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Day 1

Welcome! Your tour of Freiburg starts with an explosive story in the middle of the Old Town, on what is now the Rathausplatz. On this site in the middle of the 14th century, the Franciscan monk Berthold Schwarz supposedly invented gunpowder by chance. According to legend, he was conducting alchemical experiments and left a mixture made of saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal on top of the stove. The mixture then exploded shortly thereafter. While this anecdote might not be entirely accurate, a monument to the monk graces the square in front of the Martinskirche (St. Martin’s Church).

Directly opposite is Freiburg’s town hall, or town halls, as the city boasts not just one seat of government but several. The Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) is located on the left side and comprises two connected majestic Renaissance buildings, constructed between 1539 and 1545.

Just next to it is the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), which is now home to the Tourist Information office. We are available here to answer any questions, provide you with a city map and brochures or tell you about events taking place in Freiburg during your stay. Please stop by! Just look for the striking red sandstone facade.

From the Rathausplatz, stroll towards Kaiser-Joseph-Strasse, Freiburg’s main shopping street, past the Haus zum Walfisch (The Whale House). If you have time and are curious, see if you can find the small monkey that is figuratively taking a bite of the “sour apple,” a German expression equivalent to “swallowing a bitter pill.”

From here, you can already see the top of the Cathedral’s spire in the distance. To reach Freiburg's landmark, simply walk along Marktgasse or Münsterstrasse, or follow the aroma of the “Lange Rote.” Freiburg’s own sausage specialty is produced locally, as are most of the products at the Münstermarkt farmers' market, open daily between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (except Sundays and public holidays). Take a meandering stroll around the Cathedral, amidst market stands brimming with fresh fruits, vegetables, fragrant herbs and flowers, and admire some of the historical buildings from across the centuries, such as the elaborate 16th century Historisches Kaufhaus (Historical Merchants' Hall); the Kornhaus, built around 1500; or the Baroque Erzbischöfliches Palais (Archiepiscopal Palace). You will be wowed by the architectural legacy of the Münsterplatz.


Of course, the Cathedral itself also offers a lot to discover. Admire the “most beautiful spire on earth,” or see if you can find the Cathedral’s most famous gargoyle, the “Hinternentblößer,” which could translate as “Buttocks Flasher.” The naked human figure sticks out its uncovered hindquarters toward the viewer, allegedly the work of a stonemason who might have been trying to express his outrage at insufficient or late wages.


If you would like to see the inside of the Cathedral, it is open to visitors on weekdays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 4:00 pm, as well as from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. Tours can also be booked at the Tourist Information office.

The restaurants lining the Münsterplatz all offer lunch menus, or what about a grilled “Lange Rote” sausage from the market? Another lunch option for Freiburgers is located on the way to the next sight, the Martinstor (Martin’s Gate). Leave the Münsterplatz on the south side. Various narrow streets lead to Salzstrasse and then to Grünwälderstrasse. Here you will find the entrance to the Markthalle, in a small courtyard just in front of the Martinstor. Umpteen chefs, each with their own stand, cook up delicacies from Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.


After a well-deserved meal, continue walking away from the city center through the Martinstor, one of the two remaining medieval city gates. On the left side is the former “Schneckenvorstadt” district, the home and workplace of all types of skilled tradesmen. Take some time to stroll along the picturesque Gerberau and Fischerau streets and enjoy the charming atmosphere of the historical streetscape and idyllic babbling “Bächle” streams. "Klein Venedig", or Little Venice, is what the Freiburgers call this charming neighborhood full of small cafés and charming boutiques. But watch out for wild animals! A crocodile has been swimming in the Gewerbebach stream since 2001.

The Gerberau leads to the Augustinerplatz, a favorite place for young Freiburgers to gather after work in the summer for a beer. The steps on the square and a few cafés are ideal places to sit down and chat. “Augustiner,” as the square is called, is also home to the museum of the same name – an architectural jewel creating an aesthetic link between the surrounding historical and modern buildings, and boasting a reputation extending beyond the city's limits. The wide-ranging collection of historical art and cultural exhibits from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era makes the Augustinermuseum one of the most important museums in southern Germany.

At the end of Salzstrasse, just a stone’s throw away, is the Gasthaus “Zum Roten Bären,” the oldest inn in Germany. More than 700 years ago, merchants, travelers and locals would dine in this elegant three-story baroque building.

Continue along Salzstrasse away from the downtown area and you’ll soon come to the second medieval town gate, the Schwabentor, or Swabian Gate, which was built in the 13th century as part of the city defenses to protect its citizens. With a little patience, you’ll find a small relief above the gate’s portal, the “Boy with Thorn” (Dornenauszieher). The figure with an oversized head and no neck grimaces with a tortured expression while he pulls out a thorn from his foot. This symbol from antiquity serves as a reminder not to stray from the right path. You can then head in the other direction along Salzstrasse until you reach the Bertoldsbrunnen (Bertold’s Fountain), the main