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Bachle

Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Type: Bodies of Water
Description: A collection of small picturesque streams that line many of the streets of Freiburg.
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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88 reviews 88 reviews
76 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

One of the unique features of the city of Freiburg are the Bachle. A leftover from the old ages, the Bachle are nothing more then very clean ditches that carries water throughout the city. A rather lengthy tripping hazard, the summer time reveals alternative use for these ditches. An impromptu playground for pets and children, the Bachle can be a... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
11 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I don't know how these drains got listed as an attraction. I found them more of a hazard. However we did see one dog that couldn't keep out of them, so I suppose he found them attractive.

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Freiburg
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The Bächle are generally small shallow gutters that run throughout Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), carrying water from the Dreisam river. They are a great asset to the city in summer, providing a play thing for children, a cool place to stick ones hot feet after shopping or while drinking a beer and an often used as impromptu dog baths. They... More

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Sydney
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This is the most underwhelming "point of interest" I've ever seen!! It's just a drain system that runs through the old city. Sure, I get that it's historic, but not the kind of thing anyone would take photos of and write home about.

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The so called "Bachle" are little water canals that run through the entire city centre. Originally, they were built to get strong smells and wastewater out of the city. Today, they create a wonderful atmosphere and a nice offer in summer to keep your feet cool :)

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Freiburgs "Bächle" (small rivers) are a must see. But be carefull, if you step in on of the Bächle you have to marry a person from Freiburg ;)

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México
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

They are just water canals in the very heart of the city. They used to be used in the past to water plants, put out fires and water their animals. Now they are not needed, but they create a beautiful sound when walking downtown. Lots of people use it to refresh their feet during summer.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Hot temperatures (+35 Celsius) are usually not the best set-up for making city trips or longer walks. In Freiburg its different: Those little "rivers" in the cities kept our kids occupied for many hours letting us parents do some shopping, sight seeing etc. We also bought some small hand-made wooden boots that they would let run down the "Baechles" .... More

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London
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Have never seen these before, but on a hot day they were very welcome. They are little (very clean) gutters along each street with water flowing along. The water was crystal clear and although not recommended to drink I'd certainly recommend a paddle on a hot day.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
39 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Not many places have these little rivulets running along the streets. Much nicer than gutters - clean for a start. People refresh their feet in these on a hot day and what small child is not going to enjoy a little bachleboot on a string?

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