The first visits began as well as the tastings of local specialities. Here, unlike the “flat country” as Brel would say, the mountains and valleys predominate.
At the bend of a stroll or a stray by car, I stopped in Fribourg. Southern German town a few steps from France and Switzerland. It is bordered by mountains which prevents its expansion. And so much the better because it keeps its medieval heritage despite some renovations after the great wars.
It is also at the foot of this town that the black forest begins. With very varied landscapes. Historically the forest should never have existed because it was only a great plain. But over time soil erosion has created mountains and valleys where only trees reign. From North to South, its landscape is very varied. In the north the spruces line the steep roads; in the centre, the vines on steep slopes that gradually give way to livestock. And in the South, lakes and peaks dominate. Perfect to admire the landscape!
The city of Fribourg enjoys many hikers from the black forest. To believe that the forest is a small lung of the Earth as well as that of the city. Walkers in numbers usually stop at the market square which is located in the very centre of the city at the foot of its gigantic cathedral. The latter underwent numerous modifications between 1200 and 1510. This contributed to its massive expansion.
For the less adventurous hikers in the market, they head for the city’s restaurants. Time stopped 40 years ago. Waitresses in traditional costumes with local dishes served directly from the dish. Here the main dish is served by a first plate with the main element: meat or fish. A second plate, the garnish; a third for the salad and a fourth for the sauce. Something to eat well with!
But in Fribourg, time has not stopped. It is a pioneering city in terms of ecology, with notably the Vauban eco-neighbourhood developed in 1996. Situated south of the city centre, until 1992 the Vauban barracks, built in 1936 and occupied after the Second World War by French forces stationed in Germany (FFSA), was located on the site. In August 1992, the military liberated this space, raising the question of its future. After a period during which the barracks were illegally occupied by marginal populations, in 1996 the municipality launched operations to renew the sector, based on a sustainable development approach.
Freiburg im Breisgau is amazing for its preserved traditions but without forgetting to go ahead.