The next stop in my tour of Bavaria and the Black Forest with my parents in 1984 brought us to Freiburg, and this is the “Martinstor” one of Freiburg’s original city gates; founded in the year 1120 as a “free market town,” Freiburg sits on the southwestern edge of the Black Forest.
The spire of the Freiburg Münster rises 116 meters above the city, which was originally started in 1120 and completed around the year 1513.
The Freiburg Münster on the “Münsterplatz” or Cathedral Square in the historic city center, officially became a cathedral in the year 1827 – and is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture.
Freiburg Münster’s beautiful stained glass windows were donated by the guilds of Freiburg, and incorporate many symbols of craftsmen – like the baker symbology in this window.
This stained glass window seems to incorporate the symbology of the local shoe makers, one of the guilds that donated the window to the cathedral.
Although the city center of Freiburg was damaged during WWII, the Freiburg Münster fortunately escaped without major damage – including these stained glass windows.
Freiburg has a daily farmer’s market six days a week in the old city on the “Münsterplatz” or Cathedral Square; and the red building with the turrets is the “Historisches Kaufhaus” – an official part of the market since 1532.
This is Freiburg’s “Altes Rathaus” or “Old City Hall” which was built in 1558; and the city also has the sight and sound of running water flowing through these open gutters that have been used since the Middle Ages.
This picture shows another beautiful example of historic architecture in Freiburg with its highly decorated facade, including a pair of statues that have been staring at each other since the day they were installed.
A beautiful example of historic architecture along with a carved stone fountain in Freiburg, which is one of the main cities of the Black Forest along with Baden-Baden, a famous spa town further to the north that was our final stop on this tour.
The Hotel am Markt was our hotel on the Market Square across from the Stiftskirche, the main church downtown Baden-Baden; during our visit to this famous spa and casino city in the northern part of the Black Forest near the border with France.
A rainy day in Baden-Baden emphasizes the beautiful fish scale roof shingles and window boxes on this vine covered building, which is a nice example of German architecture.
A view of Baden-Baden looking out from my hotel room’s window across the city on an overcast day – in this city of hills, spas and casinos.
This is the “Neues Schloss” or “New Castle” a former residence of the Margraves of Baden-Baden from the 15th Century, with beautiful views from its hilltop perch across the city.