This is the start of a new series on my blog called “Postcards From.” I’ll be sharing pictures from some of my journeys in the form of postcards with shorter descriptions of each location.
This July I went to Germany to visit my friend who studied abroad with me in Seattle during high school. She lives in the city of Gottenheim, which is in southwest Germany close to the borders of France and Switzerland. The town is small, but absolutely beautiful. I loved the neighborhood I stayed in with the traditional flowers hanging off each windowsill. I didn’t spend a lot of time here, but it was my base for the week.
Gottenheim is a smaller suburb of Freiburg, the largest city in the area. It’s an easy two hour train ride south of Frankfurt to get here, and the train station was much larger than I expected. Freiburg is known for being the hottest city in all of Germany, although we enjoyed pleasant temperatures in the 70s when I was there.
Many people come here from Switzerland to go shopping for the weekend in their downtown area. There’s always something going on, from street performers to food festivals. When I was there, a wine festival was going on around the Munster, a beautiful church from the 1200s.
For a day trip, we headed south into the Black Forest. I always thought this was a scary place given the name (I think I was thinking of the forests from Sleeping Beauty), but it’s actually a beautiful location that’s very popular for summer vacations for the locals. We stopped at Lake Titisee, a lake that’s surrounded by a small village full of German restaurants and local shops.
There’s plenty of activities to do on the lake, including canoeing or paddle boating. We went on a boat tour around the lake to see the entirety of it. If you’re feeling particularly active, you can hike around the whole lake (which I heard takes several hours). There were several swimming pools around the lake full of kids who weren’t quite ready to brave the waters of the lake.
I loved my time in southwest Germany, and hope to be back in the future to explore more of the area!
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