Freudenstadt lies on the eastern edge of the Black Forest, high on a plateau bordered by two rivers, Murg and Kinzig. The best way to reach it is from Baden-Baden, along the 60km-long Schwarzwald-Hochstrasse, or Black Forest Highway, which was once used to transport lumber.
Freudenstadt was the first planned town north of the Alps, thanks to Duke Friedrich I of Würtenberg in the 16th century. He designed the town’s center as an enormous square, Marktplatz, and lined buildings with arched arcades around the perimeter. A fire destroyed the city 30 years after its inception, then WWII leveled it. What we see today is restored.
There isn’t a lot to see here – just some shops, the Gothic/Renaissance/baroque Stadtkirche and the colorful Rathaus, but it’s a good way to break up a drive before descending south into the central Black Forest. Tweet