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Schwabentor, Freiburg im Breisgau

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The Schwabentor (English Swabian Gate), also called Obertor in the Middle Ages, is the more recent of the two remaining city gates of the medieval defensive wall of Freiburg im Breisgau in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
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  • The Swabian Gate is one of two Freiburg city gates still remaining. It dates back to 1250, but has had various alternations over the years. The painting of the merchant with a cart was added in 1572.....  more
    The Swabian Gate is one of two Freiburg city gates still remaining. It dates back to 1250, but has had various alternations over the years. The painting of the merchant with a cart was added in 1572.....  more »
  • One of the gates of the old town. Very beautiful and very nicely restored. An interesting old-new contrast is given by the tram line that passes through the arch of the gate, on which modern trams... 
    One of the gates of the old town. Very beautiful and very nicely restored. An interesting old-new contrast is given by the tram line that passes through the arch of the gate, on which modern trams...  more »
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  • Built in the 13th century as a gate for the city, during the ages new constructions were added on. One addition was a picture of a merchant made in the 16th century. This picture contains a legend about a Swabian man who came to Freiburg with two barrels full of gold to buy the town. He was ridiculed, especially after it turned out that the barrels only contained sand and pebbles. Before his departure, his wife had secretly replaced the gold with a worthless filling. The tower is named after this Swabian man. It is an eye-catching building that contains tram, car pedestrian and bike traffic. It can be quite busy and it has a bridge that leads up the mountain. It is one of those pitstops when you are exploring the cities that you have to see.
  • A big gate in the town, it's just amazing!

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