From Hohenschwangau to Freiburg by car
We came in Freiburg im Breisgau from Hohenschwangau by car on our way to Baden Baden. The distance was about 280 km. It was raining all the day and we met several traffic jams. It took us about 5 hours.
Evidently we had neither navigator nor Google Map in August of 2004.
That's why what a fun to watch our roadway on Google Map now. I can even repeat all the way in 3D watching aerial view of all the villages, towns and cities we had been passing by.
From Hohenschwangau merge onto A7 via the ramp to Ulm/Kempten 29.9 km
At the interchange 136-Dreieck Allgäu, keep right and follow signs for A980 toward Lindau/Oberstdorf/B12 5.8 km
Continue onto B12 44.2 km
Turn right onto B12/B32 Continue to follow B12. Go through 1 roundabout 10.3 km
Slight right to merge onto A96 toward Bregenz/Lindau 1.7 km
Take exit 3-Sigmarszell for B308/B31 toward Scheidegg/Flughafen Fridrchshafen 350 m
Turn right onto B31 (signs for Flughafen/Friedrichshafen/Lindau/Ravensburg) 23.7 km
Merge onto B31 Go through 1 roundabout 550 m
Turn right onto Colsmanstraße/B31 Continue to follow B31 29.4 km
Take the B31 exit toward Stuttgart/Singen/Stockach/Meßkirch/Pfullendorf/Überlingen-Mitte 220 m
Merge onto B31n 1.3 km
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Längenfeldweg/B31n Continue to follow B31n 13.7 km
Continue onto A98 (signs for Stuttgart/Singen/Stockach-West) 12.9 km
At the interchange 11-Kreuz Hegau, keep right and follow signs for A81 toward Stuttgart/Villingen-Schwenningen 20.6 km
Take exit 38-Geisingen for B31/B311 toward Freiburg/Tuttlingen/Immendingen 400 m
Turn left onto B31 72.1 km
Continue onto B31a 700 m
Take the exit toward Stühlinger 280 m
Merge onto Eschholzstraße 230 m
Turn right onto Stühlingerstraße 300 m
Turn left onto Wentzingerstraße 600 m
You are in Freiburg!
You can watch my 2 min 56 sec Video Hohenschwangau-Freiburg im Breisgau by car out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
- Road Trip
Avoid bike rental in Freiburg at freiburgbikes.de
This is our very bad experience with Fernando Schüber’s
Fahrradverleih in der Fahrradstation Freiburg am Hauptbahnhof freiburgbikes.de
Bike rental in the bike station Freiburg at the train station.
We book well in advance with deposit a 3 day rental of one bike with child seat + one bike with trailer bike (Add-Anhängerbike in german) in order to accommodate 2 adults and 2 children who can't currently cycle on their own.
When we get the bikes I notice that the one with child seat is ok but the one with the trailer bike looks extremely old and worn out, especially the tires. It is a mountain bike (instead of a city bike as agreed in a previous, painfully obtained, email) and it has no lights.
The gearbox is very stiff and the chain falls off many times. On the way back home I got a flat tire while I'm on a bike lane.
It's not punctured, it has "exploded" and there's a deep cut all through the tire. I notice that the rubber of the tire is very stiff and has lost flexibility. Not a dependable bike at all.
I start worrying for the next day trip, a 45 km trip to France: what if the whole family gets stuck far from the shop, in a different country?
So I go back to the shop and ask if they can please change the front tire as well, because the day before they gave me a bike with tires we cannot depend upon on lengthy road trip with kids.
They refused to change the front tire and changed only the blown tire.
They refused to give us a different solution (i.e. bike with child seat).
They refused to give us our money back for the bike with the child seat which was ok but useless for us without the other bike available.
All I got back was 20 euros out of 106.
So no bikes and no money: my carefully crafted holidays plans were ruined, kids were crying and the budget was to be exceeded.
- Family Travel
Freiburg is on the main railway line between Frankfurt and Basel, so it is well served by InterCityExpress (ICE) trains going north and south. The journey from Frankfurt to Freiburg takes just over two hours, with stops at Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Offenburg.
On weekends and holidays the trains can get quite full, so it's worth the slight extra fee (EUR 1.50 if you book online) to get a seat reservation. Otherwise you might have to sit on the floor as these folks in the first photo are doing.
Update: The fee for a seat reservation has since gone up to four Euros per person and direction (for a maximum of two trains), so it isn't as much of a bargain as it used to be. I still usually get a reservation, especially Fridays and Sundays when the trains are fullest.
Second photo: This train from Zürich and Basel has just arrived at platform 1 of the Freiburg main station. The train is in two halves, both of which will go to Cologne, and from there the second half will continue on to Amsterdam.
Third photo: People boarding the ICE train.
Fourth photo: In a second-class coach of an ICE train going from Freiburg to Frankfurt, and then on to Berlin.
Try the Tram
The Tram system in Freiburg is very good, it's easy and cheap to use, and a good way to get around.
If you have one of the Konus visitors cards then it's even better because it's free.
They run frequently and are very clean, there are places for cycles and wheelchairs.
Very efficient trams.....
The tram system in Freiburg is excellent. You never have to wait very long no matter where you are going. Buy your ticket out of the machine on board. Be careful to watch for traffic when you get off. 2.10 euro will get you all around the city.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Freiburg Main Station
Freiburg has a new railway station which has been built in several stages over the past decade or so. The last construction phase began in 2001.
Second photo: Looking down at the station from the bridge where the trams all stop.
Third photo: Inside the station.
Fourth photo: By the time you read this, these left luggage machines might be everywhere. But the main station in Freiburg was the first place I saw one, so I had to try it out and take a picture of it.
Instead of finding an empty locker, if there is one, and hoping it is big enough for your luggage, you simply insert four euros (double the old locker price!) into one of these machines, take out the card with the magnetic stripe and wait for the door to open. Then insert your luggage, and it disappears. To get it back, insert the card again and wait 30 to 40 seconds till the door opens, and there's your luggage.
I'm not sure how it works, but the actual storage must take place in the basement, because the machines take up hardly any space on the ground floor.
Freiburg has an excellent system of four tram lines and twenty-one bus lines serving all parts of the city and the surrounding countryside.
As a cyclist I haven't had any occasion to try them, but I'm told the trams and buses are comfortable and reasonably priced, and they certainly run very often.
The local transport authority says the number of passengers has doubled in the past fifteen years.
Cycling in Freiburg
Bicycle use in Freiburg has tripled in the past thirty years, and they say that close to 30 % of journeys within the city are now done by bicycle.
By way of comparison: that figure is 40 % for Amsterdam but only 9 % for Frankfurt am Main -- but in Frankfurt we're working on it.
Like most German cities, Freiburg has an active chapter of the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC).
Additional photos: More cyclists in Freiburg.
THIS is what any and every self-respecting city ought to have!
The "mobile" in Freiburg is a purpose-built bicycle station and mobility center located directly beside the main railway station. It is a round building with two levels. On the lower level there are guarded parking spaces for 1001 bicycles, as well as a bicycle rental service and a bicycle repair shop ("small repairs done immediately"). On the upper level there is a café, appropriately called "Bistro Café Velo", also a Mobility Center where you can get information and tickets for travel by train, bus and bicycle, and an organization called "Freiburg Aktiv" which organizes bicycle tours of Freiburg and vicinity.
Bicycle parking costs EUR 0.50 for part of one day, or EUR 0.75 until the end of the following day. (This is less than it costs just to use the toilet in the station.)
Parking for an entire month costs EUR 6.00 in the outer ring, and EUR 7.50 in the inner ring. The difference is because there are no outer walls, as you can see in the photo, so theoretically the bikes in the outer ring might get a bit wet if there were a huge storm. I don't know if this ever happens, but it could.
Second photo: Bicycle parking in the outer and inner rings.
Third photo: Entrance to the lower level, with the office on the left. Here someone is on duty 24/7, so you can leave or pick up a bike at any time.
Fourth photo: I rented a bike here on two separate days, once for seven hours, which cost me EUR 11.00, and once for six hours, which cost EUR 9.50. This is more than it would cost across the river in Strasbourg, where bike rentals are heavily subsidized by the city and the regional transit authority, but still quite reasonable by German standards.
Fifth photo: "mobile" as seen from the bridge over the station. Note the Café Velo sign and the sun collectors up on the roof.
By car: How far/how long...?
Freiburg is 183 km. soutwest of Stuttgart, 137 kms. south of Karlsruhe, 89 kms. south of Strasbourg (France) and 71 kms. north of Basel (Switzerland).
You can find here the distances together with the driving time and the best route.
We took the train (ICE) from Basel (CH) to Freiburg (Germany) and the ride took just 45 minutes. We paid just 59 CHF for a roundtrip for 2 people.
You can find more information about this special offer here:
I noticed that many people in Freiburg and also in many German cities,use their own bycicles very much inside the towns.This is the best way to move inside Freiburg.It is very easy and you won't find many cars by streets!.(Hope that in my country we can do the same very soon!) :-)
Getting around is easy by the buses, trams and suburban railways. They are running till deep in the night.
The area is divided into three zones. Zone A is the city of Freiburg, zones B and C cover parts of the Black Forest, the area west of Freiburg till Breisach and south of Freiburg till Auggen, half way to Basel.
This time I went by train to Freiburg, but two years ago I passed by on the way to Switzerland by car. Since Freiburg is located right in the middle of Central Europe it is easily to reach by car.
The German motorway A5 leads you to Freiburg (from Basel or Frankfurt). The A5 is a major European auto route, but unfortunately not in best shape. Lots of trucks frequent the motorway, and often you will come across traffic jams.
Parking is also a problem in Freiburg's city centre, so you better travel by train!
- Road Trip
I travelled to Freiburg by train - it is located right on the major European rail route Frankfurt - Basel.
Freiburg is a stop on the night train called "CityNightLine" of the Deutsche Bahn which operates from Dresden (and Berlin) via e.g. Leipzig, Erfurt, Frankfurt Sued, Karlsruhe to Basel and Zurich. Big mistake! Very inconvenient. Only little space, inconvenient seats, looong journey, noisy railroad cars etc.
So I changed my reservation for the journey back home to the ICE train. I did not regret it (although it was considerably more expensive). Very convenient, quick and only 10 minutes late :-)
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