War, world domination, and likewise are the thoughts that come to our mind when we hear of Germany. Its contribution is such a huge part of world history that it is hard to ignore it. One of the many beautiful historical cities in Germany is Freiburg. This wonderful city has a lot to offer to its tourists. If you have been wondering about the things you could do around here, we recommend you the following list of 10 amazing things to take into consideration.
1. Relishing Architecture at its Best
If you are an architecture enthusiast, Freiburg is the place you should visit. Long story short, it is an architectural dreamland, and no one would say otherwise. To begin with, take into consideration the majestic Freiburg Minster. Standing tall at 116 meters, this building defines and dominates the Freiburg skyline. Next comes the Merchants’ Hall, which is another stunning example of magnificent German architecture. Also, there are the two well-known medieval gates Schwabentor and Martinstor – both well noted for their remarkable architecture. While the former was built with red sandstone, the latter is an excellent example of gothic architecture. They, too, grace the Freiburg skyline and add immense historical value to it.
2. Bachle Tempts You Dipping Your Foot in it
Have you ever dreamt of dipping your foot in a gutter? Wait. What? A gutter? Yes. The old town of Freiburg is filled with many such narrow gutters – filled with clean water coming from the river Dreisam. Kids love to go splish splash in them. There’s a child in each one of us. So, go for it! It will truly refresh you. Also, the legend here says that if you accidentally dip your foot in a Bachle, you will eventually marry a local!
3. Augustinian Monastery with a Gallery Within
You heard it right – a gallery within a monastery! Unique as well as charming, isn’t it? Well, if you are an art enthusiast, you should pay a visit to this place. You will love the art gallery at the Augustinian Monastery. Not only is the collection in this gallery very unique, but also, this place has an ambiance that will capture your soul. In this gallery, you will see not only remarkable art from the Middle Ages but also of other ages up to the Baroque days. This gallery also showcases several wonderful paintings by legendary German Renaissance artists.
4. Schlossbergbahn and Some Adventure
What used to protect the city of Freiburg from invasions has now become a major tourist attraction. The beautiful funicular railway is worth paying a visit to. It not only offers a great scenic view but also, its destination – Schlossbergturm offers a stunning view. From this tower, you can get a panoramic view of the whole historic city. Don’t worry, it is a very short trip up there and would not take up much of your travel time. It only takes three minutes for the train to take you up from the base of the hill to the tower. And all along, you will come close to nature too.
5. Treat Yourself to International Cuisine at Markthalle
Tours call for great food, and Markthalle is there to provide you with some delicious international cuisine. This lovely spot that comes alive mainly in the evenings is what every foodie dreams of. It’s all about food, food, and more food. And you are left with a plethora of choices. From French to Indian to Brazilian, name the cuisine, and you will find it. Tasty, isn’t it? You could also go for a taste of authentic German food.
6. A Train-Ride Sounds Fun
Have you visited Freiburg if you have not taken the legendary train ride to Donaueschingen via the Dreisam River Valley? Call the ride epic, dramatic, or whatever you wish. The truth is that this journey from Hell Valley Railway is a complete experience in itself. It is an experience that you will never be able to forget. It is Germany’s steepest rail line at an altitude of 278 meters to 885 meters.
7. Explore Freiburg Minster
Here in the city, the Freiburg Minster is a must-visit. The cathedral’s construction had begun around the year 1200. It is the one and the only Gothic church tower in Germany that has survived to the present day. How amazing is that? Go inside and take a look at the chapels and the stain glass windows. They will mesmerize you for sure. You can even opt for the open tour of the cathedral on Monday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 pm.
8. History and Munsterplatz
If you have been to Freiburg Minster, there is no way in which you could miss out on the historic Munsterplatz. It is the pedestrian square that is the absolute heart of the city. Several historical monuments surround the beautiful cobbled square, is a part of the same. It had almost completely burned down during the fateful Second World War. But, thankfully, it has revived over the years. It has now become a major crowd puller of the city not only because of its history but also because a jostling market is set up here on every other day of the week but Sundays.
9. Unwind Yourself at the Seepark
If you are looking for an opportunity to come close to nature and let it whisper in your ear, Seepark is just the suitable place for you to visit. The 35-hectare park offers immense opportunities that allow you to relax, unwind, and enjoy in the lap of nature. It has something or the other for both the young and the old. No one will return empty-handed or disappointed from here. You could go for a quiet stroll around the peaceful lake, or you could sit on one of the benches and relax. It will soothe you.
10. Go for the Wonderful Cable Car
When in Freiburg, you have got to experience the cable car here. The fact is that this cable car is Germany’s longest at 3.6 kilometers. The cable car is 1284 meters high and gives you a beautiful panoramic view of the city. The trip lasts 20 minutes, and even the kids can be a part of this trip.
Freiburg is a city that you should visit at some time in your life. It will mesmerize you with its medieval and Renaissance charm and will also welcome you with open arms into the lap of nature. You will no doubt love to be a part of the trip.