The area around Freiburg and the Rhine is Germany’s prime wine region, with the oldest vineyards dating back to the Roman era. Some of Germany’s best red wines come from the Baden Wine Region’s pinot grapes, but the white wines are the stars of the show. As Freiburg is officially Germany’s sunniest city, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a chilled Riesling on a warm summer evening! The annual Weinfest in July (weinfest.freiburg.de) offers the chance to sample many local products at stalls around the Münsterplatz. In the region around Freiburg there are several wine festivals throughout the season.
Get active in the Black Forest
Freiburg’s location on the edge of the Black Forest makes in the ideal destination for an active stay. Many walking and cycling routes are available in the hills around the city, suitable for all levels of fitness. The Schauinslandbahn (schauinslandbahn.de) is Germany’s longest cable car and takes you to the top of the Schlossberg, which is Freiburg’s home mountain. Naturally, the cable car is powered by 100% renewable energy.
Once you are on top of the hill, you can gain another 35 metres of altitude by climbing the Schlossbergturm, which is a tower offering excellent views of the city. And if you want an exciting way to get back down, hire a roller and head down the Rollerstrecke (rollerstrecke.de)… it’s a bike with no seat and a fairly long safety disclaimer!
Slightly further into the hills, Titisee is one of Germany’s most loved holiday destinations. The beautiful lake is extremely photogenic and is a popular place to camp when the weather is good (titisee-neustadt.de).
Freiburger Münster & Altstadt
Freiburg’s cathedral is an architectural marvel, with a startlingly beautiful spire that has survived since 1330. The building took centuries to build and didn’t have its own bishop until 1827, partly because the building belonged to the town and not the Catholic Church.
The cathedral is a unique mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with an emphasis on the latter.
More than 4 million visitors a year come to this family-owned theme park, approximately half an hour from Freiburg by car. You can feel the wind in your hair on eight different roller coasters, including a gigantic wooden one, as well as enjoying various zones themed after different European countries (where rides have names like “Matterhorn-Blitz”). As well as the major rides, there are regular concerts and displays including an original Soviet space shuttle.
A good way to get to the park is with the “Europa-Park Kombi-Ticket“ which includes two-way travel on all local trains in Baden-Württemberg, a bus transfer to Europa-Park (Südbadenbus) as well as admission to the Park. The ticket is available for up to five people with a sliding price scale.
Augustinermuseum located in a former Augustinian monastery, holds works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Anselm Feuerbach, Hans Baldung Grien, Matthias Grünewald and some beautiful relics from the cathedral.
Gerberau 15, 79098 Freiburg, freiburg.de
Museum fur Neue Kunst is the place for modern art, including works by Feininger, Dix, Heckel, Hofer, Macke, Scherer, Kanoldt, Dischinger und Scholz.
Marienstraße 10a, 79098 Freiburg, freiburg.de
Naturmuseum (museum of natural history) is a family-friendly museum with an impressive ethnological collection.
Gerberau 32, 79098 Freiburg, freiburg.de
Colombischlössle Archaeological Museum houses female statuettes from the Stone Age, mysterious moon idols from the Bronze Age and treasures from Celtic royal tombs.
Rotteckring 5, 79098 Freiburg, freiburg.de
The university’s Botanischer Garten is a beautiful place to enjoy a sunny afternoon. Entry is free.
Schänzlestr.1, 79104 Freiburg, botanischer-garten.uni-freiburg.de
Image credit: © Fototeam Vollmer, Europa-Park