Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

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Muensterplatz featuring outdoor eating and street scenes

Freiburg im Breisgau Attractions

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1. Messe Freiburg

The Messe Freiburg is one of Germany’s largest events venues and hosts dozens of large-scale trade fairs, conferences, concerts and fairs each year. Consult its busy schedule to see what events are on during your trip to the city and join the thousands of people at the impressive purpose-built facilities.
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Attend one of the fairs, conferences or shows at this vast indoor and outdoor exhibition space, which hosts dozens of events each year.

2. Muensterplatz

Visit this central square outside Freiburg Munster, the city’s main cathedral, to experience a bustling marketplace that takes place every day except Sunday. Muensterplatz’s market hosts up to 160 vendors selling groceries, handcrafted wares and souvenirs. At the northern end of the marketplace you’ll find a dedicated farmer’s market selling the best local produce available. Spend a morning shopping at the market before you explore Freiburg’s historic town center via the streets that lead away from the market.
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The sprawling square outside Freiburg’s Gothic cathedral is the site of a marketplace, one of the city’s major attractions.

3. Freiburg Main Cathedral

With its steeple visible from nearly all over town, it won’t take you long to be drawn to Freiburg’s Gothic cathedral. Construction of Freiburg Munster started in 1200. Building started in a Romanesque style but eventually changed to an elaborate Gothic style. The church became a cathedral in the 19th century and has remained the most important Catholic religious site in the city since. Visit the church to admire its architecture, attend a mass or simply relax in its quiet interior.
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Climb the steeple of Freiburg’s cathedral for views across the city. Admire its Gothic architecture with two feet on the ground.

4. Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)

Immediately next to the New Town Hall you’ll find the historic Old Town Hall, which was destroyed by bombings during World War II. While the decision was made to rebuild, the duties of the town hall relocated to the newer building and the Altes Rathaus became a tourist information center and historic attraction. Visit the Old Town Hall to discover its fascinating period architecture, learn about its history and pick up tourist information to help you navigate your way through Freiburg’s winding streets and diverse history.
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Discover all that Freiburg has to offer at its historic town hall, today a conveniently located tourist information center.

5. Bertoldsbrunnen

Day or night, rain or shine, the Bertoldsbrunnen stands at the intersection of Kaiser-Joseph-Strasse and Salzstrasse, helping Freiburgers and visitors find their way amid the tangle of streets and tram lines. “Berti,” as he is affectionately called, has stood here since 1965, when he replaced the Fischbrunnen, or Fish Fountain, that was destroyed in World War II.
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In the center of Old Town, this statue is Freiburg’s popular meeting point, the perfect place to start any exploration of the city.

6. Schwabentor Gate

One of the last remaining city gates of Freiburg, the Schwabentor stands on most trajectories from the city to the mountain. It is worth a closer look too. Decorated by three waves of artists who each added their own symbolism to the brickwork, the gate offers a unique window onto the self-conception of the people of the area. Stop in the adjacent square, known as the “Square of the Last Barricade of 1848,” a reminder of Freiburg’s past, and admire the sturdy masonry from a distance before approaching for a closer look.
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Built in 1250 to defend the city, this gate overflows with symbolism pertaining to the spirit of Freiburg. Inside is a charming diorama museum.

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