I visited the Tübingen chocolART Chocolate Festival for the first time last year and loved it. Pralines, artisanal chocolate barks and thick mugs of piping hot melted chocolate – what’s not to love?
My Mom is currently visiting me from Canada and I wanted to take her to this year’s chocolate festival. Fortunately the festival runs from December 1-6, exactly during my Mom’s visit, so the timing worked out perfectly.
We took the train to Tübingen and made our way to the festival located around the old part of town.
It was laid out almost exactly as I remember it with stands located even in the exact same spot. Last year we went on a weekend at nighttime and it was absolutely packed (though lit up and lovely). This time we went on a weekday and it was much less crowded (though still bustling – I mean, if you have chocolate for sale, people will come!).
We warmed ourselves up with mugs of mulled wine and made our way through the festival-lined streets leading up to the Marktplatz. We were offered lots of delicious samples – lemon-flavoured chocolate, a type of honey cake, a small baking chocolate wafer and a couple other little bites. When we weren’t sampling chocolate, we were looking up at the lovely buildings all throughout the old town.
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While the majority of stands were selling chocolate treats (chocolate-dipped fruit on a stick that could be dunked in a white, milk or dark chocolate fountain, brownies, cake pops, etc.), there were also a few stands selling regular festival food items (actually more than I remember last year) – crêpes, Bratwurst, churros, Dinnede, and Lángos. Instead of grabbing a snack to go, my Mom and I went to Ranitzky, a restaurant in a tall, skinny half-timered building on the Marktplatz. I remember reading about this restaurant recommendation from Beth on her blog Ami in Schwabenland and filed it away somewhere in a dusty corner of my mind for the next time I found myself in Tübingen. Fortunately I remembered the restaurant name as soon as I saw it and pulled my Mom inside for some of the best Flammkuchen I’ve ever had!
We sat on the second floor which gave us a great overview of the market square and the festival.
After lunch we circled back to a few of our favourite stands and purchased a couple of chocolate treats. By the time we left it was starting to get quite busy. Having experienced the festival both during the day and at night, I can recommend both as great times to go. It’s less crowded in the daytime, though it’s cozier at nighttime when the Marktplatz is all lit up. Either way, you can enjoy the city in its festive splendour!
Have you been to the Tübingen chocolART Chocolate Festival? What did you think?