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.