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Members’ trip to Freiburg 2019

When: Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 June  

 

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 core activity programme below
Last updated: February 6, 2019 

 

   

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How does it work?

 

GTA Committee members will fly out 6 June & fly back 9 June – join us or book your own dates and transport.

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

GTA committee members plan to travel to Freiburg on Thursday 6 June, at least one of them on the afternoon EasyJet flight from London Gatwick Airport (North Terminal) to Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport (EZY8435, which departs LGW at 14:15 [UK], and arrives at BSL at 16:55 [CET].) You are welcome to join us, but need to make your own flight bookings.

From the airport, we will then take the excellent direct "Flixbus" coach link to Freiburg Central Station (Freiburg Hauptbahnhof) - the journey time is just under one hour. We recommend you book your place on that coach in advance, via the Flixbus website, which also contains timetable and other useful information. 

From Freiburg Central Station, transfer to your hotel by taxi or public transport.

We plan to leave Freiburg in the afternoon of Sunday 9 June to return to Guildford. Ideal is probably the early evening EasyJet flight (EZY8436, which departs BSL at 17:25 [CET], and lands at LGW North Terminal at 18:00 [UK]); at least one of us is booked onto the later flight (EZY8438, which departs BSL at 21:55 [CET], and lands at LGW North Terminal at 22:30 [UK]).

You can choose your own arrival and departure dates. If you cannot or prefer not to travel on the flights mentioned, you are welcome to join us in Freiburg whenever you wish. British Airways also run flights between London Heathrow and Basel, with roughly similar timing. Going by train is an option: the journey from St Pancras to Freiburg Central Station takes around 7 hrs 30 mins with 2 or 3 changes.

Note: If you plan to stay on after the Sunday 9 June when the trip ends, note that Monday 10 June is an official public holiday, and shops will be shut though museums, restaurants and public transport will be open and working.

Accommodation

You 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).

Meals

The programme anticipates 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 have selected modestly priced and characterful inns and restaurants where we think you will enjoy both the food, the décor and the company.  

 

Core activity programme

(all events are subject to final confirmation and change)

 Thursday 6 June

Afternoon

Journey to Freiburg, settle into your accommodation

Evening

Evening meal together in a city centre restaurant/Gaststätte

Friday 7 June

 

Breakfast in your hotel.

Morning

First: reception hosted by Freiburg City Council (speak English or German). 

Meet in central Rathausplatz, outside the historic old town hall (das alte Rathaus).

Then: free for individual pursuits. Museum? Brunch? See the Freiburg tourist office website for a full range of information in German and in English. We can offer suggestions too.

Afternoon

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.

Evening

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.

Morning

Free walking tour of Freiburg’s historic centre die Altstadt, with expert guide, in English (about 2 hours).

Meet in central Freiburg. The visit will conclude on the market place, with opportunities for shopping and to sample local produce including wines and the local delicacy, the lange Rote.

Afternoon

We are planning a beautiful lakeside walk and meal with members of Freiburg's Anglo-German Club (speak German or English). Details to be confirmed. 

Evening

Possibly a concert, maybe jazz, or an opera (Mozart's Don Giovanni is on at 7:00 pm at Theater Freiburg, and some tickets are still available from the Theater Freiburg on-line box-office).

Sunday 9 June

 

Breakfast in your hotel. Check out.

Morning

Free “green” walking tour with expert guide, in English (about 2 hours).

Meet in central Freiburg and travel by tram to Rieselfeld or Vauban, Freiburg’s sustainable development areas. Return to the city centre by tram.

Afternoon

Depart from Freiburg Central Station by FlixBus coach to Basel Airport

Budget

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, the train to the lakeside walk and possibly a concert ticket.

 

Our own experience (having looked online) is described below, but the actual price for you will of course reflect your own individual choices. Also relevant are the timing when you make your flight and hotel bookings – the sooner you book, the cheaper it is – the specific flights you select, and where buying in Euros, the €/£ exchange rate at the time.

 

Booking/looking in early February 2019:

 

- EasyJet flights out and back came to under £100;

 

- BA out and back around £130;

 

- the Flixbus both ways cost £42;

 

- on booking.com, a hotel for 3 nights (price based on two persons sharing), could cost £105-195 in the city centre, or £70-100 if 2 miles or more out. Some of those hotels don't charge extra for breakfast, and some might be cheaper if booked direct, if they are on the 10% discount list mentioned under “Accommodation” above (though note, the booking.com price is itself usually somewhat discounted); also, some don't require pre-payment; and

 

- a day ticket for trams and buses costs €6.40. You could consider buying the 3-day VAG Welcome Card which costs €26 and also covers the cablecar up to Schauinsland – see the VAG website. The city centre is very compact and walkable, but if your hotel is far from the centre, these tickets might be useful.

 

As to food, by way of example we would expect a substantial salad in a medium-range café or restaurant to cost around €8, and a meat or fish main course around €13.

 

Freiburg City Council will give each Guildford visitor a free museum pass: its five museums are described (in English) on its museum website. Entry to the marvellous Augustinermuseum for example normally costs €7.

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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