Eco-friendly destinations explored: Freiburg

Going on vacation offers the welcome chance to explore new parts of the amazing world in which we live, however, today many travelers are concerned about the impact their travel plans have on the environment, making confirmed eco-friendly destinations particularly attractive.

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The elements that make a city eco-friendly are varied and usually include good, accessible and affordable public transportation that keeps harmful emissions to a minimum, or schemes to make bicycles available for public use in return for a modest fee. Plenty of green space is also essential – some cities have begun to promote the cultivation of vertical gardens, introducing plant life into built-up areas and encouraging people to grow and harvest fresh vegetables on common land. Any systems or practices that conserve resources such as energy and water are eco-friendly, as is introducing solar or wind-powered energy, recycling waste efficiently and avoiding pollution.

 

Good for the environment

A city with energy-efficient buildings helps the environment by minimizing the impact made by the population, thereby making the best use of vital resources. Reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions is good for everyone – and great for the planet. Recycling trash and turning dead leaves and yard clippings into power via biogas facilities means that energy consumption can be massively reduced. Tree-planting schemes allow city authorities to improve the air quality – trees remove pollutants from the air we breathe, and trap them on their leaves.

 

Freiburg – a green city cluster

Gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, the city of Freiburg has a beautiful, scenic setting and a relatively sunny and warm climate. This is a popular tourist destination located 43 miles north of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. Notable among the international airlines flying to the airport, Lufthansa has been testing biofuel as a green alternative to traditional aviation fuel, as part of its ongoing sustainability strategy and in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

Freiburg is committed to sustainable energy and has a green city cluster – a business network within its economic district comprising industries dealing with renewable energy. More than 2,000 companies in this sector employ 12,000 people who contribute to the economy and the environment, including small and medium sized organizations representing crafts, trades, production and services. Good environmental practices are actively encouraged here and the standard of living is high.

Public transportation is excellent in Freiburg via trolley cars and buses, and parts of the downtown area are reserved exclusively for pedestrians. Rail connections are also good.

 

Activities

The architecture of the city has wide appeal, notably the medieval cathedral and university and the selection of gothic buildings. Freiburg’s wonderful city squares are popular for farmers’ markets and as centers of social activity. Tourists enjoy riding Germany’s longest cable car run (2.2 miles) and the Schlossbergbahn funicular railway connects the downtown to the Schlossberg hill, which provides spectacular views.

Clean, free-flowing water in gutters  – known as Bächle – runs alongside walkways in the city center and helps to keep the air cool in summer. Freiburg is part of a major wine-growing region and in summer months local farmers turn their farms into pop-up restaurants serving their own produce. Locals as well as visitors love to sample their wares.