Talking about the Hasselhof-phenomenon there's even an article on the "Germany Survival Bible" on Spiegel Online:http://service.spiegel.de/cache/inte...407072,00.html
There are tons of other very funny anectodetes about Germany- so if you have the time, it's fun to read through some of them.
Freiburg is an excellent university indeed- it's always ranked as the best university for humanities in Germany and has some world-class departments like micromachines (leading together with Univ. of Tokyo and Ann Arbor) and law. Excellent reputation in basically anything they do and thus they'll be awarded the elite-status by the federal government to get more federal funding (plus they get the best students and outside money).
Also, it's a cool place to live- Switzerland, France and Italy close, most sun anywhere in Germany and a vibrant economy with many of the world's leading companies in their field (Baden-Wuerttemberg is the high-tech state together with Bavaria).
Plus, did I mention there are many female med students, all of whom were in the top 3-5 of their class... I'll be spending a lot of time in the library (that is getting a massive overhaul at the moment like many other facilities) so I can just as well look for someone with a Pschrembel on their desk (the medical dictionary). Great food, beer and wine too (Wein, Weib und Gesang). I'm really looking forward to it as you can tell.
Siggy, as you know the drill in Freiburg already (at least today you attend the regular lectures) would you like to share a bit of your experiences with me via PM? What are you doing with the LLM now, was it helpful (and also, what's Freiburg's reputation in the international professional world?). I'd greatly appreciate it.