Freiburg im Breisgau Travel Guide

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    Freiburg's Old Town
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Freiburg im Breisgau Highlights

  • Pro
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    Sjalen says…

     scenic surroundings, lively city, good wines, central location 

  • Con
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    mauro_pd says…

     ... boring environment :-))))) 

  • In a nutshell
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    colombian18 says…

     Very nice, close to Switzerland and France. 

Freiburg im Breisgau Things to Do

  • Rathausplatz

    Freiburg has an attractive Old Town -- actually a partial reconstruction of the old city center that was destroyed during the Second World War -- centered on the Rathausplatz or City Hall Square. Second photo: The City Hall in the morning.Third photo: The City Hall at night.Fourth photo: Some of the streets and squares in the Old Town still (or...

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  • Theater Freiburg

    Like many other city theaters in Germany, this one was founded at the beginning of the twentieth century. The building was inaugurated in 1910. It was badly damaged by bombs during the Second World War, but was re-built afterwards in more or less its original form.Second photo: The large hall is used for operas and for larger drama productions....

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  • Martinstor and Schwabentor

    You may see only two gates of Freiburg im Breisgau that have been preserved since medieval times. Both gates, - the Martinstor and the Schwabentor, - are located in the city centre and well seen from the tower of the Minster. The Martinstor (or Martin's Gate) is located on Kaiser-Joseph-Straße.

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Freiburg im Breisgau Restaurants

  • Dinner After the Party

    UPDATE: Dreisam Ufercafe has been taken over by a chain restaurant called Cafe Extrablatt.While we were wandering around looking for a place to eat, we couldn't help noticing the beer gardens were packed, and everyone was crowded around wide-screen TVs. The World Cup was going on, and Germany was playing. As it turned out, the game ended just as we...

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  • A Tasty Mistake

    We were actually trying to visit a nearby restaurant, but we wanted to sit on the edge of the outdoor seating to allow maximum room for Minifrosch and his stroller. It turns out, the outside edge of the seating belonged to the neighboring restaurant, Gasthaus Zum rauhen Mann. While our guidebook loudly warned its readers not to visit this...

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  • "Religious" wine bar

    We didn’t realize we were in a religious establishment until I got home and looked up “heiliggeiststeuble” and learned that we were in the Holy Spirit wine bar. I understand it is run by a religious organization, thus the name. Otherwise, it is a very pleasant restaurant with pretty good food. It is also conveniently located on the Munsterplatz. We...

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Freiburg im Breisgau Nightlife

  • nice disco

    nice disco in the center of Freiburg. Good music (all kinds played) and nice people. No snobs allowed :-) Average is about 20 y.o., I was there on Saturday.Prices very competitive: EUR 6 to get in; EUR 5.80 for a long drink; EUR 2.50 for a beer; EUR 34 - 55 for a bottle of vodka.Nice and big smoking area available. Nothing special required. Casual...

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  • Good food!

    Good cocktails, many beverages you can choose for good prices - but it has nothing to do with South America, it's only in the name :-) They haven't many dishes on their cards, but whatever you choose will be good! I tried a Thai Soup with red curry, coconut milk, chicken and chillies and it was really hot and tasty (EUR 2,50) and another time a...

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  • Cocktails & Burgers

    ...one more nice bar with nice interior. Every monday it's Happy Hour from 8 pm until 9 pm (Cocktails are ok there, try the Mojito!) and also the monday is Burger-Day at Maria's - they serve fresh made, delicious burgers, really big (even too much for one person!) with country potatoes or chips and salad for EUR 3,90!!! none

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Freiburg im Breisgau Transportation

  • 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...

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  • Avoid bike rental in Freiburg at...

    This is our very bad experience with Fernando Schüber’sFahrradverleih in der Fahrradstation Freiburg am Hauptbahnhof freiburgbikes.deBike 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...

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  • InterCityExpress trains

    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...

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Freiburg im Breisgau Shopping

  • Don't miss this....

    If you are looking for fresh food or flowers, you can't beat the Markets in the Muenster precinct. You will be amazed at the fresh meats and cheeses, fruit, vegetables and of course the sausage vendors. I'm not sure when the markets are on exactly. I was there on a Monday and they were in full swing. The flowers are beyond compare, I have rarely...

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  • Informal market

    Coming from the station walking toward the old town, we found this market where they mostly sold clothing and accessories.

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  • Cheese

    Direct opposite the cathedral is the best cheese shop i've ever seen in germany.the two women are very friendly, and the smell is vrey strong, but so good. if you, like me, love cheese strong and smelly. don't be afraid to ask to try what you want to buy, they will give you lots!they sell any kind of cheese, and if you're friendly, you may even buy...

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Freiburg im Breisgau Local Customs

  • Heisse Maroni (hot chestnuts)

    Where we live, we only sing about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” at Christmas time. However, it appears that Germans actually roast them over open fires and sell them in lots of public places. Well, when in Freiburg, do as the Freiburgers do, so we bought some from a very chatty man. Amazingly to me, he spoke excellent English and wanted to...

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  • Bächle

    One unusual feature of Freiburg are the Bächle, or mini-canals, running throughout the city. Originally built to deliver water and fight fires, the Bächle are now merely decorative. In some places, they are covered, but they are usually left in the open for children and tourists to enjoy. They are a minor consideration for those pushing strollers,...

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  • Fastnacht: Breisgauer Narrenzunft (BNZ)

    The Breisgauer Narrenzunft is actually not one single guild but an association of 35 different carnival guilds in town. Each of the guilds does its own carnival programme but the association keeps them together and organizes some central events - like the big parade on Carnival Monday where all the member guilds and many many guests from all over...

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Freiburg im Breisgau Warnings and Dangers

  • Freiburg bike rental at freiburgbikes.de

    This is our very bad experience with Fernando Schüber’sFahrradverleih in der Fahrradstation Freiburg am Hauptbahnhof freiburgbikes.deBike 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...

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  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the...

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  • Watch your step.....

    In Freiburg im Breisgau, you will notice many open water drains throughout the city (baechle). Some are placed in very crowded areas (like the Rathaus Platz) so be careful and watch your step. You could sprain or even break an ankle if you tripped into one of them. On the bright side however is the legend that if you slip and fall into the Baechle,...

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Freiburg im Breisgau Tourist Traps

  • Don’t Step into the Bächle

    These are traps in the literal sense of the word. Watch your steps in old Freiburg’s street. The open waterflows in the streets are sort of Freiburg’s trademark. Many streets have them. They are not deep and the water is no danger but stumbling over the edges can cause serious injuries. They are not protected, people are expected to watch out for...

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  • McDonalds Invades Again!!

    What you see here is a city street along with a beautiful tower. The tower was nearly destroyed as it was crumbling down in many places--it would need quite a bit to restore it to it's former stature of beauty and charm.Then along came McDonalds Fast Food Restaurants. They bought the property and then proceeded to put a restaurant inside the...

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  • Beware of it: One of these...

    Beware of it: One of these 'famous' Clock Shops! You find these kind of stores everywhere in the Black Forrest area!!But if you like these expansive nonsens, please visit it!This is a Clock shop in TITISEE.

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Freiburg im Breisgau What to Pack

  • Climate in Freiburg

    There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 - 47°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 24°C ( 71 - 75°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )

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  • Packing List

    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...

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Freiburg im Breisgau Off The Beaten Path

  • Vauban

    For 47 years after the Second World War the French army maintained a large base in Freiburg, three kilometers south of the city center. When the last French troops left the site in 1993 it was bought by the city of Freiburg for the development of a "Sustainable Model District Vauban", a new district for more than 5000 inhabitants and 600 jobs.The...

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  • Bicycle Loop Trail: Seepark

    Towards the end of the Loop Trail, in the western part of the city, it goes through the Seepark (Lake Park) in the Mooswald district. This is a popular place for strolling, jogging and swimming, and is also the site of the Freiburg Ecology Station.Second photo: My rental bike at Seepark.

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  • Play streets in Vauban

    All German cities and towns have the option of declaring some of their streets to be "traffic-calmed streets" or "play streets", providing they are willing incur the wrath of the powerful automobile lobbies.The unusual thing about Vauban is that nearly all the streets in the district have this status. Theoretically anyone with a driver's license is...

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Freiburg im Breisgau Sports & Outdoors

  • Girls lets play Basketball

    The Freiburg "Icebirds" are one of the main sports attractions of town. Since 2000 they play in the highest German division and increased their performances ever since.They play in a tiny hall, but the average crowd in Freiburg is top of the league (1,000). The atmosphere is great and very cozy. The parents of the players bake cake and sell it...

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  • The "Dreisam" Stadion

    In this stadion you can watch 1.Bundesliga games of german soccer. Freiburg just started again in the first Liga after one year in the 2.Bundesliga. I think they play a very attractive football. It is one of the clubs with only few money, especially comparing with clubs as Bayern Munich or Dortmund. Nevertheless they have a very good team.

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  • See top football at Dreisamstadion

    Dreisamstadion (capacity 25,000) is the home of SC Freiburg or SCF. The team was one of the biggest surprises during the 90'es when it achieved its first ever promotion to the topflight. Before getting relegated again in 1997 the team one time was close to win the league. In 1998 the team got promoted again, playing even in Europe in 2001/02...

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Freiburg im Breisgau Favorites

  • Stumbling blocks

    "If one person dies, it's a tragedy. If a million people die, it's a statistic." This cynical statement was attributed to the late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (1879-1953). It was quoted to me by a Russian orchestra conductor who spent his childhood in Moscow under Stalin's rule.Like many other German cities, Freiburg is trying translate the...

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  • Gurs 1027 km

    This looks at first glance like a perfectly normal yellow road sign, such as you might find on any regional highway in Germany. But wait! These signs don't normally point to places over a thousand kilometers away. And who ever heard of a place called Gurs, anyhow?Gurs is a city in the southwest corner of France. It was the site of a concentration...

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  • Freiburg im Breisgau

    Freiburg im Breisgau straddles the Dreisam River at the foot of the Schlossberg. Historically, the city has acted as the hub of the Breisgau region on the western edge of the Black Forest in the Upper Rhine Plain. The city is known for its medieval Minster.I was fortunate to visit this city in August of 2004 on the way from Bavaria (Hohenschwangau)...

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