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  • 1. Münster Unserer Lieben Frau

    The Münster Unserer Lieben Frau, Freiburg's most famous landmark, towers over the medieval streets. The cathedral took three centuries to build, from around 1200 to 1515. You can easily trace the progress of generations of builders through the changing architectural styles, from the fat columns and solid, rounded arches of the Romanesque period to the lofty Gothic windows and airy interior of the choir. The delicately perforated 380-foot spire, the finest in Europe, can be climbed (at the time of this writing, the spire is closed until further notice). In addition to a magnificent view, you'll get a closer look at the 16 bells, including the 1258 "Hosanna," one of Germany's oldest functioning bells.

    Münsterpl. 1, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, 79098, Germany
    0761-202–790

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    Rate Includes: Free; €2 to visit choir
  • 2. Augustinermuseum

    A visit to Freiburg's cathedral is not really complete without also exploring the Augustinermuseum, in the former Augustinian cloister. Original sculpture from the cathedral is on display, as well as gold and silver reliquaries. The collection of stained-glass windows, dating from the Middle Ages to today, is one of the most important in Germany.

    Augustinerpl., Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, 79098, Germany
    0761-201–2531

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    Rate Includes: €7, Closed Mon.
  • 3. Münsterplatz

    The square around Freiburg's cathedral, which once served as a cemetery, holds a market Monday to Saturday. You can stock up on local specialties, from wood-oven-baked bread to hams, wines, vinegars, fruits, and Kirschwasser (cherry brandy). The south side, in front of the Renaissance Kaufhaus (Market House), is traditionally used by merchants. On the north side of the square are farmers with their produce. This is where you can sample some local sausages served with a white roll and heaps of onions.

    Münsterpl., Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, 79098, Germany
    0761-202–3683
  • 4. Museum für Stadtgeschichte

    The former home of painter, sculptor, and architect Johann Christian Wentzinger (1710–97) houses the City History Museum, which contains fascinating exhibits, including the poignant remains of a typewriter recovered from a bombed-out bank. The ceiling fresco in the stairway, painted by Wentzinger himself, is the museum's pride and joy.

    Münsterpl. 30, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, 79098, Germany
    0761-201–2515

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    Rate Includes: €3, Closed Mon.
  • 5. Rathaus

    Freiburg's famous Rathaus (Town Hall) is actually two 16th-century patrician houses joined together. Destroyed in the war, it was faithfully reconstructed in the 1950s. Among its attractive Renaissance features is an oriel, or bay window, clinging to a corner and bearing a bas-relief of the romantic medieval legend of the Maiden and the Unicorn.

    Rathauspl. 2–4, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, 79098, Germany
    0761-201–1111

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    Rate Includes: Free, Closed weekends
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