Spring Festival Stuttgart
Stuttgart Spring Festival at the Cannstatter Wasen 2019
It’s fantastic to feel the first sunrays, to see the crocuses and tulips and to hear the birds chirping for the first time of the year. In Stuttgart, there is one more reason to look forward to spring: the Spring Festival in Stuttgart 2019.
Europe’s biggest spring festival welcomes the warm months: from 20th of April to 12th of May 2019 the fair, parties and festivities in the state capital of Baden-Württemberg are on the agenda: the Spring Festival opens its doors for the 81st time at the Cannstatter Wasen, a huge area next to the river Neckar in Bad Cannstatt. Although it is not quite as big as the annual folk festival, which takes place in the same place during autumn, it offers as nearly many attractions and lasts one week longer.
Originated in the 19th century
Although the origin of the spring festival is not exactly clear, it is assumed that a predecessor of the spring festival already took place in the 19th century: the horse and dog market. In the course of time however, more and more stands were added, so that there wasn’t enough space in the inner city anymore. The horse and dog market was therefore transferred to the Cannstatter Wasen.
Suitable for families
The spring festival in Stuttgart is the perfect place for families with kids. There is a bunch of offers specially made for the youngest: many establishments offer special children’s menus. There are also children’s shops, where parents can accompany their little ones free of charge.
The highlight for families are the family days. On these days, there are many cheap offers for the rides and in the tents. Especially the small visitors can look forward to it, because there are great free offers like face painting, ballooning arts and many other surprises. Interested families should mark the 24th of April, and the 1st and 8th of May in the calendar. Starting time of the family day is 12 noon on the mentioned dates.
The spring festival is characterized not only by its family-friendly offers, but also by its modern rides. Rollercoaster, bungee ball, car scooter, ferry wheel or a chain carousel offer lots of thrilling fun. The so-called Krämermarkt is more quiet and relaxed: Visitors can find everything from jewelry, clothing and ceramics to perfumes and creams to teas, pillows and exotic spices there.
Other highlights at Stuttgart Spring Festival
The first mayor, who opens the first beer barrel in an amusing ceremony, traditionally introduces the beginning of the festival. This year this will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2019, at 12 o’clock in the Wasenwirt tent.
Balloon fans will get their money’s worth on Saturday, April 27th: from 3pm onwards, about 15 balloons will be on show, which will start up in the air around 3:00 pm.
The highlight in the end of the ferry is the annual fireworks on the last evening. On Sunday, May 12th, 2019, around 9:30 pm.
Your hotel in Stuttgart
If you do not want to miss the Spring Festival 2019, you should plan the arrival in time and reserve the hotel early. The Park Inn Hotel Stuttgart is located only six kilometers from the Cannstatter Wasen. It has 181 comfortable guest rooms overlooking the Marienplatz square. Due to the central location of the hotel, the city can be explored quickly. There is also a lot to see in Stuttgart, even beyond the Spring Festival.