Madison Freiburg Sister City Committee

Daily Farmers' Market around the Münster

Freiburg in the Media:

Green City Freiburg

Freiburg honoured as Germany’s most sustainable city

The Daily Cos: "How to build an Eco-Suburb From Scratch" in two parts

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) expands in Germany's Climate Protection Capital

More articles here

Freiburg Pictures:

100% Freiburg

Picture Galleries of Freiburg and Surrounding Areas

Hiking in Freiburg and Surrounding Areas

Freiburg Blogs (in English):

Dr. Manfred Hoefert, blogs (in English) about selected Freiburg, German and Madison topics at

The Madison Freiburg Sister City Committee

  • hosts monthly informal gatherings of its members -Stammtisch- at local restaurants
  • has an information booth at the Farmers' Market on Saturdays during the summer
  • holds an annual dinner usually in February each year
  • provides contacts between residents of both cities


Sign up for email notification - membership is free!

Find Germany-themed activities in Madison:

UW German Department Events Calendar
UW Center for German and European Studies
Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies

© Heinz Albers

ABOUT FREIBURG The people of Madison are used to enjoying the beautiful lakes and parks that surround our city. How about picturesque mountains or a meandering river? Our sister city has them both. While Freiburg, in southwestern Germany, may not share exactly the same natural beauties as Madison, nature is an integral part of both cities. So are two great universities, a farmers' market, and a lively cultural ambience. The two cities share other similarities as well. Both are similar in size; both are regional shopping centers; both encourage the same type of business and industrial development.

Both cities are environmental leaders. Madison has been named one of the top ten "green" cities in America. Freiburg is a model for regional solar energy development. Nowhere else are there so many enterprises, research institutes, organizations and associations, skilled trade business experts and engaged citizens who support the use of solar energy.

Freiburg lies nestled in the valley of the Dreisam River, surrounded on three sides by the legendary Black Forest and on the fourth by bountiful vineyards. The delicately filigreed steeple of its Münster Cathedral, said to be "the most beautiful in Christendom," marks the city's center. You can mingle with the colorful market crowds on the cathedral square, or enjoy a meal at the oldest restaurant in Germany, "Zum Roten Bären". Freiburg's many theaters offer exciting shows, or you can catch some excellent music at the local Jazzhouse.



WHO ARE WE? Madison's sister city relationship with Freiburg began in 1964, when the University of Wisconsin first sent students to Freiburg to enjoy the hospitality of Freiburgers and take advantage of academic programs at the University of Freiburg, established in 1460.

In 1984 leaders in both cities began exploring ways to expand the relationship. Madison's City Council passed a resolution establishing the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee in December 1985. Lord Mayer Rolf Boehme of Freiburg visited Madison the following year, and Mayor Joe Sensenbrenner returned the visit in 1987 to draw up a formal agreement. Delegations from both cities exchanged visits in 1988 to sign the agreement.

In the meantime, cultural exchange activities had already begun. Madisonians have provided home stays for visitors from Freiburg, and vice versa, enabling individuals to conduct research, apprenticeships, and youth exchanges.

The Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee encourages the public to participate in its annual dinner, summer Stammtisch (gathering) and committee-sponsored trips to Freiburg, as well as hosting visitors - an activity that is rewarding for guests and hosts alike. The Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee welcomes all individuals who support its aim of encouraging and advancing exchanges and contacts between these two beautiful cities. Membership is free.

Your contributions will strengthen valuable cultural, student and government exchanges with residents of Freiburg. We need your support in the form of tax-deductible donations and/or contributions of your time to our programs. Make out your donation check to 'Madison-Freiburg Committee' and send it to our treasurer:
Madison-Freiburg Committee, c/o L. von Schneidemesser, 3555 Tally Ho Lane, Madison, WI 53705-2126

Mike von Schneidemesser, 3555 Tally Ho Lane, Madison, WI 53705-2126;

To receive our newsletters and announcements of social and educational events by email, about 6 times a year, please contact Mike von Schneidemesser:




Freiburg Attractions

What To Do In Freiburg

High School Student Exchange

Freiburg's Madison Sister City Web Site

German School of Madison
The German School of Madison is a parent-founded non-profit organization located in Madison, Wisconsin, offering affordable, high-quality German language classes for children with and without prior knowledge of German. They also organize playgroups for small children ("Deutsche Dachse"), social activities for teens, and family-friendly cultural events for German-speaking families in the Madison area.

Information for Visitors about Madison

German Language TV


Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee
Office of the Mayor
City-County Building, Room 403

210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703