Freiburger Münster seen from the Schloßberg, January 16, 2016.

Freiburg Excursion Destinations and Film Recommendations

Public Means of Transport

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.

Google Image Search Freiburg, Freiburg Straßenbahnen [streetcars], Freiburg im Winter.

A Trip to the Schloßberg, Walk to the Kanonenplatz

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.

The Dreisam

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”

Aerial Photography on Freiburg i.Br.

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.

Youtube video films: “Freiburg | Luftaufnahmen” • “Freiburg - die Breis­gau­per­le aus der Luft” • “Freiburg aus der Luft” • “Aus der Luft - Freiburg 1970” (historic).

Ponds and Lakes, the Old Cemetary
and further Parks in the City Zone

Surrounded by green, with a restaurant and a boat rental, the Frei­bur­ger Wald­see in­vites to moody walks and excursions. Images on the Wald­see, vi­deo “Wald­see Frei­burg - 4K”.

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 (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”.

With the Cableway up to the Schauinslandberg
“Schau ins Land”-Berg = “Look into the Country”-Mountain

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: 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]

At feet of the Schau­ins­land­berg is Hor­ben located, a village with wonderful panoramas. “Im­pres­si­o­ns”, presents the video film “Win­ter in Hor­ben”.

With the Höllentalbahn to Seebrug, up to the Schluchsee
“Höllentalbahn” = “Hell Valley Railway”

Experience impressive Black Forest panoramas with the Höllentalbahn: From the Freiburg central station you ride by rail (passing the Ti­ti­see) up to See­brug, to the Schluch­see.

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:

On the History of Freiburg
“Alt-Freiburg in Bildern” (Old Freiburg in Pictures)

A great, exceptional image site on other time periods of Freiburg im Breis­gau: Very comprehensive, subdivided into several cat­e­go­ries; with numerous images which also can be viewed by district: “Frei­bur­ger Stadt­tei­le”.

“Der Schwarzwald”, from Pascal Ettinger (in German)

A comprehensive Black Forest documentation, with impressive great land­scape re­cord­ings (widescreen format), many historical information and travel rec­om­men­da­tions. 42 minutes, in high resolution available, on Youtube: “Der Schwarz­wald”.

Freiburg­ Film portrait of 1973

A beautiful short film on Freiburg, 8 minutes long. On You­tube:


“Freiburg in Breisgau, Deutschland.c1966/67.wmv”, 6 minutes

“Freiburg um 1935”, slide show, 5 minutes

„Aus der Luft - Freiburg 1970” (aerial photos)

Day Trip- and Hiking Destinations

Hiking Excursion Destinations

Game enclosures and amusement parks

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. [...]”.

WP article “Mun­den­hof” • Youtube-Film “Der Mun­den­hof in Frei­burg” (32 min­utes).

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).

Stein­wa­sen­park. Excerpt of the related WP-article (March 25, 2015): “[...]

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 at Rust. Excerpt of the related WP-article (March 25, 2015):

“[...] 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).

Various Video Films

“Reise Höl­len­tal­bahn Neu­stadt/ Schw.- Him­mel­reich”

“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!

Historical Castles and Contemporary Guided City Tours and Castle Tours, in Freiburg and in the Surrounding Countryside

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.

Zähringer Burg

WP-article “Burg Zäh­rin­gen (Gun­del­fin­gen)” • “Burg Zäh­rin­gen - Frei­burg im Breis­gau - Bur­gen im mit­tel­al­ter­li­chen Breis­gau” • “Zäh­rin­ger Burg Frei­burg Breis­gau” • Wald­restau­rant Zäh­rin­ger Burg

Burgfräulein Brigitte von Landeck

Main Site: ““. “Füh­run­gen und Ter­mi­ne“. “Der Vier­bur­gen­weg“.

Historix Tours

A popular classic among Freiburg's guided city tours:

Websites on Freiburg i.Br.

“Freiburg travel guide” at “ 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).

Highly informative site (in German): Frei­burg-​ge­ Site­map • Über­sichts­kar­te Frei­burg • Link­ver­zeich­nis [on Frei­burg]

Official information of the town Freiburg:

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