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Freiburg: Guided City Tours with Actors

1. Freiburg: Guided City Tours with Actors

Discover the dark side of Freiburg’s history with Catharina Stadellmenin, the witch of Freiburg. Or follow a 16th century harlot on a walk through the medieval town and learn more about mankind's oldest business. Explore the old town of Freiburg with its little streams, the Gerichtslaube, or Old Court House, and the medieval city gates. Admire the stately Rathausplatz and Adelhauser Klosterplatz. You choose your guide (though both follow the same itinerary). Join the desperate Catharina Stadellmenin, the widow of master locksmith Michael Bantzer, on her last journey. Learn about her gruesome fate. Bear witness. Tell everybody you've seen the "witch" with your own eyes. Or: join the harlot and let her introduce you to medieval Freiburg and the high art of love. Learn everything about the city and the oldest profession in the world. Discover her secrets about her suitors, the hangman, and other scoundrels. Big fun is 100% guaranteed.

Freiburg - Historic walking tour

2. Freiburg - Historic walking tour

Start your tour at the Siegesdenkmal (the Victory Monument) designed by the sculptor Karl Friedrich Moest, which is dedicated to the German army and marks Germany’s victory over France in the Franco-Prussian war of 1871. A public competition was organized amongst 18 sculptors to select the design for the statue. Next, you will walk by the Haus zum Walfisch (the Whale house), a Gothic bourgeois house which is a complex made out of 17 buildings. The building has also been the central filming location for the 1977 horror film Suspiria. Get to see the Altes Rathaus (the old town hall), the building which houses the office of the government. A bridge connects both the old town hall as well as the new town hall. The building structure is built in Renaissance style and boasts of many paintings. The old town hall was destroyed by fire during bombing in 1944 and was reconstructed with the addition of three new wings. Located behind the old town hall, you will see the Gerichtslaube (the Old Court house) which is one of the oldest government buildings in Freiburg. The building dates back to around the 13th or 14th century. You will visit the old university which opened during 1457 and is said to have been run from many buildings. The previous administration building is now known as the new town hall. A few research departments at the site of the old university still exist till date. Admire the Romanesque style of the Freiburg Cathedral which was built around the year 1200 by the last duke of Zähringen. It survived the bombing raids of 1944. It is said that the construction took nearly 300 years to complete and is a product of imagination of several builders who themselves were never able to see it complete. As you continue to explore further sights, you will also have a chance to see the Historical merchants‘ hall near the cathedral. You will see the historic monument known as Bertold's Fountain with its equestrian statue. The original fish fountain was destroyed during World War II. It is a very central location where trolley car lines intersect with the shopping street known as Kaiser-Joseph-Strasse. Walk by the the Martin’s gate which dates back to the 13th century, one of the two remaining gates out of the five medieval gates. Visit the Saint Martin’s church which is said to have undergone architectural changes varying from baroque to neo-gothic style. It dates back to 1206. The church was partially destroyed during the 1944 bombings and was reconstructed starting from 1949. Built by merging four medieval Dominican convents, you will see the Adelhauser New Convent. The four convents used to be centers of Christian mysticism during the Middle Ages. The new building was constructed under the direction of Jean La Douze during 1687. Finish your tour at the Schwabentor (The Swabian gate) which dates back to the mid 13th century. It is one of the two remaining gates out of the five medieval gates.

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4.9 / 5

based on 109 reviews

We had the most amazing experience with Yvonne as our guide in the role of the witch. She kept my husband, my 3 tween-agers and myself entertained while sharing really cool facts with us. My 14 year old son commented half-way through- Mom this is really cool!! Huge win! Thanks for an excellent and informative tour filled with fun facts we never would have learned exploring on our own!

It was a really great city tour of a different kind. The actress Cornelia Schlotter played us the story of the witch of Freiburg in a very impressive way and took us back to that time. My guests and I learned a lot that we didn't know about the history of Freiburg.

Awesome so informative and brought the horror of the experience of the persecution to life - very well done and impressive depth of information

It was a great journey through an earlier time, with the Wandehure through Freiburg! We recommend!!!

Really great tour very informative I would book again in a heartbeat