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Dispatch from a Frankfurt minibar


A jet-setting correspondent reports:

A data point on obesity (and alcoholism).

In the minibar in a room at the Frankfurt Hilton, one can procure a 0.2-liter Coca-Cola for 4.5 euros, which works out to $26.77 per liter. A refreshing 0.33-liter Heineken is 5 euros, or $17.88 per liter.

Also available: Campari (6.5 euros for 4 cl), a pre-mixed martini (7 euros for 6 cl) and, God help us, Jagermeister (6.5 euros for 4 cl). And it's not just a bizarre quirk of minibar pricing, either. At the reasonably nice, full-service restaurant where I ate lunch, a giant plate of grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes was 8.8 euros, and my Diet Coke was 3.9 euros. Don't know how much a beer would have been.

Back in the old days, of course, no self-respecting foreign correspondent would leave lunch without knowing how much a beer -- or wine or a cocktail -- cost.

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By Ezra Klein  |  June 8, 2010; 5:21 PM ET
Categories:  Europe , Food  
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To be fair, beer is often cheaper than soft drinks in Europe. It was weird looking at a menu and going "maybe I'll just get a Sprite, maybe just water... wait, its a Euro LESS for a beer? uh, I'll have a Bofferding, thanks."

Posted by: yawgmoth6139 | June 8, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

German water prices are the highest in the world. My guess would be that the soda is bottled in Germany, while the beer is bottled with cheaper water in Belgium.

Posted by: tomtildrum | June 8, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

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