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Freudenstadt Overview

Freudenstadt is a town in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. It is capital of the district Freudenstadt. The closest population centres are Offenburg (Offenburg vacation rentals | Offenburg travel guide) to the west (approx. 36 km away) and Tübingen (Tübingen vacation rentals | Tübingen travel guide) to the east (approx. 47 km away).

The city lies on a high plateau at the east edge of the north Black Forest, and is well-known for its fresh air. Its city centre is famous as the largest market place in Germany. After Horb, it is the second largest city of the Freudenstadt district, and has, since 1 January 1988, been the district capital. The city has an administration partnership with the communities Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach and Seewald. Freudenstadt is a climatic health resort of international renown. In the 19th and 20th centuries, visitors of note included George V of the United Kingdom, the Queen of Sweden, John D. Rockefeller, and even the American writer Mark Twain. With its many hotels and guest houses, and its high-class cuisine, Freudenstadt remains a popular vacation spot for Germans from every part of the country. Among the many Germans of note who considered Freudenstadt a second home was the justice inspector Friedrich Kellner whose WWII diary is the subject of a Canadian documentary.

Things to See in Freudenstadt

The Frederick Sturm is a lookout tower, which was built in 1899 on the occasion of the 300-year anniversary in the city. A cultural and historical attraction is the former silver mine in today as a visitor center specialist mine.

The Black Forest High Street, part of the B 500 is the oldest tourist route in Germany and connects the city with enjoyment of hiking and ski resorts of the northern Black Forest and the city of Baden-Baden.

Great Fasnet parade on the day after the torchlight parade takes place

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More about the History of Freudenstadt

The building of Freudenstadt was ordered by duke Frederick of Württemberg in 1599. The designer was architect Heinrich Schickhardt.

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Freudenstadt, Baden-Wuerttemberg, has the notable claim to fame of possessing Germany's largest market square. If this is not impressive enough, the town is also famous for its healthy climate, and its internationally known health resort has been frequented by many famous personages, such as King George V of England, Mark Twain, and John D. Rockefeller. In essence, Freudenstadt is renowned for its elegant hotels and fine cuisines. The town also offers an array of cultural sites of interest, including the major Gothic / Renaissance Lutheran church in the city center, the town hall (which is also home to the museum of local history), the Baerenschloessle Castle (built in 1627), and the Friedrichsturm observation tower which commands lovely views of the Murg river valley. In addition, visitors to Freudenstadt can also avail themselves of numerous walking and hiking paths, such as the Rosenweg with over 1,000 wild rose varieties and historical bush roses. The best time to meander down the rose path is June. You may also enjoy taking a tour of a historical mining shaft, while the children will have great fun at the science discovery museum. One can take various day excursions from Freudenstadt to visit Hauff's Fairy Tale Museum in Baiersbronn, the Zauberland nature amusement area in Lossburg on the Kinzig River, the Wolf and Bear Park in Bad Rippoldsau, or the world's largest cuckoo clock in Schonach. If the big city is more to your liking, Tuebingen is only 30 miles away, while the distance to Offenburg is about 20 miles.

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