Freiburg im Breisgau. The name just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? This German town is tucked way down in Germany’s south west and serves as the entry point to the Black Forest – famous for its cake as well as its trees. It’s also mostly referred to as Freiburg as the whole name is a bit of a mouthful. Like the cake.
Freiburg is also notable for being the sunniest and warmest place in Germany, so the irony of the grey, damp weather for our visit was not lost on us.
However, we only had the one day to take in the sights of this thousand year old town, so we struck out onto the old cobbled streets for a wander. Here are some photos from that day for your enjoyment! Thoughts on places to get information for your visit to Freiburg can be found at the end.
The highlight of a trip to Freiburg is a visit to the Freiburg Munster, home to what is said to be the most beautiful spire on earth. Which was clad in scaffolding on our visit. Still, very pretty.
The other highlight of a visit to Freiburg is spending some time trying not to fall in the multiple little gutters, known as Bächle. Normally these are full of water but, despite the rain during our visit, they were all dry. Seriously Freiburg, what gives? You can find out more about the Bächle at Ctrl-Alt-Travel where Andy has a whole post on the subject!
The cobble streets of Freiburg have a unique way of showing which shops are which – via the use of cobble art! Can you guess which shops I was standing outside to take these photos?
Inside the Munster is just as pretty as it is outside.
Freiburg is one of the most cycle friendly European cities I’ve ever been in, with people whizzing all over the place on their bikes.
It’s an old town, and it has some funky buildings!
If it’s not watching out for bikes, it’s watching out for trams. A handy way to get around if you’re in more of a rush than we were.
The sun came out towards the end of our stay, although the sky remained fairly ominous.
Still, we did get a good sunset over the local brewery to finish the day with, which was nice!
And that was Freiburg! If you’re looking for things to do in Freiburg, check out Andrew’s posts on the subject over at Grounded Traveler. We stayed with Andy and his wife Ali, of Ali’s Adventures, for our two nights in Freiburg, and are very grateful to them for their splendid hospitality and intimate knowledge of the local watering holes!