Wandering around the charming historical old town is a delight. Then make your way to one of the many cafés, guest houses or inviting pubs to enjoy the local cuisine and hospitality.
A 'must' on any sightseeing tour has to be Freiburg Minster. Construction of the Minster began in 1200, but the Gothic-style high altar was not completed and consecrated until 1513. The Minster's narrow tower is visible far beyond the old town. Don't miss the historical Merchants' Hall on the Münsterplatz, which was constructed between 1520 and 1532.
A few steps further along are the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), which in the 13th century provided office space for the town clerks, and the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), which is in fact no newer than the Old Town Hall, and which served as a 'Collegium Universitatis' (university college) until as late as the 18th century.
Freiburg is characterised by its 'Bächle', the small water channels that flow through the old town. These were probably originally intended to supply service water, and to carry away waste water. Today, they mainly serve to create a pleasant atmosphere in the summer, and are a playground for young and old alike.
The old town attracts three million visitors every year. Freiburg is the gateway to the Black Forest, and is known for its mild, sunny climate.
The cultural landscape of the 'little' city, as Freiburg is also known, ensures year-round appeal with various theatres, museums and exhibitions. Distance: around 50 kilometres by car via the A5 heading south, or by train from Lahr station to Freiburg Hauptbahnhof (central station), with trains generally running every half hour.
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