Festival host Karl Maier

For decades now the Maier family has been serving crispy grilled "Göckele" (grilled chickens) and other delights at festivals in the Stuttgart Region – for example at the Bietigheim Horse Festival, the Göppingen May Festival, the Stuttgart Spring Festival and the Stuttgart Beer Festival.

The festival host Karl Maier and his wife, Daniela, redesign their "Göckelesmaier" beer tent at regular intervals. Guests love the modern flair of the marquee with its exclusive boxes, while the menu includes both current food trends and traditional favourites, and first and foremost the "Göckele", of course. After all, it was Karl Maier's father, Karl Maier senior, who set up Baden-Württemberg's very first chicken grill on the Cannstatter Wasen fairground! The Stuttgart Beer Festival is still today a firm favourite with his son – and a visit to the Wasen with the whole family is unthinkable without a ride on the Ferris wheel and various culinary treats.

And what's the height of enjoyment to Karl Maier in the Stuttgart Region? Of course it's the first sip of freshly-tapped festival beer.

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Not to be missed: Stuttgart's Funicular Railway

A unique Stuttgart attraction: in Karl Maier's opinion a ride on the quaint funicular railway in Stuttgart-Heslach is an absolute must. The heritage-protected carriages take passengers from Südheimer Platz up to the Waldfriedhof woodland cemetery – also well worth a visit – and the trip is an unforgettable experience in itself!

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Favourite Lookout Point: Karlshöhe

A wonderful view, chilled drinks and satisfying, delicious food – all surrounded by greenery despite being close to the heart of town: the panorama from Karlshöhe hill is one of Karl Maier's special favourites. And the beer garden with its view over the south of Stuttgart is ideal for making the most of warm summer days!

Favourite Festival: Stuttgart Beer Festival

The Stuttgart Beer Festival is one of Karl Maier's favourites as a festival host. This highlight has a long tradition and is always worth a visit. And this year, in honour of its 200th jubilee, it will be accompanied by a Historical Festival in the form of a showman's funfair right in the middle of town on Palace Square!