Monday, September 8, 2008

Sunday, 7 September 2008: Freiburg im Breisgau

Yesterday: The trip begins.

(Side note: There's a Google Earth map of this trip here.)

Everything's closed in Basel on Sundays. So for something to do, we decided to hop a train up to Freiburg im Breisgau, which I had visited back in April.

Chess players in Basel

Despite not having a map of the town, I didn't get lost this time, and we walked in short order to Martin's Bräu.

Freßgäßle, off Kaiser-Joseph-Straße

When you see this, you're almost there

Martin's Gate: Originally Norsinger Gate. Oldest existing fortified tower from the medieval city walls, dating from the beginning of the 13th Century. Remodeled by C. Schäfer 1901-1903. Completely refurbished in 1998.

Witch Burning: Margaretha Mößmerin, Catharina Stadellmenin, and Anna Wolffartin were beheaded and burned on March 24, 1599. The City of Freiburg im Breisgau honors their memories at this place, representing all women who fell during the horror of the witch-hunt. The suffering of these and all innocent tormented people is for us a living admonition for tolerance and humanity.

Martin's brewhouse

Martin's fermentation cellar

After a tasty lunch of homemade Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, and Bratkartoffeln, we walked over to Hausbrauerei Feierling and enjoyed a couple half-liters of their unfiltered Pilsner.

Back at the train station, we found some more local beer from Freiburg's Brauerei Ganter...good stuff!

Ganter Badisch Weizen Hefedunkel

Ganter Pilsner

We got back to the hotel around 10:00pm, in time for one more beer at the hotel bar.

Tomorrow: Schönenwerd

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