Rastatt & Freiburg Travel Diary - a Pink Castle, Foodie Heaven & Tulip Shopping in The Mountains (Germany)

Today's post is good news for those of you who like a picture heavy post! Having recently moved to Germany I've made it my mission to do a bit more exploring around Europe and Germany itself, so last week we set the alarms early for a day of fun in the more mountainous part of Southern Germany.

First stop was Rastatt for an hour as we accidentally hopped on the wrong train! We decided to make the most of it though and have a wander. I'm so pleased we did as within a five minute walk of the station we stumbled across the most amazing day glo pink palace!

We only had a short amount of time to wander about but Rastatt was really charming. And I'm not just saying that because it was so cute and pink.

After our brief diversion we went back to the station and hopped on the train to Freiburg.
[Logistical Stuff:] It takes roughly two hours by train to get to Freiburg from Karlsruhe. In the Baden Wuttemberg area of Germany an all day ticket which grants unlimited train, tram and bus travel costs a mere 9 euro (roughly £7) and this can be used  after 9am on all trains apart from the ICE fast trains. Whilst the trains and trams do take some preparation this is such a great way to see more of the surrounding area and absolutely dirt cheap!

The town of Freiburg itself is a cross between exquisite and adorable - it's such a quaint little town set amongst the mountains and has a real Alpine feel but still has some amazing architecture and pretty great shopping. 

Freiburg is famous for this Cathedral - Freiburg Minster - and it's easy to see why. It was so impressive in person, it was just such a shame that there was scaffolding all over one side of it when we were there! On the plus side we were there on market day (Wednesday) so lots of independent fruit, veg and flower stores wove themselves around the Minster which was gorgeous in the sunshine.

As an Island girl who considers some small hills practically mountainous it was so bizarre looking up and seeing actual mountains surrounding the town. 

Within the town itself there were so many unusual, pretty buildings dotted about all over the place which made the place so charming.

(Apologies for Cathedral spam, it was just so photogenic!)

With rumbling tummies we set off to an indoor food market which is a lunch spot enormously popular with locals. It was absolute foodie heaven with cuisines from all over the world cooked before your eyes. I was absolutely starving so I went for a big old plate of Chinese which was delicious but I definitely got food envy when paul ordered a Greek courgette wrap filled with salad, cheese and yoghurt sauce then baked in the oven.

Awful picture but the food was divine!

We then headed out of the food hall and out onto the street where we were greeted with yet another beautiful building!

Before heading off home we were sure to stop by one of the many flower stalls and pick up a potted tulip plant (try saying that 5 times fast). You'll find tulips everywhere in South Germany at this time of year and so many beautiful varieties.

It was such a lovely way to spend a crisp winter morning and I would recommend a visit to Freiburg to anyone who finds themselves in the area. It's such a charming city with a real Alpine Village feel to it.

Ella x

(Ps, stay tuned for loads more travel stuff on the way)


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