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