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2 weeks in Freiburg

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2 weeks in Freiburg

I'm looking for some suggestions please. We are staying in the Freiburg area at the end of June/early July next. We are mid 50s and interested in music, theatre, art, historic sites and scenic areas. We will have a car and we will also use trains. So we are looking for suggestions for day trips; local sites of interest and perhaps some good restaurants in the region. All ideas welcome. Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: 2 weeks in Freiburg

A few useful websites which can be changed to English somewhere on the page if not already in English:

www.schwarzwald-tourismus.info Black Forest info

www.tourismus-bw.de Baden-Wuerttemberg info, where Freiburg is located

www.schloesser-magazin.de/en excellent castles, palaces, monasteries and gardens operated by the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg

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2. Re: 2 weeks in Freiburg

Of course, Alsace France and the Jura area are nearby, and a whole new set of possibilities.

http://www.tourisme-alsace.com/en

eurocamp.co.uk/destinations/…jura-france.html

about-france.com/regions/franche-comte.htm

Switzerland is also close.

http://www.basel.ch/en/tourismus.htm

http://www.basel.com/en

myswitzerland.com/en/destination-jura.html

Even Zurich is only 2 1/2 hrs away.

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3. Re: 2 weeks in Freiburg

Freiburg itself is nice. Walk up the Schlossberg to the viewing tower, to see it from above (as well as the surrounding area, very nice).

If you like open air museums, Vogtsbauernhof, in Gutach (Schwarzwaldbahn) is very very good, and in scenic surroundings.

The links from MarcoPolko and NYNM will occupy you for weeks.

The Schwarzwald area is lovely. For instance, Kinzigtal, is lovely, green and pastoral, and has many nice little old towns with half timbered houses.

The drive from Schiltach via Schramberg to St Georgen is spectacular.

The area round Furtwangen, Schönwald, Schonach is lovely walking country, with meadows, valleys and forest,

viewing towers on the mountain tops etc, nice for a scenic drive also.

Colmar in Alsace is a nice old town.

These are examples, that I mention because I did them, and enjoyed them, by public transport. With a car, from Freiburg, there are many more options, higher mountains and more spectacular views.

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4. Re: 2 weeks in Freiburg

Hi, it's me again,

Actually, also, you might browse around a little in the Baden Wurttemberg forums, and I think you might get some ideas from there. There are many good threads giving lots of good suggestions.

Sorry for the spamming..

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5. Re: 2 weeks in Freiburg

Many thanks to all. Lots of suggestions here for me to investigate.

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6. Re: 2 weeks in Freiburg

Hello all, we're back and had a great time. Thanks for all the links and info which we used to great advantage.

Here's a brief summary; We arrived in Kirchzarten where we had booked into the hotel Sonne for our base as the Ultra Bike race was finished so the town was buzzing. first morning turned out dull and a tad damp so using our Konus cards we toolk the train into Freiburg, bought the guidebook and followed the trail which is easily doable in a day. Being Monday, the museums were closed. had lunch in the Markt - what a great find! Next day being a bit more clement we took a spin up to the Hohengeroldseck Castle, had lunch in Gengenbach and came back by the Triberg waterfalls. The "Pigtail" railway is a heritage line and operates weekends but also on Wednesdays so we headed off to take a spin behind steam. this took up our morning and the train line does indeed follow a pigtail route. Lunch in Blumberg and then a visit to the Japenese Gardens in Bonndorf. Thursday was a trip out of the Black Forest and we drove to Heidelberg. The confluence of the Breg and Brigach is a very peaceful spot and we went on Friday morning to see the start of the mighty Danube. The spring by the Schloss is undegoing restoration so can't be visited by we did see it from the terrace above at the Church. The Church in Donauschingen is very beautiful and the organist was playing when we visited. This is a feature we noted in several churches where the organist are constantly practicing. After lunch we went to the aircraft museum in Schwenningen. Back to Freiburg on Saturday and for €6 each with a Konus card discount, we got entry into all 5 of the city museums which we visited with the exception of the Modern Art. More lunch in the Markt and on the way back by train we stayed aboard for a spin up the Hollantal line as far as Titisee. More impressive railway engineering here. On Sunday we drove over to Breisach and followed the Rhine down to Basel but the motorway got between us and the river for the most part so we contented ourselves with a leisurely drive through the Breisgau countryside. Monday was sunny and warm so we went to the Farmstead Museum near Gutach which is all set outdoors and explains the various types of buildings in the region. Later in the day we stopped by to look at the various minerals and semi precious stone from the Black Forest in a little museum in Oberwolfach which was very interesting. They also have lots of Hands On activities for kids to demonstrate the formation of crystalline shapes and such. Next day being warm again we headed for the hills and started out with a cable car trip on the Schauinsland which has stunning views over the whole region. Feldberg is the highest point in the Black Forest so it was off to the next cable car ride then to add it to our list. We had lunch up there and then took a spin around by Schluchsee. We used the Konus Card again on Wednesday to visit Staufen and then took an extended trip up to Baden Baden but as it was pelting rain there we didn't visit, Back down south on Thursday for a ramble around Bad Sachingen and a stroll across the Rhine into Switzerland by the wooden bridge. Lunch in town and then off to Castle Rotteln. Friday was departure day so took our leave of our hosts in the hotel and brough away some happy memories of this beautiful part of Europe.

Hope to have captured all the highlights and not bored you. Once again, many thanks for the tips.

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