A 20 minute ride from Stuttgart's main train station on line S1 is a short drive to a 1200-year-old town near the city: Esslingen. Compared with other well-known markets in Germany, Eslingen's Christmas market, although small, but completely retained the German medieval Christmas market features, is a very special medieval style Christmas market. Eslingen, a historical and cultural city in Baden-Württemberg, was a major trading center in Germany in the early ninth century and was a city until 1229. However, Eslingen is more like a quaint town than a city. The smooth bluestone roads and ancient wooden houses are all over Eslingen, and the medieval spire towers bear witness to the history of the town. The medieval style that comes into the Eslingen Christmas market is so alien, from the style and decoration of the house, the clothes worn by the vendors to the street performances, all are medieval tone, vividly re-create the lively and bustling Christmas scenes of the Middle Ages.