For that traditional German Christmas Market feeling.
And then the next stupid Covid wave comes along and ruins everything! I’ll just have to drink my Glühwein at home alone, I guess.
Munich’s iconic Christmas market has been canceled for the second year in a row due to a significant rise in Covid-19 cases in Germany.
The “bitter news” was announced by the city’s mayor Dieter Reiter, who said he’d been left with no choice but to call off the popular event, which usually attracts around three million people annually, as the country grapples with record breaking infection rates.
Coronavirus digest: Unvaccinated banned from some German Christmas markets – Hamburg has introduced tougher restrictions and Munich’s Christkindlmarkt has been ditched altogether. Meanwhile, Germany has recorded its highest ever daily caseload.
New fortified security measures at Berlin Christmas market.
All week, workers have been installing 160 giant, square, lattice-work frames on the perimeter of Charlottenburg’s Breitscheidplatz, the site of the fatal attack.
Enormous sand-and-stone-filled bags have been lowered into each frame, which have all been bolted to the next to form a long row. Narrow access points have been protected with extra bollards.
During the market, private guards will patrol the grounds, joined by a heavy presence of uniformed and plainclothes police officers.
The Berlin Senate has said the elaborate €2.5 million ($2.9 million) installation will provide “unprecedented protection” against trucks weighing up to 40 tons.
This reminds me of German oddity 234. Germany is a country that now places the ugly security controls, bollards and heavily armed police it used to have on its national borders at Christmas markets and Volksfeste around the country instead.
Supersturm! Angst everywhere! People are running for shelter wherever you look. Berlin has been closed for business. Germany is shuddering with fear. And all of this due to global warming. Or something.
If we must die now, let us do so in an orderly manner and close the Christmas markets first. Then we can head home and die there in dignity. Where it’s safer. After the Tagesschau.
LEIPZIG SCHLIESST WEGEN „XAVER“ JETZT SOGAR DEN WEIHNACHTSMARKT!
Would you accept a free drink from a total stranger? Hell yeah, I would (it’s not like anybody is ever going to offer me one).
But Berlin police say this is not a good idea these days, as a man serving vodka-schnapps spiked with a date-rape drug is causing nausea and hurt Christmas feelings at that Berlin Christmas market nearest you.
So you better be good, you better not pout. Just say no. Ho, ho, ho.
Jüngst war der Täter als Weihnachtsmann verkleidet.