What to do in Freiburg, Germany

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Freiburg, Germany

If you’re traveling in southern Germany, add a trip to the quaint, charming Freiburg to the itinerary! There are so many things to do in Freiburg. And it’s the perfect home base for exploring the nearby black forest. This travel guide shares the best of what to do in Freiburg – whether you are planning a long-term trip or simply popping into the city for the day.

Things to do in Freiburg

Walking tour

If you have limited time, join a free walking tour in Freiburg to ensure you see all of sights and attractions. One of Freiburg’s top attractions is the Freiburger Münster cathedral. The stain glass windows are absolutely spectacular. Check out the first window on your left when entering the church. Germans love brezels (soft pretzels) so much that they incorporated one in the stained glass.

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View from Schlossberg, a steep hill in the middle of the city that provides a great view of the city below and the Black Forest in the distance.

Hiking

There is a steep hill/park, Schlossberg, in the middle of the city center that offers spectacular views of the Freiburg and the Black Forest in the distance. Grab a beer at Kastaniengarten, the biergarten that sits at the top. It feels like drinking in the clouds. An afternoon spent in this biergarten (or any biergarten) may be one of the best things to do in Freiburg!

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Hanging out at Kastaniengarten, a biergarten that sits on a steep hill in the middle of Freiburg.

What to do in Freiburg

Eat the delicious German cuisine!

For an on-the-go lunch, grab a Döner Kebab from a takeaway food stand. Although a Turkish pita-style sandwich, it is found all over Germany and throughout Europe. It’s also pretty delicious as a midnight snack!

Get your German food fix for lunch, so that you can eat dinner at the “all you care to eat” sushi restaurant, Oishii Sushi & Grill. It is unique in that your order is placed on iPads at your table, and you hardly have any interaction with your server. There are 10 separate rounds to order food/drinks, with a five-minute break in between rounds. It was a neat way to try different types of sushi. Come hungry and leave happy. Or in my case, leave sad that you might never experience that kind of greatness again. It’s seriously that amazing.

For dessert, order the popular Black Forest cake, essentially chocolate cake topped with cherries. You can’t visit the Black Forrest in Freiburg and not try it!

Enjoy a drink in a Freiburg biergarten!

After a morning of sightseeing (which won’t take long – it’s is a small town after all), enjoy the afternoon in the Hausbrauerei Feierling Biergarten. Join a table and turn strangers into new friends. Prost!

If you’re in the mood for a pub-style atmosphere, grab a delicious German beer at Schlappen, located in the heart of the city.

Our German hosts told us that “drinking beer in Germany doesn’t count as drinking.” However, they warned us that “it’s only acceptable to drink liquor after 6 p.m.” So if you’re eager for a cocktail after 6 p.m., order the local specialty “Gin Basil Smash.” Monkey 47 gin is very trendy in Freiburg!

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According to our Freiburg host, “drinking beer in Germany doesn’t count as drinking.”

Freiburg’s uniqueness

Freiburg is well-known for its dancing culture. Almost all men and women learn to dance (rumba, two-step, tango, waltz, etc.) at a young age. The dancing studios, which are located all over town, hold cocktail-style dance events on the weekends. It was such a neat experience, which you can read about in my travel journal.

There are also little canals that run throughout the city. These streams of water were used to put out fires ages ago, and tradition says if you step in a canal, you will marry a man from Freiburg. Ladies, if you are dreaming of a life with a German man, go ahead and dip those toes!

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One of the many canals in the city. If you step in one, you have to marry a man from Freiburg. My toes stayed dry!

Wish I had more time for

A day-long hike in the Black Forest, which is also home of the infamous cuckoo clocks.

Accommodation

An Airbnb about 15 minutes from the city center. I recommend staying in the city center, as everything you will want to do/see is closer to town.

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Doner kebabs make the best lunch!

Next stop

Hopped aboard a train to the stunning Swiss town, Interlaken, which is the most beautiful train ride I’ve taken, specifically the area from Bern, Switzerland, to Interlaken, Switzerland. Sit on the left side of the train, and keep your eyes open.

Additional resources for planning your adventure

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A night out with our German friends.
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Freiburger Munster cathedral.

Looking for more German cities to visit? Check out travel guides to Berlin, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Munich, and Celle.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Mel & Suan says:

    Hope you had the opportunity to walk some in the black forest!

    1. I wish! We didn’t venture too far out of Freiburg’s city center. Next time!

      1. Mel & Suan says:

        Yes, indeed you have to! We drove to small towns like Lauterbach which is like in the middle of the forest – literally in the middle of nowhere but green forests!

      2. That sounds so neat! I explored a lot of Germany, but I still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. I am looking forward to planning my next trip there. I will definitely be reaching out to you for tips!

  2. Alesia Piol says:

    Germany looks like so much fun! Definitely want to come here 😍

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    1. Germany is amazing! I just posted on Berlin, and I will be posting on Munich [ Oktoberfest! ] and Garmisch-Partenkirchen very soon. Thanks for your interests! Here’s the post from Berlin: https://anchoredadventureblog.com/2016/11/28/berlin-germany/

  3. Beautiful photos

      1. No problem:) stop by my blog when you get the chance

      2. Just followed you! Love your post on Prague. The bread/potato dumplings are so delicious, aren’t they?!

      3. Thank you so much and yes, they were!!!

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