Freiburg im Breisgau

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Freiburg im Breisgau

Freiburg im Breisgau – The Sunniest City In Germany

Freiburg is in the southwest area of Germany and has a very warm and sunny climate. Often called the German Tuscany, Freiburg boasted of over 1,639 hours of sunshine in 2013 and the average temperature was 11.4 degrees Celsius during that year.

A Beautiful University Town

The Albert Ludwig University (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität) was established in 1457 and is one of the most well renowned in the country. More than 20,000 students study here and Freiburg also has two other universities so you will always find the town full of young people. Also known as an ecological city due to the imposing presence of the Green party, Freiburg has over 100,000 inhabitants and they elected the first Green mayor in Germany.

Architectural Delights In Freiburg

Freiburg is situated in the Breisgau, a region that is between the Rhine and the Black Forest and it has a stunning medieval cathedral that was built in the Gothic style that was popular in Germany from the 13th century to the 16th century. This is the seat of the Archbishopric of Freiburg and luckily this magnificent building was never damaged during the war.

The cathedral has beautiful stained glass windows and these also survived as they were removed during the time when the town was under attack in 1944. The Augustinian Monastery has been turned into a museum and now occupies a space where young people come to socialise. Then there is the Münster Square, an historical market hall where a farmer’s market is held every week.

More Monuments In Freiburg

The Merchant’s Hall in Freiburg was built in 1532 and has some amazing sculptures around the roof. It is an unusual deep blood red colour. The Siegesdenkmal is a monument dedicated to the victory of the Germans in the Franco Prussian War of 1871 and this is at the edge of the town. Designed and built by Karl Freidrich Moest, it is so outstanding that it has now become a meeting place or can be used as a marker from which to find your way around the town.

The Castle At Freiburg

On the east of the city is Schlossberg Hill where you can go for extensive views over Freiburg. Only the ruins of the castle are left but there is a steep funicular railway to take you from the city centre to the top of the hill.

Something Different To See

Freiburg has many small alleyways and a large pedestrian area which is full of shops, restaurants and bars. The town is also known for the unusual series of gutters which can be seen on every street. These carry water from the Dreisam and were originally used for watering cattle but are now a featured landmark. There are plenty of sights and wonderful buildings to see in Freiburg so a one day trip may not be enough to get around all the town.

Staying At Freiburg im Breisgau

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Colombi Hotel

Colombi Hotel is a sensational five star rated establishment with a Michelin star restaurant and rooms that exude luxury. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, a gym and fitness room and it is situated just a few minutes walk from the historic old town.

All the rooms have air conditioning, a flat screen TV and free Internet. The restaurant, which is rated as a one star Michelin, serves delicious Black Forest cuisine and after a meal there is a cigar bar if you want to smoke. Just a five minute walk to the main train station, this is the most convenient and comfortable hotel in Freiburg.

Central Hotel

Staying at the Central Hotel gives you comfort and friendliness from the English speaking staff. The rooms are cosy and all feature a safe, mini bar and TV. Included in the price of your stay is a breakfast buffet and the hotel offers bike rental for visitors who want to explore the Black Forest region.

Central Hotel is only three minutes walk from the historic cathedral at Freiburg and when you have finished sightseeing for the day you can relax in the bar with a well earned drink.

Best Western Premier Hotel Victoria

Situated just 500 metres from the main station at Freiburg, the Best Western Premier Hotel Victoria is rated four stars and has all the amenities you could want to make your stay enjoyable. The hotel dates back to 1875 but has been extensively refurbished so all the rooms are comfortable and have a seating area as well as a mini bar and flat screen TV.

Spa facilities are on hand with massage and sauna available every day from skilled masseurs. The Hemingway Cocktail bar offers a wide range of drinks. There is also a smoking lounge and snacks are available from the bar. The hotel has a souvenir shop where you can buy a gift to remind you of your holiday in Freiburg.

How To Get To Freiburg

By Air

Fly into Basel-Mülhausen (EAP) which is 75 kilometres from Freiburg and then take public transport or hire a car a drive. There is a bus service that takes just around one hour and trains which take around one hour thirty minutes. Alternatively, you can take a taxi which is a journey of 45 minutes.

By Train

The train station is 500 metres from the airport terminal. From the station take a train on line 50 to Basel SBB. Trains run every 10 minutes. Change to the Deutsche Bahn trains to Freiburg which run every hour. The total journey time is one hour thirty three minutes.

By Road

Depart the airport terminal using the A35 then take A36 and A5 to Eschholzstraße in Freiburg im Breisgau. This route crosses a country border. Take the exit toward FR-Stühlinger/FR-Haslach from B31a. Turn onto the A35 and head towards the exit marked for Freiburg. Continue and follow directions until you reach Wentzingerstraße 1.

Regular buses also run to Freiburg central station from the Basel-Mülhausen (EAP) airport terminal. The journey takes 55 minutes and costs are around 25 to 30 euro per person.

Other Attractions In Freiburg

Amusement Parks In Freiburg

The Mundenhof is the largest animal farm park in Baden-Württemberg and covers an area of 38 hectares. There is a section of petting zoo with small domestic animals such as sheep, pnies and goats. The owners of the park run it on a voluntary basis so there is no fee for entry but a small donation would help them to continue their work.

The Ganter Brewery – See How Beer Is Made

Located at Freiburg is the Ganter Brewery. You can take a guided tour around the brewery and learn all about how the beer is fermented and brewed using malt, hops, water and yeast. Of course, at the end there is a nice tasting session. Tours around the brewery are available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and run three times each day. However, a reservation is required.

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