GETTING ABOUT IN THE CITY
With a digital assistant: the best way to discover the car-free historic Old Town is on foot. For anyone who wants a bit of guidance, the Stadtführung Freiburg app (Android) provides virtual city tours. Or you can dive into Freiburg’s past at over 100 locations with the help of historical photos. The Freiburg Zeitreise app (iOS & Android) takes you on a journey through time!
Follow your feet: of course, another option is just to see where your feet take you. Simply head in a straight line from our Motel One and you’re soon in the heart of the city centre at Bertoldsbrunnen, where four sections of the city meet. This is the intersection for all tram lines and the main shopping street, Kaiser-Joseph-Strasse – or ‘Kajo’, as the locals call it. From here, it’s just a couple of minutes to the Old and New Town Hall (you can hear its bells chime at 12 noon each day!) or to Martinstor and Schwabentor, two medieval gate towers.
However you get about – watch out! Freiburg’s network of ‘Bächle’ – small, water-filled runnels originating from the 13th century when they served as a canal system – criss-cross the Old Town over a total of 15.5 km, contributing to the city’s ‘Mediterranean’ charm. Legend has it that if you fall in a Bächle, you’ll marry someone from Freiburg.
SATISFY THE SENSES
A visit to the Münstermarkt (Monday–Saturday, 7:30 am–1/2:00 pm) is basically a must. Surrounding Freiburg’s famous cathedral, you’ll find the lively hustle and bustle of the market, featuring fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, craftwork, and regional and exotic wares. Freiburg’s legendary sausage variety, the ‘Lange Rote’, is, of course, also on offer. But there’s also plenty on offer for vegetarians. And here’s an insider tip: the best cheesecake to be found far and wide awaits you at ‘Stefans Käsekuchen’ (Tuesday–Saturday, 8:00 am–2:00 pm).
PANORAMIC VIEWS GUARANTEED
Royal: for anyone who wants to get out of the city centre for a moment and surround themselves with nature, and also enjoy one of the best views over Freiburg and the surrounding area, it’s time to head up to the Schlossberg. Take it nice and easy with the Schlossberg Railway, bringing you directly from the Stadtgarten city garden up to the Schlossberg restaurant Dattler. Here, you can relax on the terrace and enjoy a panoramic view of Freiburg and the Rhine plateau, accompanied by an authentic Black Forest gateau and other delicacies. Feeling athletic? Go a step further and climb the Schlossberg tower.
Chic: a cool evening drink on the rooftop terrace of the bar and restaurant Skajo , with views across Freiburg, the Schlossberg and sometimes as far as the Vosges mountains, will open up whole new perspectives!