Tucked away in a wine-rich region of southern Germany, Freiburg (official name Freiburg im Breisgau) is a laid-back university town, sustainable hub, and one of the sunniest places in the country. Making the most of its nearly 2,000 hours of annual rays, the town generates nearly as much solar power as the whole of Britain put together, so if you're after some more sustainable travel this is a great place to check out.
The town also has a beautiful Old Town, or Altstadt, with cobbled squares, Medieval architecture, multi-coloured houses, and a winding canal, and is located at the foot of the Black Forest, so it also has an added element of rural charm.
The food scene here is also great, and goes way beyond bratwursts and beer. Local specialities include Spätzle (a type of egg noodle), Brägele (fried potatoes with bacon and parsley), and Flammkuchen (a German take on a pizza). Oh, and don't forget the wine, which is amazing thanks to the sunny, warm climate.
Freiburg's temperate climate gives it the perfect conditions for wine production, and once a year the town hosts the ultimate celebration of this fruity tipple: The Freiburg Wine Festival.
Usually taking place in the first week of July, there are over 400 wines and sparkling wines to sample from the Baden region, all set up in the cathedral square so it's easy not to miss anything. The festivities also extend to local restaurants, where many offer wine tastings paired with local dishes which perfectly complement the flavours.
Over the six days that it runs, the festival is open in the evenings from 5pm until late, and can get pretty busy, so make sure you reserve a hotel room well in advance to guarantee you'll get to sample all the amazing wine.