Freiburg Germany im Breisgau is located in the sunny southwest, on the western edge of the black forest. It is an attractive and relaxed city with a high quality of life, for citizens and visitors alike.
If I ever had to move within Germany, Freiburg im Breisgau would be the place to go.
Explore impressive old buildings, first of all the famous Münster, the old and new town hall and the Hotel Zum Roten Bären - Freiburg is full of history.
But it is not only the history that makes Freiburg so attractive. 30,000 students in one of Germany's oldest and most reputable univesity add to the cities bustling but still relaxed lifestyle.
Freiburg was established in 1120 as a free market town at a junction of trade routes which connected the Mediterranean Sea with the North Sea and Baltic Sea.
The name Freiburg can be roughly translated as "free fortified town". It was not easy for the citizens of Freiburg to defend their freedom and independence over the centuries.
Population - Bevölkerung: 220,000
Elevation: 278 m above sea level
Sister cities - Partnerstädte: Besancon (France), Matsuyama (Japan), Innsbruck (Austria), Padua (Italy), Granada (Spain), Guildford (England), Madison (USA), Lviv (Ukraine), Isfahan (Iran)
Postal Code - Postleitzahl: 79098-79117
Area Code - Vorwahl: 0761
Climate - Freiburg is one of the warmest cities in Germany, with an average of 1700 hours sunshine a year. However, precipation is also above average with May and June being the wettest months. Nevertheless, when you watch a weather report in Germany, Freiburg's weather is very often the best in the country.
The minster and the historic buildings are the obvious highlights of a sightseeing tour in the old town centre. But there is more than that. Whether you walk around the bustling streets and places for a great shopping experience, or you roam the hidden lanes and alleys, I am sure you will discover your personal Freiburg attractions.
You can guess from the food section of the black forest main page that I really enjoy the local cuisine (badische Küche). When you wander around Freiburg's streets and alleys in summer, the lovely smell of food is inviting.
Beergardens, cafes, restaurants and wine taverns offer outdoor seating at picturesque squares and inner yards. Whether you prefer wine or beer, you'll find your favourite place.
What's my favourite place? This is hard to say. I like to sit in the small lane in front of Martinsbräu brewery, or wander through the Markthalle with the local & international food stalls. Any locality that offers traditional badische specialities is the right place for me. After all, I can have a pizza at home as well, so why travel to Freiburg for a pizza?
This map covers roughly the city centre in Freiburg. You can zoom in and zoom out to see more details, or get an idea how big Freiburg is.
On my first visits to Freiburg I never realised that it is a fairly big city, because the city centre is such a cosy and relaxed place.
Freiburg is conveniently located on the motorway A5 which goes from Frankfurt to Basel.By Train
Travelling to Freiburg by train is also very easy. The Rheintalbahn from Mannheim to Basel (via Freiburg) is a major railway line with good ICE train connections to and from major cities in Germany.
When you arrive at the airport in Frankfurt, you can jump on a direct train to Freiburg from the long distance train station at the airport.
Checkout connections at the DB website
The choice of hotels in Freiburg is huge, with a wide range of options. From a small, familiar guesthouse to a large business hotel, the choice is yours.
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Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm,
Saturday 9:30am to 5pm,
Sunday & public holidays 10am until noon.
From 1st October to 31st Mai the centre closes at 6pm during the week and 2:30pm on Saturdays.
The tourist information centre offers brochures and info about the city and the black forest, as well as souvenirs.