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A Fling with Freiburg

Freiburg Munster as seen from a viewpoint in town
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It was a pretty dreary day when my old exchange student, Charlotte, and I set out from her small village near the Swiss border to take a day trip to Freiburg. Because I was only visiting for the weekend, though, we were determined to make the most of it – grey skies and all.

The parking situation didn’t bode well for us once we finally reached the city either – it took us almost an hour to find a parking spot, from which we had to move an hour later (thankfully this time we found a spot right around the corner in a very affordable parking garage), but once we were finally out of the car and walking around we knew that it had all been worth it.

Even though Charlotte recently moved to being only 45 minutes away from Freiburg, she had never actually visited the town before, so it was both of our first times. We wandered around, feeling a little lost, before easily enough stumbling upon the main square where a market was in full swing. We gorged ourselves on Bratwurst and admired that, even in the middle of November, beautiful fresh flowers were being sold.

A random street in Freiburg, Germany
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Soon afterward, we met up with another friend of mine who is currently studying abroad in Freiburg for the full local’s tour of the old town. My favorite part was easily the short hike we took up a hill in the middle of town to get the perfect bird’s eye view. You really could see everything from there, even in the rainy weather.

Freiburg Munster as seen from a viewpoint
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Freiburg from above on a rainy day
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Unfortunately, since the weather was so darn nasty, my picture taking skills were not in full swing that afternoon, so I’m mostly just left with the memories of the bustling cobblestone streets, adorable dächle (little drains that run along the street in the old town – legend has it that if you fall into one, you’re fated to marry a Freiburger), and delicious käsespätzle.

A day definitely was not enough to explore Freiburg – let alone the Schwarzwald that surrounds it – so I’m sure that I’ll be back one day soon. Hopefully, the weather will be better next time.

Freiburg Munster as seen from a viewpoint in town
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MY FAVORITE TRAVEL TIPS & RESOURCES

Booking Flights: The first place I turn when I’m searching for flights is actually just Google Flights - it’s great to figure out what sort of routes are available. Then, I check Skyscanner and Kiwi for deals. I also love Kiwi for its destination: anywhere feature!

Transportation: I love Omio for figuring out the cheapest way to get from one place to another, and Trainline for booking train tickets within Europe.

Accommodations: I absolutely love Booking.com for finding great hotel deals. After you stay a certain number of nights, you get Genius discounts! For hostels, Hostelworld is my go-to, and I use Airbnb occasionally as well (click here for $40 off your first booking!)

Travel Insurance: I knew that I shouldn’t travel without insurance for the longest time, but I really learned my lesson when I got an infected cut in Bali. Thank goodness I had travel insurance! I use and love World Nomads for their extremely comprehensive coverage.

Travel Insurance: I knew that I shouldn’t travel without insurance for the longest time, but I really learned my lesson when I got an infected cut in Bali. Thank goodness I had travel insurance! I use and love World Nomads for their extremely comprehensive coverage.

Tours: I always check Urban Adventures for great day tours of cities first–I’m obsessed with them! GetYourGuide and Viator are also great options. For multi-day tours, I highly recommend Intrepid.

Camera Gear: I use a Sony Alpha A6300 camera with an 18-105 mm lens and a 35 mm lens. My tripod is the MeFoto Backpacker Air and I loooooove it! I also use a DJI Mavic Air and a GoPro and which allow me to capture everything my regular camera can’t.

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