If glorious scenery combined with fascinating historical and cultural attractions is your thing then the beautiful city of Freiburg is a destination you will want to visit straight away. Known as the western gateway to the southern part of the gorgeous Black Forest, Freiburg is a city full of delights waiting to be explored.
Freiburg prides itself on being a beacon of intellectual and cultural pursuits, and this can be seen by its popular and thriving university scene. There is a sophisticated and cultured atmosphere to this beautiful city, with its many museums, galleries, boutique shops, theatres and restaurants. Add in the wealth of historical monuments and Freiburg has the winning combination of a dream city getaway.
You will find that there is no shortage of things to do here. A tour around the city brings history to life, creating a sense that you are walking through time itself. A walking tour is the best, but with the staggering amount of places you will inevitable end up seeing its best to make sure you have packed a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
The Munster is the number one tourist attraction in Freiburg. Dating back to the 11th century, the Munster here is considered to be the best minster in all of Germany. Its gigantic red-sandstone facade dominates the skyline, a testament to its power and prestige. Dawn and dusk are perhaps the best time to come and visit for when the sky is tinged with red the red-sandstone building seems to be flushed with spiritual power. Inside, powerful scenes from the Old and New Testament look down upon you from every side and the exquisite stained-glass windows create a sense of magic. Guided tours are available.
Freiburg has many areas that are well worth exploring. In the western area of Martinstor you will discover the university district. This is a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in architecture from several different periods – the Alte Universitätsbibliothek is mostly neo-Gothic and the Kollegiengebäude I draws on Art Nouveau characteristics.
If you enjoy people watching then the best place to head to the Rathausplatz, known in English as the town square, where the locals like to come and socialise. This is a particularly beautiful spot to enjoy a drink in one of the old-fashioned little cafes as you have the beautiful red-sandstone town hall to the western part and the magnificent medieval Martinskirch to the north.
Head on over to the Martinskirch once you have finished people watching and marvel at this beautiful piece of medieval architecture. It was once part of a Franciscan monastery but was severely damaged during WWII. However it has since been lovingly restored to be a focal point of the city.
Freiburg has something guaranteed to please both the eye and palate. Restaurants in Freiburg always serve the very best of traditional German cuisine, taking care of both the taste and the setting. Traditional foods from Freiburg include Flammenkuchen and, of course, the delicious Black Forest Gataeu.
Hotels in Freiburg are some of the cleanest and friendliest to be found in Europe. There are many picturesque little guesthouses and B&Bs, as well as stylish modern hotels and grand historic accommodation guaranteed to spoil you utterly.
The celebrated capital of the Black Forest, Freiburg is a city often overshadowed by its larger rivals such as Berlin or Frankfurt; nonetheless, you will find that Freiburg is a city which has been blessed. From its plentiful sunshine, its status as a tourist hub, its culture and history – this is a city which will share all that it has with you and welcome you with open arms.