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

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

Spectacular views and unique vegetation

Length: 21 km, 608 meters in altitude, duration about 6.5 hours
Difficulty level: medium – sturdy shoes required and not suitable for prams
There are several places to stop for refreshments (e.g. on the way to the wine tasting in the state winery, to strengthen yourself with a sausage at the kiosk at the Katharinenkapelle or at the destination in Ihringen)

On this hike across the mountain ranges of the Kaiserstuhl, discover the peculiarities of the fauna and flora of the region and enjoy views as far as the Vosges and the Alps while climbing several observation towers!

Especially in May and June when the orchids are in bloom or in golden September when the grapes are harvested, the Kaiserstuhl shows itself in its very special splendor.
On the way you will pass several spectacular vantage points with all-round views, be it the tower of the Katharinenkapelle, the Neunlindenturm made of natural stone or the modern Eichelspitzturm.
The path goes through several nature reserves with geographical features such as the Hohlgassen from Loess, in which the famous shimmering bee-eaters also live.

We recommend doing this hike in spring, early summer and autumn, because of the high temperatures in the Kaiserstuhl.

Getting there:

With the Breisgau-S-Bahn you can reach Endingen from Freiburg in 40 minutes.
Since the hike is a long-distance tour and not a circular tour, we only recommend arriving by car to a limited extent. The train station in Ihringen can be reached by car in approx. 30 minutes from Freibug, from there you can take the S-Bahn to Endingen (journey time approx. 30 minutes) so when you reach your destination in Ihringen you can get in the car and drive back.

For additional information and the hiking trail to download please use the >website of the Black Forest

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

Enjoy the Black Forest directly on your doorstep!

Right on the doorstep of Freiburg and 1248m high, the Schauinsland is one of the most popular excursion destinations for everyone who loves Freiburg.

Explore the Schauinsland on foot on a hike through the Black Forest and across green meadows. Europe’s longest circulating cable car takes you up – the Schauinslandbahn.

At the summit you climb the observation tower, visit the museum mine or indulge yourself with coffee and cake in the panorama restaurant “Die Bergstation”. Freshly strengthened, you can go downhill on foot.

Getting there:

Take tram number 2 from Bertoldsbrunnen towards Günterstal, get off at the Günterstal Dorfstraße terminus, then take bus 21 to the Schauinsland valley station and take the cable car towards the summit. The way back is on the> signposted hiking trail from the mountain station.

You can reach the Schauinsland in about 30 minutes by car.

Dreisam Valley

The Dreisam – Freiburg’s river, with a length of less than 30 kilometers, actually a rather unspectacular brook in comparison. Its commercial use is limited nowadays – it only feeds the Freiburg Bächle and numerous small hydropower plants, since most of the businesses that traditionally used to use its water are no longer in the city.

Rather, it is nowadays a recreational area and place of relaxation for the Freiburg region:
In summer, with its numerous renatured barrages, it serves as a bathing area, for cooling your feet and after-work drinks, as a paddling pool for children, as a companion for jogging or as a backdrop for a romantic walk.
In spring, thanks to the meltwater from the Black Forest, it swells into a raging torrent, on which you can watch brave canoeists, even close to the city centre.

Getting there:

Stroll south from the old town and follow the course of the river on the footpath (please do not use the express cycle path on foot on the bank facing away from the old town, Freiburg cyclists are not famous for showing consideration for tourists …) – upstream you will reach the Dreisamtal.

With the bike this is a wonderful short tour and the shortest route to get to nature with beautiful views of the Black Forest.

Our tip:
Experience the Dreisamtal and the backdrop of the Black Forest like the people of Freiburg – by bike! The round trip mentioned below takes you on a bike-friendly route out of the city into the countryside in the direction of the famous Höllental – you can also stop at the gate with the beautiful name “Himmelreich”. Relaxed pleasure cycling in the picturesque valley with beautiful views and numerous resting places.

Length: 39km, 370 meters in altitude, duration about 2.5 hours
Difficulty level: easy
Refreshments: on the way in several villages

You can find more information and download the cycling route here