Of the four city gates of Freiburg, only the Schwabentor and the Martinstor have survived. In contrast to the Martinstor, the exact age of the Schwabentor is unknown - but it is believed that it dates from the middle of the 13th century. The striking entrance to the old town, together with the Münster and Martinstor, towers over the roofs of the old town and forms a wonderful backdrop that can be enjoyed especially from the adjoining Schloßberg ....
The legend provides us with the following story about the origin of the name Schwabentor (whereby it should be noted that Freiburg is not in Swabia but in Baden - a Freiburg resident could react sensitively if he were called Swabian)
A rich farmer from Swabia heard of the beauty of the city of Freiburg and decided to buy the city. He put his money in two barrels, drove it to Freiburg and asked: "What does the little town cost?" - That it was worth a thousand times as much as his money astonished him, which made the citizens laugh at him. But they mocked even more when the barrels were opened and instead of money, sand appeared in them. The farmer's wife had secretly emptied the money from the barrels, but instead poured sand into it, thus providing proof that there are also clever people to be found in Swabia.
September 26, 2021
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