I discovered the most adorable Christmas market this weekend – the Rudersberger Adventswald.
I stumbled upon a great article in the local newspaper, the Stuttgarter Zeitung, a few weeks ago entitled “Weihnachtsmärkte in der Region Stuttgart” (Christmas markets in the Stuttgart region). I’m always looking for new local Christmas markets to visit since I have already gone to some of the larger and more popular ones nearby (the Esslingen Christmas and Medieval Market and the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market, for example). These markets were listed in the article, of course, but so were a few smaller ones in nearby villages that I’d never been to.
My husband and I decided to try out the Rudersberger Adventswald (aka the Rudersberg Advent Forest) this past weekend. This little market only runs on the four Advent weekends leading up to Christmas, Friday through Sunday. We went on Sunday afternoon just before dusk. We drove to Rudersberg and could sense the excited buzz in the small village, undoubtedly due to the one of a kind Christmas market tucked within its city centre.
The market is fairly small and winds around the city centre in an oval. The first part of the market takes place inside an artificial forest erected especially for the Christmas market. Humongous towering fir trees are clustered together and decorated with nets of white lights. Inside the ‘forest’ you can find all sorts of Glühwein and food stands as well as small tables for eating and more festive lights. At this point my eyes were huge and round with childlike delight as I tried to take in all the sights inside this fairy tale forest.
We spotted a Lángos stand right away and I couldn’t pass up having another one (this is starting to become a problem – see exhibit A, B and C). This time I went for a salt, garlic oil, cheese and paprika savoury Lángos which hit the spot. We also spotted raclette and several drink stands inside the forest but didn’t linger too long inside as it was incredibly packed.
We exited the forest and toured around the rest of the market. We were surprised by the variety of food on offer at this relatively small Christmas market – Bratwurst (of course), but also veggie burgers, Flammkuchen, salmon grilled on an open flame, pulled pork, boar sausages, homemade Kässpätzle, churros, waffels, Germknödel and a lot more.
As we were walking through the market, we spotted a delicious looking fried and sugared bread jumble. Without much hesitation, we decided to wait in line for it first and ask questions about what it was later. Turns out the dish was Südtiroler Strauben, which (to the best of my knowledge) is a northern Italian version of funnel cake. I’ve never had funnel cake before but I know now that I’ve been missing out! You could order it with powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar or a type of jam. We opted for cinnamon sugar and it was amazing.
Once we were in our fried dough food coma, we waddled around the rest of the market. The atmosphere was so cozy and warm and unlike any other market I’ve been to. There were many new paths of stands to discover and meander through.
This video about the Rudergsberg Christmas market offers a great look into the overall atmosphere of the market – take a look (video is in German):
The Rudersberger Adventswald is only running for one more weekend this year, from December 18-20, 2015. The market is open on Friday, December 18 from 5pm – 10pm, on Saturday, December 19 from 2pm – 10pm and on Sunday, December 20 from 11am – 8pm. For more information about the market, please visit the Rudersberg website.
What’s your favourite Christmas market?
P.S. Looking for some Christmas market inspiration? 5 German Christmas Markets to Visit.