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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?

"Where in Freiburg im Breisgau can I buy fresh rolls in the morning or get a nice breakfast with coffee?" (posted 05/31/2014)

You can get a breakfeast in every coffee shop - there are many. Also two Starbucks, if you prefer those.
Answer provided by Rainer Raff on 05/31/2014
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Bakeries are very popular in Germany, thus found in just about every street corner of the inner city. In the other parts of town and the surrounding villages, you will also find at least one bakery, opening in the early morning. I can heartily recommend the bakery chains Heizmann and Kaiser. Heitzmann can be recognized by the blue logo with yellow lettering. Kaiser has a crown in its logo. For having breakfast, I can recommend: In the inner city itself, the café Oscars (Humboldtstrasse 4 at the Martinstor gate, right in the city center of Freiburg). Oscars is a lovingly furnished café in French Bistro style. The interior is dominated by black-and-white photographs from France and original hand-painted Tiffany glass lighting (which is not being produced anymore today), as well as street lights from Paris. The Schloss-Café (castle café) on the Lorettoberg of Freiburg offers a great view over the city. Die Kaiserin in the Basler Strasse derives its special atmosphere from the mix of urban and vintage style. All three are great places for breakfast. We ourselves go there regularly.
Answer provided by Birgit Willmann on 05/31/2014
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Are there any cultural highlights, museums?

"I'm very interested in the history and culture of Freiburg im Breisgau. Are there any cultural highlights or museums in Freiburg im Breisgau that you can recommend?" (posted 06/04/2014)

Each Quantity: Historically most interesting is the one hand, the cathedral, which many consider the most beautiful Gothic cathedral in Europe, on the other hand, the Augustinian Museum, mainly because of the medieval sculptures.
Answer provided by Klaus Reinhardt on 06/05/2014
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Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?

"Can you recommend 2-3 ideas for day trips with interesting targets near Freiburg im Breisgau? As we do not want to travel more than 2 hours (one way) we are looking for nearby attractions or points of interests that are worthwhile to visit. What is the best way to get there (car, bus, train?)" (posted 06/01/2014)

please specify your interests: - town or typical German village - culture / museum - nature / sports / bathing - fun, holiday park, etc.?
Answer provided by Klaus Reinhardt on 06/02/2014
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Good restaurants for dinner?

"Can you recommend me 2-3 good local restaurants in Freiburg im Breisgau where I can get a nice and tasty dinner?" (posted 05/31/2014)

best on the cathedral square to eat,
Answer provided by Rainer Raff on 05/31/2014
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In autumn winter tradition is Schaeufele with sauerkraut.
Answer provided by Eva-Maria Godenschwegen on 05/31/2014
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As Freiburg Has dozens of excellent restaurants (and many more in the surrounding countryside), I should know more specifically what you're looking for. Top end, there's the hotel restaurant Colombi then, Drexler's (best wine in town) and grape. If you look for local and not so pricey food, I would recommend Little Meyerhof, Bear or Black Forest farm, Whereas Wolf Cave offers great Italian food, and finial French.
Answer provided by Klaus Reinhardt on 06/01/2014
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"Hello. We are travelling to Freiburg (staying on Salzstrasse) and will be there on Christmas Day. Could you recommend restaurants around this area for booking Christmas lunch or dinner (group of 6 adults and one infant). Many thanks, Geoff." (posted 09/28/2015)

There are several good restaurants in the area around the Salzzstrasse. For example, the restaurant Wolfshöhle (very good, very expensive, necessarily already make the table order), Oberkirch am Münsterplatz (necessarily already make the table order, medium price range), Markgräfler Hof in Gerberau (good standard, not cheap, certainly now the table order making), the stork or La Cigognia) very good Italian), Enotheka (very good, not cheap, certainly now make even the table order). Colombi hotel (probably the best restaurant in Freiburg, not cheap but good value for money, sure now already make the table order). I think this selection is sufficient. Regards, J. Kaiser
Answer provided by Joachim Kaiser on 09/28/2015
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Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.

Things can do to make it a fun and memorable evening?

How to get around and find best means of local transportation?

"How to get there by public transport? I'm coming from Utrecht, Netherlands. And how long is the travelling time ?" (posted 09/04/2014)

From Central Station you can easily walk to our apartments in the city in 5-7 minutes. Regards
Answer provided by Eva-Maria Godenschwegen on 09/05/2014
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"Hello! My husband and I (both around the 60) are very natural and passionate "pleasure bike pilots" (no electric bikes) and would like to get to know Freiburg and the surrounding area. We have a short week. Which bike tour (s) is / are particularly recommendable and there are also good vegan restaurants, which are to be recommended? We also look for a nice and quiet accommodation with breakfast in Freiburg from where we want to start. We would be very happy about your tips! Many greetings from Bavaria, Barbara & Klaus Böhm" (posted 08/11/2017)

There are many cycling tours, the network is full of them. See, e.g., B: https://www.komoot.de/guide/340/radtouren-around-freiburg-im-breisgau https://www.outdooractive.com/en/radtouren/freiburg-im-breisgau/radtouren-in- Freiburg-im-breisgau / 1470457 / Even in vegan restaurants helps the network further: http://freiburg.stadtbesten.de/besten-liste/diee-besten-veganen-und-vegetarische-restaurants-in-freiburg/ https: / / /www.vegpool.de/wegweiser/freiburg/ uvm accommodations are on the same way to find .... I know, however, the few of it myself, since I live in here and rarely here vacation .....
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 08/15/2017
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Freiburg is an ideal location for cyclists. (We are also cyclists) The Kaiserstuhl, the Markgräflerland, all the ideal destinations around Freiburg. Restaurants etc. are available in rough quantities for every taste. Accommodation, of course, it depends on what you want. Best regards
Answer provided by Helga Rombach on 08/15/2017
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Where to find good quality groceries?

"Hi there! I'm visiting Freiburg soon. I would like to know where is the closest supermarket (from the City Hotel) and whether I can get there on foot. Also, I would like to know if there is any close shop for shopping (clothes) etc. Thank you, Christiana" (posted 06/06/2014)

Hello, yes, near the City Hotel is a large supermarket (REWE), which is within walking distance. The old town with many shopping facilities and is situated in the immediate vicinity
Answer provided by Birgit Willmann on 06/07/2014
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"Hello. We are travelling to Freiburg, arriving on Christmas Eve. I would like to know what hours the supermarkets will be open on Christmas Eve for grocery shopping. Many thanks, Geoff" (posted 09/25/2015)

Hi Geoff, Christmas Eve is considered half a working day in Germany. You must expect that the supermarkets close at the latest at 14:00 clock. I hope you enjoy your Christmas visit to Freiburg. Sincerely Anne Kowalski
Answer provided by Anne Kowalski on 09/25/2015
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Are there any special local events?

"Are there any special local or traditional events in Freiburg im Breisgau that one should visit? When are those happening?" (posted 06/12/2014)

In Freiburg there are traditional masked parades on Mardi Gras and a Fronleichnahmsprozession. In the summer, from May to take place in the town, the center of wine festivals which are frequented by locals and tourists love. Furthermore, every year a city marathon run is performed, which lures many visitors to Freiburg. Then there in May and in October a fair,
Answer provided by Joachim Kaiser on 06/12/2014
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Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

"Are there any local food specialties in Freiburg im Breisgau one should try out?" (posted 05/31/2014)

Baden cuisine in general, such as noodles (Spätzle), Brägele (fried potatoes), Schäufele (roast pork), onion cake, plus the good white wines from the Kaiserstuhl and the Markgräflerland. Especially in Freiburg: A Inselhopf from Feierling (a micro-brewery with beer garden) and a "Münsterwurst" sausage (on the market around the Freiburger Münster; ask for "Paul").
Answer provided by Matthias Hopf on 05/31/2014
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Specialties: sauerkraut with pork shoulder, pork, cheese spaetzle, schnitzel with fried potatoes, liver spaetzle
Answer provided by Rainer Raff on 05/31/2014
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On this website you'll find all the info: http://www.freiburg.de/pb/site/Freiburg/node/226284/Len/226284.html?zm.sid=0dlm2smx41
Answer provided by Günter Hagen on 05/31/2014
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What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

"Hi im an foreign graduate and will stay in University of Freiburg in January. Is there a grocery, fast-food or laundry near the university? Thanks so much" (posted 08/15/2014)

Of Course. In the middle of town, you can find all you need. Eva-Maria
Answer provided by Eva-Maria Godenschwegen on 08/15/2014
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Hi, it depends on WHERE at the University you will be and that depends usually on WHAT you are studying. The University of Freiburg is splittered in different areas or Faculties and they are all over the city, part of it in the historical city center (f.ex. Humanities, Law, Business Studies etc), other parts are more in the north (thinks like hydrology, chemistry etc.)... But generally it is never far to the next grocery ;) Freiburg is not such a big city. And yes there are several laundries and in the center you have different fast-food restaurants, or the market halls with different booths of international food, and there are a lot of good other choices around,... try some regional stuff!! around the cathedral there are always some booths with sausages ;) ask for the "lange rote"... Hope I could help b.o. Annemarie
Answer provided by Matthias Hopf on 08/16/2014
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It depends on which institute you are working for. Most institutions are located in the city center, and there are all kinds of shops, restaurants, and even some laundries.
Answer provided by Joachim Kaiser on 08/16/2014
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"Hello!! I'm going to be in the Freiburg area from September 11-17th. I plan on spending the weekend looking at the sights and going to the markets. Hopefully hitting a few bars Friday and Saturday night also. My question is about Europa Park. Im hoping to go Monday and Tuesday. Most likely returning to Freiburg Monday night and returning to Europa Park Tuesday. Is there a bus from Freiburg to the Park? Will I need to make reservations? Do they have a one price ticket to pay for 2 days admission and travel back and forth from the park? Thank you for any information you can give me. " (posted 08/31/2015)

Admission daily rate Europapark approximately EUR 45 .-- per person bus runs about 6.00 clock from the bus station
Answer provided by Eva-Maria Godenschwegen on 08/31/2015
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Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?

"Is there a good local deli or restaurant in Freiburg im Breisgau where they serve a good lunch?" (posted 05/31/2014)

Here I can recommend the butcher Müller in the Brombergstrasse 3. Here is a daily changing lunch menu from 11 nis 13:30 clock is offered. Very tasty!
Answer provided by Birgit Willmann on 05/31/2014
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Are there any points of interest or local attractions?

"Are there any special points of interests or local attractions in Freiburg im Breisgau that you can recommend that are worthwhile visiting?" (posted 06/07/2014)

Europa Park Rust
Answer provided by Eva-Maria Godenschwegen on 06/07/2014
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Waterfall in Triberg, Europa Park, Schauinsland, Vosges, France, Black Forest, titisee, Schluchtsee, kaiserstuhl
Answer provided by Rainer Raff on 06/07/2014
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Freiburg is the capital of the Black Forest. The Freiburg Münster is well worth seeing, but also the market around the Minster is regarded as unique - so tell us our guests. The surroundings are beautiful - our region is considered the warmest in Germany. From Freiburg you can aim for many things, for example Alsace is also within easy reach of the town Colmar is very interesting. The whole city is a "museum". There are a lot of famous places nearby Alsace and a good kitchen. But Switzerland is also within easy reach, for example. Basel as a cultural metropolis. The Black Forest is very popular not only for tourists, such as the Titisee is an attraction. The Emperor chair is scenically very interesting. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the wines of our region. As a university town of Freiburg is very prestigious. Tourists always note that so many young people are to be found here.
Answer provided by Familie Benner on 06/11/2014
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What are good places to go for shopping?

Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?

"Any sporting activites and recommendations in Freiburg im Breisgau to stay active?" (posted 06/02/2014)

walking cycling EC
Answer provided by Eva-Maria Godenschwegen on 06/02/2014
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"Can you recommend a good spa/wellness centre for adults that also has a good swimming pool for children ?" (posted 08/03/2014)

Eugen Keidel Bath in Freiburg or in Weil am Rhein Laguna Park.
Answer provided by Rainer Raff on 08/03/2014
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It is in Freiburg West. www.keidelbad.de best regards, Günter
Answer provided by Günter Hagen on 08/03/2014
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I can recommend the Vita Classica thermal baths in Bad Krozingen. Bad Krozingen is located about 15 km south of Freiburg. The spa is worth a visit in any case.
Answer provided by Birgit Willmann on 08/04/2014
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"Will be coming to Freiburg for the first time! wanted to find out if there are any hands on classes for making the Black Forest Cake, or any bakery/pastry shop that doesn't mind letting me learn and volunteer for a day :)" (posted 08/11/2014)

Unfortunately, I do not know of any pastry shop where you can watch as a Black Forest cake is prepared.
Answer provided by Christina Zimmerlin on 08/11/2014
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I'm sorry, but I don't know anything about this. I am not aware of any bakery that offers this.
Answer provided by Birgit Willmann on 08/12/2014
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"I will be visiting Freiburg soon and would like to know if there is a bouldering wall either in Freiburg or a nearby town. I have found the DAV-Kletterzentrum website, but this seems to be just climbing with ropes." (posted 08/13/2014)

Hello, I know the climbing center in Waldkirch
Answer provided by Rainer Raff on 08/14/2014
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  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Freiburg
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    Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Freiburg

    The Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau (Latin Archidioecesis Friburgensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Baden-Württemberg comprising the former states of Baden and Hohenzollern. The Archdiocese of Freiburg is led by an archbishop, Robert Zollitsch, who also serves as the metropolitan bishop of the Upper-Rhine ecclesiastical province for the suffragan dioceses of Mainz and Rottenburg-Stuttgart. Its seat is Freiburg im Breisgau.

    In 1821 the Archdiocese of Freiburg was founded out of the Diocese of Constance as well as parts of the Mainz, Straßburg, Worms and Würzburg dioceses. Freiburg pastor Bernhard Boll became the first bishop in 1827. Well known successors were Conrad Gröber and Hermann Schäufele.

    Today, church closures are not seen in the archdiocese of Freiburg. The same goes for the consolidation of parishes. The Archdiocese of Freiburg exercises the concept of “unions of pastoral guidance”.

    On November 1, 2005 the archbishop Dr. Robert Zollitsch enacted “Pastoral Guidelines” for the first time in the history of the Archdiocese. These guidelines are given the title “Shaping the awakening”.

  • Feldberg (Black Forest)
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    Feldberg (Black Forest)

    Not to be confused with the two smaller hills in Hochtaunuskreis district some 300 km to the North, Kleiner Feldberg (826 m) and Großer Feldberg (878 m) in the Taunus.

    The Feldberg is the highest mountain in the Black Forest and also of Germany outside the Alps; with an elevation of 1,493 metres. The local municipality was named after the mountain. Freiburg im Breisgau is the closest city.

    The bedrock of gneiss is around one billion years old. The Feldberg region was lifted up three times and then washed away by erosion. What exists today can be called the "third Feldberg". The "first Feldberg" arose in the Precambrian and was washed away completely. The "second Feldberg" arose during the Devonian and Carboniferous, as part of the Variscan orogeny. It was washed away once again during the Mesozoic and Early Triassic; Muschelkalk, Keuper, Lias, Dogger and malm were deposited. Some of these sediments are maritime deposits from intercontinental oceans; the others are of continental source. The "third" and current Feldberg arose during the Alpine orogeny in the Tertiary. Since then these sediments have been steadily washed away, and today little but the bedrock remains.

  • Freiburg Botanical Garden
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    Freiburg Botanical Garden

    Freiburg Botanical Garden (German: Botanischer Garten Freiburg or Botanischer Garten der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) is a botanical garden in the Herdern district at Schänzlestraße 1, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and is associated with the University of Freiburg as the "Forschungs- und Lehrgarten der Universität Freiburg" (Garden for research and teaching of the University of Freiburg) of the Faculty of Biology. The current director of the garden is Professor Dr. Thomas Speck.

    The garden was founded in 1620 by the University of Freiburg. A building on the same property was rebuilt as a hospital for members of the university, which also served for anatomy training. It was one of the first botanical gardens in Germany. The garden was originally part of the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine. The first director of the garden was Jacobus Walter (born 1655), a professor of medicine who was also responsible for botany. During the Thirty Years' War, the garden was destroyed.

    The garden was rebuilt in 1766, but was forced to relocate to make room for the fortifications built by the Marquis de Vauban to protect the city after Freiburg had been annexed by France in 1677. The botanic garden was laid out near the river Dreisam. Its design was heavily influenced by the onset of the Age of Enlightenment and by the increased interest in botany during the second half of the 18th century. Again part of the Faculty of Medicine, the garden measured approximately 6.6 acres (27,000 m2) in area. Despite damage from floods and the Napoleonic Wars, the garden included an impressive 3,000 plants by 1829, as well as greenhouses built in 1827 and 1828. Directors of the botanical garden from this period included Karl Julius Perleb, Fridolin Karl Leopold Spenner, Alexander Braun, Carl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Heinrich Anton de Bary and Julius von Sachs.

  • Freiburg Minster
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    Freiburg Minster

    Every visitor who comes to Freiburg always heads straight to the cathedral as soon as he catches a glimpse of the open-worked pyramids of the slender tower over the rooftops of the old town. Then they will stand, astonished, in front of the most beautiful tower in Christian architecture, just as the famous historian and author from Baden, Carl Jakob Burckhardt had referred to the tower. While many churches from the middle ages were completed only in following centuries, the tower, which is 116 meters high, was already completed by 1330.

    The tower has 16 bells, the oldest being the Hosanna bell from 1258, which weighs 3,290 kg. This bell can be heard on Thursday evening after the Angelus, on Friday at 11:00 am (a time consequently known as Spätzleglocke), on Saturday evenings, and each year on 27 November in remembrance of the air raid in 1944.

  • Schauinslandbahn cable car

    With the longest circulating cable car in Germany, you will soar 3.6 km upwards to 1,220m in 20 minutes, covering an elevation gain of almost 750 m. Enjoy the most comfortable and environmentally friendly way of climbing Freiburg's landmark mountain (1,284m) and the magnificent panoramic views of Freiburg and the Rhine valley across to the blue band of the Vosges at any time of the year. Your individual Bergwelt day of recreation or relaxation starts from the upper station. The Schauinsland cable car operates continuously as required – so one of the 37 cabins will be waiting when you want to climb aboard.

    It was opened on 17 July 1930, as the first large-cabin circulating cable car in the world, and reconstructed in 1987/88 as Germany's first automatic cable car with no conductors and space for more than four people in each cabin.

    Hours: October - June 9am - 5pm, July - September 9am - 6pm.

    Prices: Rountrip 11.50 € Adults 10.50 €, Concessions, 7 &euro for children ages 6-14, family fares from 16.50 €.

  • Schlossberg and Funicular Railway

    Fortified structures had been built on the Schlossberg (roughly translated: The Castle Hill) since the 11th century. Remains of some of them are still visible today. For a few years now the board of trustees has tried to make the historical past of the Schlossberg in Freiburg more visible. To achieve this, the remains of the old, overgrown fortifications are being carefully uncovered so that they are available to interested visitors. The tower located on the hill (Schloßbergturm) from which one has a unique panoramic view over the whole town and its vicinity was built in 2002 and was a project of the board of trustees as well. Extensive hiking trails offer a panoramic view of the town and vicinity.

    The top of this hill can be reached in 3 mintues via Schlossbergbahn, a funicular railway.

    Hours: Daily from 9am until 10pm (Tuesdays until 6pm).

    Admission: Round trip fares range from 2.50 € for Children ages 6-14 to 5 € for Adults.

  • Zum roten Bären - Oldest Hotel in Germany
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    Zum roten Bären - Oldest Hotel in Germany

    Zum roten Bären (translation: to the red bear) is the oldest hotel in Germany. The foundations of the hotel predate the founding of the town of Freiburg by the dukes of the House of Zähringen in 1120.

    The first written documentation was in the land register document of the nearby monestary from the year 1311 listing the landlord as Hanmann Bienger the elder. Many of the landlords were also court and councilmen of the city of Freiburg and often also guild masters. For some time, the guild hall of the shoemakers was located at Zum Roten Bären, as can be seen in one of the windows of Freiburg Cathedral.

  • Archaeological Museum Colombischlössle
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    Archaeological Museum Colombischlössle

    Female statuettes from the Paleolithic Age, Celtic princely tombs, Roman gods, Alemanni jewelry - the Museum of Prehistory and Early results illustrate the historical periods of the Upper and Upper Rhine. Powerful testimonies offer insights into the culture, religion and everyday life.

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.

  • Augustiner Museum
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    Augustiner Museum

    Primarily, the museum specializes in Middle Age artifacts from the Upper Rhine region, but it also has works by Lucas Cranach and Matthias Grünewald. And nowhere else is it possible to inspect the sculptures from the Freiburg Münster as closely as in the cellar of the former cloister. Also discover tapestries, paintings and goldsmiths' work documenting medieval symbolism and faith. furniture, clocks, stoves and pottery illustrating lifestyles of the 18th century. Paintings of the 19th century and 20 Century show the Black Forest in its picturesque beauty.

    Please note that the museum will be closed until the beginning of 2010 due to renovation.

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Freiburg Overview

Freiburg im Breisgau is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, in the Breisgau region on the western edge of the Black Forest. It straddles the Dreisam river, on the foothills of the Schlossberg. The city is bordered by the Black Forest mountains Rosskopf and Bromberg to the east and Schönberg, Tuniberg to the south. The Kaiserstuhl hill region lies to the west.

Sightseeing and Culture in Freiburg

Because of its scenic beauty, relatively warm and sunny climate and easy access to the Black Forest, Freiburg is a hub for regional tourism. The longest cable car run in Germany, which is 3.6 km, or about 2.25 miles (3.62 km) long runs from Günterstal up to a nearby mountain called Schauinsland. The city has an unusual system of gutters (called Bächle) that run throughout its centre. These Bächle, once used to provide water to fight fires and feed livestock, are constantly flowing with water diverted from the Dreisam. These Bächle were never used for sewage, as such usage could lead to harsh penalties, even in the Middle Ages. During the summer, the running water provides natural cooling of the air, and offers a pleasant, gurgling sound. It is said that if you fall or step accidentally into a Bächle, you will marry a Freiburger, or 'Bobbele'.

The Augustinerplatz is one of the central squares in the old city. Formerly the location of an Augustine monastery which became the Augustinermuseum in 1921, it is now a popular social space for Freiburg's younger residents. It has a number of restaurants and bars, including the local brewery 'Feierling', which has a Biergarten. On warm summer nights, hundreds of students gather here.

At the centre of the old city is the Münsterplatz, its largest square. A farmers' market takes place here every day except Sundays. This is the site of Freiburg's Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide), a gothic minster cathedral constructed of red sandstone, built between 1200 and 1530. The Freiburg Münster is noted for its towering spire.

The Historisches Kaufhaus, or historical marketplace, is a Renaissance building constructed between 1520 and 1530 which was once the center of the financial life of the region. Its façade is decorated with the coat of arms of the Habsburgs.

The Altes Rathaus, or old city hall, was completed in 1559 and has a painted façade.

The Platz der alten Synagoge "Old Synagogue Square" is one of the more important squares on the outskirts of the historic old city. The square was the location of a synagogue until it was destroyed on the Night of Broken Glass in 1938.

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More about the History of Freiburg im Breisgau

Freiburg was founded by Konrad and Duke Bertold III of Zähringen in 1120 as a free market town; hence its name, which translates to "free (or independent) town" – the word "frei" meaning "free" and Burg, like the modern English word borough, was used in those days for an incorporated city or town, usually one with some degree of autonomy. However, the German word "Burg" also means "a fortified town" as in Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide). Thus, it is likely that the name of this place means a "fortified town of free citizens". Look further for a description of Freiburg as a town with a wall around it.

Freiburg was heavily bombed during World War II. First, in May 1940, Luftwaffe airplanes mistakenly dropped approximately 60 bombs on Freiburg near the train station, killing fifty-seven.[6] Later on, a raid by more than 300 bombers of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command on 27 November 1944 destroyed a large portion of the city center, with the notable exception of the Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide), which was only lightly damaged. After the war, the city was rebuilt on its medieval plan. It became for a short time the site of government for the German state Badenia, which was merged into Baden-Württemberg soon thereafter. It was occupied by the French Army in 1945, and Freiburg was soon alloted to the French Zone of Occupation. The French Army maintained a presence in Freiburg until 1991, when the last French Army division left the city, and left Germany. On the site of the former French Army base, a new neighborhood for 5,000 people, Vauban, was begun in the late 1990s as a "sustainable model district". Solar power is used to power many of the households in this small community.

Freiburg im Breisgau is a city in Baden-Württemberg, on the western edge of the Black Forest. It straddles the Dreisam river, on the foothills of the Schlossberg. Because of its scenic beauty, relatively warm and sunny climate, and easy access to the Black Forest, Freiburg is a hub for regional tourism. Notable features of Freiburg include the Augustinerplatz, one of the central squares in the old city. Once an Augustinian monastery, it is now a popular social space for Freiburg's younger residents. The Historisches Kaufhaus, or historical marketplace, is a Renaissance building constructed between 1520 and 1530, and was once the center of the financial life of the region. The Platz der alten Synagoge ("Old Synagogue Square") is one of the more important squares on the outskirts of the historic old city. The square was the location of a synagogue until it was destroyed on the Night of Broken Glass in 1938.

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Vacation Apartment Freiburg im Breisgau

Internet access for a fee, spacious, children under 6 free ( #827)

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