Germany: One Day in Freiburg
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How to Tour Freiburg, Germany in Three Days
Hitting the tourist sites and seeing the best of the city of Freiburg in only three days and three nights is no easy feat, but it can be done.
Arrive early in the city on the first morning by plane, bus, train etc.
Take the first day completely to tour the city center, which is packed full of old buildings, Freiburg's famous street waterways (baechle) and many shopping opportunities.
Arrive at the old minster (Freiburger Münster) cathedral in the Münsterplatz.Marvel at the sheer size of this thousand-year-old church. Ascend to the top of the spire in a small group and arrive at one of the most spectacular views in Southern Germany. From the top of the spire you can see the rolling hills of the black forest, the Vosges mountain range in France and on a clear day even the Alps in Switzerland.
Relax after your busy day in one of Freiburg's many cafes and restaurants dotted around the city center and take time out before day two.
Awake early and buy a Regio Fahrkarte (regional public transport ticket) and see many nearby locations reachable by public transport (which is fantastically punctual, clean and quick).See for a complete list of tourist attractions, further advice and timetables for public transport. Spend the whole day touring Freiburg's surrounding region, possibly even longer if you wish to take in the breathtaking views at Titisee, the Schwarzwald museum and cuckoo clock centre of Germany and not forgetting Germany's largest waterfall at .
Visit one of the many typically German beer-gardens, such as in the city center.
Take a tram ride (tram number 1 to Landwasser, the nearest station to Seepark is called "Betzenhauser Torplatz", 90% of the stations are handicapped accessible) from the city center to , a large man-made lake and nature reserve, providing an essential landscape of blues and greens in the heart of a largely built-up area.
QuestionWhat are the places I can visit in Switzerland from Freiburg, Germany?Top AnswererBasel and Zurich are both about 50 km from Freiburg im Breisgau. Bern and Luzern are at about 100 km. Visit Google Maps to find out more information.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I pronounce Freiburg?Top AnswererFRY - boorg or FRIGH - berg.Thanks!
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- Thai food is especially good in Freiburg, strangely.
- If you are not fond of sour salad sauces that are mainly vinegar-based, simply ask to have the salad sauce "extra", it will then arrive separately and you can apply as necessary.
- Brush up on the basics of the German language - failure to do so is not a crime but the local German people respect your willingness to try.
- To order a standard beer, simply ask for pils (pilsner lager). Lager beer with lemonade is called a Radler (a cyclist).
- Make sure you have booked your hotel room or hostel accommodation before you travel. The hotels around the city (and especially the hostels) are quite far apart and so transport and lots of time would be needed to find a hotel room on-the-fly. Take a look at a Freiburg guide website such as and decide on your accommodation before you set-off.
- If you'd like to sample a dish typical for the region you might go with "Schäufle mit Brägele" [pron: Shoifle met Breegele], which is cured and cooked pork shoulder with fried potatoes.
- Visit the Altstadt (old city) to experience how Freiburg has looked for many a century. The new part of the city was built after the severe bombing during the second world war.
- For a night out away from German culture, Freiburg has three Irish pubs packed with British, Irish and American expats. The staff in these places speak English as they are usually native English speakers. The Isle of Innisfree or O'kellys are the usual hotspots.
- Always purchase your tickets before you board public transport or immediately as you get onto a tram - failure to do so could result in a 40 Euro fine.
- All shops and supermarkets are closed on Sundays, so make sure you have stocked-up on food beforehand.
Things You'll Need
Pocket German phrase book.
Euros (or at least a bank account card that allows you access to your money)
Map (if not, you can pick up one from any newsagent or the tourist information center)
A good guidebook.
Things You Won't Need
- Fluent German - most German people are fairly fluent in English, so don't let your lack of German language put you off travelling.
- Drinking water - Freiburg has some of the cleanest tap-water in Europe as it flows down directly from the hills in the Black Forest.
- To worry about crime - Freiburg as a city has the lowest crime rates in Germany. It is not a problem to leave your items lying around or to clutch onto your wallet or purse, as in many other European tourist destinations. The only major crime in Freiburg is bicycle theft, so if you do plan to rent a bicycle, make sure it can be locked with a good strong (D-lock) locking system.
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