Freiburg itself has much to offer. The city is a historical and cultural icon in Germany, and the quality of food, entertainment, and culture reflect that status. Everything within the inner city, including hotels and the conference venue, is easily within walking distance.
On a stroll through the old town one will encounter things such as:
Freiburg Münster (Freiburg Cathedral)
Visitors to Freiburg often head straight towards the cathedral as soon as they catch a glimpse of the open-worked pyramids of the slender tower over the rooftops of the old town. Referred to by the famous historian and author from Baden, Carl Jakob Burckhardt, as “the most beautiful tower in Christianity”, the steeple of the Freiburg Cathedral is 116 meters high and was already completed by 1330. The Münster is considered one of the most important Gothic churches in the world.
The Freiburg Bächle (little streams)
The Freiburg Bächle are an integral part of the historical old town. Originally they were most likely used for the provision of water for industrial use and as sewers. Today the canals are ornamental and are a popular play area for adults and children alike. But watch out! It is said that visitors who come to Freiburg and who step into one of the canals have not visited Freiburg for the last time.
The city boasts numerous world class museums and exhibitions, many of which are represented on the city’s museum website: Städtische Museen Freiburg
The Museum für Neue Kunst (The Museum of Modern Art) – The biggest art movements of the last 100 years are represented in the “Museum für Neue Kunst” including masterpieces ranging from Classic Modernism to the present day. Names such as Feininger, Dix, Heckel, Hofer, Macke, Scherer, Kanoldt, Dischinger and Scholz symbolize the greatest differences between Expressionism and New Objectivity. Post war abstract art is represented by the works of Baumeister, Schumacher, Götz, Ackermann, Geiger and others, and the collection of prominent regional and national artists and their works also spans the latest trends. An entire hall is dedicated to Julius Bissier, the most famous artist born in Freiburg in the 20th century.
The Augustinermuseum (Augstinian Museum) – The Augustinermuseum houses a renowned art collection with works ranging from the Middle Ages up to the Baroque period, as well as paintings from the 19th century. Thanks to the architect Christoph Mäckler, the former monastery church has been transformed into an impressive modern museum building which allows the works to be viewed from many different angles and makes visiting the museum an exciting experience. The main attractions are the original stone figures and glass windows of Freiburg Cathedral, as well as medieval wooden sculptures and panel paintings by Matthias Grünewald, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Hans Baldung Grien among others. The works of the Baroque era achieve their full effect in the former choir. Paintings from the 19th century, including works by Anselm Feuerbach, Franz Xaver Winterhalter and Hans Thoma, are displayed on the top floor.
Archäologisches Museum Colombischlössle – From South Baden’s oldest art works to medieval Freiburg: the Archäologisches Museum, built in the Colombischlössle manor house in 1859/61, invites its visitors on a journey through time. The neo-Gothic villa houses female statuettes from the Stone Age, mysterious moon idols from the Bronze Age and treasures from Celtic royal tombs. Archaeological finds show how people in Freiburg lived in the Middle Ages. Models and parallel events shed light on the living conditions of each age.
Schloßberg (Castle mountain)
The tree-covered Hausberg (local mountain) of Freiburg is called Schloßberg. At 455 m high and located just east of the old town, Schloßberg can can be reached quickly by foot, car, or the Schloßbergbahn funicular railway. The mountain is home to fortified structures that have existed in part since the 11th century. In the Middle Ages the medieval castle of the Zähringer stood at the Kanonenplatz (cannon square). The relatively new (2002) addition of a 35 meter high observation tower, the Schloßbergturm, offers panoramic views of Freiburg.