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8 Best Things to do in Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg is an ideal destination for travelers who want to experience a bit of the history and culture of the Black Forest region of Germany. From colorful buildings and quaint cobbled streets to panoramic hilltop views this German city is worth exploring! If you are looking for things to do in Freiburg, Germany, we have some great ideas.

Top Things to do in Freiburg Germany for a Day Trip

8 Things to Do in Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Here are some of the best things to do in Freiburg, Germany.

1. Take a Guided Walking Tour

If you want to learn the history and details of a city, nothing beats a guided walking tour.

There are several different kinds of tours you can take in Freiburg, but one that most people enjoy is the

On this tour, you will be guided through town with a historic figure who will explain what the town was like during the time in which they lived.

It could be a witch, a harlot or the night watchman!

2. Tour the Freiburg Munster

One of the most popular things to do in Freiburg is to visit the Freiburg Minster, which is the centerpiece of the city.

You can’t help but be in awe of the Freiburg Munster.

Constructed in the 13th century, it took nearly 300 years to complete this church.

Because of its lengthy construction, you will find that the cathedral is a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles.

The ornate spire was built in an open lattice structure and was the first of its kind and for many years it was the highest in the world.

Freiburg City in Germany

The tower can be climbed and offers a picturesque view of the city. 

Take time to walk around the cathedral. You will find 91 gargoyles adorning the facade. Some are quite crude.


While the purpose of the gargoyles was to redirect rainwater, they were also thought to keep evil away from the church.

Freiburg Munster Cathedral

The interior of the cathedral is stunning with its large vaulted ceiling and beautiful stonework.

Stained Glass Windows in Freiburg Minster

There are colorful stained glass windows that are replicas. Some of the originals can be seen in the Augustiner Museum.

Don’t miss seeing the Renaissance altarpiece designed by Hans Baldung Grien.


Tourists are free to enter between 9 am and 4:45 pm (Monday to Saturday) and between 1:30 pm and 7 pm on Sundays. 

Tickets to Tour the Tower are as follows:

  • Adults 5 Euro
  • Children, Adolescents (8-17 years) 3 Euro
  • Family 13 Euro
  • Children up to 7 years free of charge.
Street in Freiburg Germany

3. Wander through Old Town

Freiburg’s Old Town is a treasure trove of Medieval and Renaissance architecture.

Walking through the cobblestone streets, you’ll stumble upon colorful buildings & charming market squares.

On the weekend, visitors will find market stalls filled with flowers, fruits, vegetables, homemade sausages, and more.

It is the perfect place to sit back and people-watch.

There are several historically significant buildings in Freiburg.

Street in Freiburg Germany

One of which is the historic Kaufhaus, or Merchants Hall which dates back to the 1500s.

This red building with colorful tiled turrets and large arcades is where merchants would bring their goods and pay their customs fees.

Freiburg Town Hall

Another significant spot is the Rathausplatz, which houses both the New Town Hall and the Old Town Hall.

Freiburg Gate

4. Check out the Clock Tower: Martinstor

One of the two fortification gates, the Martinstor is the oldest dating back to 1202.

Next to the archway, facing the city center, there is a marker memorializing the burning of witches in Freiburg (1599).

Market on Freiburg Clock Tower

You will see three names engraved on the plaque: Marghareta Mößmer, Catharina Kadelmann and Anna Wolffart.

Augustiner Museum in Freidburg

5. Visit Augustiner Museum

One of the best things to do in Freiburg is to visit the Augustiner Museum.

Located on the site of a former Augustinian monastery, this art gallery features religious pieces from the Middle Ages to the Baroque period.

Original Stained Glass from Freiburg Minster

While there is quite a bit to see, some of my favorite pieces were the original Medieval stained glass from Freiburg Munster.

Religous Statues in Augustiner Museum

Another space worth exploring in detail is the room featuring religious sculptures of prophets taken from Freiburg Cathedral.

Gargoyles Augustiner Museum

You can view the statues from the floor and from above.

The viewing point above will also allow you close views of the numerous displays of gargoyles.

Gengenbach Organ Case

The focal point and main feature is the original organ case from the abbey church of Gengenbach.

To say it is massive is an understatement. It takes up one wall and more than 2 stories.


This museum is open Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm and Fridays from 10 am to 7pm.
Cost is 8 euros and you can book online or at the door.

Hausbrauerei Feierling Authentic German Organic Brewery & Beer Garden

6. Visit the Local Beer Garden: Hausbraueri Feierling

One of the top things to do in Freiburg is to check out the local beer garden.

Hausbraueri Feierling opened at this location in 1989, but the actual brewery itself goes back to 1877.

It has a rich history of using only the freshest ingredients and is certified organic.

You can go inside the 3 story pub or across the street in the outdoor beer garden (when weather permits).

Beer Garden in Freiburg

We visited Freiburg in the summer, so we couldn’t wait to enjoy the beer garden.

The Hausbraueri Feierling beer garden is secluded, shaded by beautiful chestnut trees, and a great place to sit, relax and enjoy the afternoon.

You may (or may not) be surprised to know that there is only one beer on tap: Inselhopf, which is an Organic Pilsner (5.2%).

The beer is cold and crisp and is best paired with a pretzel or sausage (which is also available).

On occasion, you might find a seasonal beer, but typically it is only at certain times of the year.

Freiburg Bachle

7. Watch the Kids Enjoy the Freiburg Bachle

As you are walking through Freiburg, you will probably notice small ditches of water flowing through the town.

Historically, these small streams of water were reverted from the Dreisam River and were used to prevent fires from crossing from street to street.

Today, they are a source of enjoyment for kids who will float their boats along the currents or dip their toes in on a summer day.

Meyerhof German Restaurant

8. Eat an Authentic German Meal

One restaurant we often visit when wanting an authentic German meal in Freiburg is Grosser Meyerhof.

It’s small and quaint and the food is out of this world!

You’ll know this is true if you show up without a reservation because there will be a line.

Freiburg Meyerhof German Meal

They serve a full German menu but you really should get the pork schnitzel with spaetzle.

German Beer

And of course, you have to get the local beer!

Where to Stay in Freiburg

Freiburg is an amazing destination if you are looking for a unique way to experience Germany. It offers a plethora of activities, attractions and cultural experiences, making it the perfect place to check out.

If you will be in Freiburg for more than one day, here are some places to consider staying:

Designhotel am Stadtgarten: 4 Star Hotel with a restaurant on-site and within walking distance to all tourist attractions.

Motel One Freiburg: Great location in the heart of Freiburg 

StayInn Freiburg – Hostel: Budget-friendly with a private bath & the building has a rooftop terrace.

Day Trips from Freiburg Germany

Because Freiburg is located in the south-west of Germany, close to the borders of both France and Switzerland, it makes a great place to rest your head while you make day trips to surrounding towns and cities.

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