An Afternoon Date in Esslingen
Take the S1 to Esslingen Am Neckar. Walk to Pleinsaustrasse and stop at the Hussel Confiserie for amazing candy - something for you, or a great place to pick up Christmas gifts?
Wind your way down the street across the historic bridge. So much history! Maybe you'd like to incorporate a walking tour of Esslingen to get a feel for the 1300 years of history this town has witnessed? Don't forget to fuel up at Starbucks!
Spend the afternoon exploring the city at your own pace, otherwise. A hike up to the berg (fortress) is a must-do.
*insider tip: Take the steep path through the vineyards to the berg, as opposed to the seemingly never-ending stairs along the city wall. Trust me on this!
If it's Monday - Saturday, stop in at Kessler, Germany's oldest sparkling wine cellar. The outdoor tasting room is fun in the summer, but there's plenty of space inside to taste and see the pictures of previous German Chancellors and even Hollywood stars like Errol Flynn enjoying the delicious sparkling wine.
*insider tip: Need help getting around Esslingen? The warren of medieval streets can be disorienting. Pick up a detailed map in English for 50 cents at the Tourist Information center at the Marktplatz.
Have lunch or dinner at Weinkeller Einhorn, the city's best traditional restaurant (reservations recommended!)
Afterwards finish it off with gelato from Eiscafe La Torre located in a historic medieval fortification before you make your way down the Bahnhofstrasse back to the train station.
*insider tip: This is best done on a Saturday, or Tuesday-Friday. Part of the fun of exploring Esslingen is visiting the shops, which are closed on Sundays, and some of restaurants are closed on Mondays.