Local news translated – Nov. 2, 2023

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Host Nation Update, Nov. 2, 2023

Stuttgart Airport – What destinations are changing in the winter?

If you want to fly from Stuttgart’s Manfred Rommel Airport to the Persian Gulf, you can reach the destination Dubai starting Sunday without changing planes. However, those whose destination is North America have less of a chance. The only direct flight from the Stuttgart to the USA, a connection with Delta Air Lines to Atlanta, will be paused during winter starting on Sunday.  Ulrich Heppe, spokesman for the management of the Stuttgart airport company (FSG), is pleased on one hand about the new destination in Asia, and can get over the temporary loss of the flight to North America. Delta has agreed to return to Stuttgart for the 2024 summer flight schedule, he said Friday. The prestigious connection had long been fought for at Stuttgart, after it was discontinued in 2020 in the course of the railroad renovation.  “In regards to the number of passengers, the basis for comparison is 2019, when we had a lot of low-cost carriers in Stuttgart, but that stopped again during COVID,” Heppe said. If these low-cost carriers are excluded, Stuttgart is now back at 75 to 80 percent of the pre-COVID figures. The expected 8.3 million passengers will probably be reached this year. “We are on a stable recovery path,” says Heppe. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 30)

Power outages in Stuttgart

Power outages occurred in several areas in Stuttgart on Tuesday evening. This was announced by Stuttgart Netze GmbH, the operating company, on the short message service X (formerly Twitter). Accordingly, the postal code areas 70597 and 70599 as well as 70173 and 70190 were affected. These apply in the city districts of Degerloch, South, Möhringen, Plieningen, Birkach, Central, Bad Cannstatt and East.

Stuttgart Netze shared the information in the evening, the all-clear was still not given on Wednesday morning (as of 9 a.m.). However, they are working at full speed on the elimination of the power failure. For further details about the severity of the power outage or possible causes, Stuttgart Netze could not be reached on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Nov 2, 2023)

Long shopping night in Stuttgart on Saturday

Buses and streetcars in Stuttgart can be used free of charge on Saturday, November 4. This regulation applies for “Zone 1” of the public traffic group Stuttgart (VVS), to which also belongs Fellbach and Korntal Münchingen, besides Stuttgart.   The reason for the free local transport is, among other things, the long shopping night “Stuttgart leuchtet” (Stuttgart shines), when the stores are open until 10 pm. “This campaign is intended to encourage people to come to Stuttgart’s city center by bus and streetcar, for example to shop, stroll or enjoy culture,” says the VVS.

The “Königsbau” becomes a projection surface for a 3D laser show; this will all happen during the “Long Shopping Night” in Stuttgart this Saturday.

(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Nov 2) 

“Wintertraum” event has opened in down-town Stuttgart – Roller skates instead of ice skates

The “Wintertraum” event has finally opened at the Schlossplatz near the Old Castle, with sweet music from the loudspeakers, however, there is no trace of winter anywhere. This was the case again at the opening, and even at its 25th anniversary, there isn’t any trace of cold, not to mention snowflakes. However, the organizers were prepared for it: For many years, the main focus was the ice rink: everyone who wanted to and could was allowed to move on artificial ice in the middle of the city, as well as the little ones, who could hold on to figures to dare their first steps on the slippery surface.

However, last winter already the ice skates stayed packed, and roller skates were unpacked. Therefore: this year again, the “winter dream” is an event for roller skating; Those who have their own can bring them along; those who don’t, can rent some on site. Roller skates instead of ice skates – a wise decision in view of climate change.

The winter dream will be in operation up to and including January 7. And, of course, the booths around it with all kinds of food and drink. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten November 2)

Jazz music at the “Theaterhaus” 

This will be the 44th edition of the Stuttgart jazz days which will take place this weekend at the “Theaterhaus.” Two greats will perform together this Friday at 7:30 p.m.: pianist Rainer Böhm and saxophonist Johannes Enders. Old star Bill Elgart is also a guest on Friday – with the group “My Imaginary Friend. They will perform this Saturday at 7:30 pm: Singer Elsa Johanna Mohr and guitarist Flávio Nunes, then the band Wenet with guitarist Werner Neumann. The finale will be on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. 

VfB stage Gazi Stadium

While the local soccer club “Stuttgarter Kickers”, leaders of the Regionalliga Südwest, will play against “SGV Freiberg” this Saturday, their local home at Gazi Stadium (close-by the TV tower) will be utilized by the  VfB’s “Junge Wilde” (young wilds, the age group of under 21) they will play against the professional youngsters from Eintracht Frankfurt. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. If there really is a VfB euphoria in Stuttgart – here it can be proven. The next VfB game will be on Sunday – at 5 p.m. in Heidenheim. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Nov 3, 2023) 

Sindelfinger “Hüttenzauber” starting November 3, 2023 until February 29, 2024

The construction is completed, and the Sindelfinger Hüttenzauber starts at the Wettbachplatz. (Address: Wettbachstraße 1, 71063 Sindelfingen) on November 3. The days are getting shorter, the air fresher, and with them the enchanted atmosphere of the season is returning, and right to Wettbachplatz in Sindelfingen. 

From November 3, 2023 to February 29, 2024, Wettbachplatz will once again be transformed into a magical winter wonderland.  The response of recent years has prompted organizers and local restaurateur, Dennis Schauz, and his team to open the “Sindelfinger Hüttenzauber” again this year until February 29, 2024. It starts on November 3 at 17:30, with the traditional tapping of the keg and live music. (Sindelfinger Zeitung, Oct 31) 

Autumn weather in Baden-Württemberg

Sunny, foggy, stormy, wet: The autumn weather in Baden-Württemberg will be quite varied. However, everything is within a normal range for the season

“Starting Thursday it will become uncomfortable,” the spokesman said. A hurricane low south of Ireland makes it whistle properly to Baden-Württemberg. Gale-force gusts of about 70 kilometers per hour will occur down to the lowlands, in the mountains gusts of 85 kilometers per hour and on the Feldberg or on the Black Forest there may be hurricane-force gusts of up to 115 kilometers per hour.

Over the weekend, it will rain again and again – most in the Black Forest, on the Ostalb and in the Allgäu. “There will be continuous rain there,” the DWD spokesman said. Rainfall amounts could reach into the severe weather range. Temperatures will range between 9 and 12 degrees. In the night to Saturday, there may be frost in areas near the ground.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 31)