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Freiburg is a beautiful German city nestled at the foot of the Black Forest. People often miss Freiburg when visiting Germany, and tend to stick to the well known cities such as Berlin and Hamburg. However, if you do decide to visit Freiburg, you will not regret it. This traditional city is one of the greenest in Europe. The black forest means you can easily go skiing in winter and hiking in summer.
I spent one year living and working in Freiburg. The city quickly became my new home. I want to explain to you why I love this city so much and what it has to offer.
The top thing to see in Freiburg has to be its Munster. The cathedral sits at the centre of the MunsterPlatz (a large courtyard) and is definitely worth a visit. Notably, the top of the bell tower offers stunning views of the city. It is open until 7:00 pm. It is the perfect place to stop by after work.
How to Get to Freiburg
The closest international airport to Freiburg is the Basel-Freiburg-Mulhouse airport. The airport is shared by three countries and is located just outside of Basel, Switzerland. From the airport, Flixbus runs a direct bus service to Freiburg’s city centre. When leaving the airport, be sure to leave by its German exit.
It is easy to arrive by train and bus from neighbouring German and French cities. Use Bahn.com for train tickets within Germany, and trainline.eu for train tickets across borders. For bus tickets, check out Flixbus.
The most popular form of transport in the city is bicycle. Conveniently, it’s easy to rent bikes. The best place to do so for a reasonable price is the Radstation. Look for the circular building above the train station. The city has excellent bicycle lanes and vehicles are very cautious of cyclists. This makes Freiburg one of the safest places to cycle in Europe.
If you don’t fancy cycling, the city also has an excellent tram network. It will get you almost anywhere you need to go at a very affordable price.
Where to Eat in Freiburg
MartinsBrau // My personal favourite place to eat when I lived in Freiburg. This restaurant serves authentic German food and freshly brewed beer. The schnitzel with pan-fried potatoes and mushroom sauce is to die for. Take the tram to Bertoldsbrunnen.
Skajo // This rooftop bar and restaurant provides stunning views over the Freiburg Munster. It’s a little on the pricey side; but you are paying for the view. Take the tram to Bertoldsbrunnen.
Hausbrauerei Feierling // The most popular pub with the locals. It is famous for its German beer, and also serves some great local snacks. Take the tram to Holzmarkt or Schwabentorplatz.
Eiscafe Portofino // The best ice cream restaurant in Freiburg! Either go for one scoop, a sundae or German ‘spagghetti eis’. This dish consists of a bottom layer of whipped cream, followed by a layer of ice cream made to look like spaghetti, then some strawberry sauce and white chocolate shavings on top. Take the tram to Stadttheater.
Schmidt // It’s not just France that can make some beautiful patisseries. The cakes here are to die for! Head in, pay for your cake, then take your receipt to a table and give it to your waiter. I recommend the Black Forest Gateau – it originates from Freiburg after all! Take the tram to Stadttheater.
What to Do in Freiburg
Black forest // Freiburg is the gateway city to the Black forest. Whilst you may lose the light to go hiking after work, It’s still possible to visit some of the towns. You can take the train from Freiburg to Titisee. From here you can have a walk around the lake, or even hire a boat. If you do have more time at the weekend, you can go hiking and swimming in summer, and skiing in winter.
Schlossberg // Schlossberg is a hill next to the centre of the city that provides stunning views over the city. It’s home to an excellent beer garden– Kastaniengarten. Schlossberg is easily accessible from Stadtgarden. Take a short walk up and around the hill or choose to take the Schlossbergbahn, a small train.
Seepark // A park with a huge lake, making it the perfect place to spend a summer evening. After 5:00 pm, it becomes very busy with locals having BBQs, picnics and drinks. Be sure to bring your swimwear, so you can cool off in the lake too on a summer’s evening. Take tram line 3 to Runzmattenweg.
Schwabentor // Arguably, the prettier of the two gate towers in Freiburg. The streets surrounding it are beautifully quaint, making it perfect for an after-work wander. It is located in the city center. Take tram line 1 to Schwabentorplatz.
Mundenhof // An animal park which is open 24 hours a day and is free to access. Take tram line 1 to Paduaallee, before switching to bus 32 to Umkirch, Brugesstrasse.
There is so much to see near Freiburg by simply just having a wander. Instead of having a set itinerary, take a walk through the city centre and observe the gorgeous German architecture. If you are lucky enough to have a weekend, I would recommend visiting the castles in Baden-Wurttemberg or the theme park, Europa park – Germany’s answer to Disneyland.
Also check out:
- Lisbon, Portugal After 5:00 pm
- Gdańsk, Poland After 5:00 pm
- Frankfurt, Germany After 5:00 pm
- Marseille, France After 5:00 pm
- Liverpool, UK After 5:00 pm
- Budapest, Hungary After 5:00 pm