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12 Ideas For What To Do In Freiburg, Germany

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Located on the edge of Germany’s Black Forest is the bustling University city of Freiburg, also known as Freiburg im Breisgau.

Known for its reconstructed medieval old town and surrounding natural beauty, it’s the perfect destination to visit if you want to relax in a quiet town with plenty of history and nature to explore.

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Despite being small, there are plenty of things to do in Freiburg, as our ex-pat resident Andrew Couch reveals in this guide on what to do in Freiburg. Andrew has lived in Freiburg since 2007 and has given us his tips on the best places to see, eat, stay, drink, and explore.

Take it away Andrew.

Is Freiburg Worth Visiting?

Freiburg is a German university city out of the main English-speaking tourist flow that runs from Munich to Berlin and yet is central in Europe.

It is a beautiful, walkable city on the edge of the Black Forest known for being in the sunniest corner of the country.

The university and its students keep it vibrant and cultural. It is a good base to explore this region with day trips to the nearby spa towns and the numerous hiking opportunities of the forest nearby.

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If you enjoy quiet, peaceful towns in Europe with historic architecture and are surrounded by natural beauty, then Freiburg is definitely worth visiting.

What to do in Freiburg

Looking for things to do in Freiburg? The city itself is pretty relaxing, so to “do stuff” you need to leave town for a bit. These are all the top tourist attractions in the town you cannot miss!

1. Walk around The Old Town

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Start with walking around Freiburg’s old town with its historic buildings and relaxing squares built during the Middle Ages. Be sure to head to the Cathedral square, Münsterplatz, in the morning to see the daily farmer’s market and eat a sausage from the stands there.

The Freiburger Münster, or the Gothic Cathedral, is the biggest attraction in Freiburg and is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. The Freiburg Minster was built by the last duke of Zähringen in the early 13th century in a Romanesque style, before being renovated in a gothic architectural style.

After checking out the cathedral, explore the side streets and step over the Freiburger Bächle, the tiny water rills along many streets which are unique to Freiburg.

See the iconic Martin’s Tor (one of the former city gates) which now has a…

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