Freiburg Journals

Grussen (Greetings) From the Schwarzwald!

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A May 2011 trip to Freiburg by Wildcat Dianne

Freiburg Minster - Freiburger Munster Photo, Freiburg, Germany More Photos
Quote: My final leg of my 2011 European vacation took me to the Schwarzwald region of Germany. Enjoy these entries from Freiburg, Staufen, and the Tittisee!

Freiburg: The Sunniest Town in Germany

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City gate (Tor)--Freiburg, Germany Photo, Freiburg, Germany
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I spent six days in the Freiburg area soaking in the culture and history of this ancient capital of the Schwartzwald that is also famous for its university that caters to about 30,000 students every year. Here is my take on this fabulous little city of about 210,000 people and some of my highlights of what is known to Germans as "the sunniest town in Germany because of its location, it is sunny weather in Freiburg most days of the year.I arrived in Freiburg on one of many trips into the city via the tram at Vauban, which is a new suburb of the city that used to be a French Army base. After World War II, Freiburg was occupied by French troops and their headquarters were located at Vau...Read More

Freiburg Minster - Freiburger Munster

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Attraction | "Going Gothic In Freiburg "

Freiburg Minster - Freiburger Munster Photo, Freiburg, Germany
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One of the most popular places in Freiburg, Germany is its Gothic Munster--The Freiburger Munster. Located in Freiburg's Munsterplatz, its lacy sandstone spires and flying buttresses make it one of the most recognizable sights in Freiburg as you arrive by train or bus.The Munster was my first stop on my trip to Freiburg. Arriving in the Munsterplatz, one almost gets a case of whiplash having to just about bend over backwards to see the high spires of the Munster including the tallest spire, the Munsterturm or Cathedral Tower. Construction of the Freiburger Munster began around 1200 by the last Duke of Zahringen. It was originally built in the Romanesque style of archit...Read More

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Freiburg Minster - Freiburger Munster
Munsterplatz
Freiburg

Lake Titisee

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Attraction | "A Tourist Trap With a Name That Makes One Chuckle."

Lake Titisee Photo, Black Forest, Germany
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If I was travelling in the Schwarzwald alone that day in May, I would have skipped the visit to Lake Titisee altogether, but the person I was with that day insisted on a stop there before heading back to Freiburg. After reading all of the travel books about Lake Titisee says it is a big tourist trap full of tourists, restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops that sells mostly cheesy and expensive souvenirs, I can only say one thing about my experience in Lake Titisee, "Been there, done that, don't want to do it again!"After a nice morning in Saint Blasien, I arrived at Lake Titisee after passing a town on the train named Aha. Imagine living in Aha and someone asks you where you are from....Read More

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Lake Titisee
Black Forest
Baden-Württemberg

A Quick Layover in Saint Blasien

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Dom Sankt Blasien Photo, St. Blasien, Germany
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When you are ever traveling anywhere in the world, the best way to see the hidden gems of any country you visit is by train. That's what I did the Friday in May that I was in the Schwarzwald area of Germany in the Baden-Wurtenburg state. On the way to visiting Lake Titisee, the tourist trap resort town, I made a short stop at the little spa village of Saint Blasien (or Sankt Blasien as it is known in German).I got an early start that morning and took the train to St. Blasien with my guide who wanted to visit his father, who was a rehabilitation spa in St. Blasien, which is known for its 18th Century Baroque cathedral Dom Sankt Blasius, and curative spas for several ailme...Read More

Cafe Atlantik

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Restaurant | "A Punk Restaurant with Interesting Restrooms."

Cafe Atlantik Photo, Freiburg, Germany
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Rachael Ray always says when you travel and are looking for a good place to eat, ask the locals. That's what I did when I was visiting Freiburg and needed a good and inexpensive restaurant to eat dinner at that wasn't going to drain my wallet. A local suggested that I eat in Cafe Atlantika, a restaurant that caters to punk bands and locals and tourists who live the hippy dippy lifestyle. That's me! So the Friday night I was in Freiburg, I went to dinner at Cafe Atlantika.Once I entered Cafe Atlantika, I was able to seat myself. The waitress brought me a menu, and I was able to peruse that along with the beer menu that is always on the tables at Cafe Atlantika. I didn't have...Read More

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Cafe Atlantik
Schwabentorring 7
Freiburg
0761 33033

Cafe Decker

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Restaurant | "Exchanging My Soul to the Devil for Some Schwarzwald Torte"

Cafe Decker Photo, Staufen, Germany
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After a day of hiking around Freiburg and Staufen seeing the sights and soaking in the culture of the Schwarzwald, I was in dire need of something yummy and nutritious (yeah, right!). I had just walked around Staufen checking out the sights in that quaint little town when I spied the famous Cafe Decker, a restaurant famous (or infamous if you want to put it that way) for its Schwarzwald Torte. For you that don't speak German, that is Black Forest Cake. Now, I am sure you and I have had Black Forest Cake before, but it was a blah American-style one without the kirsch soaked cherry filling and other decadent goodies. It was probably made from a box mix and was ho-hum. Well, fa...Read More

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Cafe Decker
Hauptstrasse 70
Staufen, Germany
07633/5316

A Devil of a Time in Staufen

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Schlossberg of Staufen Photo, Staufen, Germany
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My first full day in the Schwarzwald was spent touring Freiburg. After a few hours of the big city, I was in the mood for a change and took the train from Freiburg via Bad Krozingen to Staufen, a small town of only 7,700 that is known for its castle ruins, quaint old town and a respite for people who prefer to see something that most tour busses won't take you to see.After getting off the train at Staufen, I walked towards town but not before catching a view of the castle ruins on Staufen's Schlossberg. I was tempted to climb up the hill to go and see the ruins, but I wanted to save my energy for the trip into Staufen and the return trip back to Freiburg. So I enjoyed t...Read More

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Wildcat Dianne

Wildcat Dianne
Milton, Florida