About Freiburg

Freiburg GermanyFreiburg im Breisgau is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Located in the extreme south-west of the country, Freiburg straddles the Dreisam river, at the foot of the Schlossberg.

Historically, the city has acted as the hub of the Breisgau region on the western edge of the Black Forest in the Upper Rhine Plain. One of the famous old German university towns, and archiepiscopal seat, Freiburg was incorporated in the early 12th century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical centre of the upper Rhine region.

The city is known for its ancient university and its medieval minster, as well as for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices. The city is situated in the heart of a major wine-growing region and serves as the primary tourist entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. According to meteorological statistics, the city is the sunniest and warmest in Germany.

History of Freiburg

Where is FreiburgFreiburg 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. Thus, it is likely that the name of this place means a "fortified town of free citizens".

Cultural Freiburg

BaechleBecause 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'

Education in Freiburg

Freiburg is a center of academia and research with numerous intellectual figures and Nobel laureates having lived, worked, and taught there.

The city houses one of the oldest and most renowned German universities, the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, as well as its medical center. Home to some of the greatest minds of the West, including such eminent figures as Johann Eck, Max Weber, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Friedrich Hayek, it is one of Europe's top research and teaching institutions.

Transport in Freiburg

Transport in FreiburgFreiburg has an extensive pedestrian zone in the city centre where no automobiles are allowed. Freiburg also has an excellent public transit system, operated by the city-owned VAG Freiburg. This is anchored by a continually expanding web of tram routes, together with feeder buses.

Freiburg is on the main Frankfurt am Main - Basel railway line with frequent and fast long-distance train services from the Freiburg Hauptbahnhof to major German and other European cities.

Childrens Play Centre: Kinder Galaxie

Kinder Galaxie is somewhere we found by mistake, looking for somewhere to take my daughter on a wet Sunday afternoon. My wife had heard about the place from a friend and we thought we'd go an check it out.

I was a bit shocked to see how the carpark had completely filled up and had spilled over the next 1km up the road - but that shouldn't put you off.

About the region known as Breisgau

Breisgau is the name of an area in southwest Germany, placed between the river Rhine and the foothills of the Black Forest around Freiburg im Breisgau in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

The district Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, which partly consists of the Breisgau, is named after that area. Parts of the Breisgau are situated in the political districts of Freiburg im Breisgau and of Emmendingen.

See Freiburg by Bicycle

Its impossible to overlook, the people of Freiburg are cyclists. There are apparently more bicycles than residents in the city.

Housewives and househusbands with vegetables in their cycle baskets, mud splattered mountain bikers returning from the Schauinsland, or groups of students cycling to their next lecture.

Freiburg the Wine City

Freiburg is one of the wine towns in Germany. The town has been surrounded by fertile vineyards for as long ago as the 13th century.

At times the yields seem to have considerably exceeded the drinking capacity.

Black Forest Gateau

Black Forest gateau (also commonly called Black Forest cake in the USA and Australia) is the English name for the southern German dessert Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (literally "Black Forest cherry cake").

It originated in the Black Forest region of southern Germany, but it is a popular dessert throughout Germany, Austria, and the world.

A look back at Freiburg through the ages

"Freiburg in Breisgau is a city - lying in a noble and fertile location - where there is an entrance to the Black Forest/ has grown exquisitely in a few years/ in buildings/ churches/ monasteries/ high schools/ wealth etc. ..."

Thus was the city described by Sebastian Münster in his 'Cosmographica Universalis' of 1550. Freiburg could already look back on 500 years of history at this time.

Freiburg: The Beijing of Germany

Its impossible to overlook. The people of Freiburg are cyclists. There are apparently more bicycles than residents in the city.

Housewives and househusbands with vegetables in their cycle baskets, mud splattered mountain bikers returning from the Schauinsland, or groups of students cycling to their next lecture.

Archdiocese Freiburg

Freiburg in Breisgau, the third largest city in Baden, is beautifully situated at the foot of the Schwarzwald mountains on both banks of the Dreisam.

The census of 1 December, 1905, gave the number of its inhabitants as 76,286, of whom 53,133 were Catholics. The city was founded in 1120 by Conrad, a member of the Swabian House of Zähringen, which rules in Baden even to this day.

Shopping in Freiburg

Freiburg's lively old town is always worth a stroll. Enjoy browsing through the large department stores, boutiques, leather shops, perfumeries, jewellers, bookshops, arts and antiques shops, and toy shops.

You are sure to find a postcard perfectly conveying Freiburg's charms in one of the many souvenir shops.

Freiburg for Theatre and Dance

Many student theater groups are unfortunately rather short-lived. Yesterday the piece premiered and today the ensemble disbanded. More info about student theater in Freiburg is available at www.theater.uni-freiburg.de

The Studium generale also contains information about the current theater scene at the schools. More constant, of course, are the sedentary stages.

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