Freiburg, Germany is a gem of a city. It’s beautiful, clean, cozy, and provides an ideal environment in which to immerse yourself in German culture and language. (I know – I spent a year of study abroad in Freiburg to learn German!) If you study abroad in Freiburg, in the fall and winter you will find yourself immersed in charm. The sights, smells, sounds, and decorations (especially around Christmas time) will be something memorable and exciting that you have never experienced before. Freiburg also enjoys some of Germany’s best weather. In the spring and summer you will likely find tons of hot, sunny days and plenty of people lazing around in the many cafes you find in Freiburg.
Freiburg is located in south western Germany — so in the bottom left hand of the map. It is one hour away by train from Basel, Switzerland, about 8 hours by train through Switzerland (a beautiful trip!) to Milan, Italy, and very close to the French border (Strasbourg being the closest notable French city). You can also take awesome train trips up along the Rhine River – it’s scenic, filled with castles and interesting small towns, and leads up to notable cites such as Bonn, and Cologne (Köln) further to the north.