Sometimes a town square is so important to a city’s history, social life and economy that even after hundreds of years of further development, the historical center can’t be ignored.
The Freiburg Minster was started in 1230 and completed 100 years later. It survived the bombings in November 1944 during WWII that destroyed everything north and west of the platz.
Despite severe vibrations, the 116-meter tower of the cathedral, which you can climb very easily and inexpensively, survived the bombing also. Lucky for us, because it’s beautiful. As Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt famously said, the tower “will forever remain the most beautiful spire on earth.”
Even if, like my friend, all you remember about the Minster is that it’s built “sometime in the 1200’s” the beauty of the building won’t escape you. Go for the market, the life, the history, or simply to enjoy the view!