The Schlossberg

Freiburg’s inner city mountain

The old town of Freiburg is located at its bottom, the view is simply marvelous – almost 1000 years ago the people of Zähringen built their first castle on this mountain, which was followed by many fortifications and defenses over the years.

Today the Schlossberg is the favorite place of Freiburg residents: discovering history in the footsteps of the ancestors, jogging to get your pulse racing, climb the observation tower and enjoy the all-round view of the Kaiserstuhl and Vosges mountains, look over the rooftops of Freiburg on the Kanonenplatz, have your (inner) child enjoy one of the playgrounds, let the sun go down with a view over Freiburg, end the day with a drink in the beer garden or a menu in the restaurant – there really is something for everyone.

And so close – in just five minutes’ walk from the old town you are in this piece of nature without actually leaving the city.

Getting there:

Leave house Münsterplatz to the right, leave house Schusterstrasse to the left. Always go straight on into Konviktstraße / to Münzplatz to the Schlossberggarage and there climb the stairs and the bridge to the Schlossberg.

For those who are less comfortable on foot: the Schlossberg can also be reached without barriers; The Schlossbergbahn overcomes the steepest vertical meters for you from the Stadtgarten in a few minutes.

Discover a wide range of animals

With an area of 38 hectares, Freiburg Mundenhof is the largest animal inclosure in Baden-Württemberg. From 1968, on the initiative of the then mayor, a local recreation area was set up for the Freiburg residents and their children on the site of the former city estate with its historic buildings. Today, mainly domestic animal breeds from all over the world and some wild animals are kept in large outdoor enclosures. The extensive area invites you to stroll; unlike in a classic zoo, the animals have a lot of space and sometimes need to be discovered by the visitor.
The network of trails is well signposted, and numerous gastronomic offers and natural playgrounds for all ages make the excursion a great experience for the entire family!
Numerous events depending on the season attract visitors from near and far.
The visit to the Mundenhof is free of charge, only the parking lot costs a daily fee of 10 € (as of February 2021).

Getting there:
With the tram line 1 to Paduaallee, then with bus 19 you can reach the Mundenhof in about an hour.
You can reach the zoo in about 20 minutes by car.

Our recommendation:
Enjoy a relaxed bike ride out of the city to the Mundenhof!
Follow the Dreisam cycle path downstream to the Lehener Brücke and then follow the signs to the Mundenhof. Duration approx. 30 minutes.

For opening hours and further information please use the vivarium’s >website

Mundenhof
Haus 15
79111 Freiburg

Maritime Feeling with Alpine Views

Lake Constance is Germany’s largest inland body of water, it covers a total of 536 km2 and lies in the tri-border region of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
There are many beautiful places around the lake, such as Konstanz, Überlingen and Meersburg.
The island of Mainau is an attraction and a popular excursion destination. You can reach Mainau via a bridge from the south bank or with an excursion boat from the white fleet.

In summer, the best conditions for sailors, surfers and swimmers are very alluring. Cyclists are not neglected either. A 260km long bike path leads around Lake Constance.

Getting there:
By car from Freiburg on the B31 towards Donaueschingen for 70km through the Black Forest to the A81 motorway. Take the onramp in the direction of Singen / Landau / Konstanz and follow this for another 20km to the 40 Hegau interchange. Then follow the B33 towards Konstanz.
Driving time approx. 2 hours.
With the Deutsche Bahn regional train S10 towards Donaueschingen. In Donaueschingen there is a change to the Regional Express to Engen. In Engen change to bus 942 to Bahnhof Süd / MAGGI, Singen (Hohentwiel). From there you continue with the Regional Express in the direction of Constance.
Travel time 3 hours.

For detailed information please refer to the region’s website

The Strandbad Lido

Freiburg’s vacation destination

Beautifully located in the Dreisamtal, Freiburg’s largest outdoor swimming pool is the city’s most popular holiday destination. More than 3,300 m² of water, a 50-meter lane and many children’s attractions such as several water slides and family pools await visitors. The spacious lawn offers enough space for relaxation. Catering is also provided, from the classic outdoor pool kiosk to various ice cream stands and the Spanish tapas bar, there is something for every taste and hunger!

Getting there:
With the tram line 1 to the final stop Laßbergstraße in Littenweiler you can reach the lido in about 20 minutes.
You can also get to the lido by car in around 15 minutes, but we recommend using public transport due to the lack of parking spaces.
Our tip: just cycle comfortably along the Dreisam to the lido!

For opening hours and further information please refer to the lido’s >Website

Strandbad Freiburg
Schwarzwaldstraße 195
79117 Freiburg

Germany’s highest waterfalls

The Triberg waterfalls are an impressive natural spectacle at any time of the year, with a height of 136m and seven steps.
Visitors can find out about plants, animals and history on various display boards via three different routes, the culture route, the cascade route and the nature route.
For night owls, the waterfalls are even illuminated from 10 p.m.
A visit to the Triberg waterfalls is also an extraordinary experience for children, but the paths are not suitable for excursions with the stroller.

Getting there:

Take the regional train from Freiburg main station in the direction of Offenburg. Then change in Offenburg to the Regional Express in the direction of Konstanz, get off in Triberg. Driving time 1h 40 min.
By car from Freiburg on the B31 towards Donaueschingen. Take the exit towards Buchenbach / St. Märgen and immediately turn right onto Höllentalstraße and follow this 4 km to the junction right onto Spirzenstraße. Stay on this and after 8 km turn left onto the B500 signs towards Triberg / Furtwangen. Follow the B500 to Triberg. Driving time approx. 1 hour

78098 Triberg im Schwarzwald

One of Europe’s most spectacular waterfalls

Impressive 23 m high and 150 m wide – the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen is one of the largest and most water-rich waterfalls in Europe. It is located west of the lower Lake Constance in Switzerland.
From different platforms you get breathtaking views of the enormous water masses.
In addition to a boat tour, Laufen Castle with its old walls and the view of the Rhine Falls is highly recommended. The castle restaurant also offers culinary delights with a spectacular view.

Getting there:

Take the ICE from Freiburg to Basel (Badischer Bahnhof). There you change to the IRE of the Swiss Federal Railroad and drive to Schaffhausen, there you change to the S-Bahn to Dachsen. Driving time approx. 1 hour 50 minutes

By car from Freiburg, follow the B31 towards Donaueschingen 70 km through the Black Forest to the A81 motorway. Take the driveway towards Singen / Landau / Konstanz and drive a further 33 km to the end. The A81 joins the B34 here, which then leads to Switzerland, where it becomes the E41. Now follow the E41 to Schaffhausen and continue on the A4 to the Dachsen exit. Driving time approx. 1h 45min
Important note: please remember the Swiss vignette when using toll roads such as the A4

For additional information on the falls and how to get their, please refer to the official >website

Dive into the fascination of nature

The first botanical garden at the University of Freiburg was laid out as a teaching garden by the medical faculty as early as 1620, making it one of the first botanical gardens in Germany. Numerous famous botanists among the directors made it well known. After several relocations, today’s botanical garden was laid out in 1912. It has the evolution of plants as a continuous central theme and consists of the habitats of alpine vegetation, dunes, heather, swamp, bogs and water. Even today, research, learning and teaching is carried out in the botanical garden, and it is open to the public (free entry).

The outdoor area invites you to take a long walk with lots of information – native and medicinal plants can be found here as well as tropical and exotic species.
But even in rainy weather, the four thematically divided greenhouses offer young and old visitors exciting things to discover from the field of botany!
Numerous events and regular tours even offer those who are advanced in the subject matter new and exciting things to discover at any time!

Getting there:
Take tram line 2 or 4 to the Botanischer Garten stop, then another 5 minutes on foot.
Due to the lack of parking facilities, we advise against arriving by car.

Botanischer Garten der Universität Freiburg
Schänzlestraße 1
79104 Freiburg

For further information please refer to the university’s >website

Reach for the stars

At first glance the 13-meter-wide planetarium dome that has been rising from the building at the north end of the main train station since 2002 seems a bit strange. Freiburg’s planetarium was moved here when the old projector had done its job and its projected planets wobbled more and more. Today you will find one of the most modern planetariums in the world under this dome, which can accommodate up to 140 guests for a journey through the cosmos!

The Freiburg Planetarium offers a varied program for children from 5 years as well as for adults. Let yourself be carried away into the fascinating world of our universe and travel under the dome of the planetarium into the starry sky!

How to get there:

You can reach the planetarium in 10 minutes on foot.

Planetarium Freiburg
Bismarckallee 7g
79098 Freiburg i. Brsg.

For further information please refer to the planetarium’s >website

Refreshing in summer, romantic in winter

Once built in the 17th century as one of the “forest sanctuaries” and pilgrimage site of the Wiehre community, the St. Valentin forest restaurant is now one of the most popular excursion destinations for all generations.
The location in the forest is refreshing in summer and romantic in winter, the varied menu offers something for every palate. For Freiburg’s youngest, St. Valentin is famous above all for the numerous pancakes on the menu.

Getting there:

Take tram line 2 to the final stop in Günterstal and from there follow the signs for the Black Forest Association, duration approx. 30 minutes.
If you don’t want to hike: there is a car park around 400 meters below St. Valentin. By car, take the exit at the Landesstraße after leaving Günterstal, approx. 20 minutes from Freiburg city centre. However, we do not recommend arriving by car as the number of parking spaces is limited.

Our tip:

There are numerous wonderful hiking opportunities for all levels of difficulty from Freiburg to St. Valentin – ask our team, we will be happy to help!
St. Valentin is also easy to reach by bike and offers a wonderful excursion destination at the end of the elongated green Günterstal!

For opening hours and the restaurant’s menu please refer to their >website

The Zähringerburg Castle

Of the Zähringer castle, which was first mentioned in a document in the 12th century, only the castle tower from the 13th century remains today. You can get the keys to the castle tower in the forest restaurant and climb it. From above, you have a wonderful view of the surrounding valleys! An absolute highlight for adults and younger explorers!

The “Zähringerburg” forest restaurant was built in 1655 and has been home to a snack bar for hikers since the 18th century – which of course has changed significantly since then (as of February 2021: kiosk with ToGo offers).

Getting there:

Mit dem Auto ab der Freiburger Stadtmitte:

  • Direction Zähringen into Habsburger Straße
  • Zähringer Straße follow the tram lines to the last stop for line 2
  • Turn right into Reutebachgasse
  • Before the railway underpass, turn left into Wildtalstrasse and immediately right again into Pochgasse
  • Always uphill through the residential area – then another three kilometers through the forest
    Navigation devices usually cannot find the address of the restaurant – please follow the description above.

Our tip:

Go on an excursion and hike to the Zähringerburg! The hike mentioned below offers you wonderful views of the surrounding valleys and leads mostly through the pleasantly shady forest.
The tour starts at Gundelfingen train station, which can be reached by S-Bahn or regional express in 10 minutes from Freiburg Central Station.

Length: 13 km, 500 meters in altitude, about 5 hours
Difficulty level: medium
Refreshments at the Waldgasthaus

For the hiking trail to download, please refer to the following >link

The website of the restaurant with information on opening hours and directions can be found >here