Martin Gate © Luidger/wikicommons
Martin Gate© Luidger/wikicommons Open fig caption

Freiburg has more sun hours than anywhere else in Germany. In this small student town, everything is close by and within easy walking distance. Freiburg nestles on the edge of the Black Forest low mountain range and is surrounded by hills and vineyards. The higher education institutions are an important economic factor in the city. In the old part of town, you can admire the many half-timbered houses.


Freiburg im Breisgau is situated in the south of Germany and is an old, typically German town with lots of half-timbered houses and narrow streets. Freiburg is surrounded by two low mountain ranges, the Black Forest and the Vosges. But the city lies in the Rheingraben, a wide valley which separates the two mountain ranges. But you don’t have to climb many hills here because the town itself is flat. Freiburg is a small city. You can walk or get around by bike and you’ll find you’re never far from the centre of the city. The neighbouring countries of France and Switzerland are just a few kilometres away.

In Freiburg, everything revolves around the higher education institutions and university clinic because they play an important role in research and teaching. Alongside the various higher education institutions, the town boasts numerous research institutes which have strong links to the higher education institutions. There are five , two and one . The institutions are also an important economic factor in the city. Solar energy also plays an important role in research and business in Freiburg as lots of solar energy is generated here in Freiburg.

The „Bertoldsbrunnen“ is an important town square. All major tram lines pass through this station, and here you’ll find yourself in the very heart of town.

From there, it’s just a short walk to the Münster, Freiburg’s most important tourist attraction. Markets regularly take place on the square that surrounds the large church. Here you can buy regional specialities, sausages, fresh fruits and vegetables.

In Freiburg, it’s also worth looking downwards, to the ground. The old town is full of little streams, or „Bächle“, as they’re known here, one of the city’s landmarks. But be careful not to fall in! If you do, it’s said you have to marry someone from Freiburg.

You might also spot mosaics on the ground in front of some shops. These mosaics indicate what the shop sells. But sometimes, they represent a traditional symbol, especially if the shop has been there for a long time.


Freiburg is a typical small student city. This means you’ll find plenty of recreational activities without having to spend too much money. Freiburg is particularly lively in the evenings. As soon as the weather gets warmer, you can meet up with friends and fellow students on Augustinerplatz. You can also sit on the steps of the square and bring your own food and drinks.

If you’ve had enough partying and it gets too hot for you in town in the summer, venture into the surrounding countryside. In the Black Forest it always stays pleasantly cool in the summer months. A trip to lakes Titisee or Schluchsee is worthwhile. And the best thing is you can travel there for free using your Semesterticket.

Freiburg is often referred to as Germany’s „eco-friendly capital“. And indeed, few other cities attach so much importance to environmental protection and sustainable development as Freiburg.

How to find a room in Freiburg

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