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Munsterplatz, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
+49 4976 13881880
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Cute but treacherous little gutters

I haven't stepped in one yet, but I'm sure I will some day. They are very cooling on hot days, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
Cool thing

Unfortunately, we were in Freiburg during the time when it gets cleaned so there was no water in it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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A collection of small picturesque streams that line many of the streets of Freiburg.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“toy boats” (8 reviews)
“kids playing” (6 reviews)
“clear water” (6 reviews)
Munsterplatz, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
+49 4976 13881880
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I haven't stepped in one yet, but I'm sure I will some day. They are very cooling on hot days, and just fun all year round. Sometimes people float boats in them. Fortunately, this isn't the middle ages, when I'm sure they didn't smell good,...More

Thank jurgencm2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately, we were in Freiburg during the time when it gets cleaned so there was no water in it but on our tour we got told a lot about it. Very interesting.

Thank loriz84
Reviewed 26 October 2017

originally practical, used for fresh water and fire fighting.These canals add charm to the city. They are not a problem for walking, they are shallow and clean

Thank choco9449
Reviewed 10 October 2017

These fresh water channels (some small, some larger) are found throughout the old city. Dating to the 13th century, they were originally used for water supply and firefighting. Threatened with removal on several occasions, the residents' fondness for these historic remnants won out. Just watch...More

Thank GPBurdell67
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Probably these little fresh water channels criss-crossing the old town were used as open sewers, but nowadays add a certain charm to the vicinity. Ankle-breakers they might be, so watch your step, but they are certainly unique.

Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 26 September 2017

small water channels along the street with clean water like a small river.i liked it very much. i didnt see this any other places

Thank esmat_ashena
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Not much to see here. It's fun if you're two and want to jump over them, or possibly even sail a tiny boat. I suppose they give a bit of a different interest to the streets, but I find it strange that they're an 'attraction'....More

Thank c0rnishHK
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Walking through Freiburg late in the afternoon we were surprised to see mini channels of clear/clean water at the side of the street and at first found them slightly inconvenient having to walk over and round them but it soon became clear they were an...More

Thank Tony C
Reviewed 6 September 2017

As long as you see those "Bächle" You are definetelly in an older part of the town. But watch Your step! In former times used to clean the streets and getting some liquid waste away they now cool the town and provide a lot of...More

Thank Hermann S
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

The Bächle are really an eyecatcher of the city. I was surprised to find it as a separate attraction on tripadvisor as you don't really 'plan' to visit these, rather they are to be found and stumbled about all through the city. They are very...More

Thank MusicTravelAdventure
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