I often go to Freiburg for an afternoon because I can’t resist its charming character, present down every single street. The gas lamp lights aligning the alleyways and the fresh water streams make for a gentle and quaint ambiance. It’s a great place to take young children who could spend hours during the summer months, playing in the streams along the majority of streets. As far as shopping goes, there is an amazing range of choice, especially when it comes to shoes. However, the prices tend to be a bit steep, perhaps the reason why there are a lot of middle-aged/mature shoppers, rather than students. Nevertheless, there are some fantastic specialty liqueur and tobacco shops, as well as bakeries and cafes; I always go to Domino for its affordable yummy coffees and cakes!

SPECIAL: The market runs every day in the church square (Munsterplatz), where you can buy an array of colourful flowers, a variety of food: ranging from bratwurst to nuts and from dairy products to meat, wooden carved objects, and so on. It’s a great place to get a taste of the German earthy culture and the high quality of goods.

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