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Freiburg: Gässle, Bächle and More City Tour

1. Freiburg: Gässle, Bächle and More City Tour

Explore the picturesque and green city of Freiburg during a wonderful walking tour through the old town. See the famous Freiburger Bächle, the small waterways along the streets and alleys, and the contorted alleys called Gässle, as well as many of the colorful Rheinkiesel-mosaics, which give the city its distinctive atmosphere. Head to Minster Square with its beautiful community centers and secular buildings and see the traditional farmers' market (in the morning) as well as many cafés and pubs called Beizen. Start your tour at the town hall square, where your guide will be waiting for you. From the beginning, you will see this square boasts numerous historic buildings. From there, continue across the Kaiser-Joseph-Street, the former grand boulevard of medieval Freiburg, and head towards the Freiburg Minster, the cultural center of the historical old town and an exceptional example of medieval Gothic. Discover the bizarrely shaped gargoyles, the delicate steeple, and the colorful farmers' market on Minster Square. Explore some of the historic sights around the impressive cathedral. See the historic department store, the Alte Wache, the Haus zum schönen Eck and many more. Continue along the Konviktstraßen, one of the most beautiful alleys in Freiburg, until you get to the Handwerkerviertel.

Freiburg: Guided City Tours with Actors

2. Freiburg: Guided City Tours with Actors

Discover the dark side of Freiburg’s history with Catharina Stadellmenin, the witch of Freiburg. Or follow a 16th century harlot on a walk through the medieval town and learn more about mankind's oldest business. Explore the old town of Freiburg with its little streams, the Gerichtslaube, or Old Court House, and the medieval city gates. Admire the stately Rathausplatz and Adelhauser Klosterplatz. You choose your guide (though both follow the same itinerary). Join the desperate Catharina Stadellmenin, the widow of master locksmith Michael Bantzer, on her last journey. Learn about her gruesome fate. Bear witness. Tell everybody you've seen the "witch" with your own eyes. Or: join the harlot and let her introduce you to medieval Freiburg and the high art of love. Learn everything about the city and the oldest profession in the world. Discover her secrets about her suitors, the hangman, and other scoundrels. Big fun is 100% guaranteed.

Freiburg: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

3. Freiburg: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Freiburg at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Next, you will visit the Martin's Gate, Schwabentor, Augustiner Museum, and the Historical Merchants' Hall. Use the hints to find the city's best sights and hidden gems. The incredible route continues to the Freiburger Münster, Markthalle, Bertoldsbrunnen, and Freiburger Bächle. Finally, you will end the tour at Neues Rathaus. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee or a break at any time. Stroll through the picturesque streets and discover the real Freiburg on this fun tour while working as a team. 

English Tours of Freiburg!

4. English Tours of Freiburg!

On this 90-minute to 2-hour walking tour we explore the tranquil and picturesque Old City District of Freiburg. Travel through time with our stunning examples of Gothic, Medieval, Renaissance and Modernist architecture. Enjoy the sights and sounds of our historic markets at Münsterplatz. Konviktstraße shows the mix of modern Freiburg amidst the remnants of its seedy past. Beautiful red sandstone buildings appear throughout our journey. Our Historic Merchants´ Hall showcases a tribute to the Habsburg dynasty, Europe´s longest-lasting royal family. Find these and much more throughout your journey with our knowledgeable guides! All tours are conducted in English.

Freiburg: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

5. Freiburg: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

Get to know Freiburg at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Cathedral of our Lady", "New Town Hall", "Small brook" and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Colombischlössle” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at Platz der alten Synagoge. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours. "Cathedral of our Lady", "New Town Hall", and "Small brook"

Freiburg: Historic City Center Walking Tour

6. Freiburg: Historic City Center Walking Tour

Walk along the medieval little canals running through the old town as you discover impressive buildings. Also, discover lesser-known corners like the picturesque tanner’s quarter. Learn from your guide's stories and tales about the founding fathers of the city and the dukes of Zähringen. Under the rule of the House of Habsburg, Freiburg became a powerful stronghold of Europe’s most important dynasty in the southwest of Germany and the Black Forest. The university, founded in 1460, and the gothic cathedral with its majestic tower still bear witness to the heyday of Freiburg. Explore not only the outside of the cathedral but also visit the inside to take in the magnificent stained-glass windows and other features of this stunning church building. At the end of the tour, understand the challenges of a modern city striving to become a green and sustainable community.

Freiburg City Exploration Game and Tour

7. Freiburg City Exploration Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with a game fun on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in Freiburg. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location, the riddles are always hard. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace. You will visit the Martin's Gate, Schwabentor, Augustiner Museum, and the Historical Merchants' Hall. Use the hints to find the city's best sights and hidden gems. The incredible route continues to the Freiburger Münster, Markthalle, Bertoldsbrunnen, and Freiburger Bächle.

Express Walk of Freiburg with a Local

8. Express Walk of Freiburg with a Local

Discover Freiburg on a guided walking tour with a local and learn about the history and contemporary transformation of the city. By seeing Freiburg through the eyes of a local, find out what everyday life looks like and where the city gets its characteristic ambiance from. As you stroll through Freiburg, admire its parks, monuments, and historical architecture with a local. As you discover the charm of the city, get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your time here, and find out how to make the most out of your visit. Explore Münsterplatz at the bustling heart of the city. Take a picture outside the impressive Freiburger Cathedral. Stroll around the beautiful Augustinerplatz. Hear about the local legends and myths related to the city, as well as its historic importance in the region as you explore.

Freiburg’s Art and Culture revealed by a Local

9. Freiburg’s Art and Culture revealed by a Local

On this guided walking tour, explore Freiburg with a local's expertise. Discover the vibrant art world as you hear about artists like Otto Dix, art galleries, and museums to visit. While you absorb the culture of this multi-faceted city, admire an array of architecture from centuries past. Begin your tour in front of the Theater Freiburg, a former Augustinian monastery now home to the city's opera, dance, and theatre scene. Wander along cobblestone streets lined with Renaissance, late Baroque, and Gothic structures, carefully reconstructed after World War II. As you walk, continue your tour with your local guide's insights on Freiburg‘s cultural development. Explore the streets around Augustinerplatz and stop at the Freiberger Münster for photos. Gain an understanding of the city’s historical relevance to the art world and connections to famous artists. Next, meander towards Martin’s Gate, a relic of medieval times that dates back to 1202. As you admire this centuries-old landmark, get tips from your guide on historic museums and art galleries that showcase modern art. Conclude your tour in the city’s historic district.

Freiburg - Historic walking tour

10. Freiburg - Historic walking tour

Start your tour at the Siegesdenkmal (the Victory Monument) designed by the sculptor Karl Friedrich Moest, which is dedicated to the German army and marks Germany’s victory over France in the Franco-Prussian war of 1871. A public competition was organized amongst 18 sculptors to select the design for the statue. Next, you will walk by the Haus zum Walfisch (the Whale house), a Gothic bourgeois house which is a complex made out of 17 buildings. The building has also been the central filming location for the 1977 horror film Suspiria. Get to see the Altes Rathaus (the old town hall), the building which houses the office of the government. A bridge connects both the old town hall as well as the new town hall. The building structure is built in Renaissance style and boasts of many paintings. The old town hall was destroyed by fire during bombing in 1944 and was reconstructed with the addition of three new wings. Located behind the old town hall, you will see the Gerichtslaube (the Old Court house) which is one of the oldest government buildings in Freiburg. The building dates back to around the 13th or 14th century. You will visit the old university which opened during 1457 and is said to have been run from many buildings. The previous administration building is now known as the new town hall. A few research departments at the site of the old university still exist till date. Admire the Romanesque style of the Freiburg Cathedral which was built around the year 1200 by the last duke of Zähringen. It survived the bombing raids of 1944. It is said that the construction took nearly 300 years to complete and is a product of imagination of several builders who themselves were never able to see it complete. As you continue to explore further sights, you will also have a chance to see the Historical merchants‘ hall near the cathedral. You will see the historic monument known as Bertold's Fountain with its equestrian statue. The original fish fountain was destroyed during World War II. It is a very central location where trolley car lines intersect with the shopping street known as Kaiser-Joseph-Strasse. Walk by the the Martin’s gate which dates back to the 13th century, one of the two remaining gates out of the five medieval gates. Visit the Saint Martin’s church which is said to have undergone architectural changes varying from baroque to neo-gothic style. It dates back to 1206. The church was partially destroyed during the 1944 bombings and was reconstructed starting from 1949. Built by merging four medieval Dominican convents, you will see the Adelhauser New Convent. The four convents used to be centers of Christian mysticism during the Middle Ages. The new building was constructed under the direction of Jean La Douze during 1687. Finish your tour at the Schwabentor (The Swabian gate) which dates back to the mid 13th century. It is one of the two remaining gates out of the five medieval gates.

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The lady who guided us has professional, extensive knowledge. The tour was well structured, easy to understand for everyone. The tools, such as pictures, were also used appropriately. All in all we had a really good informative time despite the heat.

Our guide Iris was fabulous! A wealth of information, historical and current! We enjoyed her so much. Her warmth and enthusiasm was very much appreciated! She is a gem!

Awesome so informative and brought the horror of the experience of the persecution to life - very well done and impressive depth of information

Top leadership. A lot of information, nice little anecdotes and fun. It was a great tour in a very beautiful city.

Excellent guide, super nice, knowledgeable and a few jokes here and there