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Freiburg: Guided City Tours with Actors

1. Freiburg: Guided City Tours with Actors

Discover the dark side of Freiburg’s history with Catharina Stadellmenin, the witch of Freiburg. Or follow a 16th century harlot on a walk through the medieval town and learn more about mankind's oldest business. Explore the old town of Freiburg with its little streams, the Gerichtslaube, or Old Court House, and the medieval city gates. Admire the stately Rathausplatz and Adelhauser Klosterplatz. You choose your guide (though both follow the same itinerary). Join the desperate Catharina Stadellmenin, the widow of master locksmith Michael Bantzer, on her last journey. Learn about her gruesome fate. Bear witness. Tell everybody you've seen the "witch" with your own eyes. Or: join the harlot and let her introduce you to medieval Freiburg and the high art of love. Learn everything about the city and the oldest profession in the world. Discover her secrets about her suitors, the hangman, and other scoundrels. Big fun is 100% guaranteed.

Freiburg: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

2. Freiburg: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Freiburg. Explore the city at your own pace and see iconic highlights like Alten Synagoge, Freiburger Münster, and many more. Decipher riddles, solve tasks, and unlock facts about the city. You will receive the download instructions after booking the tour. After downloading the app you will first visit the beautiful Platz der Alten Synagoge. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle. Next, you will visit the Martin's Gate, Schwabentor, Augustiner Museum, and the Historical Merchants' Hall. Use the hints to find the city's best sights and hidden gems. The incredible route continues to the Freiburger Münster, Markthalle, Bertoldsbrunnen, and Freiburger Bächle. Finally, you will end the tour at Neues Rathaus. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee or a break at any time. Stroll through the picturesque streets and discover the real Freiburg on this fun tour while working as a team. 

Freiburg: City Introduction App Guide and Audio Tour

3. Freiburg: City Introduction App Guide and Audio Tour

Get a smartphone app with navigation to explore the Black Forest city of Freiburg at your own pace. Visit key attractions including Martin's Gate, Augustiner Museum, Freiburger Münster, Markthalle, and more. Gain insight into each spot and hear stories about the city from a multilingual audio guide. After downloading the app on your phone, read the instructions and head to the starting point. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read or listen to some information on the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. See Platz der Alten Synagoge (Old Synagogue Square), Martin's Gate, and Schwabentor. As you follow the walking route, continue to the Augustiner Museum and Historical Merchants' Hall. Keep track of what you liked or disliked on the app and create a bucket list for the next few days of your vacation. Next, admire the Freiburger Münster and its lacy spires, cheeky gargoyles, and intricate entrance portal which bear witness to over 800 years of the city's history. Spot the old town's characteristic bächle, which are narrow channels of water that run alongside the pavements. Just a few steps later, find yourself at the Markthalle with stalls offering both regional cuisine and culinary delights from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Finally, stop by the historical landmark of Bertoldsbrunnen and see the new town hall of Neues Rathaus. Start your walk any time, without a set schedule. Pause whenever you want, take a break and visit an attraction of your choice, and resume later or on another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost.

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4.9 / 5

based on 109 reviews

A different kind of tour. Very entertaining, very authentic. The face of the people who are shown the sign against the evil eye: indescribable. Anyone who expects to find out hard facts and figures about building x or y on the tour will be disappointed. But it is still easy to get around in Freiburg, find out where the courthouse, the place of execution, etc. was, work out the scratches in the Minster and much more. We would book the tour again at any time, also because of the actress' class performance.

Through the play, the history of Freiburg came alive and vivid - our school class was deeply impressed by the experience! The connection of the personal history (of the witch) with general knowledge about medieval life in Freiburg was particularly successful, so that a personally affecting individual fate was cleverly linked with facts and general knowledge. Thanks to the excellent actress, this connection was very successful - definitely recommended!

Very entertaining, great acting, very nice. Also super interesting, although we live nearby and are in Freiburg quite often, there was a lot to learn. It's also great that you can join these tours spontaneously without having to book in advance. I did not know that. So definitely worth it!

A wonderful experience. The actress who played the witch from Freiburg was so engrossed in her role that we all got goosebumps at times. This tour is recommended. Did it for the second time. Class !!!!

Awesome so informative and brought the horror of the experience of the persecution to life - very well done and impressive depth of information