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Freiburg Hotels, Youth Hostels, Camping

From: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg Hotel Oberkirch photo

ABOVE: A Sunday-morning view from a room at the Hotel Oberkirch that faces the Münsterplatz.


Like most German cities, Freiburg has accommodations that range from cozy traditional inns to steel-and-glass business hotels. As a tourist, you'll probably want to stay within the Altstadt, so look at a map before booking a room.

Hotel Oberkirch Christmas cookiesDuring our most recent visit to Freiburg, we stayed at the Hotel Oberkirch, which has rooms in two buildings: the main hotel on the Schusterstrasse (just off the cathedral square) and above the Oberkirchs Weinstuben restaurant on the Münsterplatz. Our room in the latter building faced the cathedral, had a comfortably old-fashioned decor, and included nice touches such as fruit and Christmas cookies that were replenished each day. Rates were moderate, considering the location. You may be able to get a discount rate through our booking partner, Venere; check rates here.

Hotel Roten BaerenAnother favorite with atmosphere-seekers is Zum Roten Bären, which claims to be the oldest inn in Germany. The hotel has 25 rooms and suites, some facing the street and others overlooking the hotel's garden.

At the upper end of the price scale, the family-owned Colombi Hotel is a Leading Hotels of the World member with 116 rooms, a pool and spa, and a location on the Rotteckring across from the Colombipark. It's within a few blocks of both the railroad station and the Mü nsterplatz.

For more hotel listings, check Venere's Freiburg hotel listings (keeping location in mind) or the local tourist office's accommodation pages.

Youth hostels and camping

The Black Forest Hostel--featured in Lonely Planet, but with wrong directions--is slightly north of the Altstadt, between the Schlossberg and the Dreisam River. (See map.) Rates are cheap in dormitory beds and reasonable in single or double rooms.

The Jugendherberge Freiburg is 3 km from town and 4.5 km (about 3 miles) from the railroad station. You'll need a membership card from a recognized hostel association to stay at this DJH property, which has 418 beds in 102 dorms and rooms.

Freiburg also has several campgrounds in the vicinity; the most convenient are Hilzberg Camping and Campingplatz Kirchzarten, with Campingplatz am Möslepark and Tunisee being a bit farther afield.

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