One of Freiburg’s central attractions is the city cathedral, or Münster, which was constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries. Unlike most cathedrals in Germany, this one is built in the Gothic style and was partially funded directly by townspeople.

The Carnival Museum and the old town hall (dating back to the mid-1500s) can both be found on Via Turmstrasse. There are also a large number of other old buildings in the area such as the historic Merchants’ Hall, a Franciscan monastery (in the Via Turmstrasse as well), and a Gothic mansion known as the House of the Whale ( Haus zum Walfisch).

Find the city’s Museum of Early and Pre-History at the Colombi Palace in Colombi Park, which was built in the late 1800s in an English neo-Gothic style for a countess. The archaeological collection is just as impressive as the building’s architecture.

Keep an eye on the city’s unusual gutter system, Bächle, which provides water from the Dreisam. These were not used for sewage but rather for watering livestock and fighting fires. There is a local saying that if you step in one of these gutters, you will marry a Freiburger.

Also consider a visit to Vauban, a small neighborhood built on the remnants of a post-World War II French army base. This neighborhood has been touted as a “sustainable model district” due to its extensive use of solar power in homes.