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Photos in Historic Freiburg, Germany - Flavor of a Day

Updated on December 31, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Freiburg, Germany
Freiburg, Germany | Source

Freiburg, Germany

This post pertains to visiting Freiburg, Germany and sharing some impressions of a day spent there with friends.

In May of 1997 my German girlfriend and her brother took me on a one day sightseeing tour in the southwest part of Germany. One of the towns that they wanted me to see was Freiburg. This is in a corner of Germany that is bordered by France and Switzerland.

On our way to that destination we enjoyed beautiful scenery consisting of traveling through some of the Black Forest area which is covered with dense trees. Some of them are so thick that seen from a distance they almost look black and thus the name.

Freiburg, Germany
Freiburg, Germany | Source

Kaiserstuhl

The Kaiserstuhl area of Germany is a rolling hill area thickly planted with grapevines. It is truly beautiful. Obviously many people earn their living growing and harvesting grapes and wine making is the end result. In fact vineyards are to be seen everywhere surrounding the town of Freiburg.

Kaiserstuhl terrain
Kaiserstuhl terrain | Source

Freiburg

Freiburg is called the Capitol of the Black Forest area. Wine connoisseurs and gourmets like to visit this area and absorb the culinary delights of the region. Thirty five different trade fairs are held in Freiburg during the year primarily because of its mild climate.

Freiburg, Germany
Freiburg, Germany | Source

University Town

Freiburg is a University town and has become a cultural center in this part of Germany.

It sports a concert hall, a jazz house and other theater venues. Music festivals to wine festivals to carnivals can all be enjoyed at various times of the calendar year.

University in Freiburg
University in Freiburg | Source

The Old Quarter

The Old Quarter has cobblestoned streets and only foot traffic is allowed. Racks of bicycles are to be seen and many people in this town choose that mode of transportation.

Every type of store can be found in this old section including department stores, specialty shops, bookstores, etc. They even have a McDonalds but the outside blends beautifully with the other older architectural styles of the buildings. No golden arches here!

What a pleasure to be walking along without the noise and danger of having to also contend with motorized vehicles.

McDonald's in Freiburg
McDonald's in Freiburg | Source

Museums

Freiburg has a great number of museums for a town that size.

  • They have a Natural History Museum
  • A museum dedicated to Mining
  • Another featuring Archeology
  • and even a small Tin Figures Collection that showcases 8,000 hand painted tin figures recreating scenes from the history of that town and region.

We did not have enough time to visit any of these museums but rather enjoyed the ambiance of the Old Quarter walking among the twisted lanes and streets absorbing the beauty of the place.

Window boxes planted with flowers are frequently seen.
Window boxes planted with flowers are frequently seen. | Source

At one point I decided that I was running short of film for the day. My friend suggested going into a department store to purchase more film that would work in my camera.

I was surprised (coming from the United States) to see dogs accompanying "their people" inside the store. German Shepherds to small poodles and practically every type of breed was to be seen.

On this trip I had already gotten used to seeing dogs (and even cats) in restaurants. One does not see that in the United States.

Searching for more film in that department store we experienced something no one would relish. We got stuck in an elevator!

My friend's brother had remained outside and was probably wondering what could possibly be taking us so long. Fortunately it was only about 15 minutes before the elevator started to creek and rumble its way back down to the ground floor. But 15 minutes can seem like an eternity to be stuck in any elevator I can assure you!We were both happy to see the light of day again outside.

Freiburg, Germany
Freiburg, Germany | Source

Open Air Market

We just happened to be there on a Saturday. Lucky for us because although there is a fresh open air market most weekdays, additional vendors come to present their offerings each Saturday making it a very special day to be in attendance.

Besides the usual we got to view the following at different vendors:

  • Flowers and Herbs
  • Baked breads
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • and Potted Plants.

One can find vendors that offer all types of handmade goodies such as these:

  • Hand Carved Wooden Toys
  • Ceramic Bowls
  • All types of Pottery.

You name it and it is here and for sale. Musicians perform live concerts in the streets making this a delight for all the senses.

Open air market in Freiburg, Germany
Open air market in Freiburg, Germany | Source

Shoppers carry an array of their own containers to take their purchases back home with them. Baskets filled to the brim along with every type of satchel and bag filled with goodies are transported by the locals. They reuse them each time they go shopping.

Much greener approach than what most people still do over here in the United States, sad to say! We should all learn how to be better caretakers of our small planet such as these inhabitants of this town are doing.

Tents were opened and tables and chairs were set up on the streets so that people could sit down and enjoy a snack if they wished.

Time seems slower and somehow more enjoyable when one can feast one's eyes on the very colorful array of offerings and savor each moment in a 12th century town such as Freiburg.

A picnic lunch had been packed for us which we later enjoyed at a roadside table overlooking a vineyard so we only purchased a banana at one of the stalls that day.

We also enjoyed an ice cream cone while watching the people on this market day enjoying their cones filled with every variety of chilled flavorful iced delight.

Market days like this are also times when the local people get to gather together and catch up on visiting with one's friends and the farmers and craftsmen displaying their goods for sale. Because this is regularly scheduled and people get to know each other this is as much of a social event as well as a mandatory trip to fill one's pantry and larder. What a delightful way to live!

Freiburg town hall square
Freiburg town hall square | Source

Spargel Time

The absolute vegetable highlight of the year and one celebrated by locals in their own homes and by chefs in all the restaurants is the "King of Vegetables." During the months of April and May it is spargel time otherwise known as asparagus season. Thick as a man's thumb and white spargel is served in all types of gustatory creations. To keep its white appearance it is grown below ground in rounded mounds of earth. Sunlight hitting it would turn it green.

One traditional way it is served in Germany is by having it steamed and served along with boiled potatoes. Browned butter is the accompaniment. My friend ordered that dish in a restaurant one day while I picked the spargel risotto to eat.

Chefs try and come up with new and different ways to serve it each year. It becomes a feast on tables all throughout Germany once grown and harvested each spring.

White asparagus called spargel in Germany
White asparagus called spargel in Germany | Source

Munsterplatz

The Old Quarter is centered around the Munsterplatz and the focal point of all of Freiburg is to be found right in the center of this. Called The Minster this Gothic designed church with its towering spire that is 116 meters tall dominates the landscape both up close and as viewed from a distance.

Exterior of Freiburg Minster
Exterior of Freiburg Minster | Source

It has intricate carvings on the outside of the building and and like all Gothic architecture, its soaring interior makes one feel quite small. Colorful stained glass windows and a beautifully painted fresco high above the altar at the front add to the high columned interior.

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Intricate carvings on the outside of The Minster Church in Freiburg, Germany
Intricate carvings on the outside of The Minster Church in Freiburg, Germany | Source
And more carvings on The Minster Church in Freiburg, Germany
And more carvings on The Minster Church in Freiburg, Germany | Source

My friends and guides said that we had to move along after about 2 1/2 hours spent in Freiburg as they had much more to show me that day. This is definitely a town where one could enjoy spending more time.

One could leisurely take in some of the cultural attractions as well as hiking into the countryside. The many restaurants offering good food and wine would encourage some people to linger. If one were to be there during one of the festivals or carnivals that would add extra excitement.

An interesting little stream of water runs through many of the streets in the Old Quarter and perhaps other areas as well. It is clear looking water that is contained between the sidewalks and the cobblestone streets.

One often sees the children walking barefoot stepping in and out of the water. In the summertime it probably helps to cool them off and would feel quite refreshing. The little streams are known as "Bachle."

Rainwater runoff runs through channels in the streets of Freiburg
Rainwater runoff runs through channels in the streets of Freiburg | Source

Would I go back to this part of Germany and enjoy seeing more? In a heartbeat my answer would be a resounding "yes!" Would I recommend it to others? Again yes!

Hope you picked up a little flavor of the day spent in Freiburg, Germany and enjoyed seeing some photos of that pretty city.

Have you ever visited Freiburg?

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Fodor's Germany (Full-color Travel Guide)
Fodor's Germany (Full-color Travel Guide)

Prior to visiting my friend in Germany, I found this book to be very informative and valuable. I always like to research a place before vacationing there.

 

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      In many of the small towns in Germany people do not speak English...so my friend was the translator. On our rail trip to Switzerland the tour guide was speaking German...so once again my friend was there to do some translating. It certainly made the trip even more enjoyable.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Yes, traveling to a foreign country with a native is a big advantage.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      It was certainly a thrill of a lifetime seeing Freiburg and other parts of Germany as well as Switzerland with my long time German friend.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Great photos. Freiburg looks like a storybook place. It must have been a wonder walking through this ancent city.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Indian Chef,

      I was so fortunate to have a friend who lives in Germany introduce me to places like Freiburg and other places. It was a trip of a lifetime for me. Hope you get to travel to your desired places in Europe and Australia someday. Traveling is so much fun as well as educational. Thanks for your 5 star rating and the share on FB.

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      Indian Chef 

      5 years ago from New Delhi India

      Peggy like always your pictures are outstanding and make me feel like visiting this place too. Germany has always been on my list of places I want to visit..Infact there are many places in Europe and Australia I would love to visit. Rated 5 star and sharing on FB

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vox vocis,

      What a small world...the fact of your husband originally coming from Freiburg, Germany! I also liked that McDonald's sign on that pretty house as compared to the Golden Arches which are iconic and typical. Certainly blends in better! Enjoy your Octoberfest activities with your visiting brother. Many German restaurants celebrate Octoberfest over here all during the month of October. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jasmine 

      6 years ago

      I'd certainly like to visit Freiburg one day. My hubbie was born there but he moved with his family to a small place near Frankfurt when he was just a little boy. Frankfurt is not that nice compared to Freiburg. We'll probably go to München this weekend to visit his sister because my brother is here and we were planning to show him around the city and go to the Octoberfest (you must have heard about it).

      P.S. I find the McDonalds sign on that fairy tale looking house so cute :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Wooden Toys for Children,

      Hope by now you have gotten to visit the very scenic town of Freiburg in Germany. The surrounding area of the Black Forest is also so beautiful. Sorry for the late response. For some reason this went into the spam folder and was not discovered until today. Thanks for your comment.

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      Wooden Toys for Children 

      8 years ago

      Hi Peggy, I stumbled upon your page when looking for Freiburg's Disease how funny, it is not a serious condition so don't worry! This is a great feature I have never visited Germany despite living so near in the UK! This place looks lovely, I have always liked the idea of Germany but never got round to it, I am now inspired to visit Freiburg and the surrounding Black Forest area.

      Thanks

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Nieceofafreiburger,

      Oh you are so fortunate to have an aunt and uncle living in that beautiful city of Freiburg, Germany! They can undoubtedly lead you to where these pictures were taken as it was pretty much the center of town. Enjoy your visit and thanks for the nice comment.

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      Nieceofafreiburger 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for this travel log! I'll be visiting my aunt and uncle who live in Freiburg in May 2010, and although I've been there twice before, it has been about 15 years since my last visit. I'll certainly use a lot of your tips on places and things to see while I'm there. Thanks again -- this was lovely!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello LRobbins,

      Visiting Freiburg, Germany was definitely a dream come true for me and especially being there as a tourist with a German friend and her brother. Glad you liked this. Hope you get to see it in person some day for yourself.

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      Laurel 

      8 years ago from Germany

      It looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing your time there. I would definitely love to go.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi loveroflife,

      I agree that if one cannot be there in person to visit cities like Freiburg, Germany, then seeing pictures of it and seeing what it is like through others efforts in portraying the flavor of it through their eyes is second best. Thanks for taking this journey and leaving a comment.

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      lopveroflife 

      8 years ago

      Historic European cities like Freiburg are always a pleasure to visit even if it is only a virtual tour through your hub. Thanks.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Melody, Glad that you liked this hub regarding Freiburg. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Melody Lagrimas 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Peggy, thanks for this very informative and entertaining hub. I have never been to Germany or any other country except my own for that matter.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Amy, Yes I have been to Rothenburg and I intend to write a hub about that some day. It is gorgeous and what makes it unique is that it was one area that escaped the bombing done during the war. My friend and I also did some walking on the wall. Great views!

      If Germany is your second favorite country, what is your first?

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      Amy G 

      9 years ago

      Hi Peggy - My husband has taken me to Germany twice. I didn't visit this town but was in the area. I wondered if you had ever been to Rothenburg. It's similar in it's beauty and historic value, but completely surrounded by a tall stone wall. It's awesome... And after reading your story I want to go back ASAP! Thanks for the memories of my 2nd favorite country!

      Amy

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Agreed! They tend to eat what is in season and celebrate it.

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      Scott757200 

      9 years ago from Somewhere New Everyday!

      I agree with you so much about our food over here. On a scale of 1 to 10 its about a 4. I especially like the markets you can find all over Europe on the weekends for fresh produce. You just can't beat it!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Yes Scott, I definitely had spargel......several times in fact. And you are correct about the great bread. Makes most of what we eat over here pale in comparison. Thanks for visiting!

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      Scott757200 

      9 years ago from Somewhere New Everyday!

      Isn't Germany great? I really like the smaller towns like Freiburg. Did you have some fresh spargel? Man its good! The Germans are GREAT bakers too......I'm getting hungry....love the pictures!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      So happy that this brought back good memories for you Judi.

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      Judi Orrson 

      9 years ago

      What a great description of a place I'd visited many, many years ago during my "good ol' airline days." We started in Amsterdam and drove along the dike then through Germany, south to Fussan (spelled incorrectly, I'm sure) by Lake Catherine, then up to Munich for Oktoberfest. I still have the miniature schnauzer statue that I bought in Freiberg on my bookcase shelf. Thanks for the memory!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Renate,

      Considering that you grew up in Germany...that compliment means even more to me. Thanks for commenting.

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      Renate Newman 

      9 years ago

      Peggy, very nicely put together, enjoyed it very much.

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