Freiburg im Breisgau facts for kids

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Coat of arms of Freiburg
Coordinates 47°59′0″N 07°51′0″E / 47.983333°N 7.85°E / 47.983333; 7.85
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Urban district
City subdivisions 41 districts
Lord Mayor Dieter Salomon (Greens)
Basic statistics
Area 153.07 km2 (59.10 sq mi)
Elevation 278 m  (912 ft)
Population 218,043  (31 December 2012)
 - Density 1,424 /km2 (3,689 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate FR
Postal codes 79098 - 79117
Area codes 0761, 07664, 07665

Freiburg is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Its full name is Freiburg im Breisgau.

Freiburg is on the western edge of the southern Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald).

Twin cities

Freiburg has many twin cities throughout the world:

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial comments, which included questioning the size of the Holocaust, have sparked questions about Freiburg's partnership with Isfahan. After the comments Freiburg's mayor postponed a trip to Isfahan, but most people involved, especially those in the Alliance '90/The Greens party, were opposed to cancelling the partnership.

Famous residents

  • Friedrich von Hayek, economist
  • Hans F. K. Günther, Nazi eugenicist
  • Dany Heatley, player for the Ottawa Senators NHL team
  • Martin Heidegger, philosopher (originally not from Freiburg, taught in Freiburg)
  • Edmund Husserl, philosopher
  • Boris Kodjoe, model and actor
  • Benjamin Lebert, author and newspaper columnist
  • Joachim Löw, coach of the German national football team.
  • Karl Rahner, Catholic theologian
  • Wolfgang Schäuble, Minister of the Interior, 1989 - 1991, in Helmut Kohl and, 2005 - current, Angela Merkel governments.
  • Jürgen Schrempp, former head of DaimlerChrysler
  • Berthold Schwarz, fabled alchemist who supposedly introduced gunpowder to Germany
  • Til Schweiger, actor and director
  • Hermann Staudinger, Nobel Prize in chemistry "for his discoveries in the field of macromolecular chemistry"
  • Edith Stein, Saint of the Roman Catholic Church, martyred by the Nazis, member of the Freiburg faculty; her residence is marked by a plaque.
  • Martin Waldseemüller, the inventor of the name America
  • August Weismann, biologist
  • Bernhard Witkop, organic chemist


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