Woke at 8am. It is cloudy but no rain. Today we will visit another town in the Black Forest region, Freiburg. This city was highly recommended by Rick Steve’s so we must go, don’t you know!
At 9:30am, we hopped on the bus to go to the train station. My DH purchased our tickets using one of the machines at the station. We were on the train within 30 minutes – we are getting good at European train travel!
We arrived in Freiburg around noon. The sky was still cloudy, but so far there was no rain. We took the easy 20 minute walk from the train station to the city center. At the city center, we found the Tourist Office and got a map. Because of its scenic beauty and easy access to the Black Forest, Freiburg is a hub for regional tourism. The city is known for its unusual system of gutters that run throughout its center (once used to provide water to fight fires and feed livestock). It is also the sister city to Madison, Wisconsin (the university has a dining hall that looks like a Freiburg beer garden — I know, I’ve been there!).
We decided to take the Rick Steve’s walking tour to hit all the main sites in the city. Frankly, there is not a lot to see in Freiburg but it is a charming Germany town nonetheless — here are some pictures I took while on our walk:
One of the “must sees” in Freiburg is the Freiburg Minster Cathedral, and we saw it! It is the only Gothic church in Germany that was completed in the Middle Ages (1330), and miraculously, has lasted until the present, surviving the bombing raids of November 1944, which destroyed all of the houses on the west and north side of the market (80% of the city was destroyed during WWII). This Cathedral is known for its bell tower (which holds 16 bells that were used to warn the city of air raids) and nave windows which were donated by the the city’s guilds (the symbols of the guilds are featured within the glass).
We left Freiburg around 4:30pm and were back in Baden-Baden by 5:30pm. Like Freiburg on a Sunday, Baden-Baden was also quiet with the majority of the stores closed and few restaurants open. We stayed in our hotel room and ate cookies as we caught up on news, e-mails, and rest. Tomorrow we travel to Strasbourg – yep, we are heading back into France!
Quote of the day: “Is it Freiburg or Friedburg? I can’t keep it straight!” — Anna. FYI, it just so happens, there is a Friedburg, Germany right outside of Munich (best known for the Army base where Elvis Presley was stationed while in the Army), but we weren’t there.