The Christmas Market in Freiburg: 10 Things You Should Absolutely Do
#1 Drink winter Glühwein, red and white mulled wine, or children’s punch
It is simply part of good Freiburg tradition to drink a glass of mulled wine (Glühwein) at the Christmas Market. From vintner’s Glühwein, to red and white mulled wine, to children’s mulled punch – there's so much on offer, and the countless mulled wine stands are just waiting for you to discover them.
#2 Make candles yourself in the Candle Workshop
A very special experience for young and old: In the Candle Workshop, everyone can make their own candles to their heart’s content. Whether dipping, decorating, kneading, or carving candles – under expert guidance, driven only by your own creativity, it’s great fun for families, friends, and groups.
#3 Bake Christmas cookies in the Children's Bakery
The sweet scent of cookies and bright children’s eyes – in the Children’s Bakery, young bakers make a big impression. If they don’t all end up in your mouth beforehand, you can take your self-made Christmas cookies home with you. Stars, bells, or Christmas trees, with a colorful glaze or icing, they’re all great Christmas presents for Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, and Grandpa.
#4 Ride the Ferris wheel
Maybe you should wait to drink your Glühwein, because the speed of 8 laps per minute feels pretty fast on this 12-meter-tall Ferris wheel. Surrounded by brightly lit Christmas stands, the antique, wooden Ferris wheel stands in the Kartoffelmarkt, right in the heart of the city.
#5 Snack on roasted almonds
During the Christmas season, roasted almonds are a must. The smell of the freshly caramelized nuts already awakes a ravenous appetite for the delicious sweets. It's best to eat these fine almonds immediately, because they taste best when freshly prepared and still warm.
#6 Places of light – Advent evenings
In the Advent season, Freiburg shines every evening in a wintry glow of lights. Countless chains of holiday lights on house facades and Christmas Market stalls, beautifully decorated and brightly lit shop windows: Winter in Freiburg enchants you with its charm and sensuality – immerse yourself and let yourself drift!
#7 Knock free your own gemstone
Hammer and chisel in hand, and off you go on an exciting treasure hunt! At Freiburg’s Christmas Market, you can knock free your own gemstone. For children especially, this is an exciting Christmas experience: What glittering beauty is hidden in the stone whose gray exterior is carefully knocked open?
#8 Eat Raclette
The intense smell of cheese makes the mouth water from afar: at the Kartoffelmarkt, next to the shopping center Schwarzwald City Freiburg, you will find the Raclette stand. A total of three Raclette cheeses are available to choose from. The finished Raclette is then served on fresh bread with onions and pickles. Just the right hearty meal after a glass of Glühwein.
#9 Snow loved ones under with Christmas gifts
Where can you take a more romantic stroll in winter than at the Christmas Market in Freiburg? There you can combine the useful with the pleasant: While you can eat something sweet here and drink a hot mug of mulled wine there, you can also buy great Christmas presents for the whole family.
#10 Watching the glassblower at work
A typical feature of Freiburg’s Christmas Market is the wide range of arts and crafts on offer. At some stands, you can even be there live when new works of art come into the world – such as with the glassblower. Experience it up close when the glassblower skillfully creates precious, colorful bowls, vases, jewelery, or figurines!