Escape to romantic Freiburg im Breisgau! Enjoy its history, monuments and cafes.

Nestled in the corner of the German state of Baden-Württemberg and on the edge of the Black Forest, Freiburg is famed for its university, its sunny climate, its vineyards and its clearly independent nature. Despite its location within Germany and proximity to France and Switzerland, it exhibits a very local form of patriotism. You'll hear the local Baden anthem far more often than the German national one.

Perhaps the key is that Freiburg has such a strong heritage of its own. Visit the Minster, the city’s cathedral and one of its most famous sights, to discover one of the oldest churches in Europe. If you climb the stairs to the top of the tower you’ll get to enjoy captivating views of the entire city. Every morning you’ll even find a Market taking place on the square surrounding the Minster, with all kinds of local produce available.

The small storm water canals that parallel the streets of the inner city are part of Freiburg’s particular heritage and folklore. It is said that if you step into one by accident, you will end up marrying a Freiburger. For more local heritage, head for Schwabentor and Martinstor, the two remaining old city gates.

Alternatively, for a more relaxed way to spend time in Freiburg, visit the manmade lake at Seepark or the city’s Botanic Garden. Just a short distance from the historic city center you can hike up the Schlossberg to reach the tower at the top of the hill, and be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Black Forest.

The city is perhaps best known to the world as the home of the University of Freiburg, one of the most famous German universities and among the oldest in the world, dating back to 1457. It is home today to 22,000 students, giving the city a strong student vibe.

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Top hotels in Freiburg im Breisgau

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hampton by Hilton Freiburg
3 out of 5
Zita-Kaiser-Strasse 32, Freiburg im Breisgau
£59/night
29 Sep-30 Sep
4.2/5Excellent! (604 reviews)

Located in the heart of Freiburg im Breisgau, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Messe Freiburg and Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (604 reviews)

"It is quite near a tram line to down town.There are a few good eating places close by"…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019

Hampton by Hilton Freiburg
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Holiday Inn Express Freiburg - City Centre
3 out of 5
Heinrich-von Stephan-strasse 19, Freiburg im Breisgau, DE
£56/night
13 Oct-14 Oct
4.2/5Excellent! (340 reviews)

Situated in Freiburg im Breisgau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Goethe Institute and Blue Bridge. University of Freiburg and Freiburg Theater are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (340 reviews)

"Clean property. Convenient. Parking garage is small and may need to park outside or street parking."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019

Holiday Inn Express Freiburg - City Centre
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Super 8 by Wyndham Freiburg
3 out of 5
Zita-Kaiser-Strasse 34, Baden-Wurtemberg, Freiburg im Breisgau, DE
£52/night
22 Sep-23 Sep
4.2/5Very Good! (302 reviews)

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Messe Freiburg and Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics. Freiburg ...

4.2/5Very Good! (302 reviews)

"Clean and freindly staff the breakfast is very good"…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2019

Super 8 by Wyndham Freiburg

Popular things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Messe Freiburg
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Messe Freiburg

Attend one of the fairs, conferences or shows at this vast indoor and outdoor exhibition space, which hosts dozens of events each year. 

Freiburg Main Cathedral
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Freiburg Main Cathedral

Climb the steeple of Freiburg’s cathedral for views across the city. Admire its Gothic architecture with two feet on the ground.

University of Freiburg
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University of Freiburg

Soak up the academic energy which runs through the heart of Freiburg city center as you explore this centuries-old university. 

Schlossberg
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Schlossberg

See Freiburg against the backdrop of the Black Forest by climbing this leafy mountain on the edge of the city center.

Old Town Hall
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Old Town Hall

Discover all that Freiburg has to offer at its historic town hall, today a conveniently located tourist information center.

Schwabentor Gate
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Schwabentor Gate

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Schwabentor Gate in Süd. While you're in the area, wander around the lush forest.