And again I am very lucky to have Ulrike voluteering to write a second christmas market report for me. She is a friend from back then in school and, you might notice that, she is currently doing her PhD in English linguistics. Check also her report on Mainz.
Freiburg Christmas market in a nutshell: Not worth mentioning!
While Freiburg can be a kind of other-worldly beauty around Christmas (think cobbled alleys, dollhouse-style houses, children singing at every corner, lovely decorations and snow-capped hills in the background) the Christmas market feels like a bad share-ware add-on. Choose between so crowded you are hoarse cursing before you’ve even got your first wine and so draughty your Flammkuchen is cold by the time you’ve pulled it from the counter.
And *insert tone of complete incredulity here*: The mulled wine is rotten bad! This is a sodding wine-growing area, mere minutes away from France and they manage to serve the cheapest bottom-shelf-bought crap they can find. They’ll even shamelessly fill it from the recognisably cheap bottle into the pot while you’re watching. The single (!) stall that sells real winemaker’s quality knows they’re the best and will treat the mob accordingly. Ordering has the charm of a Justin Biber concert (screaming crowds) and you’ll be served stuff that’s half as hot as it ought to be (think that’s no stretch for my Biber-allegory here).
Well, that one’s certainly put me off Christmas markets for a while (though hope will get the hang of them again – maybe through a few therapeutic visits to Mainz and Frankfurt 😉