Travel to the Black Forest

Day 2 Freiburg

(in 51 Km.) Freiburg im Breisgau: We started our tour of the Black Forest visiting the old town of Freiburg. We walked through the Martin's gate (Martinstor) towards the center. Freiburg retains three of the doors that was on the wall. The Swabian Gate of great defensive value thanks to its strategic location next to a crossroads; Martin's Gate, which is the oldest of the towers of the first walls were built in the early thirteenth century, and the Gate of Breisach, built from 1677 in the old Baroque walls during the French occupation.

Freiburg - Martinstor

Freiburg - Martinstor

We walked down the Kaiser-Joseph Strass, where we see the statue Bertoldsbrunnen, we passed the University of Freiburg and we arrived to the Rathausplatz, one of the liveliest parts of the city. In this square is the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). It was not built until 1896 - 1901 because it was renovated a Renaissance building, which served many years as the administration building and faculty of the University founded in 1457. Later was transformed into Polyclinic and School of Anatomy. In the tower of the new central wing of the town hall carillon sounds daily at 12 noon.

Freiburg - Gerichtslaube

Freiburg - Gerichtslaube

From the square, down the street Turmstraße, we saw the Gerichtslaube, the oldest municipal building in the city, built in 1303. When we returned to the square again, we see the Old Town Hall (Alter Rathaus), built between years 1557 and 1559 when several old buildings werer joined. Originally the facade was completely painted. Since 2007, the building houses the tourist information office. The building has a striking red colour and a gold-colored watch.

Freiburg - Rathaus

Freiburg - Rathaus

In the Rathausplatz square is also the church of St. Martin (Martinskirche) of XIV century.We had a good time with the kids playing with the water that runs through the Bächle (small water-filled runnels). They are a serie of small artificial water courses crossing different streets of the old town. The bächle were used to supply usable water to the city. Today the streams are one of the main attractions of Freiburg. They also have a microclimatic influence, contributing to lower the temperature inside the city in hot summers.

Freiburg im Breisgau - Bächle Freiburg - Cathedral

Freiburg - Bächle and tower of the cathedral

Behind the church of San Martín, we moved down the street, where we found the impressive Whale House (Haus zum Walfisch), of red color, which highlights the gold of its portal and the bay window of its facade. Our tour continues towards the point of maximum interest in the city, the Münsterplatz (Cathedral Square). The Historisches Kaufhaus, or Historical Merchants Hall, is a Late Gothic building on the south side of Freiburg´s Münsterplatz. Built between 1520 and 1530 by Lienhart Müller.Its façade is decorated with statues and the coat of arms of four Habsburg emperors.The merchant halls have the same red color, on the facade, that the old town hall.

Freiburg - Porch of the Cathedral

Freiburg - Porch of the Cathedral

The cathedral of Freiburg was built fwas built in three stages, the first in 1120, second in 1210 and third in 1230. It is a Gothic building, although it was built over a former church, in Romanesque style, which even the transepts are preserved. In 1354 it began to built the new presbytery, but it was not until 1513 that ended the construction. The square bell plant takes the form of an octagonal pyramid that rises to 116 meters. The cathedral has the original stained glass from the Middle Ages.

Freiburg - Kaufhaus

Freiburg - Kaufhaus at Münsterplatz

Augustinermuseum (Augustiner Museum) was in his time a monastery of Augustinian eremites. Today is a modern museum that houses abundant material of paper: documents, maps, illustrations, etc.. of the city??. The museum also features numerous sculptures of the monasteries of Fribourg, tapestries, jewelry, original paintings and wood carvings. It also contains some showrooms that represent the way of life of the inhabitants of the eighteenth century, highlighting the exhibition of the porcelain figurines, artistic stoves and samovars for heating rooms and numerous mechanical watches adorning walls and furniture of the time.

Freiburg - Schneckenvorstadt

Freiburg - Schneckenvorstadt

For finish our visit to the city, we gone to the neighborhood of Schneckenvorstadt, a friendly place with several restaurants along the canal. Then we arrived to the Swabian gate (Schwabentor), next to which are the stairs that take you up to Mount Schlosberg, from which you can get a wonderful views over the city and the cathedral.

(in 132 Km.) Loffenau: We arrived to this city in which we spent the most nights of this trip.