Favorite thing: One thing you will notice in Freiburg are the tiny canals on the streets called "Baechle". They are the remains of the medieval canals for the water supply of the people who lived and worked in the old town.
There is a saying in Freiburg that these foreign singles who step in the "Baechle" will marry a local soon ... so be careful (or not :-))!
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Favorite thing: Freiburg's old town was destroyed in WWII in large parts. Although it has been restored mostly in historical style you will not find an unspoilt ensemble anymore.
It is, however, still charming. Narrow cobbled alleys and especially the Baechle are picturesque and provide an atmosphere of the past.
Fondest memory: My favourite walk was early in the morning. I started about 7.30 on a Monday morning when the town was seemingly sleeping. Later, especially in the afternoon, the streets became more and more filled with crowds.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: For all those who are interested in culture, museums, art collections the regional museums pass (Oberrheinischer Museumspass) is a great deal.
The Museums Pass covers more than 150 museums in the region, including Germany, France and Switzerland and such famous museums like the Art Museum in Basel and the Unterlinden museum in Colmar.
In Freiburg it covers e.g. the Augustinermuseum.
I purchased the short-time version, valid four days within one month. It costs 25 Euro.
www.museumspass.com (in German and French only)
Tel. CH: 061-205 00 40
Tel. D: 0761-707 83 82
Tel. F: 03 89 33 96 29
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Gurs 1027 km
Favorite thing: This looks at first glance like a perfectly normal yellow road sign, such as you might find on any regional highway in Germany. But wait! These signs don't normally point to places over a thousand kilometers away. And who ever heard of a place called Gurs, anyhow?
Gurs is a city in the southwest corner of France. It was the site of a concentration camp that was used by the Nazi collaborators of the Vichy government to intern Jews and other people considered undesirable by the Nazis.
Within a few hours on October 22, 1940, the Nazis rounded up 6504 Jewish men, women and children from the regions of Baden and the Pfalz, including some 300 Jewish citizens of Freiburg, and deported them to Gurs. Many died there of hunger or illness, and in 1942 the rest were sent east to Auschwitz or Maidanek, where they were murdered.
On the 60th anniversary of the deportation, in October 2000, Freiburg citizens erected a plaque explaining what had happened. The text on the plaque concludes: "Too many people looked away back then, too few resisted. This must not and will not happen again."
Update: There is now a similar yellow sign in front of the main railroad station in Mannheim, but with a different number: "Gurs 1170 km".
Second photo: Square of the Old Synagogue. This is where the main Freiburg Synagogue used to be, until it was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938.
Views of Freiburg and the Black Forest
Favorite thing: My favorite place in Freiburg is the Biergarten on top of the Schlossberg (castle hill). Next to the Schwabentor, there's a charming wooden pedestrian bridge leading over to the hill side. Just follow the small path up the mountain, or take the elevator at the end of the "cave tunnel", up to the Greiffenegg Schlössle restaurant, where you exit through the hallway of the restaurant. (Of course it's also possible to stay and have some drinks at the restaurant, but in the summer, it's definitely nicer to sit outside in the Biergarten). Order your drinks at the bar (when the weather is nice, it's usually crowded and it takes quite long until the waiter gets to you), and try to get a table at the very edge. From there you'll have beautiful panorama views of the part of town called 'Die Wiehre', and in the horizon the Black Forest. On the steep hillside, you'll also notice that they're growing wine.
For even better views of Freiburg and surroundings; pass the Biergarten and continue the path up until you reach the view platform.
Visit the restaurant's homepage to get an impression of the Schlossberg! http://www.greiffenegg.de
Fondest memory: When I studied in Freiburg, we used to visit the Biergarten quite often, to enjoy the sun, the view and chat away over a couple of beers...
Favorite thing: "If one person dies, it's a tragedy. If a million people die, it's a statistic." This cynical statement was attributed to the late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (1879-1953). It was quoted to me by a Russian orchestra conductor who spent his childhood in Moscow under Stalin's rule.
Like many other German cities, Freiburg is trying translate the statistic of six million Jews murdered by the Nazis back into the tragedy of individual people dragged from their homes and put to death. They do this by setting little squares of metal into the street or sidewalk in front of the houses where the people used to live. The two in the photo are embedded in the street in front of my hotel in the Rathausgasse in Freiburg. The one on the left reads:
and the one on the right:
Murdered 1942 in
These little squares of metal are known as "stumbling blocks" (Stolpersteine), but you can stumble over them only in a figurative sense, meaning you are made aware that these two murdered people used to live right here, so they aren't just statistics, but real people.
The "stumbling blocks" are an initiative of the artist Gunter Demnig, born 1947 in Berlin.
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Small and fine
Favorite thing: Freiburgs attractions are derived from in and around it. They range from adventures in the black forest, over fan tours in Disney land to summer afternoons at lake Titsee.
Left is the heart of Freiburg, "Bertolds Brunnen". This is the meeting point for the whole of Freiburg. The city begins and ends here, that is, before a walk on the shopping streets peolpe meet at this point and at the end of the day they depart from this point.
Having toured the beautiful historical side of Freiburg comprising of historical buildings like the “Kaufhaus” and Monuments like the town gates, you can then continue with its natural resources above all the “Black forest”.
Favorite thing: Tourist Office
- Tel.: +49 (0)761 3881-880
- Fax: +49 (0)761 37003
- www.freiburg.de (different languages)
- www.alemania-turismo.com/pages_ms/freiburg_esp.htm (spanish)
- E mail: email@example.com
You should take your Koenig...
Favorite thing: You should take your Koenig Ludwigs Fruehstueck at Schlosscafe, with a very nice view over the city. You shouldn't miss an excursion to Schauinsland by lift or by car, where you can realize how wonderfull the Black Forest is. Visit the cathedral 'Muenster' and don't hesitate to take the stares to the top of the bell-tower. I was 4 years there as a student and I never did it. Now I regret that.
Fondest memory: I will never forget the early Satturday mornings when we were visiting the market in front of the Cathedral after clubbing, waiting for the first Saucages to be grilled.
Even the glasses smell musty.
Favorite thing: Take the time and visit the 'Oldest Pub In Germany.' That's right, I'm talking about the Hotel Bäron Wein und Bierstuben. Now, I don't know if it is in fact the oldest in the country, but it looks pretty old and my friend Jens said it was, so I'll believe him.
Freiburgers don't have a T.V tower as such to speak of, and we all know how much the Germans love to brag about their T.V towers (just talk to any Düsseldorferanian) so they have to find other things and this, as well as their DOM, is one of them.
Fondest memory: Going inside, sitting down, having a beer and simply soaking in the atmosphere of this rich and truly beautiful antique. I swear some of the patrons looked like they were born before the Great War, but yet they still looked 'fresh' somehow; must be the air. Esthetics are everything.
The Black Forest
Favorite thing: You really must explore the Black Forest surrounding Freiburg. Shown here is the part of the forest right next to Triberg Waterfalls.
See more in my black forest travelogue.
Freiburg im Breisgau
Favorite thing: Freiburg im Breisgau straddles the Dreisam River at the foot of the Schlossberg. Historically, the city has acted as the hub of the Breisgau region on the western edge of the Black Forest in the Upper Rhine Plain. The city is known for its medieval Minster.
I was fortunate to visit this city in August of 2004 on the way from Bavaria (Hohenschwangau) to Karlsruhe where SV BSZS (German Shepherds Dog-show) was held.
We spent only a few hours there but could appreciate its beauty. Looking up into the Belfry of Freiburg Minster I was impressed very much! As well after wonderful view over Freiburg from the top of the Minster.
You can watch my 1 min 52 sec Video Freiburg im Breisgau Panorama out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Get to the top of the Schauinsland mountain. At 1284 metres, this is one of the highest peaks in the Black Forest. There is a viewing tower at the top and when you have climbed up there you deserve a bit of Black Forest gateau or a beer at the café by the cable car station afterwards. There is also a silver-mining museum and several paths around the peak, some which give you a view across to the Alps if the weather conditions are perfect. More at http://www.schauinsland.com/
Fondest memory: Seing the Alps, the French Vosges mountains and then the sunset and the gorgeous mountain colours from the top of Schauinsland.
Cathedral of our Beloved Lady...
Favorite thing: Cathedral of our Beloved Lady - 'Münster Unserer Lieben Frau'. Work began around 1200 on the construction of a Cathedral on the site of an old parish church from the 12th century. In 1220, the plans were revised and construction continued in the Modern Gothic style, which at that time had reached its zenith in France. The west tower - the 'most beautiful tower of Christianity'- was finished in 1330. It is likely that the new building of the Late Gothic chancel was designed by the cathedral master workman Johannes von Gmünd. The cornerstone was laid in 1354. The chancel was not fully finished until 1513, due to political and economic problems in the city and poor management. The Cathedral achieved its present form at the beginning of the 16th century. However, it has been almost constantly under construction or renovation. Because of high levels of air pollution, the ongoing efforts to maintain the Cathedral are a race against time.
The City Layout
Fondest memory: Kaiser-Joseph Street is the central shopping street here.
We began our acquaintance of the city with this street.
The city has a special layout with two main streets connecting the town gates and intersecting at a right angle in the middle.
The streets form a pedestrian presinct in the heart of the city.
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