Schlossberg

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.

Bildnachweis: Mundenhof

Mundenhof vivarium

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

Lake Constance

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

Discover Freiburg by bicycle

Discover Freiburg by bicycle

Length: 24km / duration approx. 2 hours
Difficulty level: easy
Refreshments: everywhere

Explore Freiburg beyond the city centre on this relaxed bike tour and get to know for yourself why Freiburg is so valued by its residents.
On this route, you will see districts such as the Wiehre with its Wilhelminian style villas, the newly built and at the same time industrial-historical freight yard area, the almost village-like Oberau or the Stühlinger district, which is popular with students. Experience for yourself how close urban areas and nature are to one another in Freiburg!
You will also cross numerous green spaces such as the renatured sand trap on the Dreisam or the former state horticultural show at the Seepark.
Typical Freiburg photo motifs include the blue Wiwili Bridge and the new university library.

Die Route zum Herunterladen finden Sie >hier

Das Strandbad Freiburg

Strandbad Lido

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

The Triberg Waterfalls

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

Colmar – Alsatian gem

Colmar – picturesque and romantic

Colmar is a small Alsatian town in northeast France near the German border. The jewel of the city is the old town with its cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses.
The Renaissance and the Middle Ages shaped the ancient and romantic cityscape.
The focal point is the Place de la Cathédral with the Martinsmünster, which was built in the 13th century.
Colmar is located on the Alsatian Wine Route. This is especially famous for the Gewürztraminer and Riesling grape varieties.
During the Advent season, the Christmas market is of course also worth a visit. With its many different kind of lights and colors, it offers an impressive pre-Christmas spectacle.

Getting there:

With the regional train S1 from Freiburg main station in the direction of Breisach. In Breisach you change to bus 1076 in the direction of Colmar to Colmar Gare. Driving time approx. 1 hour 20 minutes.
By car from Freiburg on the B31 towards Gottenheim and past the Kaiserstuhl via Wasenweiler and Ihringen to Breisach. From Breisach at the roundabout in the direction of the Rhine bridge to France.
In France along the D415 at various roundabouts, continue straight ahead and follow the signs to Colmar. Later change to the D418 towards Colmar. Driving time approx. 1 hour

For more information, please refer to the town’s >website

The University’s Botanical Gardens

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

St. Valentin – the forest sanctuary

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

Strasbourg – the European Capital

The heart of Europe beats in Strasbourg

Over the centuries and with Europe’s turbulent history, Strasbourg has repeatedly wandered back and forth between Germany and France. As a sign of European reconciliation, it is now the seat of the European Parliament and numerous other European institutions. And this eventful history has left its mark, which can be found all over the city. Typical examples of architecture can be found from every epoch, the Alsatian cuisine combines the down-to-earth, hearty German with French finesse and the local language is a strange mixture of German and French. In addition, one of the largest universities in France attracts international students from near and far.
There is a lot to marvel at and discover in every season and in every weather. Stroll through the old town, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a whole. Discover the many faces of this city on a boat tour around the old city center and into the Europaviertel. Feel the lively vibrancy of the European capital while enjoying a culinary delicacy from the region on one of the numerous terraces or in the restaurants!

Getting there:

With the regional train of the Deutsche Bahn from Freiburg main station to Strasbourg train station via Offenburg, where you need to change to the train of the SWEG approx. 1h 30 min. Or by car in 1h 15 min. Via the A5 towards Karlsruhe to exit 54 Appenweier, then follow the B28 in the direction of Strasbourg.

For additional information please refer to the city’s >website