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From a German point of view, Freiburg im Breisgau is a little bit off the beaten track due to its particularly unique location within Germany. Nevertheless, the town that hosts one of the biggest universities ranks as one of the greatest destinations in Germany. It is located in the Black Forrest area and serves as the perfect getaway point for your camping trip.
Bürchleweg 8, 79241 Ihringen
Getting to the station
From the Freiburg main station: take the Breisgau S-Bahn to Ihringen | From there it’s about a 10 minute walk
Longing for an adventure with your loved ones in Germany? Roadsurfer has many different camper models to suit you and your needs. Check out which models are waiting for you in Freiburg:
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After picking up your Volkswagen California at our campervan hire in Freiburg, you are faced with numerous opportunities to experience the city and test your camper. There is so much parking space, you will not have to worry about that for a minute. Fifteen multi storey car parks and eight Park & Ride spots make it convenient to explore the city and its surroundings, and that even without your campervan. More amazingly, Freiburg and its surroundings offer more than fifteen camping sites and here we want to present our favorites:
You did everything right: you have hired your roadsurfer campervan in Freiburg. Now it is time to take off for some new adventures and explore different areas. Before you start on your exciting journey though, remember that Freiburg is an amazing city. Stay for a while, explore and unwind while doing that. It is the perfect start into a relaxing holiday with your hired camper bus. Read below why Freiburg is particularly beautiful and worth a longer visit.
With the charm of a historical city, greenery, rivers and forests around and the modern architecture, Freiburg combines the best of all worlds. Small little streets invite you to stroll along the charming city center and beautifully built houses are a real eye catcher.
If you move from the traditional hot spots around the city, there are many more things to discover that are not mentioned in any travel guides and books. One example is the picturesque “Gässle” in Freiburg. There are small boutiques and shops hidden everywhere with special displays – rummaging here is really fun so see for yourself.
The “Konviktstrasse” (street in the city) is one of the most beautiful alleys in Freiburg with its pretty purple garlands from “Blauregen” and the historically seeming little houses. The “Handwerkerstrasse” (another street) was built during the 11th century and completely destroyed during the war, but it was built again afterwards. Take some pictures because you will be surprised by how well they rebuild this part of the city.
“Little Venice” between “Martinstor” and “Schwabentor” (two main gates of the city) is a must on every visitors list. In the clear waters of the “Gerber” and “Fischerau” (rivers) you will see the reflection of the old facades and its decorative flowers. Let yourself be inspired by this picturesque place and walk through the once known “Schneckenvorstadt” (suburb) district and visit small galleries, cozy cafes and exceptionally unique shops.
roadsurfer tip: Visit the hand puppet shop “Barleben”. It is home to the playful dog Lutz, Hein Tüddel the rat and the fox Mr. von Räudenfell.
Trademark of Freiburg’s old town are the hundreds of streams that meander along the sidewalks as you will instantly recognize. In the 12th century, at the time of founding the city, flat paved channels provided people with drinking water. Campervan hire in Freiburg: If you have a moment, take off your shoes and put your feed in and relax. Beware though! It is said that people who dip their parts into the “Bächle” (river) must marry a person from Freiburg. If you are solo traveling and looking for a mate, well here is your chance!
The “Schlossberg” belongs to Freiburg such as the “Berlin Wall” to Berlin. It is not only popular with the many travelers, but also one of the favorite places for Freiburg natives. Here you can leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and look at the green oasis that is Freiburg. Enjoy the sunset and feel on top of the world. Whether you relax in the beer garden or the castle tower, you will enjoy a panoramic view from every spot up there. If the weather is clear and sunny you can even view all the way to the “Vosges”.
Important information: nobody has to walk the steep hill! There is a cable car that takes you up the “Schlossberg” so you do not have to climb the 456 meter mountain. It goes every day from 9 am until 10 pm and will take you less than three minutes.
roadsurfer tip: You are a fan of romantic sunsets? Visit the “Schlossberg” in July for the “Schlossbergfest” (fair). The mountain top will be transformed and home to five big stages with many amazing acts. The “Kastaniengarten”, the moat, “Leopoldshöhe”, the water reservoir and the “Kanonenplatz” will host many live performances of incredibly talented bands and singers and adds to the summery atmosphere.
High up the hills in Freiburg you will find the bike station directly behind the main train station. The circular building is all about the favorite means of transport in the city – the bicycle. Camper rental in Freiburg: now it is time to rent a bike here, book a bike tour or and start out into the beautiful city that is Freiburg. Enjoy a coffee on one of the many rooftops, ride around with your bike and visit the forest. You can have it all! If you are well into bicycles and the technical details, take a workshop at the station. Afterwards you will be much wiser and able to do anything with your bike.
Yes, Freiburg is probably one of the most popular city for university students in Germany. Apart from young people, it is a great holiday spot for families as well. Take your children with you and experience Freiburg and make it a family adventure. How about a journey through space and time in the planetarium? Your children will be excited about the extra shows and programs that the institution has to offer.
roadsurfer tip: The nature park “Mundenhof” is worth a visit. 38 hectares of land are home to many domestic animals and exotic ones from many different parts of the world. The park even hosts monkeys. Spread across the land are also many playgrounds and resorts where you can take your children.
You feel board and need an adrenaline rush? Europe’s longest high-speed tube slide is more action packed. Start at “Baumkirchenpfad Waldkirch” and go by foot or chute. Rush down the 190 meters long slide. Careful though! It is not for the faint-hearted. If you consider yourself one of the former, better take the stairs. In addition to a treetop path and the slide, “Waldkirch” offers an adventure trail for the adventurous and a path that you can walk barefoot.
Campervan hire in Freiburg – apart from “Schlossberg”, the city offers many more green spaces. Due to historical developments, the oldest public parks in Freiburg are located on the outskirts of the old town, close to the avenue at the university buildings and next to “Greiffenggring”.
roadsurfer tip: Apart from numerous cafes, the swimming pools and many playgrounds, “Seepark” offers you a ride with pedal boats. Find the rental space directly located at the banks of the lake, rent your boat, head out into the sea and even take a bath in the clear waters.
The most famous culinary delight of the Black Forest Area is the cake of the same name with cherries and plenty of cream. Attention! Do not eat to much of it, you might get tipsy. There is so much alcohol in this cake, you might as well get drunk with cake. Remember as well: do not drink and drive your hired campervan or any other vehicle! Beers and wine are a big part of the traditional culture in the area. After all, Freiburg is considered the “City of Wine”.
roadsurfer tip: Enjoy the Old Guard, with the restaurant that is known as the “House of Wines from the area of Baden” and it lives up to this name. Make sure to try the Pinot Gris from Freiburg. You will never want to have anything else. The building is also nice to look at. It is located at “Münsterplatz” and one of the few that was not destroyed during the Second World War. Hence, it is quite charming and you feel right in the 18th century.
Located at the Swiss and French border, Freiburg has a very international feel to it. Between “Tarte Flambee” and “Knöpfle”, it is quite interesting and bustling with many people from various cultures. Visit the market at “Münster” and experience the culinary diversity of the city. “Bonjour”, “Gruezi” (the traditional greeting in the area) and “Hello”. French meets Swiss meets German meets other cultures.
You have already hired your camper bus in Freiburg and explored the city? Head outside and visit the region, because it is definitely worth it and offers many attractive places.
One example is the “Kaiserstuhl”. The volcanic mountain peak majestically dominates the landscape of the upper Rhine valley in the midst of the “Baden Wine Route”.
Even the longest German cable car, according to the design, is home to the area. The “Schauinslandbahn” starts in the “Bohrertal” in the municipality of “Horben” and takes you to the “Schauinsland” spot that is 1.284 meters up high. You must visit, because the view up there is spectacular like you have never seen.
Have you already explored the surroundings of Freiburg and recovered from the many wine tastings? Start your journey and head for Europe. The location of Freiburg makes it very convenient. Within two hours you will reach Zurich via the motorway A5 and A3. Lake Constance in “Konstanz”, another beautiful German city, is a stones throw away as well.
Take the motorway A5 to Strasbourg and Colmar if you feel like visiting France. It will take you under one hour to reach.
Your road trip must have been amazing. You are relaxed and experienced many different things. Now, we are waiting for you to return with many great stories and the campervan. We make the return convenient and easy for you. We are looking forward to greet you again in Freiburg. So remember to come back and tell your friends all about the camper rental in Freiburg and the city of Freiburg as well.
Campervan hire Basel: All you need apart from your roadsurfer campervan is a perfect camping site for the start of your road trip. Switzerland provides a lot of beautiful sights, since camping is a big part of most Swiss people. The country offers above 650 camping sites, hence it is difficult to find the perfect spot for you. But to get an idea, we are here with a few tips and look closely at three places we would definitely recommend.
High ranking artists and cultural players prefer Basel over most cities in Switzerland. It is like the Hollywood of Switzerland and you can meet many celebrities there. The city is colorful, eclectic, international, vibrant and wonderfully idyllic. Its 190,000 inhabitants live in the triangle of the Swiss, French and German border. The city’s history goes back more than 2,000 years. Celts already settled there before it was that well known. This does not come as a big surprise if you consider its geography. Campervan hire Basel: the extraordinary amount of sunlight and the mild breeze add to the warmest region within Switzerland and make it a hotspot for tourists.
The city is the perfect mixture of tradition and modernity. You can learn about several decades and enjoy the city in a short walk. You will be time traveling starting in the 15th century. Especially the old town is ranked as one of the prettiest in the whole of the European continent. In the past years though, the landscape transformed into a modern skyline with its modern architectural wonders.
Get a first overview on the most important sights from roadsurfer. We wrote down a list of the most important spots and places in and around Basel.
Due to so many highlights around town you can lose track quickly. In order for that to not happen, the city has come up with a special way to guide people.
roadsurfer tip: Five circular walks through the old town are color coordinated with signs that will lead you the way. They are named after personalities from Basel and guide you through town and lead you to the main highlights and sights. You can put your map aside without any hesitation. It is almost impossible to get lost. Another trick: follow the various Erasmus, Paracelsus, Hans Holbein, Jakob Burkhardt and Thomas Platter tours. They all begin and end at the marketplace. Hence, quite easy to find.
Once you have explored the city’s traditional landmarks, it is time for a bit of modern art and Basel offers plenty of that. Countless graffiti artists have left their mark all over the city since the 1980s.
The “Line” of Basel, which is located directly at the railway tracks, is notoriously known for its international graffiti scene and many a sprayer risk their neck to place their names close to the train tracks. The best view of the colorful railway road you will get from the “Singerstrasse”, “Gellert” Bridge or the St. Albanteich Promenade. You do not even have to cross the tracks and risk your life for that breathtaking view.
Apart from the train tracks, you can admire colorful artworks and sprayer at work everywhere around town. “Gerbergaesslein” is probably the most popular spot in the city center for graffiti artists. It is commissioned by the bar “L’Unique” right on the other side. The rock bar is a great spot for a night out. The sprayers have left their mthjark as well by painting world-famous rockstars and musicians across the walls. You cannot find your favorite? Pay a visit to the host and suggest your favorite artist. The next time you will visit, there might be a chance that they have added your favorite to the wall.
In the vicinity of “St. Jakob Stadium” you will experience the urban street art center of Basel. The “Schaenzli” is constantly evolving, because motifs are over-painted by local artists almost every week. There is always something new to discover. Admire all kinds of work of arts and be surprised every time you visit.
If you are in the mood to leave your mark in the city by spraying, the following is the perfect spot for you: The “Sommerkasino” (Casino) is a former 19th century company building and serves as a center for the youngsters across the city nowadays. The facades of the building are decorated with countless graffiti artworks as well. Enjoy the art and get yourself started by painting anything you like. Basel offers the opportunity to become an artist. Make use of it.
The city’s festivals, holidays and special occasions represent the diversity of Basel and offer something for everyone all year round. Especially “Basel Fasnacht” (a kind of carnival) is worth celebrating. The festival has a duration of three days and the site is ranked as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The inofficial symbol of the city is the river Rhine, which serves as the lifeline of the metropolis and is loved by many inhabitants. During summer season everything revolves around the river. People here love their river and celebrate it in different ways. Swimming in the Rhine is a must as well as strolling along the banks. “Basler Rheinschwimmen” (swimming in the Rhine) is an institution. Very good swimmers can enjoy a good time by swimming between the “Wettstein Bridge” and “Johanniter Bridge”. Let yourself go with the flow!
roadsurfer tip: If you are eager to blend in with the locals, buy yourself a bag. Not any bag though. It has to be a garment bag in the shape of a fish. It is available at every corner and the best part: if you plan to go for a swim, this bag keeps your clothes and everything else dry.
If you do not want to get wet yourself at all, you should rather try a ride on the famous ferries. A total of four ferries connect “Kleinbasel” and “Grossbasel” (little and big-Basel). It is a very convenient way to cross the river without getting wet. Take either “Gryff Bird”, “Wilde Maa”, “Leu” and “Ueli” to cross the Rhine. It is an experience, especially because the ferries do only use man power. Basically, not even that. Let yourself float!
“Basel Tattoo” is the musical highlight during summer in this city. With all its bagpipe sounds, a lot of brass music and folkloric dance, it draws many visitors and amazing bands and formations from all over the world. Since 2006 the best musicians and bands pay Basel a visit because of this event. Musicians include bands from royal houses, which add a kind of extraordinarily elegant feel to the event.
roadsurfer tip: Another event during summer is the “Imfluss Festival”. The event can be visited without purchasing any tickets. It is all free and you will feel like in the Mediterranean, because this festival brings a certain kind of breeze with it. From a floating stage with sales right in the middle of the river, many indie bands and well-known popstars perform at this festival. It is visited by more than 50,000 visitors every year.
During Christmas time, the city at the Rhine unfolds an even more special charm. Basel enjoys a great reputation when it comes to Christmas across Switzerland. Impressive Christmas lights, exciting exhibitions around the holiday and various famous Christmas markets will let your eyes twinkle and your children will be impressed too. It looks like a picture taken out of any Charles Dickens novels.
If you ask anyone from Basel about their favorite restaurant you will be overwhelmed by many helpful tips. Cuisine in Basel is very international, but you should try one of the traditional restaurants with many local dishes. In the market hall you can get many of the most delicious options around and have a taste of the cuisine. All specialties and delicacies are available.
Traditionally Swiss is the fondue and you should try one in the “Rhyschaenzli”. Apart from that you should try “Saffron Guild”, “Riehentorhalle” and “Wurzengraben” for delicous Swiss food. These places are also great because of their local charm. If you want to enjoy an aperitivo afterwards, head to the “Invino Wine Bar” or “Consum”. Other options for a drink are “Krafft Terrace” and the “Jazz Campus” especially when there are concerts going on.
Another highlight is “Bar Rouge” at “Messeplatz”. There you can enjoy a warm tea when its cold outside. It is high up and you can enjoy a great view over Basel. If you head down again, stop on the first floor for a good coffee at “Cafe Schiesser” on the market square.
roadsurfer tip: The “Sutter Begg” is one of the most popular bakeries in Basel and has a great offering. “Schoggiweggli” (chocolate buns) are famous and have reached a cult status among insiders.
The area around Basel is made for small trips and great as a starting point for a long road trip as well. Make use of all the options and visit Germany and France while you are there. Explore Switzerland a little as well. Wonderful nature, excellent wines, arts and architecture and delicous foods make your trip worth it.
Camper rental Base: Head to French Colmar” on the motorway A35 and drive through charming vineyards. Here you will be seduced by local specialties, a beatiful old town, nearby “Vosges” and of course, amazingly tasty wine. Very close to Basel is the Augusta Raurica. These are the remains from Roman times. It is the largest archeological park in Switzerland and offers more than thirty historical sights. The most imposing Roman theater in the north of the Alpine region, the atmospheric Roman house and the museum with its large treasure of antiquities and silver are some of the many highlights.
Germany is close by and if you get the chance, have the time and are excited about the country: go! How about a trip to “Titisee” (a lake)? It takes around 1,5 hours and the ride there leads you through the Black Forest. In Rust you can stop at the “Europa Park” with your children and enjoy a day riding rollercoasters and eating candy cotton. This theme park counts as one of Europe’s most spectacular parks with fourteen themed areas and more than hundred exciting rides.
No matter where you are headed – Germany, France or further into Switzerland – it will be amazing. Visit many local towns and experience traditional cultures in the area. With your little motorhome that you have rented, you do not need to worry about your stay. You will always have a comfortable bed, a place to prepare food and a cozy area to relax at hand.
You have returned to Basel with your campervan from your road trip? You are happy and relaxed from an amazing experience? Well, then it is time to return your van in Loerrach near Basel. It is easy and we make it quite convenient for you. We are awaiting you and the exciting stories you will hopefully share. And who knows, maybe you will soon start another adventure with one of our amazing roadsurfer campervans. We would be happy to help you out!