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For Our Collective Health

Overview of new hygiene measures in our hotel and restaurant
according to the Corona Regulation of the State of Baden-Württemberg from the 1st of July, 2020

In addition to the long-standing hygiene regulations for hotels and gastronomy, we have taken the following measures to make your stay as safe as possible. Since our house does not allow the spatial separation of the restaurant and hotel areas, the measures apply across the board:

–> We have provided hand sanitiser for you: at the entrances, in front of the elevator in the Münsterplatz building and in the toilets.

–> Our tables are placed so that our guests can keep the minimum distance of 1.50 m from each other.

–> If you want to eat in our restaurant or on our terrace, please wait, our service staff will bring you to your table.

–> In the public areas (entrance, corridors and on the way to the toilets)
our employees and guests must wear a face protection mask.

–> Unfortunately, we are currently not allowed to accept your wardrobe as usual, but rather ask you to simply hang your jackets over your chair.

–> We have set up a sneeze and spit protection shield at our bar in the restaurant and at our reception for your and our protection.

–> All important contact surfaces (e.g. elevator buttons, banisters, doorknobs, counters, table surfaces) are now cleaned and disinfected even more regularly.

-> We have shortened the cleaning intervals in the sanitary rooms, and they are now documented even more clearly than before.

-> We have digitized our menus and the information folders in the rooms for you. You can view the page with your smartphone. A QR code is available for scanning on every table and in every room. Of course the associated link for manual entry in the browser is also available.
If you prefer a “real” menu, you will of course be able to get one upon request – we have laminated it so that we can disinfect it better. There is only an excerpt from our extensive wine list; you can of course receive the entire menu on request.

-> Due to the currently applicable registration obligation on the part of the state, we currently have to document all guests when they were our guests in the restaurant. We are obliged to include everyone’s name and a contact option (telephone number OR address) and to keep this data for 4 weeks.

-> Prohibition of accommodation: We are prohibited from accommodating guests who travel from a district, city district or independent city within the Federal Republic of Germany in which the threshold value of 50 newly registered SARS-CoV-2 Cases (coronavirus) per 100,000 population has been exceeded in the previous seven days (7-day incidence), based on the daily publications of the Robert Koch Institute. These are called up daily by us every morning and our guests have to indicate at check-in where they came from.

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New: Daily Magazine Digital Edition

For many years, we presented our printed «Daily Magazine» on your breakfast table. As the hygiene guidelines for hotels suggest not to use any printed documents for our guests, we have made our «Daily Magazine» available digitally, so you can read it on your smartphone.

The feedback we received has since been so positive that we will keep using the online version as of now. You can even take a look at it from the comfort of your home at any time you like, since it is accessible via our website.

You can find the current issue here:

Oberkirch’s Daily Magazine

Tuesday, January 25th 2022

We hope, you’re having an exceptional day in Freiburg. In order to make your day even more memorable, we’ve prepared some tips and information for you.

Your OberkirchTeam

Weather forecast

Our chef recommends

For more than 250 years Freiburgers and guests from near and far have felt equally welcome in the Oberkirch, with its rich sense of tradition. See here the recommendations of our chef and kitchen crew

Guided city tours

Several operators are offering guided city tours in English by prior arrangement – sometimes even an «open tour» takes place – see more here

Music today

Find here our handpicked recommendations everything regarding music in and around Freiburg. The descriptions of most events, however, are in German (except if the announcement originally was made in English).

Cinema in English today

Freiburg is known for its rich offering of repertory cinema – see here which films will be presented in English today

Tourist Information

The Tourist-Information Freiburg is open:
Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Sunday and holidays from 10 am to 12 noon.

Public transport information

You like to visit the Black Forest, Colmar, or Basel? Find here your timetables


You want to store your luggage? Yo need information about services we provide? Find your information here

Theatre in English

Find here stage performances in English (if available). For theatre performances in German please refer to our German page.

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New: Fairfood Organic Nuts

We have frequently been asked by our guest for nibbles, for example as a treat during your evening television session in the Oberkirch. We have have used the extra time afforded to us by the corona crisis in order to come up with products that would fit our house and ethos, because as a boutique hotel, we don’t want to offer you off the shelf products.

During this research, we became aware of the local manufacturer «Fairfood» and their products were received by us with great enthusiasm.

For a start, we have decided to offer the classic salted peanuts (as soon as they are available in glasses), «fire dancer» (roasted cashew nuts with chili and paprica) and the «Freiburg nut mix».

Neu im Oberkirch zentral in Freiburgs Innenstadt am Muensterplatz - Nuesse von fairfood

We would like to use this space to introduce you to our new partner ‘Fairfood’:

Fairfood is…fair

It is all in the name: to Fairfood it is of the utmost importance to deal exclusively with products traded according to the international ‘FairTrade’ standard. In order to achieve maximum added value in the country of origin, the nuts and fruits are harvested and chopped on site.

Fairfood is…direct

All products are sourced directly from cooperatives around the world – thanks to regular visits, they know the people behind their products.

Fairfood is…transparent

Fairfood reveals its value chain: by specifying the country of origin
and documenting their visits to their cooperatives.

Fairfood is…organic

All ingredients are grown according to the rules of organic farming – all products and ingredients are certified as 100% organic.

Fairfood is…hand-made

In the Freiburg factory, our partners roast their nuts gently by hand, according to recipes they have developed themselves. In contrast to many roasted nuts on the market, the fairfood roasting process also does not require additional oil. That is why you will only find nuts and spices on the respective lists of ingredients – and therefore only eat the healthy, natural fats of the nut.

Fairfood is…environmentally friendly

Of course, green electricity is used in the operation of Fairfood. Shipping is climate-neutral, recycled shipping material is used and the server of the website is hosted climate-neutrally.

Fairfood is…inclusive

As part of their employment at Caritas Freiburg, people with disabilities are responsible for individual production steps at Fairfood.

Fairfood is…Freiburg

Fairfood is much more – for example, it is democratically organised. The business fits perfectly with the city of Freiburg and its values – the Oberkirch team is proud to be the first and only hotel in Freiburg to offer Fairfood products.

At our hotel reception you will be able to purchase a steadily growing selection of Fairfood products in the future – for immediate enjoyment or as a souvenir from Freiburg. Nibble away!

Dear guests and friends of the Oberkirch,

after the Winter/Spring-Edition of our magazine was finished, no one was aware of what was about to happen to all of us from March 2020 onwards – the infamous ‘c-word’ was still mostly unknown.

Originally we had planned on giving you our usual overview of the summer festival season that graces our region at this time of the year, as well as a preview of our regional wine festivals. Alas, both will not take place in the usual manner in 2020, but the Christmas markets will be the first type of event that we usually focus on in our magazine that will take place, according to what we know as of today. According to the Freiburg local council that we will not have to expect a cancellation of the Christmas market this year.

But even before the Christmas season and without music and wine festivals, Freiburg and the region have a lot to offer. On bike (for example with our new ‘Discover Freiburg by Bicycle’ offer), with the WelcomeCard from our local public transport network and the «Schauinslandbahn» cable car, you can discover our region to your heart’s content and enjoy easy access to all of this due to our central location.

Meanwhile, many things have happened in the Oberkirch. A lot has been digitized, inevitably this issue of our magazine as well, since we are asked not to offer physical brochures and magazines, according to the hygiene guidelines of our federal association. Also, in line wit these guidelines, we had to introduce a lot of measures in our daily operations in order to e able to welcome you in our hotel and restaurant and still be able to avoid an infection as far as we can.

We have published some behind the scenes content on our website (in German) during the corona crisis, concerning how our young trainees have been learning for their future work life, our in-house laundry and that we have received an award as a top company for trainees. You will find the next instalment of this look behind the scenes in this magazine under the heading «Oberkirch Buzz».

We wish you a joyful summer and early autumn and we are looking forward to welcoming you again soon in our hotel and restaurant.

Yours sincerely, Doris Hunn and the entire Oberkirch staff.

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9th and 10th of October 2020: 1st Freiburg Art Fair

In autumn, a producer art fair with works by Freiburg artists will open in Freiburg.

From the October 9th to 10th, 2020, there will be a new art fair in Freiburg – the «Freiburg Art Fair». The focus of this fair will be on artists from Freiburg, who are given a central exhibition and sales opportunity. This new format was created on the initiative of artists in Freiburg and is being organised in cooperation with Freiburg Wirtschaft und Touristik Messe GmbH (FWTM).

In contrast to other fairs of a similar kind, it will be a pure artist fair, i.e. without the direct participation of galleries and also without the usual forms of presentation. According to the organisers, art should be presented, conveyed and sold in a uinique way in an unusual ambience, directly targeting lovers of art.

Particularly important in view of the corona-related loss of income for artists: The idea of solidarity should not be neglected at the fair. The artists will therefore share a pre-defined percentage of the profit among themselves, so that the «Freiburg Art Fair» should also be used to create solidarity among artists in these difficult times.

Further information for interested visitors will be available from the 15th of July 2020 at From the beginning of September, tickets will also be available on this website.

Opening times Freiburg Art Fair 2020:
Friday, 9th of October 2020, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, 10th of October 2020, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Adults € 10.00
Students and pupils for free.

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Chanterelle Risotto With Fried Herb Prawns

For 4 persons you need

  • 500g chanterelles
  • 400g risotto rice
  • 1 shallot
  • ¼l white wine
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 50g butter
  • 50g Parmesan
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 16 prawns (8/12), headless, without bowl
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 50g wheat flour
  • 50g parsley (chopped)
  • 1 lemon
  • salt, pepper, thyme, chili

How to prepare:

  • Dice the shallot into fine cubes
  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan
  • Sautée the shallot in it, then sautée the rice until translucent
  • Pour in white wine, add 100ml of water and some salt, garlic and thyme and boil it up
  • Boil up the chanterelles, then pour them over a bowl and keep the stock
  • Add approx. 150ml of the chanterelle stock to the risotto and cook using low heat, gradually adding the vegetable stock, making sure that the consistency remains creamy

  • Wash and dry the prawns
  • Heat the pan and put the olive oil in
  • Carefully dredge the prawns in the flour, then fry in the pan until they are golden
  • Add salt, pepper, garlic and some chilli, then keep it warm in the oven at 80 ℃ – no longer than 5 minutes

  • Add thyme to the risotto
  • Grate and fold in the Parmesan
  • Add butter
  • Heat slightly and stir until creamy

  • Use soup plates
  • Put the risotto on the plates (ideally using a serving ring)
  • Toss the shrimp in chopped parsley
  • Arrange the shrimps on the plate
  • Garnish with salt, lemon zest and sprigs of thyme

Our head chef Tobias Hanselmann wishes you a lot of fun cooking – and bon appétit!

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A Boss With A (Huge) Heart

Aside from the event industry, hardly any other branch of industry suffers from the pandemic-related restrictions as much as the gastronomy and the hotel business.

This poses an extreme economic challenge for every gastronomic company. Therefore many companies, some from our region included, initially made all employees who were still in the trial period (and for that reason could be easily dismissed) redundant. Hence, many of our colleagues from other hotels and restaurants are unemployed today, as obviously hardly any company can hire new staff under the current circumstances

We, the OberkirchTeam, can (once again) consider ourselves lucky to have Doris Hunn, a boss who has never looked for the easy way out, has never thought selfishly, but has always had the well-being of everyone working for the company in mind.

Of course, we were and still are forced to make use of the furlough regulations. But nobody was made redundant at the Oberkirch and no pressure was put on anyone to leave – on the contrary. During the lockdown, Ms. Hunn tirelessly encouraged her employees, told us that she needs us and that we will remain fighting side by side in order to overcome this crisis.

That is why if you visit us now, you will meet familiar faces and a team that is happy to have a boss with a (huge) heart and therefore is proud to be part of the OberkirchTeam.

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Events In Our Region

English Theatre, Music etc.Exhibitions

Theatre performances are only presented if they are in English. For performances in German please refer to our German calendar.

English Theatre, Music etc. Exhibitions


The calendar shows the first day of the exhibition from today’s perspective – in the details you will find all other days on which you can visit the exhibition.

28jan10:00Johann Baptist Kirner. Narrated lifeAugustinermuseum FreiburgEvents Of Cultural Interest:Exhibitions

28jan10:00Johann Baptist Kirner. The eye of an illustratorAugustinermuseum Freiburg - Haus der Graphischen SammlungEvents Of Cultural Interest:Exhibitions

30jan10:00Johann Baptist Kirner. Narrated lifeAugustinermuseum FreiburgEvents Of Cultural Interest:Exhibitions

30jan10:00Johann Baptist Kirner. The eye of an illustratorAugustinermuseum Freiburg - Haus der Graphischen SammlungEvents Of Cultural Interest:Exhibitions