Why go?Cosmopolitan attitudes and a strong focus on research in the sunny climate of Germany´s southernmost city. Freiburg was founded by the Dukes of Zähringen in 1120. The layout of streets and squares of the rapidly prospering metropolis is still impressively reflected in today's cityscape. In 1368 Freiburg came under the Habsburgs - remaining, with but brief interruptions, the capital of Austria's Vorderösterreich until the beginning of the 19th century.
The medieval Old Town with its architectural treasures, colorful marketplace, twisting narrow lanes and Bächle (little waterways) running through the streets, picturesquely circles the magnificent Freiburger Münster (Freiburg Cathedral). Its unique 381-foot-high (116m) tower ranks among the masterwork of Gothic architecture, enhancing Freiburg's incomparable silhouette. It took over 300 years to build this Gothic masterpiece, which was completed in 1513 and takes pride of place as Freiburg's main landmark.
The location of the cosmopolitan university town is unmatched: right at the foot of the Black Forest, in the midst of the "Dreiländereck" (Border Triangle) where Germany, France and Switzerland touch. With the Vosges and the Alps close by, a climate like that of Lugano, a renowned mineral thermal bath and spa resort and with all the things that make for unspoiled quality of life.