Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes!

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8th Aug 2015

The town is an entry point to black forest

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

The Martin's Gate

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Martinstor, one of the oldest gates to the town.

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Town with colorful houses

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

And dreamy streets

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Cobble stone pathways

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

And lot of such art works

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

some excellent antique shops

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

and some superb biergartens

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Lovable old town on the side of Driesam river.

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

artistic citizens

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

and an old fort, yes since 11th century

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

From Schlossberg, you can see whole of the city

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

And the surrounding Black Forest

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Beautiful views over the town

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

On way to the fortified castle, 450m

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

One of the hottest cities of Germany

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

And one of the most musical university towns

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Towards old fort

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

That Lannister sigil, again! No!

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

A young city, per se!

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

But, with older colors!

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

The Minster, looks quite similar to Strassbourg 's

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Very beautiful inside

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Gigantic and mesmerizing

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

quite crowded, but cannot be missed

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

some great stained glasses are housed here

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

and as I said, intricate and sophisticated work

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

The Muensterplatz is often crowded with festivities

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Historical storehouse

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

And some knights! :D

Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau: Music for eyes! by Megha Dhanusha

Freiburg im Breisgau is an old musical university town in the south of Germany. It can be roughly considered as the entry point to the Black Forest from west. Whereas it has all the charm to host you for an overnight stay (or multiple night stays, if you are interested in black forest locations near to it), you can cover most of it in few hours. Regular train connections on Deutsche Bahn can take you to the city main station (hbf), and it is well connected through bus routes also. For a day trip, Baden Wurttemberg Ticket is great, you can take regional bahns and public transport for a very reasonable price, and it also allows you to take a bus to nearby locations in the forest region.

The city has a rich history, from the era of Holy Roman Empire (when the region used to be part of Margrave of Baden) and as far as I know, it used to be a part of the Schwabia region of old Germany. History is just one part, the current conditioning of the city is an experience worth having. I always find it amazing how a tiny place with just simple buildings and some warm hospitality can leave an everlasting imprint on your soul. The city boasts of its university and the Cathedral.

You can walk or take a tram to the Muensterplatz, the historical heart of the city. This old cathedral will easily consume an hour or two of your visit's overall duration. The entry is free and there is a lot to see inside. The platz is most of the time active with festivities and if you happen to be there is summer then be ready to enjoy some local stuff from nearby regions (including France and Switzerland). We had some superb cider and bratwurst. Around the muenster is also the historical Kaufhaus and some other old buildings, and the way tiny streets end into this square is nice (well, not a new thing in Europe, but still!). Little far in different directions you can reach other historical locations of the town, i.e. Schwabentor & Martinstor (two oldest gates), Rathausplatz (the old townhall) etc.

The main attraction, literally at the top of the city, is the Schlossberg. An old fortified castle stood at around 450m on top of a hill since few centuries. Although the ruins are not available for the public view at present, there is a tower in place of it. The berg can be reached on foot, and you will cover some nice viewpoints. The view over the city from 100m and above is scenic! On a sunny day, you can spend hours sitting on the top or at an intermediate halt with a flagpost and compass. The top is windy and even though it is one of the warmest places in the country, you will love it. The panorama of Freiburg from this position is totally worth the effort of climbing. Well, to a certain height you can also take the lift placed there by a Biergarten (which again, is not bad if you are thirsty or hungry).

The town has Dreisam river passing through it. Old sewer canal (Bachle) runs through the whole city, and it is still well-preserved by the citizens. I was told that it keeps the surrounding cooler during summer but initially I did not believe it, given the size and amount of water. But, once you go through the colorful and musical streets, you will feel the coldness of water accompanying you on hot summer days. Children playing, and people sitting with their feet dipped in canal's water and huge mugs with some frothing coffee in hands. They call, it in America- FEEL!

Few of the famous and most scenic sections of Balck Forest can be reached by bus/train/car from this place in very short duration. We continued our trip from here to Titisee and then to Feldberg.

Freiburg is a place where I would always be ready to return, if for nothing then to just sit in shade, sip some good local wine and read a dreamy novel. Feel!

Deutsche Bahn HBF at Freiburg im Breisgau is an important one. You can reach here on ICE and Regionalbahn. We took a Baden Wurttenberg ticket and it was good enough for all the travelling we did ont he day.
Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau ZOB, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Freiburg im Breisgau ZOB, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
A few minutes walk from the hbf will take you city's oldest gate, Martin's gate. Apparently, it is there since the 13th century. However, a distasteful McDonald sits on the right, the view of this avenue is utter pleasure. Colors packed in so well in such a tiny space.
Photo of Martinstor, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Martinstor, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Martinstor, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Martinstor, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Martinstor, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Since 11th century, Schlossberg of Freiburg has been there. There was a fortified castle on the top of the hill, which is beautifully surrounded by greenery. You can climb up the hill to see the turm (tower). However while you do that, keep your eyes turned down to the city of Freiburg. From the top, around 450m, you can see most of the town and the surrounding forest. Breathtaking, I can tell you!
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Freiburg was created out of the old German region of Schwabia, and in the place of a church (since 12th century) a cathedral has been there in the heart of the city. Muenster (Minster) was constructed over 3-4 decades, and the style changed from Romanesque to Gothic over a period. It is one of the most beautiful cathedrals, at least from inside. The collection of stained glasses is enormous, and rarely will you find such intricate and huge ones.
Photo of Münster, Münsterplatz, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Münster, Münsterplatz, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Münster, Münsterplatz, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Münster, Münsterplatz, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Münster, Münsterplatz, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Münster, Münsterplatz, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Münster, Münsterplatz, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Tiny Dreisam river passes through the city and the locality around it is quite artistic. You can see some old buildings, some musical streets close to it. A unique feature of Freiburg is the Bachle (Kanal), which used to be sewer canal most probably during older days. But the city still preserves it and you will be amazed by the kind of feel it gives to the town.
Photo of Dreisamstraße, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Dreisamstraße, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Dreisamstraße, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
Photo of Dreisamstraße, Freiburg, Germany by Megha Dhanusha
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