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Breisach am Rhein statue

ABOVE: A bull bursts through bricks in Breisach am Rhein.

From the Rhine to the Black Forest

Freiburg isn't just a tourist destination in its own right--it's also within easy reach of the Rhine, and it's renowned as a gateway to the Black Forest.

Breisach am Rhein excursion boatBreisach am Rhein is only about 25 minutes from Freiburg by Breisgau S-Bahn train. The town has an appealing hilltop cathedral, a museum (free admission), the fortress of Neuf-Breisach (5 km from the center of town), wine-cellar tours at the Badischer Winzerkeller, and  boat excursions from the quay where international river-cruising ships call on their way up or down the Rhine. A bridge crosses the Rhine to France.

St. Peter's Abbey, in the Hochschwarzwald village of Sankt Peter im Schwarzwald, is easy to reach from Freiburg by car or train. St. Peter's former Benedictine monastery complex has an ornate church and an rococo library. The Black Forest village, whose population of 2,400 includes both farmers and city commuters, has various festivals and markets throughout the year and makes a good base for hiking and touring in the region.

Guide to the Black ForestTo plan excursions in the Schwarzwald, visit the Black Forest Tourism Web site. When you're in Freiburg, see if you can find a copy of A Guide to the Black Forest (with Markgräflerland, Kaiserstuhl and Freiburg) at a local bookstore.

Tagesausfluege von FreiburgAnother useful resource is the German-language Tagesausflüge von Freiburg, which means "Day Trips from Freiburg" and is published by FWTM, the Freiburg tourist office. A pocket inside the back cover holds a map of the regional transportation system (Regio-Verkehrsverbund Freiburg,, which offers an amazing network of rail and bus lines to villages in the countryside.

If you like to sweat while sightseeing, investigate the regional and city tours from Freiburg-Aktiv, which range from bicycle excursions to guided runs and canoe outings.

Finally, see the Freiburg tourist office's excursions page to learn about nearby destinations such as the Schauinsland mountain (an easy tram ride from the city), the Animal Park Mundenhof, and Europapark, Germany's largest theme park, which is only 30 km or 20 miles from Freiburg.

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