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Freistadt

Freistadt - Little Carcassonne for humny

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Freistadt
Inserted: 13.06.2020
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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This small town in Upper Austria, just beyond our borders, has retained its historic character, including integrated city walls with gates and towers. This is a bit reminiscent of the much more famous Carcassonne.

Freistadt

Freistadt - Little Carcassonne for humny

Most tourists rushing to the mountains to Austria or Italy have this town in Upper Austria associated with moments of relief, when congested winding roads with difficult overtaking end and the European motorway network begins. They hit the highway, push the tunnels around, and run into the distance with the gas depressed. But few will find time to stop and walk through this picturesque city. At the same time, there is really something to see. The fame of Freistadt as a princely town on the trade route from the Danube to Bohemia faded after the establishment of the horse-drawn railway in the middle of the 19th century, but perhaps thanks to this the old town has retained its historic character. A large part of the city's defensive equipment has been preserved, so it is still possible to admire the gates, towers and moats around the city walls. You can park for free for up to 90 minutes in the car parks by the city walls. However, it is necessary to place a parking meter in the car. In addition to interesting sights, there is also the opportunity to strengthen yourself in one of the local patisseries. city with a guide.

Linz Gate

From the parking lot opposite the brewery, you can enter the city through the massive Linz Gate over the (formerly drawbridge) bridge. In addition to the usual statue of Jan Nepomucký, we can admire the well-preserved city moat, which winds around the entire old town. The moat was sensitively transformed into a city park and playgrounds.

Linz Gate
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Alleys to the square

Through the city streets with landscaped houses with typical floral decorations, we quickly reach a large square with a baroque Marian fountain and a painted burgher house.

Alleys to the square
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City walls and defensive moat

A large part of the city's defensive equipment has been preserved, so it is still possible to admire the gates, towers and moats around the city walls.

City walls and defensive moat
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Main square

The square hosts a market with local products every Friday afternoon (May – October). The town parish church of St. Kateřiny, which is the only five-aisled basilica in Austria, is definitely worth seeing the bold Gothic arches and the tall Baroque tower. In the corner of the square there is a castle with a 50 meter high defense tower.

Main square
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Czech gate

After the fire at the end of the 19th century, only the perimeter walls of the massive Czech Gate remained, but it is still very impressive with its loopholes. In the background, the castle's defense tower peeks out.

Czech gate
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City fortifications

The outer path around the walls leads around the pond „Frauenteich“, which served to feed the moat and provides us with a view of the moat and fortifications with the Scheiblingturm.

City fortifications
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