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The Christmas Market in Freiburg: 10 Things You Should Absolutely Do

The Christmas Market in Freiburg is one of the city’s most beautiful winter tourist destinations. Opened for the first time in 1973, it now consists of over 120 stands, where visitors are offered beautiful and tasty things every year.

Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg
Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg - © URV-Schoenen

#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.

Glühwein trinken Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg
Glühwein trinken Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg - © FWTM

#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.


Kerzen selber machen Kerzenwerkstatt Weihnachtsmarkt
Kerzen selber machen Kerzenwerkstatt Weihnachtsmarkt - © FWTM-Schoenen

#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.


Plätzchen backen mit Kindern auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg
Plätzchen backen mit Kindern auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg - ©

#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.


 Riesenrad fahren auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg
Riesenrad fahren auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg - © URV-Schoenen

#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.


Freiburg gebrannte Mandeln auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt
Freiburg gebrannte Mandeln auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt  - © The Art of

#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!


Lichtorte im Advent auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg
Lichtorte im Advent auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg - © FWTM-Schoenen

#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?


Edelstein aufklopfen auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg
Edelstein aufklopfen auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg - © FWTM

#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.


Raclette auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg
Raclette auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg - © Alexandr

#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.


Weihnachtsgeschenke kaufen Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg
Weihnachtsgeschenke kaufen Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg - © FWTM-Schoenen

#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!

Glasbläser Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg
Glasbläser Weihnachtsmarkt Freiburg - © FWTM-Schoenen