This is the Hotel Zum Roten Bären in Freiburg. It is supposedly the oldest inn of Germany. After suffering damages through WWII the hotel got renewed. In the 50s the exterior was painted in a historic style depicting rhomb shapes and coat of arms from former inn keepers. For the paint mineral colors were used which will stay vivid with just minor upkeep.
At Christmas I got to visit the beautiful city of Freiburg. It is located right at the Black Forrest and holds a lot of nicely restored historic buildings. The streets in the city center are still structured in a medieval style and have those famous tiny canals running.
On our visit the weather was fabulous: warm and with lots of sunshine. Such conditions make me always happy of everything and I’m inspired to take photos. Now that it has been particularly drab for weeks in Cologne and I struggle to find anything photo worthy, I went through my phone roll and rediscovered the Freiburg pictures.
Freiburg university Kollegiengebäude built 1911 by Friedrich Ratzel and Hermann Billing in Art Nouveau style from red sandstone.
On the façade a relief of the university’s patron saint Hieronymus like always depicted with lion and book.
From the Schlossberg you get the nicest view as you can take a beer and enjoy it along. At the back the Münster with its construction cap.
Speaking of beer, definitely go drink one of Feierling’s Inselhopf at their brewery. It’s an unfiltered organic Lager that will blow you away. The food and atmosphere at Feierling is also great, so don’t miss out on this one.
Thumbs up to Feierling’s graphic design department.
Outside a diorite crocodile.peeks its head from one of the various streams of Freiburg. The 2001 work of Berlin based stone mason Ole Meinecke who built it on request for a family named Himmelsbach.
The Schwaben Gate in the old city showing a scene from the Legend of the Swabian. A merchant who came to buy the city of Freiburg and was ridiculed instead.
And another relief on the Martin’s Gate but it is not original, more a replica from the fifties. The double-headed eagle, symbol of the Holy Roman Empire (Deutscher Nation) and the Habsburg dynasty as well. The tower is really old but was rebuild several times loosing all of its original decoration.
We had lots of fun on this short trip and I really would like to go back soon to explore the city even more. This here is only a small visual choice of Freiburg’s beauty.
Now even in winter there were a lot of dutch tourists but don’t worry not overwhelmingly many. And about the Freiburg residents I really have to say that they’re very nice people (and on a superficial note… also dressed very well).