Chocolate lovers rejoice!
Tübingen is a gorgeous university town in central Baden-Württemberg, Germany, about 30km south of Stuttgart. Despite living so close by, I’ve never had the chance to visit Tübingen. I knew the chocolART festival would be my excuse to rectify that! The original plan for yesterday was to visit the Esslingen Medieval Market and Christmas Market but our plans to go with friends got postponed until Wednesday. Instead, we jumped at the chance to head to Tübingen.
chocolART is Germany’s biggest chocolate festival and takes place every year in early December. Already in its ninth season, chocolART features 100 top chocolatiers from Europe, Africa, North America and South America and offers some of the most exquisite chocolate products on the market. The week-long festival attracts over 300,000 visitors every year. Needless to say we were expecting it to be crowded and it was!
We arrived to the festival at dusk and were able to find parking just outside the city centre. Having never been to Tübingen before, we followed the colourful lanterns lighting the way to the festival in the old city centre.
We strolled around the narrow streets of the old town trying to get as close to the different chocolate stalls as possible. I was surprised by how many English-speaking tourists were at the festival; apparently this is a must-visit event for many visitors to Germany in December! At one point some fellow native English speakers asked us for directions in very slow, simplified English. S and I both answered in English and I think they were pretty taken aback to have encountered fellow English speakers, too!
We bought a few more treats including some artisan chocolate barks (apple strudel, crème brûlée and dulce de leche – oh my!) and some of the best macarons I’ve ever had in Germany (lemon, raspberry, caramel, chocolate, passionfruit and vanilla) from Gmeiner. Lucky for me that they also happen to have a shop in Stuttgart!
Today is the last day of the chocolART festival. It’s been running this week from December 2 – 7, 2014. If you can’t make it this year, I highly recommend it for a future visit.
Are you a chocolate lover? White, milk or dark chocolate?