Freiburg im Briesgau

With nearly a quarter million inhabitants and lots of them being a student using bikes, this is a lively city! We also did not expect so much other tourists and to be honest, we were not used to buzz anymore due to the pandemic and our isolation.

View on Freiburg im Briesgau, 1924. Photo: Kurt Hielscher.

Freiburg im Briesgau, 26th of April 2022. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

From the campsite Hirzberg that was quite packed, it is a 20 minute walk to the Schwabentor, the entry of the city center. Before I went to look out for the place Kurt Hielscher made his photo, we first made a stroll around the center. It was quite busy and we decided to wear our FFP2-masks. 

Kim and my youngest son strolling around Freiburg im Briesgau.

Then I left the rest of the family in the center and went to the cathedral by myself to check its surroundings and interior. The Freiburger Münster is 116 meters high and its height was already reached in 1340 AD. Since 1827 it is in use as a cathedral. 

The Historical Merchants' Hall, opposite of the Cathedral on the Münsterplatz.. 

Freiburg im Briesgau is famous for its Bächle, small canals running along every nearly every street in the Old City as you can see on the third photo below. The canals date back to 1120 AD and are fed by the Dreisam river. 

I went back to the Schwabentor and then up to the Schlosseberg, where Kurt Hielscher made his photo from the Kanonenplatz, I thought, but I went even further up to make sure it was not shot from the Ludwigshöhe. When I thought I turned out fine I jumped back down the city center, picked up my family and went back to the campsite with a lot of new impressions.  

View towards the other side.

It was a nice walk following the Dreisam river from the campsite into the city center.

Below: View on Freiburg im Briesgau. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher