Freiburg offers many beautiful paths, day trip- and hiking destinations.
With the Regiokarte (day ticket, 3-day WelcomeKarte for visitors, monthly ticket, transferable or not transferable) you ride throughout the whole area of the Regioticket; for students, a “Semesterticket” is available (official information brochure in English and in German [PDF]. Also railway excursions to the Suisse border region are possible, for example to the beautiful Basel, requiring only a small surcharge for the remaining distance outside of the area of the Regio ticket; videos: “Beautiful Views Of Basel City Switzerland. [6 min],” Basler Fasnacht: “Guggemuusig Uelischränzer Basel - Clara-Monster-Konzert”.
Bus companies of the Regiokartenverbunds, e.g. the DB Bahn Südbadenbus, drive to gorgeous excursion destinations. Inform yourself on the many bus routes, among others in the categories “Ausflugsbusse” excursion buses • “Freizeit- und Wanderbusse” recreational- and hiking-buses • “Radbusse” bicycle buses • “Stadtbusse” town buses • “Grenzach-Wyhlen - Basel/Neuweilerstraße” • “Höribus: Südbadenbus-Freizeitlinie am Bodensee” • “Elsasßregiobus/Euregiobuss” (run to Colmar, from there to the Vosges); inform yourself on Breisach am Rhein.
On the Schloßberg (castle hill), you have the most beautiful Freiburg panoramas. There are several ascents. The initial position of this recommended route is in the city center.
Start at the Bertholdsbrunnen and pass the Münster Church to get to the Karlsplatz, where you will see parking tourist busses. Thence you walk over the pedestrian bridge (or across the intersection) into the Stadtgarten, to which comprehensive aerial perspective overviews are available. Several routes lead up to the mountain. People who are not so fit by foot can ride up with the Schloßbergbahn; watch “GERMANY: Freiburg city & Schlossberg tower [HD]”.
Having arrived on top, you have the possibility to go for a meal in a restaurant next to the top station. From the Schloßbergbahn station, optionally, you can go up to the highest viewpoint on the Schloßberg tower where you get an all round visibility on Freiburg and the environment. Or you walk to the Kanonenplatz. There, you also have a great all-around view of Freiburg; Bird's-eye view on the Kanonenplatz.
Afterwards, you either can walk up to the Small Kanonenplatz (all-around green panorama view), or you walk down to the Schwabentor. On the way there, below the Kanonenplatz is the Greifeneggschlössle, a restaurant with a beer garden and a great view. Overall overview Kanonenplatz and Schwabentor, Schwabentor aerial view.
The Kuratorium Freiburger Schloßberg e.V. informs on historical backgrounds and provides a map, “Erlebniskarte Schlossberg” (in German) ready for download, with many excursion destinations.
Freiburg's river, the Dreisam is only a stone's throw away from the inner-city. Youtube video impressions: “Dreisam 19 October 2013 Freiburg Germany” • “der fluss DREISAM in FREIBURG” • “Freiburg im Breisgau 08.March2015 at the dreisam with greyreiher bird start” • “Descente de la Dreisam à Freiburg”
Examine in detail those places which you visited resp. which you intend to visit. Microsoft's Bing-Maps-Birdview-function is one of the absolute highlights of the map services. From a certain height on, you can switch to the Birdview-mode and regard uninterruptibly the 45°-aerial-perspective. Zoom in and out, move the image sections with the mouse, at the right, select the compass direction (rotate function): Two possible initial positions: Freiburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station) • Freiburg Münster.
In the west of Freiburg, within easy, direct reach by tram, the Seepark is located. The former Landesgartenschau-terrain offers many walks, a beer garden and a boat rental as well as an own belvedere with panorama view. Extract of the Seepark-article of freiburg.de (April 07, 2016) on its attractions (translated): ”Features: Japanese garden, children's playground, eco-station, stadium, minigolf facility, boules field [Pétanque], lawn, belvedere, Pontoon bridge, boat rental“ (“Ausstattung: Japanischer Garten, Kinderspielplatz, Ökostation, Stadion, Minigolfanlage, Bouleplatz, Liegewiese, Aussichtsturm, Pontonsteg, Bootsverleih”).
WP-article “Seepark Betzenhausen”, images on the Seepark. Videos: “Rundflug Inspire 1 Freiburg im Breisgau Seepark in 4k” (the content relevant to Freiburg starts at 0:28); “Seepark Freiburg im Breisgau 08 November 2015 +23,6° Grad Celsius”; “Freiburg. Seepark.”
The Old Cemetary is surrounded by a special atmosphere. After its quiescence in 1872, it changed into a park and, with its numerous benches and trees, it invites to leisurely walks. It adjoins directly to Freiburg's inner-city. German WP-article “Alter Friedhof (Freiburg im Breisgau)”, images, terrain overview.
WP-article “Green spaces in Freiburg”.
On July 17, 1930, the Schauinslandbahn opened. Using a groundbreaking new technology for cableways and offering its passengers beautiful panorama sceneries, it soon became a tourist attraction.
You reach the valley station of the Schauinslandberg cableway comfortably by streetcar and bus. In the top station, you can fortify yourself in the restaurant. Many walking routes and excursion destinations offer you impressive landscapes.
Official website of the Schauinslandseilbahn, in English: www.schauinslandbahn.de/en. Look it up before your trip. Twice a year, in spring and in fall, the cableway is closed due to maintenance work.
The Schauinslandberg also offers guided tours through a mining museum: Official website • cross section • WP-article “Schauinsland Pit“ • “Category:Museumsbergwerk Schauinsland” • Schauinsland Bergwerk [image search for Schauinsland mine]. • video „Untertage im Silberbergwerk“ (4 min) [Underground in the Silver Mine]
Recommendation: During the outward Journey (upwards, starting in Freiburg) you should search for a seat at the right side in the train, for taking photographs in the mountains.
Films on Youtube:
A great, exceptional image site on other time periods of Freiburg im Breisgau: alt-freiburg.de. Very comprehensive, subdivided into several categories; with numerous images which also can be viewed by district: “Freiburger Stadtteile”.
Tier-Natur-Erlebnispark Mundenhof Animal-Nature-Amusement-Park Mundenhof, directly located at the edge of Freiburg, entrance free. Excerpt of the description (August 04, 2015, in German): “[...] Mit 38 Hektar ist der Mundenhof das größte Tiergehege in Baden-Württemberg. Auf den großzügig angelegten Koppeln leben Haus- und Nutztierrassen aus aller Welt. Zudem sorgt auch weiterhin die Landwirtschaft auf rund 180 Hektar für eine ökologische Kreislaufwirtschaft. [...]”.
Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof (English website version), English WP-article “Black Forest Open Air Museum”. Excerpt of the German Wikipedia article: “[...] Das Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof in Gutach ist das älteste Freilichtmuseum Baden-Württembergs. Es stellt das Leben, Wohnen und Arbeiten der Menschen im Schwarzwald in den letzten Jahrhunderten dar. [...]”
Youtube film “Film über das Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof” (3 minutes).
Steinwasen Park is a theme park with a small zoo in the Black Forest, about 20 km southwest of Freiburg im Breisgau. It is located at the mountain pass Notschrei between Kirchzarten and Todtnau. The area belongs to the town of Oberried.
Several animal enclosures and fun rides are spread over an area of 35 hectares. The park is integrated into the natural mountain landscape and takes the Black Forest as a central theme. There is, for example, a film about the historic formation of the mountains, as well as a museum showing model replicas of the characteristic Black Forest houses.
Steinwasen Park is open from mid March to early November and is particularly attractive for young families. [...]”.
Youtube film “Steinwasen Park” (5 minutes).
“[...] Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe, following Disneyland Paris.
Europa-Park is located in Rust, in south-western Germany, between Freiburg and Strasbourg, France.
The park is home to twelve roller coasters, the oldest being the Alpenexpress Mine Train, where a powered coaster speeds through a diamond mine, – and the newest coaster being Arthur, a suspended indoor/outdoor powered rollercoaster and dark ride combination. Europa-Park has very high capacity rollercoasters and attractions [...]”.
Youtube-Film “40 Jahre Europa-Park - Alle Neuheiten 2015” (9 Minuten).
“Feldberg + feldsee + Ravennaschlucht - Brasileiras in Deutschland”: Beautiful recordings of the Feldberg and of the Feldsee.
“The Heart of Freiburg Germany” commented slide show, 4 minutes
Films on the Swabian-Alemannic Fastnacht in Freiburg i.Br. (Google Image Search for Freiburg Fasnacht): “Fasnet Umzug Freiburg 2015” • “alemannische fasnet - rosenmontagsumzug in freiburg 2011 - impressionen” • “Rosenmontag Freiburg 16 février 2015” • “TV Südbaden Fasnet Mendig Freiburg” • “Freiburger Fasnet, ovvero il carnevale a Friburgo 1999 - Narri! Narro!”
In Freiburg's countryside, there are several historical castles. In some, contemporary guided tours are offered, humorously and horizon broadening, on request also in English.
WP-article “Burg Zähringen (Gundelfingen)” • “Burg Zähringen - Freiburg im Breisgau - Burgen im mittelalterlichen Breisgau” • “Zähringer Burg Freiburg Breisgau” • Waldrestaurant Zähringer Burg
A popular classic among Freiburg's guided city tours: historix-tours.de.
“Freiburg travel guide” at wikitravel.org
Freiburg-Home.com. “Freiburg-Home.com provides vacation hints and travel tips for the English-speaking Freiburger, tourist and expatriate, from the perspective of a British expatriate living in the region” (April 09, 2016).
Official information of the town Freiburg: www.freiburg.de.