Freiburg — the sunniest city in Germany
The sunniest city in Germany, Freiburg is just a stone’s throw away from both France and Switzerland. Founded in 1120 as a free market town, around 230,000 people call Freiburg home.
The mountains of Freiburg
Schauinsland (literally ‘look into the countryside’) is Freiburg’s very own mountain, and can be reached using the Schauinsland Cableway. From the summit you will have a magnificent view over the Black Forest Mountains and valleys, the Rhine Valley, the Vosges Mountains and the Swiss Alps. It is a great location for hiking, mountain-biking and other outdoor activities.
Feldberg is the highest mountain in the Black Forest. Skiers and snowboarders will find a total 61 km of ski slopes and 35 lifts which can easily be reached by public transport. Hikers can enjoy the splendid landscape from Feldberg’s peak, which can be reached using the Feldbergbahn Cableway.
Ganter Brewery and hot springs
It’s not just Bavaria that offers tasty home-brewed beer — in Freiburg, you can have a look at the Ganter Brewery. Take an English-language tour to try out the beer and experience the traditional brewery from inside.
For a chilled break, the Keidel Mineral-Thermal Bath and the Vita Classica spa offer a wide range of wellness programmes, saunas and whirlpools as well as natural hot spring mineral thermal baths. You can reach both via public transport.
The vibrant ecological districts Vauban and Rieselfeld are examples of modern architecture and sustainable urban planning. The Vauban district was built from 1994 to 2014, on the site of a former French military facility. Every Wednesday you will find a farmers’ market at the market place selling home-made bread and other organic products from the region.
If you want to discover Europe in a day, go to Europa-Park — Germany’s largest theme park. There are over 100 attractions on offer, from Europe’s highest and biggest roller coaster to magic and musical shows performed by 250 international artists. Ask at the Südbadenbus service center at Freiburg main station for public transport options.
Day trips to France
If you love France as much as Germany, you can have both while visiting Freiburg. The train journey only takes an hour — visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg or the picturesque old town of Colmar with its striking timber-framed buildings.
British-German Town Twinnings
Town twinnings between British and German cities play an important role in promoting cultural exchange. Freiburg has been twinned with Guildford in Surrey since 1979.