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A to Z of Cathedrals – F is for Freiburg in Germany

For my A to Z of Cathedrals when I got to F I naturally considered the magnificent Duomo in Florence but decided instead to go north into the Black Forest in Germany.

I am trying to stay ahead of Phil and Michaela from The Hungry Travellers  (well worth a visit) because I am certain that they will have been to Florence but maybe not Freiburg and there is a bit of a challenge going on here.

The main square is the site of Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone, built between 1200 and 1530 and which is memorable for its towering needle like spire.  We went inside and it was cheerful and warm with large stained glass windows and friezes on the walls that commemorated the various traditional trades of the city.

From a an aerial photograph inside the Cathedral we had seen that Freiburg was heavily bombed during World War II and a raid by more than three hundred bombers of the RAF Bomber Command on 27th November 1944 destroyed most of the city centre, probably unnecessarily but Bomber Harris liked Bombing German cities  unnecessarily.  The notable and thankful exception of the Münster, which was only lightly damaged.

God sometimes looks after his own.

The target for the mission was the railway facilities and marshalling yards.  Three hundred and forty Lancaster bombers dropped three thousand bombs  totalling one thousand five hundred tonnes and twelve thousand markers and incendiaries totalling two hundred and seventy  tonnes.

The casualties in Freiburg were over two thousand people including nine hundred  civilians and over six thousand people  injured. Photo-reconnaissance  the target area after the attack revealed that civilian areas had been destroyed but none of the rail facilities had been damaged.  Bomber Harris didn’t do precision bombing that well.

Not a lot changes it now seems as Russians today can easily destroy civilian areas but miss military targets.  War is so futile.

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A to Z of Windows – F is for Freiburg in Germany

To give it its full title, Freiburg im Breisgau is one of the famous old German university towns, was incorporated in the early twelfth century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical centre of the upper Rhine region.

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Germany, Freiburg and how to Marry a Local Girl

Freiburg Merchants Hall Münsterplatz

After a short stop for coffee at a ski lodge café we returned to the car and rather disappointed by the lack of really thick snow we began a descent down to the city of Freiburg.  To give it its full title, Freiburg im Breisgau is one of the famous old German university towns, was incorporated in the early twelfth century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical centre of the upper Rhine region.

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Black Forest, Freiburg and a Snow Blizzard

Freiburg Merchants Hall Münsterplatz

Freiburg, or to give it its full title, Freiburg im Breisgau,  is one of the famous old German university towns, was incorporated in the early twelfth century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical centre of the upper Rhine region.

Statistically it is the sunniest and warmest city in all of Germany but that certainly wasn’t the case today.  As we parked the car and walked towards the city centre there was a steel grey sky, a spiteful wind and stinging sleet, the pavements were wet and the colour was bleached out of the buildings and streets and after just a couple of minutes we knew that it was unlikely that we would be seeing the best of Freiburg today.

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