2022 trip planned for June 23-27 

 Join us for all or part of the trip!

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: dip in and out as you choose
  • We are developing a new programme for 2022, including attendance at Freiburg's Partner Cities Fair 24/25 June. 

Last updated: 10 March, 2022




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How does it work?

GTA Committee members will be in Freiburg at the beginning of the trip and come back at the end – you book your own dates and transport, and join us out there.

Select your own accommodation – we can help with suggestions and have one bulk booking in place.

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 2022 details nearer the time; briefly, depending on post-Covid travel arrangements, you should be able to fly, 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 need to book your own accommodation: we will provide a list of hotels which give a 10% discount to visitors from Guildford, and details of how to claim the discount. Some hotels also give visitors free tickets for public transport – you will need to ask. We have already reserved some rooms on a cancellable basis in one hotel, and could allocate one of them to you if you wished - let us know!

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 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 for 2019

(The 2022 programme will be longer and 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 or an opera.

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

To give you an idea, 2019 prices are described below, but 2021 prices may vary and of course the actual price for you will 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), cost £105-195 in the city centre, or £70-100 if 2 miles or more out. Some of those hotels didn't charge extra for breakfast, and some were cheaper if booked direct, if they were on the 10% discount list mentioned under “Accommodation” above (though note, the booking.com price is itself usually somewhat discounted); also, some didn't require pre-payment; and

- a day ticket for trams and buses cost €6.40. A possibility was the 3-day VAG Welcome Card which cost €26 and also covered 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.

- some hotels offer their guests a Welcome Card free of charge – always worth asking before buying any tickets.

As to food, by way of example in 2019  a substantial salad in a medium-range café or restaurant 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, including checking the cover given by your GHIC or EHIC card; and
  • the proposed guided tours and visits will involve a certain amount of walking, some of which would be on more demanding terrain.

Got questions? email us!

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