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Freiburg is a city in the south of Germany, and thanks to its 1,800 hours of sun per year, it enjoys not only a Mediterranean flair, but also offers optimal conditions for the use of solar energy. No other German city has such a relative density of research and practical applications in solar energy as the "Solar City" of Freiburg.

Even before the Freiburg town council approved an energy plan in 1986 in which the use of renewable energies and the phasing out of nuclear energy played a central role, the city has focused on this forward-looking form of energy.

The International Solar Energy Society, ISES, moved its main office to Freiburg in 1995, and with it a center and network of know-how for solar technology. Freiburg also has many scientific institutions, such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics, and associations and companies involved in solar energy.

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1) Schlossberg 

Before taking a walk through the center of Freiburg, we recommend you to enjoy a view of the whole old town area centered around the medieval Münster (Cathedral) from the Schlossberg (Castle Mountain). From the Kanonenplatz (Cannon Square) you will have a wonderful view over the city.

2) Münsterplatz (Cathedral Square) with Münster (Cathedral),Historisches Kaufhaus (Historic Department Store) and Kornhaus (Granary)

Famous for its unique, filigree tower, the cathedral (the only one built and completed within the Gothic period) is home to a large collection of medieval art including altars, stained glass and sculptures. The Münster has managed to survive numerous wars, including both 20th century World Wars. Building began on the “new” cathedral in 1200, around the older church on the site.

The cathedral square is also home to other historic buildings: The Historic Department Store, where CPV-12 will take place, was built in the 14th century for the municipal trade association. The Kornhaus was a dance and festival hall beginning in 1498, then later a theater. Its most recent municipal purpose was that of a granary, where grain was bought and sold. It can be found on the northwest corner of Cathedral Square.

The traditional farmers’ and crafts market takes place on Cathedral Square every morning except Sundays. Here one can find all of the local specialties from fruit and vegetables to cheese, meat and fish, as well as more exotic foodstuffs and crafts.

3) Old City with Bächle (little streams)

From the Cathedral you can walk in a southwesterly direction, through the Old City with its picturesque houses. Don’t forget to watch out for the Bächle, which used to be mostly a source of water for domestic use. Freiburg legend has it that anyone who falls into a Bächle will have to marry a person from Freiburg. 

4) Enjoy the specialties of Baden…

…in numerous restaurants, bars and cafes, including Martinsbräu, located at the end of the „Markthalle“, which has its own microbrewery (address: Kaiser-Joseph-Strasse 237).
Kolbencafe is another beloved meeting point with cult status. Here you can find excellent coffee and delicious sandwiches and pastries (address: Kaiser-Joseph-Straße 233, under the old city gate, directly across from McDonald’s).


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Dates and Deadlines

End of early bird discount: March 01, 2016
Deadline full paper upload: April 21, 2016
CPV-12: April 25-27, 2016


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