Although I’ve only been to Vienna a handful of times, the Naschmarkt is not to be missed when we visit Robert’s family and friends. “Nasch” means “to eat” or “to snack,” which makes sense as it’s Vienna’s largest food market, or market of any kind. The market boasts over 100 permanent stalls and is over 1.5 kilometers long. It is located in the 6th district and is within walking district of all the very touristy (and beautiful) sights including Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, and the Opera House.
At Naschmarkt you’ll find just about any food product you can imagine. Of course there are a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and flowers, but also seafood, cheese, nuts, pottery, tea, meat/butchers, wine, oil, sweets, coffee, bread, and more. We visited just after the new year on a very cold day in January so the market was much less busy than usual, which was actually kind of nice as it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves! We wandered around, bought some nice tea, and warmed up in one of the many restaurants on-site. Here are some photos from our visit:
If you’re planning a visit to the Naschmarkt, I found this guide to be really helpful in choosing restaurants to eat at and local specialties to buy.
One of my most favorite places in Stuttgart is located just around the corner from our apartment in Stuttgart West, a little shop called Feinkost Panzer. I mentioned this special place in a previous blog post, but finally got around to taking a few more pictures inside the store to share here.
The store is run by a tiny blonde woman, Theresia Panzer, and is modeled after a small delicatessen she stumbled upon while in Paris, pictured here:
Frau Panzer handpicks all of the items she sells, and it’s clear that she has great taste! She sells a little bit of everything — fruit, vegetables, meats and cheeses, bread, pasta, chocolates and other sweets, wine, juice and soda, flowers, coffees and teas, oils and vinegars, jams, honey, and the list goes on and on. She’s even getting us a whole fish from the market tomorrow morning at 5am (!) for our Christmas dinner.
Feinkost Panzer is also a stop on the Stuttgart West walking culinary tour. If you visit Stuttgart, be sure to visit this gem…and tell her that Dr. Ebner and Nicole sent you! 🙂
Stuttgart is home to the Wilhelma Zoo & Biotanical Gardens, a lovely place to spend the day. While I’m not a big fan of zoos (or animals in cages), I enjoyed walking around and relaxing near this lily pond. The gardens are located just north of the city center, quite close to the mineral baths.
We live in an apartment on the 4th floor (no elevator!) in Stuttgart West, or on the west side of the city. This is a view from our small balcony just after we planted our flower and herb boxes. Here’s to hoping we can keep them alive!
If you were to look in the other direction (picture coming soon), you can see the entire valley as well as the Stuttgart Tower (Fernsehturm Stuttgart).