THE BLACK FOREST
Freiburg is the capital and largest city of Black Forest region.This forest is called this way because the dark green color of the kind of pine trees in all this region.If you visit Freiburg for a few days and you're a nature lover,don't hesitate to go to little villages around,also this is the perfect place to hiking,there are lots of walking trails along all region.There are also many campgrounds and bed and breakfast located in the small roads or in the little villages,a nice place for a relaxed vacations!!.
Photo: Landscape around Freiburg.
Colombi Schloessle and garden
One of the rare "green" places with trees and lawns in the old town is the garden of the Colombi Schloessle.
Built 1859 - 61 on the remains of the former city walls in the style of English Neo-Gothic the small palace is now a Pre-historic ages museum.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10-17
- Museum Visits
Street names in Vauban
Most of the streets in Vauban (all but one, actually) are named after people who opposed the Nazis in one way or another.
This street, for instance, is named after the writer Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935), who had to emigrate to Sweden as soon as the Nazis seized power in Germany.
Second photo: This street is named after Harriet Straub (1872-1945), a physician and author who was not allowed to write during the period of Nazi rule.
Third photo: There is even a street named after Georg Elser (1903-1945), who attempted unsuccessfully to assassinate the dictator Adolf Hitler in 1939.
Fourth photo: This central square is named after Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), another German author who went into exile as soon as the Nazis came into power.
Fifth photo: This new meeting place, called Café Süden, is on Alfred-Döblin-Platz.
Play streets in Vauban
All German cities and towns have the option of declaring some of their streets to be "traffic-calmed streets" or "play streets", providing they are willing incur the wrath of the powerful automobile lobbies.
The unusual thing about Vauban is that nearly all the streets in the district have this status. Theoretically anyone with a driver's license is expected to know what this means, but just to make sure there are several signs in Vauban explaining the rules:
--Walking speed must not be exceeded.
--Pedestrians are allowed to use the entire width of the street.
--Children are allowed to play everywhere.
--Parking only in designated areas.
--A high degree of mutual consideration on the part of all road users is necessary.
Second photo: One of the signs listing the rules of a traffic-calmed street.
Third photo: A traffic-calmed street in Vauban. As the photo shows, Vauban is not entirely free of automobiles, since several are parked on this street.
Fourth photo: A young couple on bicycles in Vauban.
Fifth photo: Pedestrians in Vauban.
A SMALL VILLAGE
This is part of a small village located around Freiburg,also on Black Forest area.Really this is a nice and paceful place to be for a few days!.
Another nice place to see around if you have time enough,is go to see the Rhin Waterfalls,they are located at Schaffhausen just crossing the border with Switzerland and close to this region.I'll make a future page with some photos taken there aswell.
The old university, together with the university church, builds an ensemble which provides a quiet resting place for the exhausted visitor.
The former Jesuit convent was secularised in 1773. The large courtyard (remains of the cloisters) is very picturesque with hedges, trees and roses. In summer theater performances take place here from time to time.
Direction: Bertoldstrasse, western old town
- Historical Travel
Streets in Vauban
The zoning regulations in Vauban forbid the construction of free-standing one-family houses, because the intention is to create a viable urban neighborhood that is easily accessible by bicycle and public transport, not a suburban sprawl that would be dependent on automobile traffic.
Private ownership and development of the buildings is encouraged, however, so there is considerable variety in the appearance of the buildings.
Additional photos: More streets in Vauban.
For 47 years after the Second World War the French army maintained a large base in Freiburg, three kilometers south of the city center. When the last French troops left the site in 1993 it was bought by the city of Freiburg for the development of a "Sustainable Model District Vauban", a new district for more than 5000 inhabitants and 600 jobs.
The new district was intended to use renewable energy resources and was planned for the needs of people, not automobiles. About 40 % of the households agreed to live without having their own cars, and the rest park mainly on the outskirts, so the residential areas are not cluttered with automobiles. None of the houses has a garage, but nearly all of them have sheds for bicycle parking.
Second photo: Painting on the side of a building at the entrance to the Vauban District. The text reads: "We are re-making the world -- the way we like it."
Third photo: A street in Vauban, with covered bicycle stands in front of the houses.
Fourth photo: Bicycles in Vauban.
This is the only street in Vauban which is not named after someone who opposed the Nazis. It is the main street, Vauban-Allee, where the tram line number 3 now runs. This street, like the entire district, was named after the French military engineer Sebastian le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), who designed and built the fortifications on the Schloßberg from 1679 to 1687.
Second photo: Vauban-Allee.
Third photo: In 2006 the tram line number 3 was extended into Vauban, where there are now three stops along the Vauban-Allee.
Freiburg Bicycle Loop Trail
The Freiburg Radrundweg (Bicycle Loop Trail) begins and ends at the mobile, where you can rent a bicycle, and winds around for 29 kilometers through several districts of Freiburg. It does not go to Vauban, however, so you'll have to find your way there on your own.
If you take the loop trail counter-clockwise, as they suggest, you first go through parts of the Old Town and then a slight ways up on the Winterer Straße, to go along the side of some of the first hills at the edge of the Black Forest, but still within the Freiburg city limits.
Second photo: Looking down towards Freiburg from Wintererstraße.
Third and fourth photos: At the end of the Winterer Straße you come to a street called Eichhalde, where there are views like this.
Bicycle Loop Trail: Exhibition hall
At the end of Harbuckweg, at the edge of the woods, you unexpectedly come across this exhibition hall belonging to the Foundation for Concrete Art (Stiftung für konkrete Kunst).
This foundation was started in 1997 by a man named Roland Phelps, who practiced as a neurologist and psychiatrist in Freiburg for many years, and who is also a sculptor. The exhibition hall was completed in 1999, and is used for changing exhibitions of art works by the founder and other invited artists (24 of them so far).
Second photo: The hall is closed most of the time (opens by appointment) but that is no problem since most of the art works on display can easily be seen through the glass wall at the front.
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
This animalpark, located in Oberried in the Schwarzwald, (from Freiburg; follow the signs towards Titisee and then Kirchzarten) has all kinds of dears, marmots, some birds and rabbits. Thus, not very exotic animals, but the park is still nice because of its "unspoiled" nature.
There's also a cool suspension bridge (218 m long and 30 m high) to walk over, and two toboggan slides. Great fun for kids!
- Theme Park Trips
Beautiful Baroque Church
Don't miss out on this gorgeous Baroque church in the small village of St Peter in Schwarzwald (the Black Forest). The church is part of a Benedictine Monastery. Even if you're not a great fan of Baroque, St Peter is still well worth a visit due to the nice views of the Black Forest landscape. The village is located 720 m above the sea level and is an officially recognized health resort. St. Peter was founded in 1093 by Duke Bertold II of Zähringen.
From Freiburg you drive towards Titisee, then follow the signs for St Peter. You can't miss the church; it's located on top of a hill, overlooking the village.
Flückiger See - Lake only 30 mins from centre
Want to go running, or just take a little walk and have some coffee, but not far away from centre?
Then this lake might be worth taking a closer look. It can be easily reached from town by taking Tram Line 1 (direction Landwasser - Stops: Am Bischofskreuz or Betzenhauser Torplatz) in less than ten minutes.
In the 80'es Flückiger See was the location of the regional garden exhibition and you can still see some of the projects today. Now the lake is generally a place for people to relax and having a good time. Especially on summer weekends it can be very crowded here, and you better choose another lake for your pleasure. I wouldn't recommend you to swim in this lake, even if Ökostation and the City of Freiburg (see link) do their best to increase the quality of water. But the meadows around the lake invite you to take a sunbath or do some spontanous barbecuing. There's also a cafe and restaurant and a location for small open air concerts. Once a year there's also a "Summer Night Party", check the date on http://www.freiburg.de
- Hiking and Walking
Sonnenhof construction site in Vauban
Since Vauban tends to attract mainly young middle class families with children, various projects are underway to provide housing for other groups, including this new building to provide communal living arrangements for the elderly.
Like all the other buildings in Vauban, this one will be a low-energy building using regenerative energy sources.
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