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Day 2

Today's itinerary begins at the 'Bertoldsbrunnen' (Bertold's fountain). But don’t be expecting a large fountain and classic basin! “Berti,” as the monument to the city’s founders is also called, is more of a geographical place name for locals. You could be forgiven for thinking that 99 percent of Freiburgers meet up with partners, friends and colleagues at the Bertoldsbrunnen - the intersection of Kaiser-Joseph-Strasse, Salzstrasse and Bertoldstrasse is by far the busiest place in Freiburg. All the city’s tram lines also intersect here.

           

Your route takes you along the main shopping street to Martinstor (Martin’s Gate), one of Freiburg's two remaining city gates. At the end of the 19th century, citizens pushed for the demolition of the medieval defense towers. However, the mayor at the time, Otto Winterer, was able to prevent this, even extending the Martinstor upward. Instead of demolishing the city gate, he increased it from 22 to 63 meters.

                      

Go past the Martinstor and turn left into the Gerberau and then into the Fischerau. This district is affectionately known as “Klein Venedig”, or Little Venice, among locals. What was once the busy neighborhood of the "Schneckenvorstadt," where skilled tradesmen from various guilds lived and worked, is today an area of total tranquility. Freiburg’s Bächle streams ripple through the narrow streets, lined with lovely old facades, cozy cafés and little boutiques. Ducks paddle in the cool waters while sparrows skip around the cobblestones. In one store, you’ll find foxes, chickens, dogs and pigs – they are all right at home in the Barleben family’s hand puppet store! And be careful: a crocodile has been swimming in the Gewerbekanal since 2001, and not a toy one!

Follow the Gerberau to the Augustinerplatz. By day a quiet scene, but come evenings in summer, young Freiburgers converge here for an evening beer. For some 100 years, the former Augustinian monastery has been home to the Augustinermuseum, possibly Freiburg’s most prestigious museum. The former monastery church and modern wing house an impressive art collection featuring works spanning the period from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era, as well as 19th-century paintings. The nearly 12-meter high white walls of the nave display original depictions of the prophets and gargoyles of Freiburg Cathedral to great mystical effect. The Augustinermuseum is open daily (except Mondays) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum has been under renovation for the past few years, so check before your visit which exhibition rooms are currently open, either here (link to the Museum) or at the Tourist Information office.

                
A wide selection of cafes and restaurants can be found in the area around the Augustinerplatz and “Little Venice”. Take a break and grab a bite to eat before you head out into nature for your afternoon excursion.

                 
Follow the Schlossbergring, which brings you to the Stadtgarten (Municipal Park). In fine weather, the green spaces of the beautifully landscaped park transform into a picnic meadow, yoga center and concert hall. The Stadtgarten’s most famous resident is the drake, to which a monument stands in the middle of a small pond. The drake is said to have saved the lives of thousands of people during the air raid of November 27, 1944, by sending out a warning with its loud quacking.

               
From the Stadtgarten, hike up the Schlossberg – the entryway to the Black Forest. Or opt for the fast, comfortable way to “climb” Freiburg’s local mountain on the Schlossberg Railway, which transports you up to the top in just three minutes. Not only does the vista afford a beautiful view over Freiburg all the way to the Vosges Mountains, there is also the chance to stop off in one of the Schlossberg’s restaurants. Take your time and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the forest to the Kanonenplatz, which also offers a fabulous panorama. A winding path connects the Kanonenplatz to the Greiffenegg-Schlössle restaurant, the perfect place in summer to enjoy a drink at sunset! A pedestrian bridge takes you back to downtown.