Historic Old Town
Freiburg's history, which dates back to the 11th century, is still apparent in the city’s historic buildings and picturesque narrow streets. The medieval Swabian Gate, the elaborate facades of the buildings and, of course, the Freiburg Cathedral strike an exciting contrast to the city’s modern, trail-blazing architecture.
Darkness and the laughter of fools – the history of the Basler Hof is a very lively and moving one. At the end of the 15th century, numerous patrician houses had to be demolished to make room for the prestigious secular building commissioned as a townhouse by court chancellor Konrad Stürzel on behalf of the Austrian emperor Maximilian I.Details
The monumental building of the Archiepiscopal Ordinariate is truly beautiful. The main facade of colored sandstone extends some 80 meters along Schoferstrasse.Details
“It would be an unprecedented act of irreverence if one were to lay a hand on these venerable and impressive witnesses of Freiburg's most ancient history with the intention of tearing them down. [...]” These were the words of Lord Mayor Otto Winterer, shortly after taking office in 1888.Details
Freiburg has the great privilege of having several town halls. However, working out which one is which is not easy, given that the New Town Hall is older than the Old Town Hall, and the city’s oldest town hall is called the Gerichtslaube, or 'Old Court House'.Details