Freiburg is a lively university city in the southwest of Germany, known for its beautiful old town and the tiny Bächle (canals) that run through the streets. Its location on the borders of France and Switzerland gives it a cosmopolitan feel and an enviable climate — as no tourist guide fails to mention, Freiburg is the sunniest city in Germany!
With a population of 230 000, Freiburg has all of the cultural, culinary, and nightlife offerings of a big city but is still small enough to feel cosy and familiar. Locals are proud of the city's green ethos.
Access to nature: Freiburg lies at the edge of the famous Black Forest. The city centre hugs the lovely Schlossberg mountain, making for easy and pretty day hikes and great views over the city. The Swiss alps are an easy train ride away.
Getting around: Cycling is easy in Freiburg and, like most German cities, the public transit is excellent. You won't need a car to get around town. The city is well connected by rail to neighbouring cities in Germany, France and Switzerland.
Logistics: The nearest major airports are Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (45min by car or a little over an hour by public transit), Zürich Airport (2h by train or car) and Frankfurt Airport (2.5h by train or car).
Over the border: Freiburg is within day-trip distance of the beautiful cities of Colmar and Strasbourg in France, as well as Basel and Zürich in Switzerland. Even Italy is only 4h by car.