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  • Freiburg im Breisgau – sunniest city

    Tourist-Information, Rathausplatz 2 - 4, 79098 Freiburg

    How to Get There?


      Freiburg is well connected to the german ICE network and accessible easily from all over Germany. The main station is located quite in the center of the city - just walk approx. 10 minutes. Alternatively take the tram to "Bertoltsbrunnen" and walk 5 minutes.

      DB BAHN

      Use the freeway A5 (Karlsruhe-Basel and vv.) and use the exit "Freiburg-Mitte". Follow the "B 31a" and the signposts to the city center. There's sufficient parking nearby.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 47.996162
      LONGTITUDE: 7.849380



      Next airport is Basel/Mulhouse. Take the bus no. 50 to "Basel SBB" and take an ICE train to Freiburg here. From Freiburg main station either walk approx. 10 minutes or take the tram to "Bertoltsbrunnen" and walk 5 minutes from there.

      Nearest airport

      Basel-Mülhausen (EAP)

    Why Go There?

    Freiburg is located in the southwest region of Germany, and not only is Freiburg the warmest and sunniest city in Germany - the entire area is one of the wamest.

    Due to this, the region is sometimes called "the german Tuscany". In 2013 there were 1,639 hours of sunshine in Freiburg, and the average temperature was 11.4 °C (52.5 °F) over the entire year.

    Freiburg im Breisgau is one of the famous old German university towns. The Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (Albert Ludwig University) was founded in 1457, and it is one of the oldest and most famous universities with more than 20,000 students. There are a handful of other universities available in Freiburg, and the entire number of students is approx. 30,000.

    Freiburg is located in the "Breisgau", an area between the River Rhine and the Black Forest in the southwest of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Freiburg is known as an "ecological city", traditionally (maybe due to the high number of students?) the "Greens" (an ecological political party in Germany) have a stronghold here; and Freiburg was the first city with more than 100,000 citizens which got (and still has) a "green" mayor.

    The city's landscape is the "Freiburg Münster" (a medieval cathedral). It's built mostly in gothic style (between 1200 and 1513), even though the oldest parts of the building from the 13th century were made in romanesque style. It's the registered office of the archbishopric of Freiburg since 1827. The Münster wasn't destroyed during the 2nd world war, which seemed to be a miracle. The valuable glass windows were preserved as well, as they were disassembled in time prior to the air raids of the allied in November 1944.

    Located directly at the Münster square (opposite to the Münster) the historical market hall (a historical department store) can be found. This house was built in 1532 and shows grand sculptures of habsburgic monarchs. The eye-catcher is its blood red color.

    There is a street market around the Münster which takes place daily. On the one hand its a "classical" market with vegetables, groceries etc.; but then also a "tourist market" with souvenirs etc.

    The city has an unusual system of gutters (called Bächle) that run throughout its centre. Formerly - during the mid ages - it was used for effluent; nowadays it's just an adornment and another landmark of the city.

    Freiburg im Breisgau shows many small alleys, a really huge pedestrian area (nearly the entire city center is a forbidden area for motorized vehicles) and plenty of nice small stores, bars, restaurants, pubs etc. The city is worth more than one visit, and you should plan more than one day in order to view this beautiful spot - one day isn't enough for sure!

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Tourist-Information, Rathausplatz 2 - 4, 79098 Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

    Things to do close by!

    Local speciality

    Taste the regional wine and food (from Baden), such as "Schäufele" (cured pork roast), ox beef with horse radish sauce and beetroot, or Schupfnudel with Sauerkraut. There are plenty of restaurants, pubs, bars to taste this delicious things. Attention: between early may and late june there is the asparagus season!

    Spa & Wellness

    There are several spas in the area: • Keidel Mineral-Thermalbad Freiburg with saunas, turkish steam bath, massage - directly at the Freiburg city limits. • Vita Classica Bad Krozingen - just 15 km from Freiburg, a stylish "palace" of wellness and being comfortable. • CASSIOPEIA Therme - 30 minutes from Freiburg in Badenweiler with more than 1,000 sq meters of water expense and a plain of alltogether nearly 4,000 sq meters. • Badeparadies Schwarzwald with real palms and many saunas.

    Amusement park

    Visit the 'Mundenhof' - the largest animal park in Baden-Württemberg (38 hectars). Many domestic and farm animals are here to be viewed and petted, such as sheep, goats, horses, cows, porks, but also monkeys. There's no entrance fee, but the operators of the park will be grateful for a small voluntary donation. Special tip: camel riding or a little round trip with a covered wagon.


    The Ganter Brewery is a small brewery located directly in Freiburg. There are guided tours available to learn all about beer brewing (and of course a beer tasting at the end of the tour). Hops, malt, barm and water - this are the ingredients of beer, not less and not more. The tours take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3 times each day, and a reservation is required.

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