The Allgäu holiday resort of Oberstdorf has come under criticism for putting up a Christmas tree worth almost 25,000 euros. According to several media reports, the market town with almost 10,000 inhabitants had the fir tree transported about 600 kilometers from the Sauerland to Bavaria.
On Twitter, users expressed little understanding of the action. "Decadence in the Allgäu," wrote one on Thursday. "What could have been done with almost 25,000 euros that made more sense?" Asked another Twitter user. The municipal administration was initially unable to comment on the Christmas tree on Thursday.
According to the "Allgäuer Zeitung", the municipality had commissioned a company to deliver the Christmas tree by heavy transport for 24,850 euros. The tree was then transported through half of Germany. In the past, the community-owned municipal companies would have brought a Christmas tree from the region and put it up on the market square themselves. According to the administration, this is no longer possible for security reasons, the newspaper reported.