Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau is an attractive university town located on the Dreisam River in southwest Germany’s Black Forest region. Freiburg is known for its brooks (bächle) that crisscross the picturesque medieval old town. There’s a nice variety of running in Freiburg im Breisgau, including paths along the river, nice parks, and trails in surrounding mountains and the nearby Black Forest.

A great way to get oriented is to sample some of the 8 km of paths along the Dreisam River. Also near town is the scenic Schlossberg (Castle Mountain), which features hilly trails and great views from the 450m summit. One of the best places to run in Freiburg is Seepark, which has a nice lake loop and some additional trails. For a flat run around farm-like terrain, we recommend the Freiburger Rieselfeld wildlife refuge. Just south of town are the hilly, forested trails of the Jägerbrunnen. There are also extensive trails in the Black Forest, to the north of Freiburg.

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Freiburg has among the warmer climates in Germany, with warm, pleasant summers and cool winters. In summer, average hights are in the 26C (80F) range, with cool-ish nights. Winter temperatures average 5-6C (41F), with lows around freezing. Precipitation is evenly spread throughout the year.


Drescher Running Outdoor is the go-to running shop in Freiburg. They do group runs in season.

City Sport DER Freiburger Laufladen is another great option for outdoor gear.


The Drescher running store does weekly group runs in season.