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Freiburg & Black Forest

Cute student city close to the most beautiful places in the Black Forest

by kassandrafAbout Me:Hello, welcome to my profile! My name is Kassandra, I am 25 years old and I am from Germany. Ever since doing an exchange year in Binghamton, NY, USA in 10th grade, I've developed an extreme case of what we call "Fernweh" in German (a long... read more

EuropeGermany5 days / October 2021

Highs & Lows

Stunning nature

Camping in October was not our best idea - the nights were super cold

Itinerary Overview

The Black Forest is one of my favourite regions in Germany. It is Germany's highest mountain range and you find countless of opportunities for hikes, mountain bike tours and (in the winter) skiing there. Freiburg is a cute student city located right at the edge of the Black Forest - from here, you can visit many of the highlights of the mountain range.

  • 4 Nights: Freiburg im Breisgau
    Sunny student city
  • 1 Night: Schluchsee
    Beautiful lake close to Freiburg

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Visit during the warmer months (but not during high season as it is super touristicy in Freiburg then). Maybe August/September or spring time is perfect!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    As I already stated, camping in October was not the best idea. It was quite cold during the night but it was not too bad, I wouldn't say that totally "went wrong", just something to keep in mind.

  • How was the food?

    A little bit outside of Freiburg, there is a restaurant called "Blume" which serves Black Forest Tapas, so Tapas from the region. It is AMAZING (a bit pricey but definitely worth the money)! In Freiburg, I really like Chada Thai in Herdern and the Indian Curryhouse in Stühlinger. Freiburg also has maany nice cafés, I especially like Hermanns (close to the train station), Au Contraire (in the city center, make sure to catch a seat outside on the terrace), Pausenraum (in Herdern, they have hammocks to chill out in!) and Küchenschelle (in Betzenhausen, in the middle of allotments with a big garden, so super nice).

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Try to avoid the turistic high seasons (June-July) and the weekends, then the city center is totally packed and (in my mind) not fun to visit.

  • Packing tips?

    Sunscreen - it is, after all, Germany's sunniest city ;)

  • Transportation Tips?

    Freiburg is well connected by train. If you come by plane, the nearest airport is Basel-Mulhouse. From there, you can take the airport shuttle to Freiburg. Everything around Freiburg you can reach by train. Within Freiburg, it is best to get around by bike. Freiburg is not big so usually everything is reachable within 20 bike-minutes. Often, biking is even faster than public transportation (tram).