Something that you quickly learn when you live in Germany is that Germans have an incredible amount of festive markets. The list of markets go on and on: Freimarkt, Weihnachtsmarkt, Oktoberfest, Ostermarkt, Volksfest, and individual towns even have their own distinct markets. Yet the main commonality between these holiday markets is that they will all generously spoil you with some of the most deliciously indulgent foods.
Some of the top contenders include insane whipped cream-ice cream (Eis wie Sahne), which honestly is like soft serve but better. You can have it dipped in chocolate sprinkles, crispy sprinkles, and happiness.
Other foods that Freimarkt offers includes an entire store for cheese – which means chili poppers nuggets, camembert with jam, and more cheese than you thought you could ever handle in your whole life.
My list of foods to conquer at Freimarkt is normally quite long and features some of the following: doughnuts (Berliners), currywurst, Glühwein, something with fish, Schaumküsse, Schmalzkuchen, Langos and chocolate-covered strawberries/bananas/apples.
Aside from food (which is my priority 90% of the time), there are also huge amusement park rides, a lively atmosphere, glittery lights and lots of happy locals – there is nothing more exciting than eating everything (and I mean, everything) at a German holiday market.
I’ve been to Freimarkt at least six times in my past 2 years here at Jacobs and each time has been filled with lots of joy, wonderful company and a particular strategy on how to eat as much as food as I can.
Being able to get out of the Jacobs bubble is a tremendous way to get to know Deutschland, its people and its wonderful culture. So advice to all incoming freshmen: take some time out during the chilly fall days of exams and stress to head downtown to check out Freimarkt, and begin preparing yourself for that winter hibernation, snow and the Weihnachtsmarkt. (!!!!)