Freiburg: Germany’s Sunniest City
The city of Freiburg is located among the mountains of the Black Forest. Due to this easy access to the Black Forest, sunny climate, and beautiful scenery, Freiburg is known for being a hub for regional tourism. The longest cable car run in Germany runs from Günterstal up to a nearby mountain called Schauinsland. –> We just blogged about there HERE!
Freiburg has an unusual system of gutters (called Freiburg Bächle) that run throughout its centre. These Bächle, once used to provide water to fight fires and feed livestock, are constantly flowing with water diverted from the Dreisam. They were never intended to be used for sewage, and even in the Middle Ages such use could lead to harsh penalties. During the summer, the running water provides natural cooling of the air, and offers a pleasant gurgling sound. It is said that if one accidentally falls or steps into a Bächle, they will marry a Freiburger, or ‘Bobbele’. We were immediately intrigued by the young children floating boats along the Bächle.
Blessed with 2000 hours of annual sunshine, this is Germany’s warmest city.
While neighbouring hilltop villages are still shovelling snow, the trees in Freiburg are full of blossoms, and locals are already knocking back beer in canal-side gardens. Interestingly enough – this city is also super eco-friendly. Freiburg has become a global benchmark for eco-friendly living. The locals use natural energy to generate nearly as much solar power as the whole of Britain. This makes Freiburg one of the country’s greenest cities.
“Experience it for yourself with a stroll through the old quarter overlooked by the 116-metre-tall spire of the stunning minster, one of Germany’s most beautiful religious buildings. The square on which it stands is the largest in the city centre, and hosts a market every day except Sunday.”
– Source of Quote: Germany. travel
Freiburg’s Bächle are one of the most distinctive features of the historical old quarter. The water flows along the narrow streets in these tiny concrete gutters running alongside the pavements. They were most likely built to supply water for everyday use, for extinguishing fires, or as drainage canals. Today they’re a quirky attraction popular with both locals and visitors, and a great way to cool off in the summer. There is a superstition that if a visitor steps in one by accident, this won’t be their last visit to Freiburg.
A visit to Freiburg is nothing short of a wonderful experience! There is a wealth of culture and history, loads of cute cafés and cosy bars, delicious local foods to sample and incredibly scenic surroundings. From the minute that one arrives, it is clear that the overall atmosphere is easygoing, laid-back and carefree. This gorgeous little German city almost has a mediterranean feel to it.
Even if you are only stopped in, as we did, this city definitely deserves a visit!