Europe for Visitors - Home
Home Germany Index Main Europe Index

Freiburg Festivals and Seasonal Events

From: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany


ABOVE: A parade during Fasnet, Freiburg's carnival celebration.

In Livable Cities Observed, Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard and Henry L. Lennard wrote:

"Celebration and festivity are cherished in Freiburg. Hardly a week goes by without some festival in the center of town or in one of the neighbourhoods. The annual carnival celebration, 'Fasnet,' revives a centuries-old tradition of masked and costumed performances in the streets. Thirty-tree fools' guilds take part in the celebrations, and there is a 'Hemdglunker' procession which leads to the storming of the city hall."

Herbstmess' photoFasnet (Black Forest dialect for "Fastnacht") takes place in January or February, depending on the year. Another popular event, the twice-yearly Mess', takes place in May and October. It's a hugely popular event with carnival rides, entertainment,  food and drink stands, market stalls, and and other activities.

In late June and early July, the Zelt-Musik-Festival (ZMF, or Tent Music Festival) draws thousands of visitors to the western district of Rieselfeld. Around the same time, on the last weekend in June, Oberlindenhock--a.k.a. the Oberlinden Street Party--takes place in the historic center. A week later comes the Freiburger Weinfest in the Münsterplatz, which began in 1970 during the city's 850th birthday celebration and has been drawing wine fanciers ever since.

Other summer celebrations include the lakeside festival of Seenachtsfest, the Schlossberg-Lichterfest (an outdoor festival of lights with 100,000 candles), and the Weinkost or tasting of wines from the city's own vineyards during the month of August.

Christmas Market photoFall brings the autumn edition of the Mess' (see above), and then comes the holiday season with the Freiburg im Breisgau Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas Market. (Advent is a delightful time to visit Freiburg, both for shopping and to enjoy the atmosphere at the holiday booths of the Weihnachtsmarket and the year-round market on the Münsterplatz.)

Next page: Shopping

"Best of the Web"
- Forbes and The Washington Post

  arrow About Europe for Visitors

Photo (c)

Need a car in Europe?

If you live outside the EU, a tax-free tourist car lease can be cheaper than renting for visits of 21+ days. Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include insurance.

  arrow  Renault Eurodrive car leases


Traveling by train?

Get free schedules, maps, and guides for 50+ European railroads. (Residents of North and Central America can buy tickets and rail passes online.)

  arrow Rail Europe

Our companion sites:

  arrow Venice for Visitors

  arrow Paris for Visitors

  arrow Rome for Visitors

  arrow Europe for Cruisers