Bachle, Freiburg im Breisgau

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Supplied by water from the Dreisam River, Bachle are a notable characteristic of the city. First documented in the 13th century, the narrow waterways were used as a water source and helped to fight fires. In the 19th century they were moved to the edges of the roads from their original position in the center to make way for traffic. Today, the clean water flowing through the ingenious channels is enjoyed by children at play in the summer months. Unless you're ready for love, be wary of stepping in the water: An old superstition says that an accidental step into it means you'll be marrying a Freiburger. Plan your Bachle visit and explore what else you can see and do in Freiburg im Breisgau using our Freiburg im Breisgau tourist route planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Freiburg im Breisgau, cute German city, just a few steps from Schwarzwalder (Black Forest). The canals for water runoff, Bachle, are the symbol of the city, but there are other things to see. The magnificent cathedral in dark Gothic, the Historisches Kaufhaus at Munsterplatz, the Martinstor (old city gate), the Markthalle market hall-with stand from all continents-, the Augustiner Museum, with the exhibit on Nazism. The city's charm is given indeed by the huge number of restaurants and terraces, filled with people who consume beer and Exchange small talk. Lastly the University area, with many young people, myriads of parked bicycles and the splendid library, postmodern style.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Part of the charm of the Altstadt in Freiburg are the mini canals running alongside the pavements. On a hot Summer's day, kids paddle along them and tow colourful little wooden boats along on a string...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Are channels that run all over the town. If you have little buy a boat and you're done!
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