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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.

    [Helen 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, as well as 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 has many Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings, such as Maison des tanneurs to the right.

    [Reine in Strasbourg, France]

  • Roofs

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


  • I stay put

    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 Schauinsland is a mountain in the Schwarzwald area, 1284 meters above sea level. It is also a great place for eating strawberries.

    [Reine in Schauinsland, Germany]

  • The hills are alive

    [Reine in a tower overlooking the Swiss Alps]

  • The blue bridge

    This is the bridge leading to Herz-Jesu Kirche. Some people referred to it later on as Jävla Blå Blottarbron but that is another story.

    [Herz-Jesu Kirche in Freiburg, Germany]