Freiburg - The gateway to the Black Forest
Spoiled for sunshine and embedded in the green offshoots of the Black Forest, Freiburg offers its visitors southern flair and a positive joie de vivre. The heart of the historic old town forms the lively centre of the city. Here, locals and guests enjoy a glass of pinot blanc to accompany Baden’s famous cuisine and hospitality – ideally in one of the pavement cafes or garden restaurants. The ‘Bächle’ – small streams encased in stone which meander through the streets and lanes – are often admired. Cooling your feet in a Bächle in summer is a service only Freiburg can offer.
The city’s most famous sight is Freiburg Münster, whose tower is considered one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture. All around the Münster and the Münsterplatz square, visitors can discover concealed little lanes and centuries-old townhouses, which provide a picturesque backdrop to the weekly farmers’ market. Visitors can reach the Schlossberg hill in just three minutes on the Schlossbergbahn funicular railway, and can then enjoy the wonderful view of the city and the Rhine valley.
Historic old town
Freiburg has a lot to offer, regardless of whether you are interested in the history of the city during a stroll through the historic old town, while away the hours in one of the many cafes and cosy pubs, or treat yourself to some of Baden’s cuisine and hospitality. To get an first impression of this city and its rich history, it is a good idea to first take a walk through the historic old town and familiarise yourself with the city’s history and the famous Bächle streams.
The Augustiner Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Adelhausermuseum, the Archaeological Museum in the Colombischlössle and the Museum of City History – you will find these five museums in Freiburg together on one shared website. Here you can find information about the different treasures they hold, current exhibitions and events.
Parks and forests
Freiburg’s countless green areas and parks, the Schlossberg hill or, just a few kilometres away from the city centre, Freiburg’s very own 1,284 metre Schauinsland hill, as well as plentiful lakes in and around Freiburg, are the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature right in the centre of a city. This has been just a first impression of the very special flair our little city has to offer. Now it’s up to you to discover this city of forests, of wine and of Gothic architecture.
Don’t miss the chance to stroll through Freiburg’s lively old town.
Wander through the many narrow lanes, accompanied by the babbling of Freiburg’s typical ‘Bächle’ streams, and get to know the historic and cultural side of Freiburg.
A few tips for a stroll through Freiburg:
Farmers’ market on Münsterplatz
Colourful and full of delicious scents – fresh local fruit and vegetables are just as at home here as typical arts and crafts. Visit the farmers’ market on weekdays from 7.30 am to 1:30 pm and Saturdays from 7.30 am to 2:00 pm.
Kaiser- Joseph- Straße
The ‘Kajo’ is Freiburg’s main shopping street – a car-free thoroughfare perfect for a stroll, with plenty of jewellers, fashion shops, sport supplies retailers, shops selling exquisite porcelain and three large department stores. More arcades, lanes and streets lead off from Kaiser-Joseph-Straße.
Salzstraße takes you past leather, jewellery and fashion shops to Augustinerplatz, where you will find the glass dome of the ‘Atrium’, a shopping arcade with lots of fashion and culinary temptations.
Upper old town, Oberlinden
Here you will find a large number of smaller shops, offering everything from art supplies to jewellery and men’s and ladies’ fashions.
Here you will find a rich range of leather goods, second-hand books, artworks and – as the name suggests – shoe shops.
Grünwälderstraße is home to Freiburg’s ‘Markthalle’. Where the printing presses of the Badische Zeitung newspaper one rumbled, over 20 companies now present exquisite champagnes, fresh fish and vegetables and a seductive range of international gourmet cuisine.
Bertoldstraße takes you past Freiburg’s largest bookshop, the Stadttheater and the Cinemaxx multiplex cinema.
Guides and tours
We are delighted to welcome you to the tri-border region Germany-Switzerland-France, in Germany’s Mediterranean south, and invite you to get to know Freiburg, the Black Forest, Alsace and northern Switzerland properly – individually and especially for you.
Guides and tours in Freiburg:
Our partner Upper Rhine Valley provides you with further information on excursions and activities in the regions Basel, Alsace, Black Forest and Southern Palatinate.
Excursions in the region
Black Forest girls, Black Forest houses, Black Forest gateau, ‘bollen’ hats, cuckoo clocks – all over the world, the Black Forest sums up the image of a picture-book holiday in Germany. With 60 peaks over 1,000 metres and the 1,493 metre Feldberg, the Black Forest, which gives its name to the holiday region in the south-west of Germany with its pleasant climate, is Germany’s highest low mountain range.
The Black Forest Association has built up a signposted network of over 23,000 kilometres of hiking trails here, as well as plenty of signposted Nordic walking routes. The hiking brochure offered by the Schwarzwald Tourismus Gesellschaft, based in Freiburg, is a useful helper when planning an active holiday.
Cyclists and cycling enthusiasts of all kinds will also find ideal conditions in the south-west corner of Baden-Württemberg. Over 8,000 kilometres of trails are signposted for mountain bikers alone. Those who prefer to use buses and trains will find in KONUS a hospitable service in the Black Forest unmatched anywhere else. Using their guest card, holidaymakers can use all buses and trains for free in over 100 towns and villages.
French, Swiss and German cuisine meet here to form famous delicacies and refinement. No other place in Germany has such a high density of restaurants with chefs who have won stars or Gault-Millau or Michelin awards. Indulgence and health also have a long tradition here. This is the only place where 14 thermal baths are brought together in such a small area. The Black Forest also has plenty of wellness hotels for those who want to relax and recover their whole body and soul with massages, relaxed exercises and selected food.
Hikers’ paradise in the Upper Wiesental – 30 minutes above Freiburg
Here you can expect fresh mountain air, magnificent summits with stunning visibility, excellent paths and trails and rustic huts to rest in.
Germany’s longest orbital cable car will bring you to the top of Freiburg’s very own mountain, Schauinsland. From there you have every season a panoramic view of Freiburg and the Rhine valley up to the blue ribbon of the Vosges.
Sun-drenched vineyards, mixed forests whose many colours glow in the autumn sun, expansive nature reserves and romantic meadows on the Altrhein river, views of the nearby peaks of the Vosges mountains and Black Forest, hidden ruins of once-proud castles: there is always something new to discover at the Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg.
Alsace is the smallest region in France, consisting of just two départements: Haut Rhin and Bas Rhin. It is easy to get along here, as the Alsatians are friendly people who are delighted when people speak to them to ask the way or for a restaurant recommendation. The region is just 190 km from north to south and 50 km from east to west, and enjoys an idyllic location between the Rhine and the Vosges mountains, just a stone’s throw from Germany and Switzerland. Whether you are looking for a day trip or a week-long holiday of hiking and indulgence, Alsace is the perfect destination.
Europa-Park Rust is a theme park in Rust, Baden-Württemberg. With over 4.5 million visitors every year, it is the largest amusement park in the German-speaking area.
Iceland, Greece, Portugal… 13 different European themed areas provide a unique holiday feeling on an area of 90 hectares, with typical architecture, food and vegetation.