Freiburg Im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau, or simply Freiburg, is a city in Baden-Wüttemberg, in the southwestern part of Germany. Located very close to the border with France and Switzerland, Freiburg covers 153 sq km (59.1 sq mi) and has a population of 222,000 (2011 estimate). The city is at the foot of the Schlossberg mountain, on both sides of the Dreisam river, in the Upper Rhine Plain. To the east of Freiburg is the Black Forest.

Freiburg Town Hall, Freiburg
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Freiburg was founded in AD 1120 as a free market town. Its name “Freiburg” literally means “free borough” or “free fortified town”. Today the city is a major commercial center in the Upper Rhine region.

Due to its location as a gateway to the Black Forest, Freiburg is today a major tourist destination, particularly for local German tourists as well as those from Switzerland and France. It has the longest cable-car run in Germany, spanning a distance of 3.6 km.

Altes Kaufhaus, the historical merchant hall of Freiburg
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The old city of Freiburg also has many interesting sights. At the center is the Cathedral square, or Müsterplatz. This is where you can enjoy the local farmer’s market which takes place daily except on Sundays.

The coldest month in Freiburg is January, when the average temperature may drop to -2.22°C (28°F). The warmest month is July, when it hits 25.56°C (78°F). June is the wettest month, with 99 mm (3.9 in) of precipitation while January and February are the driest, with only 41 mm (1.6 in).

Sculpture hall at Augustinermuseum, Freiburg
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Visiting Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

If you are anywhere in Western Europe, you can easily reach Freiburg by train or plane. From Frankfurt, you can take the high-speed ICE trains to the city in 2 hours. Travel from Berlin takes 6.5 hours, from Paris 3.5 hours.

You can also fly to Freiburg, landing at the Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL/MHL/EAP), which is located in France but serves

Basel and Freiburg in Germany. There are buses from the airport to get you to downtown Freiburg.

Places of Interest in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

  1. Altes Kaufhaus (Historical Merchant Hall)
  2. Augustinermuseum
  3. Bächle
  4. Martinstor
  5. Müster
  6. Rathäuser
  7. Schwabentor
  8. Seepark

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