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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 coloful Rheinkiesel-mosaics, which give the city its distinctive atmosphere. Head to the 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. Before going inside the minster, discover the bizarrely shaped gargoyles, the delicate steeple and the colorful farmers' market on the Minster Square. After admiring the minster's interior, visit some of the historic sights around the impressive cathedral: 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.

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From Colmar: 3 Villages in France, Germany, and Switzerland

2. From Colmar: 3 Villages in France, Germany, and Switzerland

Your 3-country adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Colmar. On your way to Germany, you’ll pass by the by the fortified village of Neuf-Brisach, a UNESCO world heritage site dating back to the late 17th century. From there, you'll drive to Germany and visit Freiburg, one of the treasures of German state Baden-Württemberg. Amble through the streets that seem ripped straight from a fairytale, taking note of the channels of water that runs right alongside sidewalks. Afterwards, you'll pass through another border bound for Basel in Switzerland. Divided in 2 parts by the Rhine river, the city has much to offer, with its picturesque bridges, narrow, winding alleyways, and stunning cathedrals. Wandering through the medieval town of Great Basel, look for the unique cultural aspects of the city that differentiate it from other Swiss towns. Your day trip ends in perhaps the most charming and beautiful village in France: Eguisheim. Situated just south of Colmar, the town runs in concentric circles around a central plaza. With tightly packed antique houses painted in brightly-colored hues, quaint shops, and a medieval castle, there are few villages in the world that so truly harken back to another age. After your border-crossing adventure is over, you’ll return to your accommodation in Colmar.

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Freiburg: City Walking Tour with Betty BBQ

3. Freiburg: City Walking Tour with Betty BBQ

Take a tour of Freiburg with the unofficial queen of the city, Betty BBQ. The well-known Black Forest drag queen will guide you through the city, and show you that Freiburg is much more than just the Minster. Listen to funny anecdotes from Betty BBQ, and hear the latest city gossip.   This entertaining city walking tour lasts for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Let Betty BBQ take you through Freiburg's history and into its dazzling present on this fabulous tour.

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Freiburg: Guided City Tours with Actors

4. 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.

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Freiburg: Bächle Walking Tour

5. Freiburg: Bächle Walking Tour

See Freiburg's world-famous tourist attraction that only exists in this form in the “sun city” in the southwest of Germany. Discover the Freiburg Bächle, which go withFreiburg like the Minster and the Black Forest. Learn about the Freiburg Bächle, a medieval irrigation and drainage system and the workplace of Alain, the real “Bächle" cleaner, who is affectionately called “Stocky” by the Freiburg habitants. Listen to Stocky's tales of the many watercourses from the Middle Ages that run through the historic center of the Black Forest metropolis. The small canals are called “Bächle” in the Alemannic dialect. Take a walk through the old town of Freiburg with Stocky along selected Bächle. Get exclusive insights from behind the scenes of the Bächle system and into what is probably the oldest profession in the city in Breisgau.

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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.

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Freiburg: Old Town Walking Tour

7. Freiburg: Old Town Walking Tour

Explore the picturesque city of Freiburg on a walking tour through the old town. See the famous Freiburger Bächle, which are small waterways that run along the streets, and venture into contorted alleys called "Gässle." Take a moment to appreciate the colorful Rheinkiesel mosaics that give the city its distinctive atmosphere. Start your tour at the historic town hall square with your guide, continue across to the former grand boulevard of medieval Freiburg, and head towards Freiburg Minster. This historic cathedral is the cultural center of the old town and an exceptional example of Gothic architecture. Have your camera ready for the cathedral's bizarre gargoyles, beautiful steeple, and the colorful farmers' market on the square. Other historic sites on the walking tour include the Alte Wache, a former military post turned wine bar, the Baroque home "Zum Schönen Eck," and many more. Continue along till you reach Konviktstraßen, one of the most beautiful alleys in Freiburg, especially when laced with wisteria in the summer. Head on over to Handwerkerviertel before finishing your tour at Augustinerplatz.

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What people are saying about Freiburg

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Really fun experience. We took the version with the harlot and it was really interesting and engaging. I have been living in Freiburg for two years and I still managed to learn even more. The acting was great and appreciate it was in English for my guests. Would definitely recommend.

Interesting and at the same time dramatic story of a Freiburg woman in the Middle Ages ... along the way you get to know the beautiful old town from different angles. Our actress / guide integrated our group wonderfully into the story ... great tour! Thanks very much.

This tour we did was very impressive. We felt right back in the Middle Ages. Buildings, inscriptions on the cathedral, squares and mosaics in street lighting were explained to us. Gladly again!

I have seldom seen such a captivating and charming city guide! It made the afternoon in Freiburg a wonderful pleasure. Highly Recommended!

It was a very nice experience. The guide was a very good Storyteller. We like the tour a lot