1 - Tent Music Festival in June/July

The first tented music festival

It all started on July 1, 1983: The Tent Music Festival opened its tent pitches for the first time on the old campus and vis-à-vis the Freiburg Theatre, in order to inspire visitors with a mixture of classic, jazz, rock, pop, children's programme and variety. It is a concept developed by the founder of the festival Alexander Heisler from his 10-year concert series "Klassik und Jazz" at the University of Freiburg. It was a great success with some 40 events and 50,000 visitors. In 1985, the festival moved to the green meadow of the Mundenhof Animal Park, seven kilometres from the city.
The Tent Music Festival is one of the oldest tent festivals in Europe. The continued popularity of the festival is made possible by the support and trust of a large and stable circle of sponsors, the city of Freiburg, the state of Baden-Württemberg and a loyal audience. Link


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2 - Dalai Lama on 26/07/2007 in Freiburg

The Dalai Lama is the leader of the Tibetans and the head of the exiled government of Tibet. About 14 million Buddhists in the world regard him as a living Buddha. "Dalai Lama" is not a name, but a title! The man is actually Tenzin Gyazso and he is the 14th Dalai Lama. He fled in self-imposed exile in 1959 to Dharamsala in India, where he still lives today. The 14th Dalai Lama is the first to tour the West. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to non-violence and the Tibetan people. Link


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3 - SC Freiburg: First time in the 1st division of Bundesliga

The remarkable event took place in May 1993. The Freiburg Sport-Club were the champions of the single-line 2nd league and therefore climbed up to the 1st division of Bundesliga. The Dreisam Stadium is equipped with a floodlight system. At the end of the season, the Sport-Club secured the distinction in a dramatic season finale at MSV Duisburg on the final day.
In the second Bundesliga season, the Sport-Club got a sensational third place and qualified for the UEFA Cup. The SC lost in the first round to Slavia Prague. The main stand has been expanded to 5,000 seats, the South stand is newly built (4,400 standing and 2,200 seats). The Dreisam stadium holds 22,500 spectators. Link


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4 - Pope Benedict XVI in Freiburg

The Pope's visit to Germany in 2011 was the 21st apostolic tour of Benedict XVI and his third visit to Germany since the beginning of his Papacy. He was here from 22 to 25 September 2011. Benedict XVI was the first Pope to visit Freiburg. After landing at the Lahr airport and a welcome from the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, Benedict XVI visited the priest's seminar at Freiburg with the former Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl. On 25 September, the Pope celebrated Sunday worship with 100,000 people on the grounds of the Freiburg Aerodrome. Link


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5 - 1st Freiburg Marathon in 2004

The Freiburg Marathon is a marathon and half marathon that takes place in Freiburg in March or April of each year as one of the great German spring marathons. The race was launched in 2004 and is among the best among German marathon events. Since 2007, there has also been a competition for companies from the region: the South-Baden company championships, which attract more and more companies every year.

The start and finish are in the exhibition ground. More than 40 bands stand along the 42 kilometre route, a unique feature for which the event is known. Motto: Run, rock, celebrate!

Spectators are also welcome. Meanwhile, clubs and other institutions provide food and drink and keep the water stations replenished for the runners. "This is a people's marathon". Link


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6 - Inclusion of Freiburg in the Tour de France in 1964

Freiburg has been the location of one of the stages of the Tour de France on four occasions (1964, 1971, 1977, 2000). Rudi Altig was the acclaimed German cyclist in 1964. After his victory in the fourth stage he was again amongst the leading riders in the stage the next day and wore the yellow jersey for three days.

The then superstar and tournament winner Eddy Mercks was celebrated in the 1971 event. In 1977, Didi Thurau, the young German rode the Freiburg stage in the yellow jersey. More than half a million spectators lined the circuit.

Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich dominated the cycling scene over the turn of the century, including the 17th and 18th legs in Freiburg. At that time, Jan Ullrich lived in Merdingen at Kaiserstuhl and sparked an unprecedented euphoria in the region. Link


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7 - ADAC Schauinsland race/Schauinsland Classic

The first car and motorcycle racing at Schauinsland took place in 1925. The race developed into an international highlight and lured over 20,000 spectators to the Freiburger Hausberg. 1984 saw the last race at Schauinsland.

Since 2001, the Schauinsland Classic has been reminiscent of the races on the Schauinsland route. The event is held every two years. It consists of an old-timers rally through the Black Forest and a presentation tour of the historic racing cars that fought for victory at Schauinsland during the "Great Mountain Prize of Germany". Link


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8 - Concert and Congress House, opened in 1996

Built according to a design by architect Dietrich Bangert, it is used for concert and cultural events as well as for congresses and conventions. Under the working title "Kultur- und Tagungsstätte" (KTS), it was one of the most controversial building projects in Freiburg since the end of the war. Until 2016, it was the headquarters of the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg. It is the place of choice for numerous events because of its large and versatile auditorium.

The concert hall has a direct connection to the main train station, tram stations on Stühlingerbrücke, the bus station and an underground car park. Link


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9 - Freiburg Messe has opened a new hall to commemorate the new century

Markets are inextricably linked to Freiburg's history; what's more, the city foundation in 1120 coincides with the granting of market rights. Freiburg has become an international trading centre several times since. The Münsterplatz, and later the Stühlinger church square as a place for amusement shows were important centres as well. Today's "Alte Messplatz" was inaugurated in 1929 in the east of the city. It had previously been used for sporting purposes. The Stadthalle was built in 1954 to the east of it on the Schwarzwaldstraße. In the five decades of its use, congresses, sporting and social events, festivals, concerts, exhibitions and trade fairs have taken place here.

The city fair's move to the north of the city was decided in the mid-1990s: The first construction phase with its three exhibition halls was put into operation on 17 January 2000.

With up to 10,000 spectators, cultural events were held in Hall 2. On 25 March 2003 the Freiburg Municipal Council decided to build a fourth hall, the Rothaus Arena. The pop star Pink was the first to perform here and the new hall was inaugurated at the 2006 international trade fair Intersolar. Link


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10 - National Garden Show, opening in April 1986

It was too cold, the flowers took time to bloom, and shortly afterwards the Chernobyl catastrophe happened.

Despite these circumstances, more than 3,500 individual events attracted two million visitors – twice as many as expected – and it was undoubtedly one of the major events that have shaped the Freiburg cityscape in a lasting way.

The Seepark was created as a joint centre for West Freiburg by the town administration under the then Mayor Rolf Böhme. The quality of life in the neighbouring districts was thus significantly improved The grounds of the National Garden Show of a total of 35ha are still preserved today – the temple, the community centre, lake-side area, pedestrian walkway, observation tower and the eco-station. Link


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11 - Mundenhof, animal trail opened in 1968

In 1892, the city of Freiburg bought the centuries-old Mundenhof estate to "trickle" the sewage of the city (hence the name Rieselfeld – literally "trickle ground"). The Mundenhof municipal estate was at one time the largest agricultural enterprise in the country with agriculture, dairy farming and animal husbandry.

In 1968, with the support of the Mayor of Freiburg, Eugen Keidel, an animal trail was opened at the Mundenhof and the Fördergemeinschaft Freiburger Tiergehege eV was founded. Within a short time of its inception, it was attracting more than 100,000 people each year. In the course of the last decades, a recreation area with many special features and a close connection between agriculture, animal life and natural sciences has developed here.

With 38 hectares, the Mundenhof is the largest animal park in Baden-Württemberg. The generously laid out paddocks are home to domestic livestock and livestock breeds from all over the world. In addition, farmers continue to cultivate around 180 hectares for an ecological cycle management. Link


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12 - University of Freiburg founded in 1457

Founded in 1457 by Archduke Albrecht VI, the University of Freiburg is the ninth in Germany and the second in Baden-Württemberg. A total of 234 students were enrolled in the first semester of the new university. At the beginning of the 16th century, the Reformation in the Upper Rhine brought a significant increase in the number of students and teachers, as many Basel scholars chose Freiburg as a refuge.

After the university had sought connections with early Liberalism at the beginning of the 19th century, the university took on a brilliant upswing from 1850. After 1890, the number of students registered rose to over 1,000. Link


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13 - University of Freiburg in 1900 – women enrolled

Since women had been able to study subject to revocation at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg since 1895, they were given full access to university studies in the Grand Duchy of Baden, the first in Germany, under the resolution dated 28 February 1900. From the summer of 1900 onwards, women were admitted as full-time students at both provincial universities, Freiburg im Breisgau and Heidelberg

At the University of Freiburg in 1916, Edith Stein was promoted "summa cum laude" and became the first female German university assistant in philosophy with Edmund Husserl. Link


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14 - German-French summit meeting in Freiburg

12/10/2010, Merkel and Sarkozy designed a strategy in Freiburg against the euro crisis. At the Franco-German summit both politicians left no doubt about their common decision on the future of the euro.

After a visit to the monastery, accompanied by Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the delegations withdrew for political talks. A new railway bridge near Kehl has drawn Germany and France even closer together, and for the first time a federal service unit is permanently stationed on French soil. The French President said it was an honour to receive German soldiers in France. Link

15 - Freiburg in Breisgau, 850th Anniversary

Bertold's son Konrad gave the settlement of service and craftsmen at the foot of the Schlossberg their market and city rights in 1120, the official foundation date of the city of Freiburg. On the anniversary of this occasion, numerous celebrations took place in Freiburg in the 1970s. There are already intensive preparations underway for the 900th anniversary celebration in 2020. Link