Freiburg’s medieval past is tangible in backstreets such as the wisteria-draped Konviktstrasse and in the canal-side Fischerau and Gerberau, the former fishing and tanning quarters. The Dreisam River runs along the Altstadt’s southern edge.
Keep an eye out for the cheerful pavement mosaics in front of many shops – a cow is for a butcher, a pretzel for a baker, a diamond marks a jewellery shop, and so on.
Cold Feet or Wedded Bliss?
As you wander the Altstadt, watch out for the gurgling Bächle, streamlets once used to water livestock and extinguish fires. Today they provide welcome relief for hot feet on sweltering summer days. Just be aware that you could get more than you bargained for: legend has it that if you accidentally step into the Bächle, you’ll marry a Freiburger or a Freiburgerin.