What was life like before the city? The exhibition marking the city’s 900th anniversary poses this question in two ways: temporally and spatially. As far back as 16,000 years ago, people hunted reindeer on Tuniberg, settled the surrounding area in the Bronze and Iron Ages, and lived on the border of the Roman Empire in late antiquity. With the Zähringer Burgberg, whose use as a hilltop settlement and castle stretches from the Neolithic Age to the Middle Ages, Freiburg’s foundation comes full circle. What happened outside the city walls? In the Middle Ages, there was a lively exchange with the surrounding area, where building materials were procured, and numerous trade routes ran through the Black Forest.