Saturday, November 24, 2012

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Saturday morning, we woke up and took the train to Freiburg, Germany - not to be confused with Freiburg, Switzerland or Freiberg, Germany. (About 830 years ago, the duke of this region, born in Freiburg, founded the city of Bern.) It was nice to get on the train early enough to find a private cabin, so we could eat breakfast and play cards. We went without reservations, but soon found a good deal on a hotel in the center of the old city. The streets were packed with people, musicians played jazz Christmas music, and the shopping was great.  We found a little restaurant, Hester's Cafe, with the best steak dinner ever.  In Freiburg, there is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Germany, the Hotel zum Roten Bären. It's in the oldest part of town, founded in about 1190. We hiked in the Black Forest, saw the reconstructed synagogue at the site of the original which had been destroyed in the 1940's.  Freiburg is a beautiful and interesting place.     

Always getting our picture taken while we're eating.
We are a happy family!
Freiburg Minster
New Orleans jazz in Germany
Hester's Cafe
Christmas Market at the Cathedral
Gate to the city
Edge of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest)

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