Finding Tourist Information Office ?
You should must get a booklet call - Freiburg - Official Guide (In English) from the tourist information for 3 Euros and it is worth an investment. There are other guide books also at sale there which could be very helpful if u are interested in hiking or doing walking tours of the city. Tourist information office is open from 09.30 to 20.00 hrs in weekdays from May to October. From 09.30 to 17.00 hrs on Saturday and 10.00 to 12.00 on Sunday and any other Holidays.
Address: Rottecking 14, Freiburg.
Phone: 388 1880.
Fax: 370 03
Local Specialties at the 'Straussenwirtschaften'
Straussenwirtschaften/ Straussen are small seasonal restaurants located in agricultural areas in the outskirts of the city. They serve local specialties and are seasonal in the sense that they are only opened during specific times of the year, usually in the early spring/late summer and in the beginning of fall. Therefore, it's very important to check the opening hours! Every year a small brochure comes out; (available at most petrol stations and at the main tourist office) listing the Straussen in the region, which specialties they serve, and their opening hours. Eating at Straussen is very popular among the locals and these places are commonly quite small with only a few seats, thus it can be hard getting a table. Show up early or try to make reservations!
In the brochure there's a map with all the Straussen marked out, but it is not very detailed, and even if you have another map, it can still be tricky to find the way to the Strausse you have picked out, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find it. The Straussen can look a little bit different, but at least the ones I've been to were cozy basement Straussen with robust farmer's furniture, located in small picturesque villages. As I mentioned earlier, these restaurants are small, narrow and crowded, thus it gets warm and loud, but that's all part of the charm!
The food is very simple (usually only products from the farm are used) and there are not many dishes to choose from, but most of them taste very good, and they are cheap too! My favorites are the 'Bibelskäse', a kind of fresh soft cheese served on dark bread, and the 'Flammenkuchen' (served on a wooden platter), which is similar to pizza, but the topping consist only of bacon, onion and sour cream.
Last but not least: DON'T try to order a beer; in a genuine Strausse only wine (the house wine) is served! You might want to try the 'Traubensaft' (grape juice) though, it's delicious. Also the 'Apfelsaft' (apple juice) is really good.
Good walking shoes. Outdoor clothing if you intend to trek. Germany is cheaper than most other places I know in Europe and you find equipment everywhere. You will want to buy loads of film for this photogenic part of the world. A corkscrew...
Colombi Schloessle and garden
One of the rare "green" places with trees and lawns in the old town is the garden of the Colombi Schloessle.
Built 1859 - 61 on the remains of the former city walls in the style of English Neo-Gothic the small palace is now a Pre-historic ages museum.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10-17
Haus zum Grauen Wolf
Haus zum Grauen Wolf is a building in "Little Venice" and it dates back to the year 1460. You will find it in the area between Martinstor and Schwabentor, it was the area, where fishermen and tanners were working and living, the street-names Gerberau and Fischerau are still indicating that.
Grauer Wolf means "grey woolf" and in fact you can see a grey woolf at the facade, when you enlarge my 3rd picture !