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Experience a vacation in Freiburg & the Black Forest

Experience Freiburg & the Black Forest

A vacation in Freiburg is wonderful because Freiburg is a wonderfully quaint town in the sun-kissed Baden region.

Stroll in a laid-back way through the pedestrian zone in the historic old town which begins just two minutes away from the Stadthotel Freiburg – Kolping Hotels & Resorts. The little streams along the streets, lovingly called "Bächle", give Freiburg a special flair.

Or go on an exciting excursion in the three-country corner Germany-Switzerland-France, for example in the romantic Black Forest, to the Rhine Waterfall in Schaffhausen in Switzerland or to Germany's largest amusement park, the Europa-Park.

Welcome to vacation!

Get to know the sights in Freiburg ... most notably the landmark of the city, the Freiburg Cathedral, which stretches up to the sky. Its 116 meter high tower with the pierced top is often called "the most beautiful tower on earth". 154 steps take you up to the top and once you get there you have a magnificent view.

The Cathedral Square surrounds the Cathedral and the hustle and bustle of the market on the square tempts you to stroll through the booths in the mornings. The historical department store from the 16th century, the old and the new town hall, the two city gates, the historic old town, the oldest guest house in Germany ... Discover how history comes to life in Freiburg.

You can get maps of Freiburg at the reception desk. Get a first impression of the city with our online map of Freiburg.

Our tips for Freiburg

  • Get special insights on adventure tours with actors or combine sightseeing and pleasure with one of the culinary tours.
  • Take the Schlossbergbahn cable car up to the top of the Schlossberg. Enjoy the combination of the beautiful views - especially from the tower at the Salzbüchslekuppe and from the beer garden at the Greiffenegg Castle - with a walk through nature. The Schlossbergbahn cable car starts at the Stadtgarten Park, near the Stadthotel Freiburg – Kolping Hotels & Resorts.
  • Freiburg also means culinary pleasure – in the nicest cafés and restaurants, in the traditional breweries, beer gardens and wine taverns, in the student's pubs ... get more information directly in the hotel.

Museums in Freiburg

Take a trip back in time in one of Freiburg's museums. Discover the Stone Age and the early Middle Ages in the Archaeological Museum Colombischlössle. Encounter the art of the Middle Ages and exhibition pieces from the Freiburg Cathedral in the Augustinermuseum.

In the Museum für Neue Kunst, the art ranges all the way to the present day. And the Museum für Stadtgeschichte, the Museum of City History, shows Freiburg's development over the past 900 years.

Freiburg is a lively student town. Theaters, Museums, cinemas, concert halls and jazz houses offer a diverse program for your leisure time the whole year round. Wine festivals, the Freiburg Christmas Market and sporting events in Freiburg delight visitors time and again. They will even delight you!

When are you coming to Freiburg? To a concert in the jazz house, to an SC Freiburg game ...?

To the event calendar (in German)

Plan to stay for a while to make sure you get to do everything there is to do:

  • Europa-Park: Germany's largest amusement park is an attraction just to look at. Add to that the roller coasters, the children's world and the numerous shows – it's fun for everyone. Information about the Europa-Park
  • Titisee: Ride a paddle boat on the idyllic Titisee Lake or relax under the palm trees in the Black Forest Badeparadies. It's pure relaxation. Information about the Titisee
  • Schluchsee: What used to be a glacier lake is now a reservoir with first-class watersports and beaches – get active at the Schluchsee Lake. Information about the Schluchsee
  • Triberg: All year round you can watch water fall  163m at Germany's highest waterfall. The "Triberger Magic of Christmas" will charm you with a million lights in the Black Forest. Also near Triberg: the world's largest cuckoo clock. Information about Triberg

More Excursion tips

  • Wolfach: In the Dorotheenhütte glass is still being hand-blown. Unique in the Black Forest. Information about Wolfach
  • Black Forest Open-air museum Vogtsbauernhof in Gutach: Visit old Black Forest farmhouses to find out how our ancestors in the Black Forest lived and worked hundreds of years ago. Information about the museum
  • Feldberg Mountain: The highest peak in the Black Forest. Visit the Feldberg Tower and get inspired by nature and the mountains. Information about the Feldberg
  • Schauinsland Mountain World: The Schauinslandbahn railway brings you to Freiburg's very own mountain. At the top you have view all the way to the Alps.  Information about the Schauinslandbahn
  • Colmar: This town in Alsace is like a picture book. Because of all of the half-timber houses, the entire city center is protected as an historic monument. Be sure not to miss the Unterlinden Museum with the famous "Isenheimer Altar". Information about Colmar
  • Strasbourg: The Strasbourg Cathedral, Petit France with its picture-book half-timber houses in the old town and the European Parliament are all worth a visit. Information about Strasbourg
  • Basel: Be sure to include the beautiful market square in Basel, the colorful town hall, the Basler Cathedral and the interesting museums on your sightseeing plan.  Information about Basel
  • Breisach: Tour the St. Stephan's Cathedral on the Münsterberg, the historical town center and the sparkling wine factory Geldermann. Information about Breisach
  • Weil am Rhein: The "City of Chairs" is a unique open-air museum for oversized chairs. In the Vitra Design Museum you can marvel at architecture. Also worthwhile: the Dreiländerbrücke bridge. Information about Weil am Rhein
  • The Rhine waterfall in Schaffhausen: 700 cubic meters of water fall down Europe's largest waterfall across a width of 150 m.  Information about the Rhine Waterfall

If you want to get active in summer, you have lots of opportunities to do so in Freiburg.

  • Biking: Freiburg is a biking town. You can start from here and explore the mountains and valleys of the Black Forest with a mountain bike. If you like it very challenging, then take part in the Black Forest Ultra Bike Marathon in Kirchzarten. You can rent bikes in Freiburg. Enquire at the reception desk.
  • Golfing: The Freiburg Golf Club has an 18-hole course and a 6-hole short course. Feel like you're on a golf vacation in the Black Forest.
  • Jogging: Start running in the Stadtgarten Park or jog up to the Schlossberg.
  • Swimming: Relax while swimming in the Eugen-Keidel bath in Freiburg, in the Vita-Classica in Bad Krozingen or in the Cassiopeia Therme in Badenweiler.
  • Hiking: There are so many impressive hiking trails here at the Schlossberg, at the Schauinsland Mountain, the Feldberg Mountain and everywhere in the Black Forest. Plan your hiking tour now for your hiking vacation in the Black Forest.

Have fun on your summer vacation in the Black Forest!

You can combine a city trip with winter fun really well in Freiburg: Out onto the slopes, cross-country paths and winter hiking trails in the region. The Black Forest and the Feldberg Mountain are close to Freiburg.

Skiing: At our local mountain, the Schauinsland, which is only 20 minutes away, you can ski in the skiing area Haldenköpfle. There is an even larger skiing area at the Feldberg Mountain, as high as 1,400m. Take a day of ski vacation in the Black Forest when you are visiting us.

Cross Country: In the Southern Black Forest Nature Park 1,200 km of cross-country trail stretch out before you. Take off into the beautiful winter landscape!

Winter hiking: Enjoy the powdered mountains and valleys on a winter hike in the Black Forest, the trails at the Schauinsland Mountain and the wintery impression at the Feldberg Mountain ...

We hope you have a wonderful stay with us! Choose your room or apartment for your vacation in Freiburg: