The Main Cathedral in Freiburg is famous for its openwork tower, described by the Swiss writer Carl Jakob Burckhardt as “the most beautiful tower in Christendom”. The cathedral is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Construction of the church on this site started in 1120, i.e., in the year of founding the city of Freiburg. The works were completed only at the beginning of the XIV century. The tower, atop of which there are 18 bells, is 116 meters high. The most famous bell - HosannaGlocke - was made in 1258. It weighs 3,290 kilograms and has no analogues in the world by its power and age. Visitors can climb the tower and view the city center from an observation deck at a height of 70 meters.
You can also be impressed by a great number of gargoyles placed on the outer perimeter of the church. One of them, which masks the gutter, constantly triggers tourists’ questions. It presents a man showing his bare backside, where rainwater actually sheds from. The urban legend says the builders made this gargoyle with the backside turned to the bishop’s residence, who owed them for their work.