THE BLACK FOREST
Freiburg is the capital and largest city of Black Forest region.This forest is called this way because the dark green color of the kind of pine trees in all this region.If you visit Freiburg for a few days and you're a nature lover,don't hesitate to go to little villages around,also this is the perfect place to hiking,there are lots of walking trails along all region.There are also many campgrounds and bed and breakfast located in the small roads or in the little villages,a nice place for a relaxed vacations!!.
Photo: Landscape around Freiburg.
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
- Museum Visits
The old university, together with the university church, builds an ensemble which provides a quiet resting place for the exhausted visitor.
The former Jesuit convent was secularised in 1773. The large courtyard (remains of the cloisters) is very picturesque with hedges, trees and roses. In summer theater performances take place here from time to time.
Direction: Bertoldstrasse, western old town
- Historical Travel
About 15 minutes by light rail, outside of the city centre, there's a very nice park with a lake. The area is called Seepark and the name of the lake is Flückiger See. It's a perfect place to chill out on a sunny day, whether you just want to lie down and get tanned, or if you'd like to walk around a little (it takes about 20 minutes to walk around the lake). This is also a perfect place for picnics and BBQ's!
From the city centre; hop on tram No. 1, direction Landwasser, get off at 'Am Bischofskreuz', where you walk over the road (to the right), walk towards the houses (student dorms), turn (left) at the first road and then walk straight ahead between the houses until you can glimpse the lake. You can also get off at the next tram station 'Betzenhauser Torplatz', from where you also have to turn right and walk about 300 m until you reach the lake. This is the more commercialized part of the lake with a restaurant (good food though), a Biergarten and a mini golf court. Here you can also play boule and rent pedal boats.
- Hiking and Walking
the villages west of Freiburg
Freiburg has not only a beautiful main city but as well a lot of really nice villages around the city, e.g. on the west side of Freiburg is the "Tuniberg" region with some cozy little villages. On the photo you see a little chapel in a village called Opfingen. You will find there a lot of possibilities to try wines and have a beautiful relaxing evening.
People say this place has a bit the atmosphere of an Italian Piazza (- macho guys and vespas) in summer. Judge yourself ...
It's especially popular among younger people, who bring their own bottle of wine with them to sit there in summer nights to enjoy themselves. Sometimes this might end in a big mess, but it never gets violent, don't worry.
It's just the place for locals to go, after school, university, work etc.
There's also a big biergarten which is ran by the Freiburg brewery "Feierling" (recommended if you like beer). During day time there's a nice ice cafe (bit expensive), an Irish pub and many other things to see.
You can find Augustinerplatz when you follow tram line 1 (direction Landwasser) for about five minutes by feed. Then turn right, and here you are.
- Beer Tasting
- Arts and Culture
Here you have (besides the Münster tower) the best view over Freiburg. You can overview the whole city and enjoy the panorama of the Lower Rhine Valley, the Kaiserstuhl Volcanos, the Black Forest mountains (some still snow covered now in Mai) and the Vosges mountain ridge in France.
If your condition is sound don't forget the climb the new wooden tower on Schlossberg, which even improoves your panorama.
The way up there might be a bit steep, but you don't have to go all the way. For the lower part an inside the rock lift exists (bringing to the Biergarten/restaurant "Greifeneggschl?ssle").
At the upper part of Schlossberg you can see the rests of the castle (= Schloss) which was destroyed when the French gave Freiburg up in the 17th century.
Special tip for warm summer nights (like now), go there some 15 to 30 minutes before sunset with someone special, take some good Badish Wine (Freiburg in the middle of a little know but very good wine region!) with you. Let the magic work!!!
- Hiking and Walking
- Food and Dining
- Castles and Palaces
This is "Freiburg's" mountain towering about 1000 meters above the town located around 10 km's south of the town rising up to 1243 m.
There are two ways to go there (+ hiking). Either you take tram No 4 Direction G?nterstal, where you enter a bus to reach the Cable Car, which brings you close to the top (nice cafe with panoramic view) or you take the train to Kirchzarten (direction Neustadt or Seebrugg) and from there the bus to "Schauinsland Halde", then you have 30 to 45 mins by food left to the top.
On Sundays and Holidays you can also visit a medieval silver mine. That one was important for Freiburg medieval wealth btw.
Often weather on Schauinsland is great, when it's foggy in Freiburg. So check it before your trip. The view from the top is breathtaking!!!
You can find more info on Schauinsland on the link below (with webcam!)
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
Beautiful Baroque Church
Don't miss out on this gorgeous Baroque church in the small village of St Peter in Schwarzwald (the Black Forest). The church is part of a Benedictine Monastery. Even if you're not a great fan of Baroque, St Peter is still well worth a visit due to the nice views of the Black Forest landscape. The village is located 720 m above the sea level and is an officially recognized health resort. St. Peter was founded in 1093 by Duke Bertold II of Zähringen.
From Freiburg you drive towards Titisee, then follow the signs for St Peter. You can't miss the church; it's located on top of a hill, overlooking the village.
This animalpark, located in Oberried in the Schwarzwald, (from Freiburg; follow the signs towards Titisee and then Kirchzarten) has all kinds of dears, marmots, some birds and rabbits. Thus, not very exotic animals, but the park is still nice because of its "unspoiled" nature.
There's also a cool suspension bridge (218 m long and 30 m high) to walk over, and two toboggan slides. Great fun for kids!
- Theme Park Trips
Flückiger See - Lake only 30 mins from centre
Want to go running, or just take a little walk and have some coffee, but not far away from centre?
Then this lake might be worth taking a closer look. It can be easily reached from town by taking Tram Line 1 (direction Landwasser - Stops: Am Bischofskreuz or Betzenhauser Torplatz) in less than ten minutes.
In the 80'es Flückiger See was the location of the regional garden exhibition and you can still see some of the projects today. Now the lake is generally a place for people to relax and having a good time. Especially on summer weekends it can be very crowded here, and you better choose another lake for your pleasure. I wouldn't recommend you to swim in this lake, even if Ökostation and the City of Freiburg (see link) do their best to increase the quality of water. But the meadows around the lake invite you to take a sunbath or do some spontanous barbecuing. There's also a cafe and restaurant and a location for small open air concerts. Once a year there's also a "Summer Night Party", check the date on http://www.freiburg.de
- Hiking and Walking
I found this place with wooden figures, chairs etc in the suburb Kappel in the southeast of Freiburg. There hasn´t been anybody, but I think it might be possible to buy them as well. Don´t they look funny?
For those of you who know German literature, this is the town where Goethe's Faust met the devil in the story. The house in question is still there, just by the main square, and you can also visit the castle ruin high up on its hill, surrounded by vine.
Forget Disney Land!!
Forget Disney land, come on and experience Germany's biggest leisure park lying just 15 minutes away from Freiburg.
You'll find a fascinating world, full of illusion, excitement, magic, dance and acrobatics. Artists from all over the world offer you an unforgettable visit with their breath taking shows.
Nothing is as easy as getting there, Europa Park is connected with the BAB5. To get there just look for the junction Rust (57b) between Ettenheim (57a) and the Herbolzheim (58).
Opening times:23rd March to 3rd November 2002daily from 9.00 to 18.00(Longer opening hours in the high season)Price:Adults ................. € 24,-Children .............. € 22,-Winter opening hours are from 30th November to 6th January 2003(except 24th - 25th December)Prices:Adults ............ € 17,50,-Children ........... € 15,50,-
- Family Travel
Take the tram to Freiburg...
Take the tram to Freiburg Horben, take the cable railway to Schauinsland, and you will have the most beautiful view over Freiburg and a large part of the Black Forest, as well as the Vosges (if the weather is good enough).
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