Freiburg im Breisgau, akathe “Jewel of the Black Forest.” Located in a secluded wine-rich corner of Baden-Württemberg, it’s a laid-back university town. Known for its Albert Ludwig University, good weather, and vineyards, Freiburg is considered to be a desirable place to live. Due to its secluded location at the border triangle of Germany, France, and Switzerland, and being fairly removed from other larger German cities, locals will frequently go shopping in France and Switzerland for their respective native products and go to museums and theaters in Basel or Zürich. One can find a strong local patriotism, which shows itself in the anthem of Baden (formerly independent state), which can be heard more often than the German national anthem. Although Freiburg itself is not a major tourist destination, it can serve as a relatively inexpensive base from which to explore much of central Europe. Thanks to its excellent connections via rail and road, it has easy access to Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Benelux, and France with little trouble and at good prices. The Uni Freiburg is one of the most famous German universities. Founded in 1457, it attracts 22,000 students to Freiburg, giving it the flair of a student town.