This was my first time (hopefully of many) visiting this incredible part of the world! I flew very cheaply from Edinburgh direct to Stuttgart airport. The flight was genuinely less than £50, however who flies at the start of January anywhere…
I was blessed with a boyfriend who doubled as a tour guide/taxi driver who made my first stay in Germany unforgettable. All credit is given to him for the well planned 4 day itinerary. I honestly think this is the first time in years that I have not planned anything except getting to the country. It was a lovely change….however I am a passionate planner and that will never escape me.
The flight from Edinburgh was far too early and the weather was too cold for the plane to leave the ground safely. Half an hour later after the doors were unfrozen we were on our way! The flight only took 2 hours to Stuttgart and the benefit about EasyJet is that the cabin bag is not weight restricted it just must be the correct dimensions which allowed me to pack more shoes…always a bonus.
Once I landed we drove 30 minutes to the city he grew up in, Tübingen. It was like walking into a fairytale…cobbled streets, city-centre castle and coloured houses lining the riverbank. This city is a photographers dream…it’s almost impossible not to take an impressive photo there. We explored the main squares and journeyed up to the castle where you get a perfect view of the city through the castle walls.
Just before the sunset we headed to House of Hohenzollern which is straight off a film-set. We drove to a car park that allowed us to walk through a forestry area up to an outstanding viewpoint overlooking the castle. Get comfortable on the set with the view, bring blankets, drink some Baden wine… and enjoy!
Flavour of the day was definitely the traditional Swabian dish called Spätzle! This dish is a unique type of egg noodle that can be served with various accompaniments and sauces. On my first night in Germany I enjoyed 2 portions of a variation of this dish called Käsespätzle which is like a cheesy noodle filled bake with crispy fried onions. It will become a craving…its totally a comfort food…had it at least 3 times before I left the country!