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Freiburg im Breisgau
Freiburg im Breisgau is habitually associated with Black Forest region, its traditional cherry-and-chocolate cake and cuckoo clocks.
Although you can find all this, Freiburg has a lot more to offer: architectural highlights mirroring the city's changing fates, excellent wine, numerous cultural events and the region's natural beauty.
Freiburg is situated at the southern tip of Black Forest region in the immediate vincinity of France (3 km distance) and Switzerland (42 km). As the boarder to France was a combated one, Freiburg's history is full of plagues, wars and changing sovereigns. In World War II the city was accidentally bombed by German planes and almost completely destroyed? its historic centre has been reconstructed accurately and in detail.
Major sights are the impressive cathedral ('Münster unsrer lieben Frau') with its mixture of late Romanesque and Gothic architecture, old and new city hall, the historic merchant house and Gothic 'Haus zum Walfisch' ('house of the whale'), in which Renaissance philosopher Erasmus von Rotterdam resided for some years.
As a university town, Freiburg offers quite a selection of cultural events, restaurants, coffee shops, museums and art galleries without losing its small town charm. Its climate is pleasant and allows for extensive vine growing. Freiburg's traditional cuisine, based on asparagus, river trout and 'kässpätzle' (a cheese-covered dish of noodles), is something to savour.
A cable car takes you on top of mount 'Schauinsland' (translates as: Look into the country) and offers a panoramic view over Freiburg and its surroundings.