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hans-jaguar wrote a review Jan 2020
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal17,026 contributions677 helpful votes
The “Schwabentor” or the “Swabian Gate”, also called “Obertor” in the Middle Ages, is the most recent of the two remaining city gates of the medieval defensive wall of “Freiburg im Breisgau”. The gate tower was built around the year 1250 and was originally open towards the inside of the city and was only enclosed with a stone wall in the year 1547. In the year 1572, a stair turret was added; in the same year Matthias Schwäri painted a picture of a merchant with a cart on the inner wall. In the 19th century, this picture sparked a legend about a Swabian man who came to Freiburg with two barrels full of gold to buy the town. He was ridiculed, especially after it turned out that the barrels only contained sand and pebbles. Before his departure, his wife had secretly replaced the gold with a worthless filling.…
Date of experience: December 2019
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foodybyheart wrote a review Jan 2020
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany32 contributions12 helpful votes
The Schwabentor was the entrance to the old town for everybody coming from east, meaning the black forest. The Street leading from there into the center ist called Salt Street, Salzstrasse, and marks an old celtic trading route. Why it is called the "Swabian" Gate is a long story that you better find out attending one of the fabulous guided tours, many of them provided in English. …
Date of experience: January 2020
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Gypsgris wrote a review Nov 2019
Poughkeepsie, New York466 contributions257 helpful votes
At this gate the pedestrian zone of the old city of Freiburg begins. The tower is very photogenic and the story of the name is worth knowing. It is indicative of the old enmity between the locals and the "Schwaben". Nice story ...
Date of experience: October 2019
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673sheric wrote a review Jun 2019
Hopkinton, Massachusetts226 contributions117 helpful votes
So pretty to see - witnessed a cute train coming through the tunnel. The entire street was charming and the shopping was fantastic.
Date of experience: June 2019
Mark B wrote a review Apr 2019
Singapore, Singapore56 contributions10 helpful votes
It's a short walk from the centre of Freiburg and has some nice streets to walk through on the way. There is nothing really except the gate (tor) once you get there and if you go through it you will come to the ring road which circles Freiburg. Tick...
Date of experience: December 2018