Follow the Gerberau to the Augustinerplatz. By day a quiet scene, but come evenings in summer, young Freiburgers converge here for an evening beer. For some 100 years, the former Augustinian monastery has been home to the Augustinermuseum, possibly Freiburg’s most prestigious museum. The former monastery church and modern wing house an impressive art collection featuring works spanning the period from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era, as well as 19th-century paintings. The nearly 12-meter high white walls of the nave display original depictions of the prophets and gargoyles of Freiburg Cathedral to great mystical effect. The Augustinermuseum is open daily (except Mondays) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum has been under renovation for the past few years, so check before your visit which exhibition rooms are currently open, either here (link to the Museum) or at the Tourist Information office.
A wide selection of cafes and restaurants can be found in the area around the Augustinerplatz and “Little Venice”. Take a break and grab a bite to eat before you head out into nature for your afternoon excursion.
Follow the Schlossbergring, which brings you to the Stadtgarten (Municipal Park). In fine weather, the green spaces of the beautifully landscaped park transform into a picnic meadow, yoga center and concert hall. The Stadtgarten’s most famous resident is the drake, to which a monument stands in the middle of a small pond. The drake is said to have saved the lives of thousands of people during the air raid of November 27, 1944, by sending out a warning with its loud quacking.
From the Stadtgarten, hike up the Schlossberg – the entryway to the Black Forest. Or opt for the fast, comfortable way to “climb” Freiburg’s local mountain on the Schlossberg Railway, which transports you up to the top in just three minutes. Not only does the vista afford a beautiful view over Freiburg all the way to the Vosges Mountains, there is also the chance to stop off in one of the Schlossberg’s restaurants. Take your time and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the forest to the Kanonenplatz, which also offers a fabulous panorama. A winding path connects the Kanonenplatz to the Greiffenegg-Schlössle restaurant, the perfect place in summer to enjoy a drink at sunset! A pedestrian bridge takes you back to downtown.