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Day trip to Freiburg (im Beisgau)

Myself and my wife (Both in our late 60`s) are planning to visit Freiburg as a Day trip from Basel, Switzerland during the 4th week of November, 2022. ( We will be using Basel as a base city and making day trips to Colmar and Freiburg, apart from visiting all the attractions in Basel Area including the famous Museums and Novartis Pavilion).

As the day trip would be on Monday, November 22nd or so, we do realize that the day time would be shorter and the weather would be cooler during that time of the year. I expect we will have around 6-7 hours of sight seeing time in Freiburg. We are planning to visit the Tourist information office soon after our arrival at Freiburg Hbf, to obtain any info that we could get and obtain maps etc. Afterwards , we are hoping to visit Freiburg Munster, walk around the Rathausplatz, and possibly have lunch at Markthalle. Subsequently, we are hoping to visit Augustiner museum. Apart from these attractions are there other attractions that we may be able to cover during our day trip to Freiburg? We look forward to any suggestions or recommendations from experienced travellers on the forum.

We are hoping to take the return train to Basel around 5 PM or so. (We are interested in history, culture, architecture and visiting local museums etc).

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The Augustiner museum is closed on Mondays - only open Tuesday to Sundays with late opening on Fridays..... sorry

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The area around the Munster will probably be in full swing with lots of booths and decorations for https://weihnachtsmarkt.freiburg.de/. We love Freiburg. Be sure to wander into the city center smaller streets with their little running streams of water, Brächle.

Also, near Martinstor, there is an elevator or steps in a cliff that take you up to a Biergarten with wonderful views over the roofs of Freiburg and the Munster.

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Just a mention that if you are interested in the Vitra (architecture and interior design) Campus in Weil am Rhein, advance booking is essential for the "by tour only" architecture. The office furniture museum used to be open without appointment, and probably still is. I had a very nice daytrip to Freiburg from a Black Forest town, and enjoyed it very much. Don't skip the little plaza for Freiburg's "Sister Cities."

It may be a challenge to do Colmar as a daytrip from Basel, but I did not do it that way. I don't know about in November, but I also enjoyed the large Roman site of Augusta Raurica. Find out if there are any restaurants walkable if you go there, you may need to pack lunch.

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"The Augustiner museum is closed on Mondays - only open Tuesday to Sundays with late opening on Fridays..... sorry"

Luckily, I realize that we are indeed traveling on a Tuesday (November 22nd. - The info I had provided above had mentioned the travel day as Monday- My Apologies!). Thanks for the update.

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I am pleased to know that the day time Christmas markets will be open on the day of our trip to Freiburg. Will certainly make the visit more interesting. Thanks for the info.

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"It may be a challenge to do Colmar as a day trip from Basel"

I note there are French trains (SNCF) leaving Basel SBB stations hourly on most days and the trip takes about 45 minutes.
Basel appears to be a unique European city, situated at the borders of France and Germany and having national railways of France (SNCF) and Germany (DB) having their final stops at Basel SBB and Basel Bad train stations respectively. This is one of the reasons why we decided to make Basel as our Base for these day trips.