Freiburg is located in the southwest corner of
Germany where Switzerland and France meet. It is
surrounded by the beautiful Black Forest
mountains and is reputed to be the warmest city
in Germany. Due to its scenic beauty, sunny
climate and easy access to the Black Forest,
Freiburg is a hub for regional tourism.
The city has many restaurants, bars and beer
gardens to cater for its large student
population. During the summer the grassy banks of
the nearby Dreisam river are a popular location
for barbecues and relaxation while the adjacent
paved tracks are enjoyed by joggers, cyclists and
inline skaters. On warm summer nights hundreds of
students gather on Augustinerplatz (a popular
square) to socialise and enjoy an open air
alternative to bars and clubbing.
The city dates back to the 12th century when
it was founded as a free market town, a result of
its location as a junction point between
important trade routes. At the centre of the old
city is the Münsterplatz, the main square, which
hosts a farmers’ market every day except Sundays.
This is also the site of Freiburg’s Münster, an
impressive gothic cathedral, constructed of red
sandstone which was built between 1200 and
In 1992 Freiburg was designated the
environmental capital of Europe and Freiburg is
now rated number one in solar installations. The
Green Party have a stronghold here and newly
built neighbourhoods are developed with
sustainability given a high priority. The
citizens of Freiburg are known in Germany for
their love of cycling and recycling.
Freiburg’s cyclists are well catered for with
dedicated cycle lanes and an impressive cycle
network. The city center also has an extensive
pedestrian zone where no automobiles are allowed.
The excellent public transit system and tram
network is continually expanding.
Freiburg is also a famous center of academics
and the city houses one of the oldest and most
renowned German universities, The Albert Ludwigs
University, which recently celebrated its 550th
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