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Since Freiburg has more hours of sunlight per year than any other German city, the people here have long been active in using solar panels and other alternative energy sources to provide heat and power for their houses.
This particular house, on a street called Eichhalde which is part of the Freiburg Bicycle Loop Trail, is being built with (they say) a "small power plant in your own house", using Stirling technology in combination with solar panels.
Written Apr 12, 2007
This large solar-powered building, called the Sonnenschiff or "Sun-Ship", includes shops, offices and penthouses.
Behind it is a "solar community" consisting of "plus-energy houses" that generate their own energy from regenerative sources. The goal of "plus-energy" construction is to cover the total energy requirement of the house in a regenerative way and even to produce a surplus.
Written Apr 12, 2007
Straussenwirtschaften/ Straussen are small seasonal restaurants located in agricultural areas in the outskirts of the city. They serve local specialties and are seasonal in the sense that they are only opened during specific times of the year, usually in the early spring/late summer and in the beginning of fall. Therefore, it's very important to check the opening hours! Every year a small brochure comes out; (available at most petrol stations and at the main tourist office) listing the Straussen in the region, which specialties they serve, and their opening hours. Eating at Straussen is very popular among the locals and these places are commonly quite small with only a few seats, thus it can be hard getting a table. Show up early or try to make reservations!
In the brochure there's a map with all the Straussen marked out, but it is not very detailed, and even if you have another map, it can still be tricky to find the way to the Strausse you have picked out, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find it. The Straussen can look a little bit different, but at least the ones I've been to were cozy basement Straussen with robust farmer's furniture, located in small picturesque villages. As I mentioned earlier, these restaurants are small, narrow and crowded, thus it gets warm and loud, but that's all part of the charm!
The food is very simple (usually only products from the farm are used) and there are not many dishes to choose from, but most of them taste very good, and they are cheap too! My favorites are the 'Bibelskäse', a kind of fresh soft cheese served on dark bread, and the 'Flammenkuchen' (served on a wooden platter), which is similar to pizza, but the topping consist only of bacon, onion and sour cream.
Last but not least: DON'T try to order a beer; in a genuine Strausse only wine (the house wine) is served! You might want to try the 'Traubensaft' (grape juice) though, it's delicious. Also the 'Apfelsaft' (apple juice) is really good.
Updated Apr 12, 2004
Monday to Friday you can go to the Freiburger Muenster at noon to listen 10 minutes to very relaxing and calming organ music, always between 12:05 and 12:15. I think, this is a brilliant idea, one neither has to be religious to participate here. I entered by chance just at that time the cathedral to have a look and was impressed by the wonderful realxing music. Obviously the sound in such a big church is really excelent. I couldn´t see where they were playing as this Muenster has 3(!) really big organs.
Written Mar 31, 2004
The carnaval traditions in the south of Germany are a bit different to the traditions in cities like Cologne, Düsseldorf or Mainz. Here they speak about Fasnacht, the events have more mythic backgrounds meanwhile the e.g. Cologne Carneval has especially political satire.
Updated Sep 19, 2003
I've been abroad to some other European countries, but basically nobody knew about the wine of Baden. Then I told my parents to send me a bottle of Badish wine which I could present to friends in my host countries, and oh wonder, quickly they asked what kind of delicious wine you have there, we want more ... Well, I think Baden's wines have a marketing problem, but I think who tried it once won't forget it.
Recently I read somewhere that wines from Habsburg have the best price/quality relation in Europe. Well, either these words come from a bit patriot or someone who never tasted wine from Baden. How could bad quality soil mediocre climate wine compete with wine who grows under medieval climate on volcanic soil?
Besides wine from Baden never were never part of any "quality faking scancals" like some wines of Austria, Hungary, Italy and France - not to mention those from oversea which are not always controlled due to European standard.
So if you don't travel by car (or have some days to spend in the region) I recommend you to go to Alte Wache - House of Baden's Wine and taste some of it. Anyway you have to make a reservation there before "tasting" your wine, because preparations have to be done. They offer several types of wine tasting (six or nine different wines), as well as some small regional dishes in addition. Wine tasting is possible every day AFTER reservation in advance.
After wine tasting you are also able to buy the wine you liked best (prices from 4 ? to ...). But you can also order online, of course. If I may recommend the "Probierpäckle" (see link" for you to get a first taste of Baden's wine.
If you don't like a formal wine tasting in a group, just go to one of the (small!) wine shops in old town, and ask if you can taste one of their wine. Of course they hope you will buy some of it afterwards ...
Enjoy it ...! Freiburg is not like Black Forest a pure beer region, here wine rules as well!
Alte Wache can be found easily on Münsterplatz just right behind the Münster church.
Updated Oct 15, 2004
Phone: + 49 (0) 761 202870,
One unusual feature of Freiburg are the Bächle, or mini-canals, running throughout the city. Originally built to deliver water and fight fires, the Bächle are now merely decorative. In some places, they are covered, but they are usually left in the open for children and tourists to enjoy. They are a minor consideration for those pushing strollers, but it is usually easy to avoid getting a wheel caught. We did not get Minifrosch wet, so he is free from the legend that all who fall into a Bächle are destined to marry someone from Freiburg.
Written Jan 18, 2011
Freiburg is one of the centres of alemannic Fastnacht. 35 carnival guilds are located in the city. Each of them is doing its own activities, but on carnival Monday they're all united in the big parade (starting 14.00).
See my travelogue page for more pictures and details.
Written Mar 22, 2008
The food market is the thing I probably liked most in Freiburg. Every weekday there is a huge market in front of the cathedral. Fresh and excellent vegetables, fruits, cheese, salami and ham, baguettes ... a paradise for every gourmet.
Written Jul 24, 2004
Guggemusik originates in the Swiss carnival but becomes more and more popular in the South West of Germany, too. There are quite a number of these funny bands in the Freiburg parade.
Most bands consist of brass and drums. The rules how to make Guggemusik are easy:
1. The majority of the band plays the same song.
2. Start together and fisnish together. No one cares what happens in between.
3. Make as much noise as you can.
4. No worries. Whether you hit the right notes or not doesn't matter.
5. It's the listeners' problem whether or not they recognize the piece you're playing, not yours.
6. Have fun.
7. HAVE FUN!!!!
A good Guggemusik will torture the ears of any 'serious' musician... but it's just wonderful!!!
There are even Guggemusik competitions: The noisiest band wins!
Photo 1: Guggemusik band "Zarte Säu" ("Tender Sows") from Tiengen. If you want to hear the pirates, there is a video of them with sound. Turn up the volume!!!
Updated Aug 16, 2008
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