It’s a bit of a slog to get to Stuttgart’s nearest beach – over seven hours actually, if you want to drive north to Germany’s coast. The closest thing to the seaside in this city is a rooftop bar called Sky Beach, which is decked out with sand, palm trees and a creative cocktail menu.
A Stuttgart dish with a backstory comes in the form of maultaschen – a dumpling-style pocket of pasta crammed with spiced meats, spinach and breadcrumbs. Rumour has it that Catholics in the 17th century would make this dish during Lent, in order to hide meat inside – which they weren’t meant to be eating during the religious celebrations.
Move over, roast chicken – it’s all about the pork joint here in Stuttgart. Sunday dinners look like melt-in-the-mouth pork slices, prepared with mustard and minced garlic. It’s usually plated up alongside soft potato dumplings, red cabbage and sauerkraut.
There’s no resisting a slice of schwarzwalder kirschtorte. This cherry, cream and chocolate ensemble’s likely to turn even the most committed savoury fan over to the sweet side. We’re talking layers of chocolate sponge cake, sandwiched with dollops of whipped cream, and decorated with brandy-infused cherries. Chocolate shavings and more cream make this even more of a sweet treat, in addition to the literal cherries that go on top.
Tempt your tastebuds with ofenschlupfer, a bread pudding that originates from the Baden-Wurttemberg region. This warm dessert is made up of layers of bread, thickly cut apples, scatterings of flaked almonds and raisins, all soaked in a silky custard. Pair it with vanilla sauce and fresh cream or ice-cream on the side.
Stuttgart’s surrounded by vineyard-clad hills, and there are lots of ways to sip on a local wine without visiting a pub. You can walk to some of the closest wineries in 20 minutes, where tours and tastings are a great way to get to know the tipples in this part of Germany. Or, let your hair down at Weindorf, an end-of-summer festival held every year in the centre, which celebrates local wines over 10 days.
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