Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Freiburg, Germany

This will be the last postcard for today, I promise. I want to do other things as well, apart from just spending too much time on the internet. :p

This one is related to my year as an exchange student in Wolverhampton as well; this card is from Ella, a German girl who was also one of my flatmates in "Wolves". She was never that close to me, though, and we haven't been in touch for years now. :( She did send me this beautiful postcard in the summer 2006, though, and it's a nice reminder of that year.

Freiburg im Breisgau (the full name of the city) is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany and has a population of 219,665 (in Dec 2008). Located in the extreme south-west of the country, Freiburg straddles the Dreisam river, at the foot of the Schlossberg. Historically, the city has acted as the hub of the Breisgau region on the western edge of the Black Forest in the Upper Rhine Plain. One of the famous old German university towns, and archiepiscopal seat, Freiburg was incorporated in the early 12th century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical centre of the upper Rhine region. The city is known for its ancient university and its medieval cathedral, as well as for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices. The city is situated in the heart of a major wine-growing region and serves as the primary tourist entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. According to meteorological statistics, the city is the sunniest and warmest in Germany.

This postcard shows Fischerau. Fischerau and Gerberau are two of the loveliest and most picturesque streets in Freiburg. These run through the western part of the old town (altstatdt) and are built along the Gewerbebach stream. The historic houses huddle the narrow stream, with a walkway. There are various old taverns and small shops in the area.

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