Schwarzwald area - Beyond the Black Forest

Assorted views of France, Germany and Switzerland.

  • At the edge of Black Forest

    Freiburg is located on the western edge of the southern Schwarzwald, neighbouring the Schlossberg. This is also where Nikos Kazantzakis died in 1957.

    View from the tower of gothic cathedral Münster in Freiburg, Germany

  • Tiny parts of the Dreisam

    The "bächle" gutters were once used to fight fires. Today they run through the city center.

    At a bächle in Freiburg, Germany

  • Not a monster

    This is the gothic cathedral in the middle of Freiburg. The octagonal tower offers an amazing view after ascending the narrow steps.

    Münster in Freiburg, Germany

  • Beehive

    Inside the octagonal tower.

    Munster, Strasbourg

  • The lonesome tower

    The Cathedral of Our Lady is a great example of Gothic architecture, while combining German and French influences. For 200 years it was the world's tallest building, and today it is the sixth-tallest church in the world.

    Strasbourg Cathedral viewed from Rue Merciere

  • Looking for Theoden

    Marie Antoinette stayed here in 1770 on her way to Paris. Another guest was Napoleon during early 19th century.

    Palais Rohan, Strasbourg

  • Shy bridges

    Ponts Couverts, Strasbourg

  • Shades of green

    The trees outside Esca are a colorful contrast to the old bricks of St Pauls Church.

    Strasbourg, France

  • A touch of timber

    The Petite-France district is located on the Grande Ile where the river Ill splits up into several canals. The area features many Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings.

    Reine in Strasbourg, France

  • Roofs

    The eastern view from the top of the cathedral features the spires of St Pauls Church, constructed in 1897.


  • Through the ages

    This is one of the most well-preserved medieval houses around, built in 1427. It is located next to the cathedral.

    Kammerzell House, Strasbourg

  • Beehive

    The Schauinsland is a mountain in the Schwarzwald area, 1284 meters above sea level.

    Getting a lift in Schauinsland

  • King of the hill

    The mountain is also a great place for eating strawberries.

    Reine in Schauinsland, Germany

  • The hills are alive

    Reine in a tower overlooking the Swiss Alps

  • Bridge to heaven

    This is the bridge leading to Herz-Jesu Kirche.

    Herz-Jesu Kirche in Freiburg, Germany