Perched on the fringe of the Black Forest, Freiburg im Breisgau is home to one of Germany’s oldest universities and has been a hub for students, artists and history buffs for centuries. Whether you want to wander around the cobblestoned Old Town or sip on German ale at a local brewery, you’ll quickly find out why Freiburg is known as the Jewel of the Black Forest."
Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau
With its medieval stone buildings and beautifully manicured gardens, Freiburg University rivals the likes of Oxford and Cambridge. A stroll around campus is a great way to soak up the student scene and experience Freiburg like a local.
Towering above the city, Freiburg Minster is one of Europe’s most beautiful Gothic cathedrals. The sandstone facade was completed in 1330, making it Germany’s only Gothic church completed in the Middle Ages. The nave window features are a highlight, with a deep red hue created by suspended solid-gold nanoparticles.
Looking for a day out among nature? The Schauinsland Mountain cable car can whisk you high above the Black Forest. At 3.6 kilometres, it’s Germany’s longest cable car ride and commands sweeping views of Freiburg, the Rhine valley and the Kaiserstuhl Mountains.
As you wander around the Old Town, don’t forget to look down. Its cobblestone streets are lined with tiny “Freiburg Bachle” canals that once served as sewers. Today crystal-clear water streams through the canals and creates a serene atmosphere.
Getting around Freiburg im Breisgau
Except for trams and bicycles, the city centre is a pedestrian-only zone, so the best way to explore is on foot. Buses run to nearby towns and villages, while a rental car can offer flexibility and convenience.