I’m a bit of a Christmas market collector – I love to visit as many as I can during the Advent season. I adored the Esslingen Christmas and Medieval Market that I finally got to visit last year, as well as the Stuttgart Christmas Market and Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market. I have quite a few more Christmas market trips planned in the coming weeks since my Mom is coming to visit from Canada and she, like me, wants to see as many as possible.
My first market visit of the season was back to the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market. It opened earlier this week and S and I went to check it out on a Thursday afternoon before dusk. It was laid out almost exactly as I remember it from last year, with the food stands ringing the perimeter of the Marktplatz and shops selling everything from ornaments to scarves to sweets nestled within the square. At the very centre of the square are also some more drink and food stands selling Glühwein (mulled wine, either red or white with optional additional shots of alcohol) as well as non-alcoholic drinks.
We were extremely hungry when we arrived and I unabashedly beelined straight for the Lángos stand. In case you’re new to my blog, Lángos is my latest festival food obsession. It’s a Hungarian deep-fried flatbread served with either sweet or savoury toppings. I’ve tried sweet ones with apple sauce and Nutella, cream cheese and strawberries, as well as savoury ones with sour cream and grated cheese and they are all delicious. This time I opted for garlic, cheese and ham. It was fried to order and oh so warm and delicious. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into with the garlic though – I thought it would be cooked garlic but it was raw! I definitely bit into some peanut-sized chunks of garlic on that Lángos (but it was amazing – no regrets!).
With a mug of hot Glühwein to wash it down, we toured around the market and soaked in the festive atmosphere.
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We spotted lots of great food options for those who are not Lángos inclined like I am – fire-smoked salmon, Bratwurst, waffles, crêpes, raclette, fondue, Flammkuchen and more. Come hungry!
The Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market runs from November 24 – December 22, 2015 and is open from 11am – 9pm every day. There is a daily kids’ program at 3pm and a Christmas performance at 7pm. You can find more information about the Christmas market in English on the Ludwigsburg website.
Have you been to any Christmas markets this season? Can you recommend any? I’d love to hear in the comments below!