Freiburg is located in the very south, the so called “border triangle”, where Germany touches borders with both France and Switzerland – making it a strategic location for trade, tourism and missions alike. With the rich soil from the famous “Emperor’s Chair” volcanic mountains and having the warmest climate nationwide, the region is home to major wine producers. Freiburg itself is known for being the “Green City”, referring to a high standard of environmental awareness and eco friendly living, with international recognition as such. Famous inventions in solar technology and many research institutes contribute to that reputation. Still the city is relatively small, having only 225.000 residents. Of those, 33.000 are students, who turn this rather historical spot at the edge of the Black Forest into a buzzing, vibrant place.
This is actually the first reason why we started pioneering here with YWAM. Some years ago, the Lord spoke to YWAM Germany about reaching the major university cities. YWAM Freiburg is currently the latest response to this vision. We started in 2012, as a small team of three.
Freiburg was founded by the “Zähringer” in 1,120 A.D. as a free market town. The name “Freiburg” means free (frei) or independent borough (Burg). Due to the easily accessible location for transport and the discovery of silver the power and wealth of Freiburg grew fast.
Remarkable is the unusual system of gutters (called Freiburger Bächle) that run throughout its center. These Bächle once used to provide water for living and sewage removal, are constantly flowing with water diverted from the Dreisam River. The Bächle now offer pleasant cooling during the summer months.
The flag of Freiburg is known as the “Habsburger“ (1396). The red cross on the white background is the emblem of Holy George, the oldest patron saint of Freiburg. In the 13 th century many religious orders settled down inside the city walls (Dominican, Franciscan and Augustinian).