The historical town centre of Freiburg is the heart of this
city. The area is traffic-free and has many department stores,
specialist shops, fashion boutiques, bookstores, art and antique
stores, and a variety of other shops.
The market is a vital part to life in Freiburg. A market
is held every weekday on Münsterplatz, the square around the
minster, which sells fresh flowers, meats, cheeses, fruits,
vegetables and there are also the famous sausage vendors. Baden
wine, Black Forest Kirsch schnapps and Black Forest
ham are also sold at the market. On the Rotteckring, the market and
the stalls sell North African and Indian goods.
Restaurants and taverns
There are many restaurants in Freiburg which offer
a great dining experience. The majority of the food served
is based on seasonal specialties made with fresh
ingredients from the Black Forest region. Freiburg also hosts
two annual wine festivals.
For traditional cuisine, try the popular Oberkirchs
Weinstuben which has an rustic feel created by
the historic wood-beams which decorate the interior.
Heiliggeiststüble is a cheaper alternative
which is run by friendly staff. The
restaurant-café offers good food at reasonable
prices. At the Gasthaus zum Kranz and the
Hotel-Restaurant Löwen in the Altstadt, traditional
German food is again available at more reasonable prices.
Dining at the Dattler offers an impressive view.
Located at the top on the Schlossberg this restaurant is well
established in the community, being over 125 years old.
The Münsterplatz is filled with food vendors which
sell the Freiburg speciality of a Bratwurst with
cooked onions. For those with more of a sweet tooth, there are also
vendors which sell crepes or waffles, and fresh
fruit can be bought from a stall in the Münstermarkt.
Freiburg hosts the longest cable car run in Germany, which is
3.6km, or about 2.25 miles (3.62 km) long runs from Günterstal
up to a nearby mountain called Schauinsland.
The Augustinerplatz is one of the central squares in the old
city. It used to be an Augustine monastery and then became the
Augustinermuseum in 1921. Now it is a popular social space for
Freiburg's younger residents, where there are numerous restaurants
and bars, including the local brewery 'Feierling', which has a beer
garden. On warm summer nights, hundreds of students gather
At the centre of the old city is the largest square in Freiburg;
the Münsterplatz or Cathedral. This is the site where
Freiburg's Münster, a gothic Minster built between 1200 and
1530 stands. It's imposing spire towers over the city of
On the south side of Freiburg's Münsterplatz is the Historisches
Kaufhaus, or Historical Merchants Hall. It was constructed between
1520 and 1530 and was once the centre of the financial life of the
region. Its beautiful façade, decorated with statues and the coat
of arms of four Habsburg emperors, makes the Historisches Kaufhaus
well worth a visit.