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Members’ trip to Freiburg 2020

When: Thursday 9 – Monday 13 July  


Freiburg – historic, green, beautiful, sunny

  • free guided tours
  • walk in the Black Forest
  • make German friends (speak German or English)
  • taste delicious local food and drink
  • see the 2019 core activity programme below as an example
  • We are developing a new programme for 2020: this will cover the Partner Cities' Fair and Freiburg's own 900th anniversary celebrations.

Last updated: September 22, 2019 




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How does it work?

GTA Committee members will go out on 9 July & come back on 13 July – book your own dates and transport, and join us out there.

Select your own accommodation – we can help with suggestions.

Select any or all of the activities we propose.

We get you free access to activities not usually open to the public or that are normally chargeable.

We set up opportunities to socialise with Freiburg residents – practise your German/help them practise their English.

We save you time and trouble by doing all the spadework, checking timetables, opening hours, prices, etc

We will be there. We will accompany each proposed activity.

We will be available to make suggestions and point you in the right direction.

Travelling there and back

We will give you 2020 details nearer the time; briefly, you can fly (EasyJet or British Airways), take the train, or drive.

You can choose your own arrival and departure dates: you are welcome to join us in Freiburg whenever you wish. 


You will need to book your own accommodation: see here for a list of hotels which give a 10% discount to visitors from Guildford, and how to claim the discount. Some hotels also give visitors free tickets for public transport – you will need to ask.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation is most suitable, as the programme includes (modestly-priced) evening meals which you are invited to join (at your own cost).


The programme will anticipate that you will arrange your own breakfast, most probably in your hotel; that you will sort out your own lunch – the city centre contains many cafes and restaurants for all tastes and purses; but we hope that you will eat in the evening with the group and some German guests. For the evening meals we will select modestly priced and characterful inns and restaurants where we think you will enjoy both the food, the décor and the company.  


Core activity programme for 2019

(The 2020 programme will be even better!)


 Thursday 6 June


Journey to Freiburg, settle into your accommodation


Evening meal together in a city centre restaurant/Gaststätte

Friday 7 June


Breakfast in your hotel.


Reception hosted by Freiburg City Council (speak English or German).  Meet in central Rathausplatz, outside the historic old town hall (das alte Rathaus).

11:00 – 12:30

Guided walking tour of Vauban, one of Freiburg’s sustainable development areas. Meet in central Freiburg and travel by tram to Vauban. Return to the city centre by tram.

14:00 – 17:00

Cable car up Schauinsland mountain, walk in the Black Forest.

Meet in central Freiburg and travel by tram and bus to the valley station, then cable car to the summit. Time for walks around the mountain top on established paths. Return to Freiburg in time for the evening meal. In bad weather, an alternative will be suggested.


Meal in city centre to which local adult learners of English have been invited (speak English or German)

Saturday 8 June


Breakfast in your hotel. Maybe visit the market on Münsterplatz to stock up on specialities.

9:50 – 17:00

Beautiful Schluchsee: train, then boat crossing and undemanding lakeside walk and lunch with members of Freiburg's Anglo-German Club: (speak German or English). Return by train to Freiburg main station.


Free for you to structure as you wish.

We can suggest some restaurants, there may be a jazz concert. A music suggestion: Mozart's Don Giovanni is on at 19:00 at Theater Freiburg, tickets from the Theater Freiburg on-line box-office).

Sunday 9 June


Breakfast in your hotel. Check out.


Free walking tour of Freiburg’s historic centre die Altstadt,with expert guide, in English. Meet at the Rathaus on Rathausplatz.

After that

Time for a final drink in a nearby bar/café and possibly lunch depending on time of your departure.

Most will depart from Freiburg Central Station by FlixBus coach to Basel Airport



As well as the cost of travel out and back, plus accommodation and meals, you should budget for the cost of tram tickets during your stay and a few incidentals such as the cable-car, a train or coach journey and possibly a concert ticket.


We will give you detailed advice a bit nearer the time, but note that timing (i.e., when you make your travel and hotel bookings) is important (the sooner you book, the cheaper it is); also relevant are the specific flights or other journeys which you select, and where buying in Euros, the €/£ exchange rate at the time.

Please note

  • This trip is for GTA members only: if you are not a member, you will need to join: go to join the GTA.
  • although you will be accompanied for much of the trip, and we do our best to give you accurate and helpful information, this is not a professional or commercial arrangement and neither the GTA nor any of its Committee or other members accepts any responsibility for any part of the trip;
  • specific proposals – in relation to flight times and other arrangements - are given by us in good faith but may be changed or cancelled, possibly at short notice, for reasons beyond our control;
  • you will be responsible for selecting, reserving and paying for your own travel arrangements, both in going to and from Freiburg and locally during the visit, as well as for your own hotel accommodation;
  • we recommend that you arrange your own travel insurance cover, and (depending on Brexit!) take with you a current EHIC (European Health Insurance Card); and
  • the proposed guided tours and visits will involve a certain amount of walking, some of which would be on more demanding terrain.

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