Hello my lovely readers, how much I have missed you all! I know I just published on Friday, but I’ve been away from the internet this past week while traveling around Germany. Truthfully, I have been feeling a bit down for the past few days, but after receiving the kindest email from a reader yesterday and reading through/replying to all of the comments you guys left while I was away, I’m feeling much better. It motivated me to get ready for my trip to Barcelona today[-, and to share my little trip to Freiburg, Germany with you all. I visited with a friend while in Germany to attend an “Open Day” at the university there, and, let’s just say that I hope this is where I will be next year. So without further rambling from me, enjoy this post on how I spent a day in Freiburg, and my recommendations for you should you ever find yourself in Germany’s most beautiful (and sunny) city.
We arrived to a bustling, colorful, vibrant and sun soaked city early Friday morning. Immediately, I felt like I had been transported to a village out of an old German fairytale. There’s water flowing through the streets in little canals (dubbed Bächle by the locals) and quirky shops around ever corner. In the distance you see the Schwarzwald; there’s enough around to keep you busy but the air is clean and nature is right around the corner (something I really miss in Paris). You think you’ve just seen the most picturesque little area, and then next thing you know your breath gets taken away again. What I especially loved is how Freiburg is by all means a city, but one I feel like I would know like the back of my hand if I were to study there (unlike Paris, which you can never intimately know every corner of). And it’s quiet, even amongst the crowds of people buying fresh produce in the market square (where the city’s Münster is located).
The city’s touristic center is definitely at the Münster, however, I have lots of advice for what you can see and do while there!
- Like I said, visit the marketplace. Fresh produce, flowers, and local food as far as the eye can see. In the warmer months, you’ll see locals enjoy their drinks on the pavement patios. The energy out here is incredible!
- If you’re in Freiburg on Friday, you must try Stefan’s cheesecake, it’s the best “Käsekuchen” I’ve ever had! The cart sets up each Friday, and is only there until the very early afternoon (when they sell out, it’s a cult classic).
- Walk to the back of the city limits, more towards the forest area. The little canals turn into a small river, and there are outdoor bars set up along the water. We thought 3:30 PM was too early to have a beer, however, local students recommended the Freiburg Feierling, brewed in the city.
- Also you must try the best ice cream in the city! I didn’t catch the name (bad blogger Julia), but it’s a packed café in the Rathaus Platz, you can’t miss it. Coffee is only 1 Euro, and the strawberry bowl was amazing.
- Visit the Dreisam river! There’s cafes right by the water, and students lounging on the grassy banks. A dream to just sit back and relax after a day of walking.
- And other than that, just walk! The city is quite easy to discover in just one day. You’ll be taken away by the beauty of the German architecture and the forest in the distance.
I had so much fun here, and highly recommend taking a day trip from Strassburg or even Paris. It’s a quick little train ride away and you won’t regret it.
Any of my readers from Freiburg? I 100% hope to become a resident of your beautiful city in 5 months!!