A bus, train or car ride away from Freiburg, high up in the Black Forest is the Schwarzwald Museum (Black Forest Museum) in Triberg, a place known mostly for it's beautiful waterfalls.
A place for all the family, there's lots to learn about the history of the region. They often put on live displays and have many displays to feast your eyes over.
The first Black Forest cuckoo clocks were made in the middle of the 18th century. They had hand-painted shields and wooden clockworks.
There are two main fables from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which tell conflicting stories about the origin of the cuckoo clock.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:30 and Sunday 11:30 to 19:30.
The Freiburg Christmas market on the Rathausplatz in the heart of the Old Town (usually the four weeks before Christmas although you should check before planning anything centred around the Christmas Market - Weihnachtsmarkt) is considered one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
The Monkey Mountain is a zoo located Kintzheim in Alsace, France, roughly 70km away from Freiburg. At the ‘Montagne des Singes’ the Barbary Macaques reign supreme. Enter the park and feel privileged to witness this fascinating animal society which evolves almost as in the wild.
No cages or barriers here but monkeys ranging freely on what has been their domain since 1969. The site of the park is beautiful, but it is the well-being of the monkeys that strikes the visitor straight away.
The newly refurbished and re-opened Augustiner Museum is the place to be to view medieval art and 19th century paintings.
Thanks to local architect Christoph Mäckler, the former abbey was converted into an impressive museum building showcasing many surprising insights, allowing the viewer to approach the works from different perspectives. Well worth a visit.