Top things to do

Top Choice Cathedral in Freiburg

Freiburger Münster

With its lacy spires, cheeky gargoyles and intricate entrance portal, Freiburg’s 11th-century minster cuts an impressive figure above the central market square. It has dazzling kaleidoscopic stained-glass windows th…
Top Choice Waterfall in Triberg

Triberger Wasserfälle

Niagara they ain’t but Germany’s highest waterfalls do exude their own wild romanticism. The Gutach River feeds the seven-tiered falls, which drop a total of 163m and are illuminated until 10pm. A paved trail access…
Top Choice Palace in Karlsruhe


From the baroque-meets-neoclassical Schloss, Karlsruhe’s 32 streets radiate like the spokes of a wheel. Karl Wilhelm Margrave of Baden-Durlach named his epicentral palace Karlsruhe (Karl’s retreat) when founding the…
Top Choice German in Baden-Baden

Weinstube im Baldreit

Well hidden down cobbled lanes, this wine-cellar restaurant is tricky to find, but worth looking for. Baden-Alsatian fare such as Flammkuchen (Alsatian pizza) topped with Black Forest ham, Roquefort and pears is exp…
Top Choice International in Freiburg


On a flower-festooned lane, this pocket-sized restaurant with clever backlighting and a menu fizzing with bright, sunny flavours attracts a rather food-literate clientele. Each dish combines just a few hand-picked i…
Square in Freiburg


Join locals relaxing in a cafe by the fountain in chestnut-shaded Rathausplatz, Freiburg's prettiest square. Pull out your camera to snap pictures of the ox-blood-red 16th-century Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) with …
Cafe in Triberg

Café Schäfer

Confectioner Claus Schäfer uses the original 1915 recipe for Black Forest gateau to prepare this sinful treat that layers chocolate cake perfumed with cherry brandy, whipped cream and sour cherries and wraps it all …
Pub in Freiburg


In historic digs and crammed with antiques and vintage theatre posters, this rocking, friendly boozer has made the magic happen for generations of students. The drinks – a good array of beers, gins, absinthes and wh…
Market in Freiburg


Eat your way around the world – from curry to sushi, oysters to antipasti – at the food counters in this historic market hall, nicknamed 'Fressgässle'.
Landmark in Triberg

Weltgrösste Kuckucksuhr

The 'world's oldest-largest cuckoo clock' kicked into gear in 1980 and took local clockmaker Joseph Dold three years to build by hand. A Dold family member is usually around to the explain the mechanism.