Freiburg City Breaks
Freiburg city breaks offer a unique experience to those looking to get back in touch with nature. Freiburg is a lively university city, located at the southern end of the Black Forest, close to the Swiss and French borders. As Germany's Green City, it could possibly be one of the most eco-friendly places in the world. However, visitors may be forgiven for not noticing the car-free streets and eco-housing amongst the buzz of market traders and locals looking to grab a deal.
Freiburg's townscape is dominated by its magnificent Münster on the bustling market square, which is transformed into a festive display for the annual Freiburg Christmas Market. As you stroll through the town, be sure to look down at the pavement for the cheerful mosaics often found in front of the shops.
The little rivers (Bächle) running parallel to many footpaths, as well as the dynamic cultural scene and an excellent range of restaurants and bars, further add to the charm of this beautiful city.
Located in the centre of the Black Forest at the southwestern tip of Germany, Freiburg is a quintessential German city that, over the years, has attracted many visitors without losing its cultural roots. A Freiburg city break is the perfect choice for those looking to take a stroll along the various nature walks, up the rocky pathways towards the picturesque peaks and through the romantic Wutach gorge. Our Strasbourg city breaks also offer the opportunity to venture into the surrounding national parks and are popular with visitors who enjoy exploring Germany's spectacular scenic sights.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 30 min
- EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg: 75km from the city centre; transfer time about 1 hour
- Nearest railway station: Freiburg Hauptbahnhof
- Currency: Euro
The historical town centre of Freiburg is the heart of this city. The area is traffic-free and has many department stores, specialist shops, fashion boutiques, bookstores, art and antique stores, and a variety of other shops.
The market is a vital part of life in Freiburg. A market is held every weekday on Münsterplatz, the square around the minster, which sells fresh flowers, meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and there are also the famous sausage vendors. Baden wine, Black Forest Kirsch schnapps and Black Forest ham are also sold at the market. On the Rotteckring, the market and the stalls sell North African and Indian goods.
Restaurants and Taverns
There are many restaurants in Freiburg which offer a great dining experience. The majority of the food served is based on seasonal specialities made with fresh ingredients from the Black Forest region. Freiburg also hosts two annual wine festivals.
For traditional cuisine, try the popular Oberkirchs Weinstuben which has a rustic feel created by the historic wood beams which decorate the interior.
Heiliggeiststüble is a cheaper alternative which is run by friendly staff. The restaurant-café offers good food at reasonable prices. At the Gasthaus zum Kranz and the Hotel-Restaurant Löwen in the Altstadt, traditional German food is again available at more reasonable prices.
Dining at the Dattler offers an impressive view. Located at the top on the Schlossberg, this restaurant is well established in the community, being over 125 years old.
The Münsterplatz is filled with food vendors which sell the Freiburg speciality of a Bratwurst with cooked onions. For those with more of a sweet tooth, there are also vendors which sell crepes or waffles, and fresh fruit can be bought from a stall in the Münstermarkt.
Freiburg hosts the longest cable car run in Germany, which is 3.6km, or about 2.25 miles (3.62 km) long runs from Günterstal up to a nearby mountain called Schauinsland.
The Augustinerplatz is one of the central squares in the old city. It used to be an Augustine monastery and then became the Augustinermuseum in 1921. Now it is a popular social space for Freiburg's younger residents, where there are numerous restaurants and bars, including the local brewery 'Feierling', which has a beer garden. On warm summer nights, hundreds of students gather here.
At the centre of the old city is the largest square in Freiburg, the Münsterplatz. This is the site where Freiburg's Münster, a gothic structure built between 1200 and 1530, stands. It's imposing spire towers over the city of Freiburg.
On the south side is the Historisches Kaufhaus or Historical Merchants Hall. It was constructed between 1520 and 1530 and was once the centre of the financial life of the region. Its beautiful façade, decorated with statues and the coat of arms of four Habsburg emperors, makes it well worth a visit.
Freiburg, like the rest of Germany, is host to many beer gardens. Cafes and bars are also common.
Café Atlantik is a rock bar which serves cocktails and hosts frequent music concerts.
StuSie Bar is the chosen hot-spot for students. Glamour is also popular because of its themed nights and at weekends two floors are open for dancing.
For a more elegant evening in Freiburg, try the Cocktail Bar Hemingway in the Hotel Victoria or Grace a café-bar-restaurant.
Waldsee on Waldsee Street is perfect for those who are looking for nightclubs with more music and dancing. During the afternoon, this place offers a cheap lunch menu and serves coffee.
KoKi Kommunal Kino shows an impressive collection of old and modern cinema classics and, although it is rather run-down, a pleasant evening can be spent walking in the gardens and watching a film.