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So far I only knew Freiburg from the negative connotations of the eponymous Tocotronic song. When visiting last year I saw literally nothing of the city as I was dropped off at night and picked up again early next morning and when trying to visit a second time last year, I suffered a bit of health FAIL on the way there and had to cure a fever instead of going.

This weekend, I finally made it. And apart from the obvious benefit of being close to France – which we didn’t make use of – it’s a sweet little city and presumably was even sweeter before most of it was bombed away in World War 2. Weather in Freiburg is legendarily good (it just wasn’t during my visit…) and the most amusing decoration they have in town must be the Bächle, tiny canals carrying the river’s water through many of the streets.

Bächle in Freiburg

We also used the opportunity to visit other tourist attractions, including the cathedral, and fighting our way (for small values of ‘fighting’) through the marathon which was taking place. A cool thing about the cathedral I was shown were the reference measurements people carved into its walls. A circle for the size of a bread or a line indicating an Elle length measurement. Cool idea to communicate those bits of information. I’m sure the technique must be used elsewhere as well – I’ll have to pay attention when visiting other churches.

Size references on the cathedral wall

March 29, 2010, 22:25

Tagged as freiburg, travel.


Comment by Stefan: User icon

After spending a night a the pub - of course - I stepped right into the Bächle! They were much fuller though because there had been heavy rain before. But yeah, Freiburg is a nice place. I actually thought about starting my studies there but then I choose Heidelberg, which is also very charming.

March 31, 2010, 23:29

Comment by ssp: User icon

My friends said you’ll have to marry a native Freiburgian if you step into a Bächle…

April 1, 2010, 0:37

Comment by Stefan: User icon

That’s of course very romantic :)

April 2, 2010, 6:16

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