Advertisement - Admittedly, we haven't been there yet: short breaks in Emmendingen and Freudenstadt in the Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg we haven't done it yet. However, if Goethe raved about the city of Emmendingen 200 years ago, then this place is certainly a travel destination that is interesting for us as pleasure travelers. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was even a guest twice. Freudenstadt is in no way inferior to this place in terms of attractiveness, especially when I read about the pleasure region in and around this place, that it offers culinary delicacies such as good, hearty wines snacks or - my personal highlight - real Black Forest cherries. Good food, wine and beautiful landscapes are what we are looking for on our travels. The two places have a lot more in store. These sights make a Black Forest city trip to Emmendingen and Freudenstadt interesting for a weekend trip:
Tips for a short break in Emmendingen and Freudenstadt
Emmendingen's old town with its half-timbered houses, cobbled streets and the Emmendinger Tor, the old town hall from 1729 and the margrave's castle offers cultural facilities and a historic townscape. Thus, the city guarantees an enjoyable stay. If you want to find out more about contemporary history, the city's Jewish Museum is worth a visit. The development of the Jewish community since 1716, everyday Jewish life and culture as well as the persecution of the Jews under the National Socialists are documented there.
You can look much further back in history in the Hochburg ruins, which house 500 years of fortified architecture from the 12th to the 17th century. From the castle ruins you have a beautiful view of the surrounding valleys and the peaks of the Black Forest. If you want to go even higher and are not afraid to climb the 240 steps of the Eichberg tower, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Black Forest ridge, the Swiss Jura, the Vosges and the Kaiserstuhl.
In the vicinity of Emmendingen you can visit the remains of the former Cistercian monastery Tennenbach, of which only the chapel remains. Although the monastery was dissolved in the course of secularization in 1806 after 645 years of monastic activity and all buildings and lands were expropriated, some monks persevered in Tennenbach Monastery while others moved to other monasteries. During the wars of liberation up to 1500 Bavarian and Austrian soldiers were housed in the monastery, and after that it fell into disrepair.
The city of Freudenstadt is especially worth seeing because of the largest market place in Germany. Almost square, it has side lengths of more than 200 meters and is divided by several streets. If you look at it from above, you can see that it is laid out like the board of a morris board game. At the end of the 1990s, the market square was redesigned and 50 fountains were installed, which invite you to relax on the green areas on hot days. The corners of the square used to be all occupied by Winkelhaken buildings. Today there are only two of them: the town church and the building that houses the town's police station.
In Freudenstadt, anyone who doesn't shy away from descending 30-metre-high steel ladders can descend into the depths of a mine and find out what life underground used to be like. Those who prefer to see Freudenstadt and its surroundings from above can do so from the Friedrichsturm on the Kienberg. From there you have a good view of the city and the surrounding area. Alternatively, during City Hall opening hours, you can climb the tower and see the city from above.
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Questions and answers about a short break in Emmendingen and Freudenstadt
What sights are there to visit in Emmendingen?
In Emmendingen there are many historic buildings such as the Emmendinger Tor, the Old Town Hall from 1729 and the Margrave's Castle, which now houses a photo museum. There is also the city's Jewish Museum, which documents the history of the Jewish community.
What are the leisure activities like in Emmendingen?
Emmendingen offers many recreational opportunities such as hiking in the Black Forest, cycling, canoeing on the Elz and swimming in the Elzdamm. There is also an amusement park and a golf course nearby.
What is there to see in Freudenstadt?
Freudenstadt is known for its impressive market square with one of the largest market squares in Europe. There are also many historic buildings such as the Fürstenberg Palace and the town hall. The area around Freudenstadt offers numerous hiking trails and excursion destinations.
How long does it take to travel from Emmendingen to Freudenstadt?
A journey from Emmendingen to Freudenstadt takes about 45 minutes by car or train.
Are there any good places to stay in Emmendingen and Freudenstadt?
For a short break in Emmendingen and Freudenstadt there are many Accommodation *, including hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments. It is advisable to book in advance, especially in high season.
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