Freiburg Germany

Freiburg Germany is the gateway town to the Black Forest in Southern Germany. A lively university town, Freiburg im Breisgau is a forward-thinking city with historical charm and plenty of great hotels, and it’s a hub for tourists from around Germany and Europe. Walking the streets of Freiburg Germany is a true pleasure, with a sunny blue sky, and narrow streets and alleyways covered in ivy and lined with historical houses. Crisscrossing the city, you'll notice little streams or gutters running through the streets. These "bächle" were used in past times to provide fresh water for livestock, but today are simply one of the little things that make Freiburg so quaint and attractive. The gurgle of the bächle accompany you as you set out on foot to explore the city center.

Start your exploration of Freiburg im Breisgau in the heart of the Old Town, at Münsterplatz, or Minster Square. The beautiful Gothic cathedral here, Münster Cathedral, is Freiburg's most distinctive landmark. The church has one of the oldest church towers in Germany, which miraculously survived the bombings of the Second World War. Be sure to admire the octagonal church tower and spire, as well as the gargoyles that decorate the outside of Münster Cathedral. You can climb to the top of the tower for an excellent view of Freiburg.

The rest of Münsterplatz is a nice place to spend a morning, with a colorful open-air market held there every day except Sunday. The market is especially lively on Saturdays, so plan to spend an hour or two browsing the stalls and picking up local produce, snacks, and souvenirs. The Historisches Kaufhaus, or Historic Merchant's Hall, is located on the south side of Münsterplatz, so be sure to get a good look at this red Gothic building and the coats of arms, representative of the Habsburg Emperors, that decorate the exterior.

Head over to Augustinerplatz, another major hub in the center of Freiburg im Breisgau. As its name suggests, the square is named after an Augustine monastery, which has today been converted into a museum that showcases an excellent collection of religious art. Best of all, admission is free! The rest of Augustinerplatz is now a popular place to hang out in the evenings, as it is lined with bars, restaurants and a biergarten. The biergarten is a wonderful place to sit in late afternoon with a pint of the local brew, a few pretzels and some close friends.

For an excellent view of the city, a bit of exercise, and a nice outdoor excursion, hike up to Schlossberg, the small mountain overlooking Freiburg. It is a moderate walk that almost anyone can do easily, and at the peak you can go to the top of Schlossberg Tower for a view of the surrounding forests. If you don't fancy the climb, you can take the funicular railway from the city center. Once at Schlossberg, there are a variety of walks here among the beauty of the forested hills. There is also a biergarten and a nice restaurant at the top of the hill where you can partake in some well-earned refreshment, before heading back down for more sightseeing in Freiburg Germany.

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