Canstatter Volksfest

The Canstatter Volksfest is our favorite favorite favorite fest here in Germany.❤ It’s located in Stuttgart and is considered the SECOND largest fest in Germany, with Munich coming in first.

Can you believe the very first Canstatter Volksfest was held in the year 1818!?

I love all the fests here in Germany but this one, so far, is my absolute favorite. 😍 My second favorite would probably be the Wilhelmstraßenfest (click here to read my post about it) but again, it’s so so sooooo hard to choose.

Fests here in Germany are absolutely incredible. This particular fest has every kind of carnival ride you could ever imagine, including a haunted house and even a fun house. I think one of the biggest differences we have noticed with the carnival rides here (other than the fact that they are absolutely WILD, CRAZY, and FUN), is that there seems to be no safety gates or guidelines like we are used to in the states. For example, with the bumper cars, everyone kind of just runs right up to the little cars from all sides, as if it was first come first serve. Once we saw a man jump straight onto the back of a car while the ride was in motion from the sidelines. It should be noted that no one got hurt and everyone had an amazing time, because that’s just how they do here in Germany. 😉😁

Another thing that we have noticed is that the graphics and cartoons drawn on the rides are often a little explicit and not censored, not even a little bit (see photos below). When we first moved here, this was quite shocking, but now, we are completely used to it. 😆😅

But anyway, let’s not forget the MAIN reason I go to all these fests in the first place, for all the incredible foods and sweet treats. 🤤😍

They sell these yummy little pork chop sandwiches on the freshest brotchen ever and I look for them any time I see food stands out. I seriously act like a kid in a candy store whenever I see them. 😵🤪🤑🤩 OH! and my newest favorite thing is fresh hot pommes frites covered in MAYO. 😍 They are OMGeee YUUUUM. I also look for anything smothered in Nutella, especially fresh off the griddle crepes and waffles. 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤪

Check out the slideshow below for my 2017-2018 Canstatter Volksfest highlights. 🤗

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Wilhelmstraßenfest

A couple weeks ago, the Wilhelm Street Festival (also known as the Wilhelmstraßenfest) was held downtown Wiesbaden. It is considered one of the oldest street festivals in Germany and this was the 41st time it was held. Since we had nothing better to do and because we always get excited when we hear the word festival, we decided to go check it out for ourselves.

One of the (many) things I’m going to miss about Germany when we move back to the states in a few years are the amazing festivals that pop up here and there (they tend to never disappoint). The majority of these festivals go ALL out, from adorable little food stands and food trucks to amazing (and sometimes crazy) carnival rides. We always seem to discover a new type of cuisine and we absolutely love when we run into a food stand serving up something delicious that we’ve enjoyed in the past. At just about every one of these festivals, you can also find a variety of shops filled with unique jewelry and trinkets that always seem to enhance our festival experience.

We headed to the festival around noon on Saturday and found hardly any crowds and practically no lines. I wondered for a little bit if going at night would had been a better choice because it was almost 90 degrees outside, however, I had a friend tell me, who opted to go at night, that it was so incredibly crowded that she could barely move. The way the streets light up with all the wonderful sights and sounds makes for a completely different experience at night though. However, the peacefulness of the day time experience makes it really hard to choose which scene is best. So, I think next year, I’ll definitely try to experience both, because why not?

Regardless of the time of day, I definitely can’t wait to go back to next year’s Wilhelm Street Festival.

Click through the slideshow below to see pics.

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