The wonderful picturesque town of Freiburg am Breisgau in the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany has an honored location as the gateway to the Black Forest. The university town dates back to 1120 and is full of charm, culture, museums and great restaurants. Freiburg is a wine center of the Rhine Valley and its historic old town has born witness to the varied history of the region.
The best way of seeing Freiburg is by wandering the streets in the pedestrian friendly old town. On this walk you’ll pass canals where medieval fisherman, tanners and other guild members once practiced their professions. You’ll also have the chance to meet the people that helped shape Freiburg in the many statues honoring them.
Yes it is through the medieval facades, squares and streets where we meet the real Freiburg and since, in my opinion, walking is the best way to experience Freiburg I’m sharing a few of the wonderful things I saw while wandering the streets its streets.
Let’s start in and around Rathausplatz where you will find not one but two Rathaus’ (Town Halls). The Old Town Hall sits to the right of the New Town Hall and is now home to the Tourist Information office. Both Town Halls were made by combining older homes – the Old in 1557 and New in 1896. The New Town Hall was the original site of the university dating back to 1457. Most of the remaining parts of the square are taken up by a former Franciscan Monastery including its church which was built in approximately 1300. You will also notice a statue erected in 1853 honoring Berthold Schwarz, the inventor of gun powder and one of my guides during my stay in Freiburg!
If you keep wandering Freiburg you will come upon many beautiful streets and buildings. Konviktstrasse and the Insel area are two of the most beautiful and picturesque in the city. I loved them both and could spend hours just wandering. As you’re wandering make sure to slow down to take notice of all the detail on the buildings! If all your walking has made you thirsty a stop at the Roten Bären (Red Bear) may be needed. This is Germany’s oldest pub and has been continuously serving since 1387.
The Historiches Kaufhaus or Historic Merchant Hall is one of the many beautiful buildings lining the Munsterplatz. Dating back to 1520, merchants and officials governed and traded at this location during Medieval times. Look closely and you will see sculptures of Hapsburg emperors. The Minster dominates Munsterplatz and should not be missed. The Medieval Minster was completed in 1513 after 300 long years of construction. Besides all the statues, gargoyles and relics found in the Minster, there is also a 381 foot high spire where you will be rewarded with wonderful views after climbing the many many stairs to top!
This is my entry for Carnival of Europe hosted by DJ Yabis at Dream Euro Trip! Take a look at all the wonderful European entries.
Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people with the Freiburg Tourist Office! If you need more information on Freiburg, please visit their websites.