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The High Black Forest

The High Black Forest

By car, 100 km, 3 days

Fribourg, an old university town immortalized by the philosopher Heidegger, is one of the entry points to the Black Forest. Next take the zigzag road that leads to one of the main peaks: the Schauinsland. The baroque church, St Blasien, is hidden away in the depths of a small wooded valley of Hotzenwald, from which emerges its monumental dome. Another unmissable sight is the Schluchsee, a vast lake very popular with sporty types. Titisee Lake is also the centre of a top-end health resort with beautiful hotels and luxurious boutiques.

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Freiburg Cathedral   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Münsterplatz 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Religious buildings

The primitive Romanesque building begun around 1200 underwent numerous changes up until the 16C. From the top of the tower there is a splendid view over Freiburg and the surrounding countryside. The porch and west door are decorated with numerous statues (late 13C) depicting Satan and various Biblical characters. Inside, the nave also contains many fine statues. There is an altarpiece (16C) by HB Grien in the light and airy chancel.


Freiburg Town Hall square   Interesting

Rathausplatz 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Architecture, castles and historic districts

This square is a real pleasure to look at, with its flower-filled balconies and chestnut trees framing the statue of Berthold Schwarz (the Franciscan monk who invented gunpowder in around 1350).


Augustinermuseum (Freiburg)   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Augustinerplatz 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Museums and art

The Augustinian Museum is housed in the church of the former Augustinian convent. Home to a fascinating collection of medieval art, the museum's exhibits include a section of an altarpiece by Grünewald representing the miracle of the Madonna of the Snows (1519), works by Lucas Cranach and Hans Baldung Grien, as well as an impressive 14C crucifix. Among the statues there are some magnificent examples from the 14C and 15C.


New Town Hall, Freiburg   Interesting

Rathausplatz 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Architecture, castles and historic districts

In 1901, two former burghers' houses dating from the 16C were linked by a central arcaded section, and turned into the town hall. The oriel window at one corner of the square has preserved its sculpted decoration depicting the Lady with the Unicorn.


Schlossberg   Interesting

Schlossbergring 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Nature and gardens

This final hill in the Black Forest is covered with woods. From the top, which you can reach either on foot or in a cable-car from the Swabian gate, there is a fine view of the cathedral.


Schauinsland   Interesting

79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Nature and gardens

The road leads to the upper cable car station. From the car park, head to the viewing platform (91 steps) by following the "Rundweg" and "Schauinsland Gipfel" signs (30min there and back). The view takes in the pastures of the Feldberg.


St Blaise's Church   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Kirchweg 79837 Sankt Blasien
Religious buildings

This 18C church is built in the middle of the quadrangle formed by the old abbey buildings. After the dome of St. Peter's in Rome, and Les Invalides in Paris, this is the third largest dome in Europe. Inside the dome is a false cupola, suspended from the true dome although it appears to be supported by the columns of the central rotunda. Behind the high altar lies the chancel, which is quite long and roofed with cradle vaulting.


Schluchsee   Interesting

79859 Schluchsee
Nature and gardens

The erection of a dam made this originally quite small lake the largest stretch of water in the Black Forest.


Titisee   Worth a detour Worth a detour

79822 Titisee
Nature and gardens

This pretty lake at the meeting point of several routes has become an important tourist centre. It has developed both as a health centre and a departure point for Black Forest excursions.

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