Freiburg im Breisgau is a major city in Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany, situated on the edge of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald). Picturesquely located on the river Dreisam, in between green mountainsides, it enjoys one of the sunniest and warmest climates among German cities.
Freiburg was founded in 1120 and has been a city of importance ever since, which is reflected in the rich medieval and renaissance architectural heritage of its Altstadt. That said, being a university town for centuries, it also has a very forward-looking outlook, and is a centre of sustainable development. There are many solar-energy-related businesses headquartered there, and much of the city, especially the newer quarters, is arranged using cutting-edge sustainable development ideas.
Freiburg is actually closer to [ and Switzerland than most of Germany, being situated at a corner where the borders of the three countries meet. This is reflected by the city sharing its airport with Basel in Switzerland and Mulhouse in France – the unique EuroAirport whose grounds straddle national borders. Do note that while this is THE Freiburg most probably referred to when the name is invoked, it is actually one of many places sharing that name. When ordering train tickets and similar items online, be careful not to confuse Freiburg (im Breisgau) with Freiburg (an der Elbe) in Lower Saxony or Fribourg in Switzerland.
Lying in a secluded wine-rich corner of Baden-Württemberg state in Germany, Freiburg is a laid-back, beautiful university city. Known throughout Germany for Albert Ludwig University of Fribourg, good weather, and vineyards, Freiburg is considered by Germans to be a desirable place to live.
Due to its secluded location in the “Dreiländereck” (Three-country corner) and being fairly removed from any other larger German cities, locals will frequently go shopping in France and Switzerland for their respective native products and go to museums and theaters in Basel or Zürich. One can find a strong local patriotism, which shows itself in the anthem of Baden (the former independent state), which can be heard more often than the national anthem.
For a taste of future-oriented contemporary Freiburg, visit the district of Vauban famous for its focus on sustainability
Although Freiburg is not itself a major tourism destination or a large city, it can serve as a relatively inexpensive base from which to explore much of central Europe. Thanks to its excellent connections via rail and road to the outside world, Freiburg can allow you to travel to all of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Low Countries, and [ with little trouble and at good prices. If you plan on an extended stay or travel to these destinations, it can be a welcoming base to return to after each segment of your journey, with more than enough to entertain you for a few days while you stay in Freiburg.
The closest airport with a good selection of international destinations, though much less frequent than the major airports Frankfurt or Zürich, is the Euroairport Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg (, and ). Buses run frequently from the airport to Freiburg; see the schedule here.
Cheap Flights to Basel, Switzerland/Mulhouse
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Baden Airpark , situated between Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden, is another airport close to Freiburg, and has some international flights to various cities operated mainly by Ryanair and Eurowings. It is a short 40 minute train ride to the north of the city, but you will have to connect by bus at the train station, which will add extra time to your journey.
You will need to plan ahead to make the trip easier, and Deutsche Bahn’s website can give you approximate connection times with bus services. Another possible airport is Stuttgart, which has less convenient train connections but is much closer than Frankfurt.
You can arrive on a high-speed ICE train directly from Frankfurt Airport
Many visitors to Freiburg will also arrive via Frankfurt Airport or Zurich Airport, both about a 2-hour train ride away with direct connections from Frankfurt. InterCity Express or ICE trains leave in the direction of Freiburg almost every hour from the Fernbahnhof in Frankfurt Airport. Just follow the signs once you arrive and buy your ticket at the Deutsche Bahn Reisezentrum (DB Travel Center). Most trains travel directly through Freiburg, although a few require a train change in Mannheim. Booking ahead online can shave the train ticket from Frankfurt Airport to 29€ on the special-fare, which requires use of the selected train. If your plane is late, you will have to buy a new ticket. A standard ticket from the DB office at the Fernbahnhof to Freiburg is €62. Most airlines serving Frankfurt will also offer rail&fly which gives you a highly flexible train ticket at rates usually not much higher than the cheapest discount tickets, but the airlines set the prices, so you might pay more or even get it for free.
Travel by train to Freiburg
The Freiburg Hauptbahnhof is situated close to the inner city. Frequent connections run to the north towards Frankfurt and south to Basel, with fast ICE trains leaving in each direction each hour. Again, planning ahead can get cheap fares of 29€ each way. From the Hauptbahnhof, you have direct access to the Tram (Straßenbahn) which runs directly overhead the main station and offers an easy route into the city. The Hauptbahnhof is also within easy walking distance of the inner city and several good hotels. Main direct destinations include:
- Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof and Airport (Flughafen), 2 hours
- Zurich, 2 hours (Switzerland)
- Basel, 40 minutes (express) 1 hour (local), (Switzerland)
- Mannheim (close to Heidelberg), 1.5 hours
- Berlin, 6.5 hours
- Cologne, 3 hours 10 minutes
- Hamburg, 5 hours 45 minutes
- Munich, 4.5 hours
- Amsterdam, (Netherlands), 6 hours
- Paris, (France), 3.5 hours
- Milan, (Italy), 5.5 hours
A single change can bring you to:
- Vienna, (Austria), 9.5 hours
Local and regional trains can be good for day trips or for traveling to nearby cities. In the main station ask for the Ländertickets or the Regio-tickets. Such tickets can be used by a group of up to 5 persons in the RB, RE an S-Bahn trains as well as for local transport. They are a much cheaper alternative for a group of travelers going to cities nearby or going for a day trip.
Freiburg is connected to the German highway system via the A5, running along the Rhine Valley from south to north, starting at the Swiss border. It also is accessible through the Black Forest via the B31 (Ost). To France it takes about 30 minutes by car. To Switzerland it is about 40 minutes. Heidelberg is a 1.5 hour car ride to the north, using the A5. Lake Constance is reachable in two hours via the B31.
Freiburg is served by Flixbus and Eurolines. You will find direct international connections to and from Italy (Milan), Switzerland (Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Basel), France (Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg), Belgium (Brussels), Croatia (Zagreb), Slovenia (Ljubljana, Hungary (Budapest) and Austria (Vienna).
A Combino tram of the VAG running across Freiburg greenery
The best way to get around Freiburg is by use of public transit and walking. Freiburg has an excellent, but slightly expensive, bus and tram (Straßenbahn) system. The tram system works all night on weekends and national holidays.
Public transport map of Freiburg – tram lines in blue
The public transportation network is operated by several companies, but ticketing is unified among the local RVF transportation association. Tickets can be used on all buses, trams & local trains in the area. The RVF area is divided into three zones on which the ticket price depends. A single ride is 2.30 € for Zone A (Freiburg city area), 4 € for Zone A/B and 5.70 € for Zones A, B, and C. You can buy a pack of 8 tickets for 16,60 € valid within Zone A from the VAG Pluspunkt shop, located near the Martinstor downtown. In the shop you can also pick up tickets using a point system; 20 points costs 14,70 € and in each direction you will use 3 points in Zone A, 5 points if you cross into Zone B, and 7 points if you cross into Zone C. You will most likely only use the tram and bus systems in Zone A for the majority of your stay. If you come for a short stay or a weekend, buy a Regio 24 which will give you 24-hour unlimited travel within Zone A for one person for 6,40 € and up to five people for 12,80 €. The Regio 24 is also available for 2 or 3 zones. These cards will allow you to use all of the public transport within Freiburg, and also take the DB Regio trains that service the greater region free charge. Timetables and tickets can be found on the VAG Freiburg website.
Biking is another convenient way of getting around, and Freiburg’s sidewalks and streets have dedicated bike lanes. Many of Freiburg’s citizens use their bikes and you can easily get a real feel for the city this way. Bikes can be rented at various shops, the most convenient for tourists being the Mobile at the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof). For the summer 2019 hte public bike sharing scheme “Frelo” (operated by Nextbike) is announced to launch with 400 bikes at around 50 stations.
Most of Freiburg’s important sights are situated close to each other in the inner city. You can cross the inner city by walking in about 10–15 minutes or by riding the tram. Although passengers are rarely controlled, riding without a valid ticket (Schwarzfahren or “Black riding”) incurs a 60€ fine! Passengers without tickets have been witnessed being forcibly restrained and removed from the train. The same applies for regional trains, which are controlled about 25% of the time. Those repeatedly caught without a valid ticket can face court orders, as it is considered a criminal offence.
If you have rented a car or drive to Freiburg, you will be able to quickly access most areas with your car. Be aware that parking is very expensive but there are many garages available where you can park and then walk to nearby destinations. The city of Freiburg is a Low emission zone (Umweltzone). This means all cars – and yes that includes electric cars – driving in the city need a badge (Feinstaubplakette) indicating their pollution category. In the pedestrian zone bike riders must walk their bikes during daytime on weekdays.
What to see and do
- Freiburg Minster (Münster Unserer Lieben Frau), Münsterplatz 1 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday – Saturday 10:00-17:00; public holidays and Su 13:00-19:30. The cathedral is Freiburg’s biggest sight in the city, one of the oldest and most beautiful in all of Europe. The gargoyles are not to be missed – be sure to study every corner of the Munster. Make the effort to climb to the top of the tower for the fabulous views (1.50€). A guided tour is offered every day at 2 p.m. (5€). Every day in the morning until 1 p.m. Mon-Fri and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, there is a market on the square surrounding the church. Visit on Saturday morning, as it then will be the biggest and nicest. Vendors are pleasant and sell local produce and goods. Buy a Bratwurst mit Brötchen (Bratwurst in a bun) or Currywurst for around 2,20€. It will be an inexpensive, authentic, and delicious lunch or snack. Note: the tower is closed for visits until mid-October 2018 (maintenance works).
- Freiburger Bächle. Small canals with crisscross the streets of the inner city. These canals were once meant as a way to fight fires in medieval Freiburg. The locals say that if you accidentally fall or step into one, you will marry a Freiburger.
- Schwabentor. One of two remaining old city gates. The gate is beautifully decorated, including with a large picture painted by Matthias Schwäri in 1572.
- Martinstor. The other old city gate, which is well known locally for the McDonald’s next door which has placed its logo on the gate.
- Historical Merchants’ Hall (Historisches Kaufhaus). Located on the square surrounding the Muenster
- Altes Rathaus. The old city hall now contains the tourist information desk
- Neues Rathaus.
- Seepark Betzenhausen. A man-made lake and a popular escape from the urban housing estate of Betzenhausen. Complete with beer garden and a restaurant, Seepark is popular with families and those planning a walk around the stunning green-belt area.
- Botanic garden (Botanischer Garten). – Open daily 8-18 h, Greenhouse: Mo-Thu: 12-16 h, Sun and holidays 14-16 h.
- Augustinermuseum. – Opened again in March 2010 with a spectacular new exhibition.
- Museum fuer Neue Kunst (Museum of Modern Art).
- Colombischlössle Archaeological Museum.
- Museum fuer Stadtgeschichte (Museum of City History).
- Naturmuseum (Museum of Natural History).
What to do in Freiburg
- Hike up the Schlossberg (The footway starts close to Schwabentor). On the way up there is a beautiful square called “Kanonenplatz”. The view there is nice, but it is still recommended to struggle a bit more uphill to reach the observation tower called the “Schloßbergturm”. It takes about 15 minutes from the old city and offers you an amazing view of the Black Forest, Freiburg, the Kaiserstuhl and the Vosges mountain range in France.
- Schlossbergbahn, Am Schlossberg 1. Another way to get to the top of Schlossberg is to ride this mountain funicular. €5 return, €3 one way.
- Schauinsland. Take the Tram 2 then bus 21 to the Schauinsland cable car. At the top great views as far as the Swiss Alps await you. Warning – doesn’t run in bad climate. It’s also possible to hike up Schauinsland from the start of the Schauinslandbahn Station. But make sure that the weather is forecasted to be good, and allow 3 to 5 hours for the uphill climb, and around 1 to 2 hours for climbing down.
- Have a beer at Feierling, Gerberau 46 (just off Augustinerplatz). Mo-Th 11:00-00:00; Fr,Sa 11:00-01:00. Try the organic house beer at Feierling, an amazing fresh Inselhopf only available there. It’s €2,90 for a small glass (0,3 L), and one can also purchase a 2L bottle for €10, which is €5 to fill at any time – you can take it home and bring it back as often as you want. The beer garden is nice in summer, and when the weather is good hundreds of people gather in nearby Augustinerplatz (many with the 2L bottles) to drink and socialize. 2,60€-15€.
- Borderline Trail (mountain bike downhill trail). Amongst mountain bikers, Freiburg is famous for being close to the Schwarzwald, but also for its own trails which have been installed and are maintained by an association. The first one starts very near the Rosskopf peak. Further information on the association’s website.
- Watch a soccer game of SC Freiburg, Schwarzwaldstraße 193 (Tram No. 1 to Römerhof). Every other weekend there is a game of the local soccer club. It is not easy to get a ticket because the stadium is sold out quickly. Great atmosphere in the stadium with the most scenic surroundings of the Bundesliga. 12-40€.
The University of Freiburg is one of the most famous German universities. Founded in 1457, it attracts 22,000 students to Freiburg, giving it the flair of a student town. This is a good destination to study in Germany as an exchange student or for language classes. Additionally there are several other schools which contribute to the student image of the city. The biggest of these is the Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, located in Littenweiler to the east of the city. There is also a Goethe-Institut in Freiburg, where foreigners can learn German.
With both Kaufhof, Karstadt and a number of other stores, the Kaiser-Josef-Straße (KaJo) is the place to go shopping in Freiburg
- As in most other German cities, the inner city is the place to go shopping. There you will find everything from H&M to shops selling Armani.
- Two department stores and several other stores are located on Kaiser-Joseph Straße, with smaller independent shops in the many back-streets and alleyways. Outside of the city centre one can find several large supermarkets, such as Real, E-Center and Kaufland.
- The large Farmer’s market in the ‘Münsterplatz’ (Minster square) at the foot of the ‘Münster’ (Minster cathedral) is where Freiburgers buy their locally produced flowers, fruit and vegetables as well as enjoy a traditional ‘wurst’ (German sausage) as a snack. Every weekday (until early afternoon) and Saturday morning, the Münsterplatz is a bustling market of commerce.
- Grocery stores: Rewe is located at Fahnenbergplatz as well as in the basement of Karstadt at the north end of Kaiser-Josef-Straße. Aldi, in the basement of Schwarzwald City, is among the cheapest. Kaufland to the north of the city on Waldkircher Straße has an impressive range. Treff discount supermarkets are also excellent for the budget-conscious.
- Due to the large city centre-based university, many large bookstores can also be found in the heart of Freiburg, selling both new books and second-hand.
- The ‘Kartoffelmarkt’ (potato market), situated close to the ‘Stadttheater’ (city theatre) has a couple of stalls selling alternative hippie-style clothing, jewellery and accessories every weekday morning.
- Atlantik, Schwabentorring 7. Su-Th 11:00-02:00, Fr-Sa 11:00-03:00. This pub/restaurant has seen generations of students drink, eat, dance and flirt. A real institution in the city. Super cheap and delicious German cuisine. 5€ for “dish of the day”.
- Brennessel, Eschholzstraße 17 , ✉ email@example.com. Monday – Saturday 18:00-01:00, Su 17:00-01:00. Restaurant famous among students due to its very reasonable prices. It features a daily spaghetti special from 6p.m. to 7:30p.m. (€1.80 a plate).
- Walfisch, Schützenallee 1 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday – Saturday 18:00-03:00, Su 17:00-03:00. Another pub/restaurant popular with students.
- Markthalle, Grünwälderstraße 4 (Close to Bertoldsbrunnen). Mo-Th 08:00-20:00; Fr,Sa 08:00-24:00; Su,PH off. A very interesting and cheap place to eat. During the day, various small stores from all around the world offer cheap but good dishes. Check out the Indian place. It has good curries.
- Three Italian restaurants situated just outside the inner city have acceptable pizza from €2 up. They are called Firenze, Milano and Bella Italia. The once famous Laubfrosch changed its strategy and now is more exclusive.
- For fast food, check out the area around the Martinstor (sometimes known as McDonald’s-Tor because of the McDonald’s sign defacing the historic landmark). In that area, you will also find many other fast food places, ranging from Chinese to Turkish, as well as some cafés.
- The Afghan Ecke is a very popular place with locals in Freiburg, located at Siegesdenkmal.
- Euphrat located near the university has good Turkish Döner, and an excellent vegetarian selection.
- Mensa Drei (Niemenstraße 7) has good currywurst. You can choose how hot (scharf) on a scale of 1-9 (although they will let the adventurous order off the menu too). €5,50 for currywurst, pommes and coke.
- Adelhaus, Adelhauserstraße 29-31a , ✉ email@example.com. Su closed; Mo-Th 11:00-23:00, Fr,Sa 11:00-24:00. This restaurant servers organic and vegetarian dishes in a nice location. In the summer you can sit on a calm hidden square next to the ancient monastery Adelhausen.
- Kartoffelhaus, Basler Straße 10 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mo 17:00-00:00; Tu-Su 11:30-00:00. A charming, cosy restaurant whose specialty is the potato… imagine it in many wholesome yet creative forms; they are all good. There’s a particularly wonderful ambience in winter when it’s freezing outside. Prices are fair and service is excellent.
- Tacheles, Grünwälderstraße 17. Su 11:30-24:00; Mo-Th 11:30-01:00, Fr,Sa 11:30-05:00. Claims to have 300 varieties of schnitzels, which each come with a small salad and choice of side dishes.
- Gourmetrestaurant Zirbelstube, Colombistraße 16 (in Colombi Hotel). Freiburg’s only restaurant with a Michelin star.
Other expensive restaurants include the Greifenegg Schlössle, situated next to the Kastaniengarten and offering an excellent view over the city to accompany dinner, as well as Hotel Zum Bären on Salzstraße and Enoteca near Schwabentor.
- Kastaniengarten , ✉ email@example.com. A beer garden, which lies perched on the slope of the Schlossberg, overlooking both the city and the valley leading into the Black Forest. On nice summer days, this is the best location to relax over a cool beer, and enjoying the views of the Munster, the old city gates and the inner city. Additionally, in good weather conditions you can see as far as the Vosges, a mountain range in France. To get there, head to the Schwabentor, one of the old city gates, then cross the bridge on its left and head up the mountain a bit.
- Grace is a stylish bar in the city center, also serving lunch and dinner. Maria is serving for a student clientele nearby.
- The Feierling brewery in the heart of the Altstadt close to the Augustiner Kloster has excellent selfmade, organic beer and is famous for it among the locals. In summer it also has an enjoyable beer garden outside. However, for the experience of the beer garden, go to the Kastaniengarten. For good beer, Feierling is the best option.
- Drifters is a nice location for House music. It is situated in the same building as the club Cräsh, a hang out for alternative people, which turned from a more punk into a metal place.
- Waldsee is a nice location a bit out of the way. It features “Rootdown” once a month and “Montage”, both nice clubs for electronic music. It is excellent during the summer months, as the location offers open space next to a lake. Wonderful menu for warm snacks too.
- Jazzhaus. Is one of Freiburg’s most popular spots, featuring the best in live music, both international and local. There is something to suit everyone, from classical to reggae to cabaret. The regular theme nights are also a hit: “Funky Dance Night” and “Sister Zone” (women only) are favorites, not to mention the 60s, 80s and 90s nights.
- The Strandcafe is a cafe run by the on-profit association “Zusammen Leben e.V.”. From Tuesday till Thursday its open from 11 am till 9 pm. It’s located in the “Grether”-Area , an alternative living-and working project close to the inner city. Its much cheaper then other bars in Freiburg and there is no obligation to consume. Very calm.
- The StuSie is the bar of the student village located at tram stop “Am Bischofskreuz”. Cheap and good Beer, Cocktails… Shot-night every Wednesday and decent breakfast on Sundays. Many international students. They have started checking IDs at the door, you must be a student with a valid student ID card (ISIC or Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet) to enter.
- The KTS is an instituted left-wing autonomous center in the south of the city. Many concerts, parties, meetings, political organisations…
- In the summer check out the Sternwaldwiese, an area in the Wiehre, where many people make campfires and party all night. Bring your own beer and watch your backpack. Another good place to meet local folk is the Augustinerplatz located next to the Feierling-brewery. Bring your own beer or buy it from the pubs around.
- The Atlantik is a bar everybody should have seen when visiting Freiburg. Food, beer, rock music and people that hang out in this place since 20 years. Located behind the Schwabentor.
- The Mu-dom Bar is a student-run bar in the neighborhood of Stühlinger. Located in the basement of a former hospital, the space once served as a morgue. Cheap prices and international folk. They have started checking IDs at the door, you must be a student with a valid student ID card (ISIC or Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet) to enter.
- The Isle of Innisfree is an Irish pub (one of three in Freiburg) in the heart of the Altstadt that claims to have been entertaining Freiburg since 1992, due partly to the fact that live music can be found there twice weekly, Scottish dancing takes place once a week as do regular bingo championships (Sunday) and quiz nights (Monday). Student night is Tuesday and live football are shown on the large screen during major events in the football calendar. The bar is run by a mixture of Irish, British and American staff so English language is not a problem. Not an easy bar to find as it is situated in the basement of a shopping center…
- O’Kelly’s. Is a good Irish pub in Freiburg and is actually the first Irish pub to open in Freiburg in 1990. Is at Milchstraße 1, right behind the Theater Freiburg and the University Library (UB1). O’Kelly’s is a cozy, typically Irish pub with low ceilings, a warm atmosphere, and fresh, homemade Irish and German food. Live music can be enjoyed F-Sa evenings and all major sporting events are shown on the big screens, from Irish TV and German TV. Every M night at 9PM there is the O’Kelly’s Pub Quiz, run by Moe, that includes a multimedia round on the big screens. Teams come back week after week and fight hard to win free booze. They also show NFL and NCAA games on Saturdays and Sundays.
- El Bolero and Cafehaus both have a lovely and secluded outdoor seating area which is popular in the summer, located just off of Martinstor at the Holzmarkt.
- Cohibar, located next to the University Library (Stadttheater stop) has the best cocktails in town, with (limited) outdoor seating in the summer.
Where to stay in Freiburg
- Camping Hirzberg, Kartäuserstraße 99. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. They have a good knowledge of things to see in the city and local walks in the Black Forest.
- Camping Moeslepark, Waldseestr. 77. Very friendly young couple running the campground in the Black Forest and close to the city.
- Black Forest Youth Hostel, Kartäuserstraße 33 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. You can cook in their kitchen, however they don’t provide breakfast. You should also be prepared to pay in cash. Dorm 17€-28€, double 30€, single: 35€ (prices per person).
- ibis budget Freiburg Süd, Bötzinger Straße 76. Reasonable prices, but really far away from the city center. Double: 50€.
- B&B Hotel Freiburg-Nord, Tullastraße 87c , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 14:00 Uhr, check-out: 12:00 Uhr. From 52€.
- B&B Hotel Freiburg-Süd, Munzinger Straße 1b , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00 Uhr, check-out: 12:00 Uhr. 56 €.
- Jugendherberge Freiburg, Kartäuserstraße 151 (Tram No. 1 to Römerhof or a scenic walk along the Dreisam river) , ✉ email@example.com. This hostel is situated right at the foot of the black forest close to the stadium of the local soccer club SC Freiburg. Quite far away from the city and a youth hostel membership card is compulsory. 26-42€.
- Hotel Schemmer. Conveniently located just blocks away from the train station, is a clean and very affordable stay. Breakfast included in every room. About a 8 minute walk from the city center.
- Hofgarten Hotel B&B Freiburg. Is only 10 minutes by car from the old town and Muenster Cathedral, the city centre, the main station and the pictorial Glottertal. The nearest bus stop is only 50m from the guesthouse. The rooms are tastefully and individually furnished and all of them are equipped with shower/WC, cable-television, wireless-lan and telephone. Some rooms also have a balcony. They offer a delicious breakfast buffet with regional ingredients. You get a nice doubleroom for only 45 Euro/person/night incl. breakfast.
- Hotel Rheingold. A four star hotel just opposite the train station. Its tidy rooms are a bit on the worn side but the staff is very helpful and friendly. There’s a garage underneath the hotel, where guests get reduced rates. A doubleroom costs 139 Euros a night at peak times, breakfast included.
- Hotel Best Western Premier Victoria. Classified as the most ecological hotel in the world. Their electricity is generated from solar panels and from wind turbines, while their heat is from sustainable woodchips furnace. It is a pleasant family-run hotel a stone throw away from the train station. You will pay about 115 Euros a night.
- Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus.
- InterCityHotel Freiburg.
- Mercure Hotel Freiburg am Münster.
- Mercure Hotel Panorama Freiburg.
- Green City Hotel Vauban.
- 15 The Colombi Hotel, Rotteckring 16 (opposite Colombipark). The most luxurious hotel and only five-star in Freiburg. It is situated on the edge of the town centre and overlooks Colombi Park. It is a short walk from the main railway station and features a renowned restaurant. single 200€-230€, double 260€-400€.
- Dorint An den Thermen Freiburg, An den Heilquellen 8, 79111 Freiburg , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. The hotel offers 98 rooms & suites, a mineral thermal bath on 6,000 m², medical beauty & wellness, a fitness centre on 1,200 m². from € 109 per room/night.
- Clarion Hotel Hirschen Freiburg.
Hotels Freiburg: Popularity
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|Motel One Freiburg||★★★|
|Mercure Hotel Panorama Freiburg||★★★★|
|Holiday Inn Express - Freiburg - City Centre|
|Mercure Hotel Freiburg am Münster||★★★|
|Super 8 Freiburg||★★★|
|Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus||★★★★|
|Park Hotel Post||★★★★|
|Ferienwohnung am Konzerthaus|
|Hotel Hirschen in Freiburg-Lehen||★★★★|
Holy Mass takes place in various Catholic churches in the city center:
- Münster Unserer Lieben Frau, Münsterplatz (800 m from central station). Sun: 07:00, 08:30, 10:00, 11:45, 20:00; Mon-Sat: 07:00, 08:00, 18:30; Wed, Sat: also 09:00
- St. Martin, Rathausplatz (600 m from central station). Sat: 18:00; Sun: 07:30, 09:30, 11:15; Tue-Sat: 07:00; Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat: 09:00
- Herz Jesu, Stühlinger Kirchplatz (back-side of the Omnibusbahnhof). Sat: 19:00; Sun: 09:30 (Croat.), 11:00; Tue: 09:45; Fri: 18:30
Freiburg has its very own Tourist Information Office. They can provide maps and hotel booking information. Opening hours for the Tourist Information office are:
- June – September (Monday-Friday 10a.m.- 8p.m., Saturday 10a.m.- 5.30p.m., Sunday and Holidays 10a.m.- noon)
- October – May (Monday-Friday 10a.m.- 6p.m., Saturday 10a.m.- 2.30p.m., Sunday and Holidays 10a.m.- noon)
There is not much to worry about in Freiburg. However, always take the same precautions as you do traveling anywhere else. No need to provoke a pickpocket. However, one should avoid the banks of the Dreisam at night. One should also avoid at night the area near the tram stop Runzmattenweg which is between the main street train station and the Bissierstraße tram stop. It is locally known to be a common spot for muggings of international students.
- Nice daytrips include:
- Staufen: With its castle ruin and nice old city, Staufen is a pretty, small German town. Note that the devil took the real-life Faust (known from Goethe’s Faust) in one of the local hotels. So watch out for any weird guys with horns. Staufen lies about 20 minutes by car or ~25 minutes by train south of Freiburg.
- Vogtsbauernhof: By car (B33 trunk road from Offenburg in the direction of Villingen-Schwenningen or vice versa) or by rail (the Black-Forest route from Offenburg in the direction of Konstanz or vice versa to Hausach station, then 30 minutes on foot) a beautiful outdoor farm life museum, demonstrating 400 years of Black Forest domestic life.
- Hike in the Kaiserstuhl, it’s lovely. Go and check a so-called Straußenwirtschaft (a bar where the wine growers offer their wine & food).
- Take a boat-tour in the Taubergießen a floodplain wetland close to the Rhine.
- Colmar: Situated across the border in [ , Colmar is a beautiful small city. Many locals from Freiburg like to take visitors there for a quick taste of France, as it is only about 1 hour by car. The local VCD gathers information about transport connections into the Grand-Est. In the summer, take the back roads for glorious views of sunflower fields.
- Alsatian villages: gorgeous, unspoilt villages in the Alsatian wine region: Riquewihr, Ribeauville, Haut Königsberg.
- The Black Forest: Go hiking or skiing or biking. Just go.
- Titisee, a touristy Black-Forest town, lying in the margins of the lake Titisee.
- Schluchsee, a bigger and less-known lake in the Black Forest. To get there take a Regional Bahn Train from Freiburg Main Station (Hbf) towards Seebrugg. This train travels normally once an hour, and the trip takes around one hour.
- Take one of the wonderful Black-Forest tracks like Feldberg or Schauinsland. The nearest train station to Feldberg is Hinterzarten. Schauinsland can be reached by local buses traveling from Freiburg in the direction of Günterstal.
- Take the Aerial tramway of Schauinsland, which travels for 3.6 km over the Black Forest, reaching a place with a very nice panorama.
- During the summer months there are ‘Weinfeste’ in many towns celebrating their wine.
- Cross the Black Forest and head to Lake Constance. Ride a bike around it.
- Head to Basel, Bern or Lucerne in Switzerland. From Bern, head on to Interlaken and Brienz. Instead of the train, take the boat across Lake Thun. Same ticket, twice the scenery. Thanks to the new fast train connection between Strasbourg and Paris a trip takes less than 3,5 hours from Freiburg.
- Go to Heidelberg.
- Go to Strasbourg.
Wirecard : How Jan Marsalek Friend Henry O’Sullivan became “Corinna Müller”
The Briton Henry O’Sullivan is regarded as the dazzling puller of many Wirecard deals and friend of Jan Marsalek and internal emails show how big his influence was in the company.
Henry O’Sullivan celebrated his 40th birthday in paradise. He invited lawyers, managers and high-ranking executives from Wirecard to the lonely dream island of Benguerra off the coast of the East African state of Mozambique. Board member Jan Marsalek and his girlfriend should also come.
As a souvenir, the host wanted: pens for the school children in town and champagne for the party weekend.
The luxury resort Azura Retreats, which O’Sullivan rented in November 2014, had cabins right on the beach, palm trees, and a beach. On arrival, the guests would have to wade through knee-deep water as the British businessman’s assistant warned a month before the celebration. That wasn’t a problem for Jan Marsalek. He preferred to travel by helicopter anyway, according to an email from his secretary.
The extravagant birthday plans reveal a lot about two of the central key figures in the Wirecard scandal. Jan Marsalek (40) and Henry O’Sullivan (46) are close confidants who worked together on big deals far away from the headquarters in Aschheim. Now the judiciary is asking whether millions have been diverted. Wirecard is insolvent and Marsalek is on the run.
O’Sullivan does not answer inquiries. At the beginning of 2020, he only wanted to talk to the examiners from KMPG and EY under certain conditions but then he was no longer available to them.
The beefy Brit was known for his dissolute lifestyle. In Singapore he often dined in a top restaurant on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, with a view over the harbor. To save time on business trips, he preferred to travel short distances by helicopter instead of taxi and in the meantime he lived on a yacht in Monaco.
Marsalek had O’Sullivan flown in in 2014 to celebrate with him at the Munich Oktoberfest. A year later they flew through South Africa in the Learjet 45XR. And when the Briton wanted to meet the Wirecard executive board in Jakarta in 2014, he asked an Indonesian employee by email about a hotel that would tolerate the “type of spring break business trips”.
Beyond its luxury life, only fragments of O’Sullivan’s businesses are known. The Briton did not hold an official position at Wirecard. Many consider him a “phantom” in the background, a member of the mysterious clique around Marsalek.
It was stored in the Wirecard address book with an external e-mail address for freelancers – his profile photo showed Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord: another bad joke by Jan Marsalek, as insiders suspect.
As much as O’Sullivan was on business trips, he was always careful to be discreet. This is also shown by an episode from spring 2020, when the Wirecard world was already falling apart and auditors examined the opaque third-party business for which Marsalek was responsible.
O’Sullivan was very knowledgeable about third party business and a strange company purchase in India in 2015. He was therefore a sought-after discussion partner for the annual auditors from EY and the special auditors from KPMG. O’Sullivan apparently managed to convince the supervisory board of a special protective measure.
A sought-after discussion partner for EY and KPMG
O’Sullivan demanded at the end of April or beginning of March 2016 that his name should not be recorded in the “final report” or in any other correspondence with Wirecard. “These papers have a habit of appearing in public,” he wrote to an assistant at Marsalek. He assumes that “everything that is written will ultimately be read by others” and he therefore insists on being given a pseudonym.
This is how Mr. O’Sullivan became Mrs. Müller. On March 4, a legal advisor to the Supervisory Board wrote to Wirecard management: “As discussed yesterday, a code name should be used for all further e-mails and other references. Proposal: ‘Ms. Corinna Müller’. ”On the same day, EY agreed not to use the name in communication with Wirecard international.
According to supervisory board circles, however, it was clear: There should be no special treatment in the confidential internal audit report, and O’Sullivan’s real name would have been mentioned here.
But it did not get to that. According to the “Wall Street Journal”, the special auditor KPMG was cross: O’Sullivan had also made the condition of their auditors anonymous. When they refused, he refused to speak.
He could tell so much in the process. In the ten years before the bankruptcy alone, Wirecard acquired companies for 1.2 billion euros, according to insolvency administrator Michael Jaffé. In his report, Jaffé writes that the deals were one reason for the “enormous consumption of liquidity in recent years”. The public prosecutor is investigating former executives on suspicion of fraud and breach of trust.
O’Sullivan was involved in numerous Wirecard deals. His name is linked to one of the largest and most dubious deals the payment service provider has done in recent years: the takeover of the Indian Hermes group in 2015. Wirecard bought the companies from the Mauritius-registered fund Emerging Markets Investment Fund 1A (EMIF 1A) for 326 million euros. The amazing thing: the fund had only acquired the same company and assets a few months earlier for around 35 million euros and it is still not clear who was behind that deal
Marsalek stated in an interview with Handelsblatt at the beginning of 2020 that he had not checked the background. But insiders report that O’Sullivan and Marsalek were the ones who planned the deal and who ultimately benefited from it. In any case, the original Hermes sellers now feel cheated. They filed a lawsuit that revealed that it was O’Sullivan who negotiated the sale to the EMIF 1A fund for € 35 million.
The central figure in Senjo was also O’Sullivan, even if he did not hold an official position. A PR consultant for the British company stated in 2019 that her client worked for Senjo. That’s only half the story. In practice, O’Sullivan is said to have been the one in charge of Senjo. In Singapore, the authorities are now investigating for falsification of accounts in the vicinity of the group of companies.
How hard Marsalek worked internally at Wirecard for his party friend O’Sullivan is shown by a short-term lending business from 2016, which several Wirecard board members dealt with. Ascheimer Wirecard Bank AG granted Cottisford Holdings Ltd, a generous credit line of ten million euros from O’Sullivan, for which Wirecard AG guaranteed as internal emails and documents prove this.
“Today the supervisory board formally approved the loan retrospectively, but was not ‘amused’ about it,” wrote the then board member Rainer Wexeler of Wirecard Bank AG on March 2, 2016 to Marsalek. He complained that the panel had been poorly informed. Wexeler asked: “Can you please give me the private address of O’Sullivan and some key business data about his business, his connection to Wirecard AG, etc.?”
Wirecard Scandal claims another Victim – Heike Pauls from Commerzbank
It’s not even eight months since Germany’s number one payment service provider imploded: Wirecard had to admit in June 2020 that billions of euros never existed on the balance sheet. As a result, board members had to go to jail or disappeared without a trace. Since then, auditors have been distrusted, and the head of the BaFin supervisory authority has to look for a new job. The youngest victim is Heike Pauls of the German Commerzbank.
Up until a few weeks before the Wirecard scandal burst, several analysts in various banks believed in Wirecard. They unshakably believed that the annual financial statements for 2019, which had been postponed several times, would end well, some experts continued to insist on Wirecard price targets of 180 to 240 euros.
One of the bravest supporters of the scandal group was Heike Pauls from Commerzbank. The analyst was always loyal to Wirecard: She dismissed critical reports about the payment processor as false reports and even a few weeks before the collapse she issued a buy recommendation with a price target of 230 euros for the Wirecard share.
As the Spiegel reported, Pauls had in the meantime also provided the management of the payment processor with sensitive information that it had collected specifically on the capital market. In January Commerzbank had already restructured the research department and relieved the analyst of her duties, now the announcement was made:
“Commerzbank has terminated the employment relationship.”
The Wirecard scandal is far from being dealt with. Further personnel consequences in various economic areas could follow. Extensive claims for damages by investors against the insolvent payment service provider are also examined and the the Wirecard share remains taboo for any investors.
Wirecard Committee – Doubts about Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s Credibility
Didn’t Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg tell the whole truth when he appeared as a witness on the Wirecard investigative committee? Internal documents that are available to the ARD studio fuel the suspicion. The SPD accuses him of having lied to the committee and in the opposition too, doubts about its credibility are growing.
In December Guttenberg was asked about his role in the Wirecard scandal in the Bundestag. It was also about an article that the former CSU minister published in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” at the end of March 2020. The topic: The role of short sales in the Corona crisis. At the time, Wirecard was targeted by shortsellers, i.e. stock exchange traders who bet on falling prices for a company and Guttenberg had argued against such short sales in the article.
Mail to ex-Wirecard boss Markus Braun
Guttenberg apparently did not want to draw a direct connection to his work for Wirecard, but there are doubts about this representation.
An email to the then Wirecard boss Markus Braun, however, indicates that Guttenberg could very well have had the now insolvent DAX group in mind when he wrote the text for the FAZ.
In this email of March 20, 2020, the Managing Director of the communications company Edelman, Rüdiger Assion, proposed a “Short Selling Action Plan” to the Wirecard boss. Among other things, this contained the suggestion that Guttenberg could write a guest commentary on the subject of short sales in the newspapers FAZ or “Die Welt”. An argumentation paper with key messages is also attached to the mail. Just six days later, exactly such a guest comment appears in the FAZ. Guttenberg’s argumentation shows clear similarities with the line proposed in the argumentation paper.
SPD speaks of a lie
The SPD chairman in the Wirecard committee, Zimmermann, therefore accuses Guttenberg of not telling the truth on the witness stand. Zimmermann told the ARD city studio: “He (Guttenberg’s note by the editor) lied to the investigative committee and tried to set the wrong track when he denied arguing for a ban on short sales in the interests of Wirecard. A real surprise is this lack of honesty not with him. ” Now it must be clarified whether Guttenberg deliberately wanted to mislead the investigative committee.
CDU defends Guttenberg
Guttenberg is defended by the CDU. The MP Matthias Hauer said that the SPD should primarily devote itself to the question of why the BaFin, supervised by Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, imposed the short sale ban on Wirecard. “This should certainly contribute more to the explanation of Wirecard than an article in the name of an ex-politician on the subject in the FAZ.”
But doubts about Guttenberg’s credibility are also growing among the opposition. The chairman of the Greens, Danyal Bayaz, said that Guttenberg’s remarks on his opinion contribution had already been implausible in the committee of inquiry. “Apparently it was part of the advisory service to specifically win over public opinion for a renewed ban on short selling.” That does not cast a good light on Guttenberg’s honesty.
The Linke chairman in the committee, Fabio de Masi, can imagine summoning the former Federal Minister again: “If Mr. Guttenberg was Baron Münchhausen and had said the untruth in front of the committee of inquiry, this would also be criminally relevant, (…) the question is then whether his other statements that he had met the Chancellor privately are also untrue. “
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