Freiburg is one of the most attractive cities in Germany. Situated in the South-West of Germany, it is very close to France and Switzerland. Freiburg and the Freiburg area are sometimes called the 'Toscana of Germany’ because the region records the highest number of sunny days per year in the country. Freiburg has been a University town since 1457 and 10% of the population of 200 000 are students.
The cultural life here is varied and of very high standard, the old town has many historic little streets, pubs and restaurants for every budget. The cathedral dominates the skyline and the daily market in the cathedral square offers fresh local produce and beautiful arts & crafts items.
The Freiburg area offers unlimited possibilities for half-day or day trips: walking, skiing, and exploring picturesque villages in the Black Forest, wine tasting in the Kaiserstuhl, visits to Basel, Colmar or Straßburg are just a few examples.
For quite a while Freiburg is understood to be the ecological capital of Germany. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems is only one of many places, where alternative forms of energy are being researched. Many houses are so-called ‘Passivhäuser’, meaning that they have been built to very high standards regarding energy efficiency, living comfort as well as their economic and environmental impact. Freiburg-Vauban, the home of Deutsch in Freiburg, is a model for ecological living, which is being studied and visited regularly by groups of architects and city planners from all over the world.