As we drove in to Freiburg passed an interesting medieval tower, I think this is the Martinstor, but only caught a glimpse of it. We walked the narrow cobblestone streets of the old quarter into Munsterplatz and Munster square. The main attraction here is the Freiburg Minster (the diocese transferred from Konstanz in 1821).The Minster is famous for its 116-meter pieced lace work tower, very unique apparently. Photo’s look like the one in Konstanz. Unfortunately the tower of the Minster under repair (wouldn’t your know) so we actually couldn’t see it at all. A pity, because visitors can climb the tower for a couple of euros to the lookout platform which has a great view over the city and surrounds.
The Minster at Freiburg
The Minster at Freiburg is one of the few medieval churches that was actually finished, complete with tower, during the Middle Ages. It has survived many conflicts, including the 20th century world wars. An air raid in 1944 left most of the old town in ruins. amazingly the church and a few historical buildings survived. Construction of the Minster began in 1200. The color is rather striking, built from red and yellow sandstone compared to the austere grey sandstone of other churches we have visited on the romantic road. Duke Bertold II, the last duke in the Zahringen line initiated the building of the Freiburg Minster.
Entrance Archway-Freiburg Minster
What I really loved about the Minster is the entrance archway into the tower porch. It is truly astonishing and so beautiful. There are no less than 418 stone figures, some free-standing sculptures and others in relief across the walls, plinths and portal. The smaller statuary created between 1270 and 1290 during construction of the porch; the larger free-standing sculptures date from around 1290. The wooden door is solid golden oak.
Medieval Alters and chapels
All the other churches we have visited pale in comparison to this one. It also has original stained glass windows from 13th to 16th centuries, the colors rich and vibrant. The Minster is full of treasure, medieval alters like the one above carved by Hans Wydyz in 1505 – Alter of the Magi. There are radiating chapels in the south side of the ambulatory which are exceptional. If you visit Freiburg leave time to explore this remarkable old church.
Historic Merchants’ Hall – Freiburg
Close by the Minster is the beautiful Historic Merchants’ Hall (Kaufhaus), a striking red colored building with a very steep roof and colorful overhanging corner turrets. The building facade adorned with statues of the four Habsburg emperors and their coat of arms. Built between 1520 and 1532 it became the financial centre of the region at that time.
The elegant neo gothic fountain at Munsterplaz seems a popular place to sit and enjoy the sun. Notice the drains of running water on the streets in the old city area. In the 13th century they served as a water supply and were also used to help fight fires in the city. Known as the Freiburg Bachle (stream) the water-filled runnel supplied with water from the Dreisam river. The runnel’s are now considered a feature of the streets and alleyways in the old city area of Freiburg.
A few others sights you may like to visit in Freiburg are – the Basler Hof in Kaiser Joseph Strass, a striking building from the late 15th century, now the seat of the administrative district of Freiburg; the Altes and Neues Rathaus (old and new Town Hall), and of course the two medieval city gates.
Next stop – Heidelberg on our romantic road tour through Germany….
- Konstanz on Lake Constance-romantic road Germany
- Beautiful Lindau the island on lake constance
- sightseeing Munich Bavarian capital romantic road germany
- Romantic Road – Nymphenburg Palace – Munich
- Ettal Abbey and Pilgrimage Church
- Garmisch-partenkirchen ski resort – Oberammergau village
- Extravaganza – Schloss Linderhof | King Ludwig
- Hohenschwangau Neuschwanstein Schwangau
- Beautiful Schloss Neuschwanstein
- Abbey of St Mang’s Fussen Bavarian Alps
- Beautiful rococo Wieskirche beautiful Bavarian alps
- Augsburg Fuggerei village settlement
- Dinkelsbuhl medieval fortifications-medieval city wall
- Rothenburg – a beautiful medieval town
- Romantic Road attractions Germany
- Romantic Road Frankfurt Germany
- Bavaria Germany Wurzburg – along the Romantic Road