The Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest (Stuttgart Spring Festival) is a popular annual folk festival that runs for 3 weeks from mid-April to the beginning of May. Approximately 1.5 million visitors attend the Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest every year, making it the largest spring festival in Europe. Over 240 open-air food and game stands, beer tents, and rides are spread out over the Cannstatter Wasen, a festival area in Bad Cannstatt on the banks of the Neckar river.
S and I went to the 78th annual Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest this past Wednesday – it was only our second time visiting the festival after our first visit to the Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest last year. We decided to go on a Wednesday since we thought it wouldn’t be as busy as the final weekend of the festival; Thursday was a holiday which led into a long weekend. Once we arrived, we found out that every Wednesday at the Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest is Family Day (Familientag), so in addition to face painting, clowns, and a fairy tale carousel for the kids, there are reduced prices for items at almost every stand. For example, roasted almonds and french fries are 1 Euro cheaper than they usually are. Parking is also half price on Wednesdays.
We didn’t get tickets to go inside a beer tent – you usually have to purchase those weeks in advance, though if you’re lucky and show up early enough, you can sometimes get seated inside without a prior reservation. We just walked around the festival grounds, took some photos, and indulged in our favourite festival snacks – lángos, chocolate-covered fruit on a stick, roasted almonds, fries, and a steak sandwich.
New to me this year was a little Almhüttendorf village in the centre of the fair decorated with rustic wooden stands like the ones in small mountain villages in southern Germany. Definitely make a point of checking out this area!
Today (May 8th) is the last day of the festival. To end the festival with a bang, there will be a musical fireworks show tonight starting at 9:30pm.
For more information about the festival (FAQs, event info, tent reservations, directions, etc.), visit the Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest homepage.
Have to been to the Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest? What did you think?