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City Profile: Freiburg

The sunniest city in Germany, Freiburg is just a stone's throw away from both France and Switzerland. Founded in 1120 as a free market town, around 230,000 people call Freiburg home.

The mountains of Freiburg

Hikers in the mountains above Freiburg
Hikers in the mountains above Freiburg© picture alliance / dpa

Schauinsland (literally 'look into the countryside') is Freiburg’s very own mountain, and can be reached using the Schauinsland Cableway. From the summit you will have a magnificent view over the Black Forest Mountains and valleys, the Rhine Valley, the Vosges Mountains and the Swiss Alps. It is a great location for hiking, mountain-biking and other outdoor activities.

Feldberg is the highest mountain in the Black Forest. Skiers and snowboarders will find a total 61 km of ski slopes and 35 lifts which can easily be reached by public transport. Hikers can enjoy the splendid landscape from Feldberg's peak, which can be reached using the Feldbergbahn Cableway.

For more information, take a look at these links (available in English):

http://www.hochschwarzwald.de/Feldberg

http://www.schauinslandbahn.de/en/

Ganter Brewery

Wirtshausschild
Wirtshausschild mit Dekoration ,Freiburg i.Br. , Juli 2010© picture-alliance / Josef Wildgru

It's not just Bavaria that offers tasty home-brewed beer - in Freiburg, you can have a look at the Ganter Brewery. Take an English-language tour to try out the beer and experience the traditional brewery from inside.

Find out more here (in German only):

http://www.ganter-brauerlebnis.de/

Green city

The new green Freiburg district of Rieselfeld
The new green Freiburg district of Rieselfeld© picture alliance / Rolf Haid

The vibrant ecological districts Vauban and Rieselfeld are examples of modern architecture and sustainable urban planning. The Vauban district was built from 1994 to 2014, on the site of a former French military facility. Every Wednesday you will find a farmers’ market at the market place selling home-made bread and other organic products from the region.

Learn more here (available in English):

http://www.vauban.de

Relax with Freiburg’s hot springs

Freiburg/Basel/Colmar: Bad Krotzingen, Vita-Classica-Therme
Vita Classica Therme© picture-alliance / DUMONT Bildar

For a chilled break, the Keidel Mineral-Thermal Bath and the Vita Classica spa offer a wide range of wellness programmes, saunas and whirlpools as well as natural hot spring mineral thermal baths. You can reach both via public transport.

Find out more here (available in English):

http://www.vita-classica.de

http://www.keidelbad.de

Around Freiburg

Santa Claus Gathering in theme park Europa-Park Rust
(dpa) - Visitors dressed as Santa Claus ride with the 'Euromir'-roller coaster in the theme park Europa-Park in Rust, Germany, Saturday 26 November 2005. The Europa-Park started its fourth winter season with an international Santa Claus Gathering. All visitors wearing a red coat and a white beard were granted free admission. Exactly 4,743 Santa Claus were counted. This would be a new world record stated Park spokeswoman Christine Wenz. Photo: Patrick Seeger© picture-alliance/ dpa/dpaweb

If you want to discover Europe in a day, go to Europa-Park - Germany's largest theme park. There are over 100 attractions on offer, from Europe's highest and biggest roller coaster to magic and musical shows performed by 250 international artists. Ask at the Südbadenbus service center at Freiburg main station for public transport options.

More information (available in English):

http://www.europapark.de/

Day trips to France

European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France
European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France© Colourbox

If you love France as much as Germany, you can have both while visiting Freiburg. The train journey only takes an hour - visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg or the picturesque old town of Colmar.