Freising – The most historical city on the River Isar

Freising invites you to experience the heart of Old Bavaria

Cathedral Hill on the one hand, and Weihenstephan Hill on the other. Between these two hills extends the city of Freising – so ancient, yet so full of vibrant new life. Convivial and welcoming, its traditional Old Bavarian hospitality is matched by the energy of a young, modern university city-

A centre of scholarship over the centuries, Cathedral Hill embodies over 1200 years of history as the seat of the prince-bishops. Those eminences included Otto of Freising, the most famous philosopher of history of the medieval age. The cathedral, with its striking towers, mysterious Romanesque Beasts’ Pillar and superb Baroque interior designed by the Asam Brothers, is one of Freising’s most important sights.

On the opposite hill is Weihenstephan, once a Benedictine monastery and now the nucleus of one of the most modern scientific centres in Germany and Europe. Nutrition and environmental sciences and land use are the pillars of this learning and research hub, together with institutes and faculties for the sciences of brewing, agriculture and horticulture, food technology, dairy science and forest science. A green centre has grown up here, building an international reputation by spearheading future-facing research and ground-breaking developments. In the vicinity of the Technical University, University of Applied Sciences and the Bavarian State Institutes, an innovation and startup centre for green biotechnology spans the link between science and business. And, of course, Weihenstephan Hill is home to probably the oldest brewery in the world, with a taproom serving beers that attract guests from near and far.

The city spreads out between the two hills; a sprawling market, narrow lanes, romantic squares and nooks, warm, welcoming and hospitable restaurants and bars, and a cultural diversity that entrances young and old alike. Look forward to discovering a venerable historic city; one that has grown over the centuries, but receives constant fresh impetus from its university and nearby international airport. This combination of evolution and energy has enabled Freising to retain its vibrant youth.

Historic Old City

Prosperous city flanked by hills

Imposing burghers’ residences dominate the Freising cityscape around Marienplatz square and along the main street, while quaint craftsmen’s dwellings line the adjoining lanes. Bustling squares are the perfect spot to stroll or linger… more

Domberg - Cathedral Hill

Cathedral Hill – 1300 years of tradition

The cathedral towers are the city’s landmark, visible from afar. St Mary’s Cathedral is encircled by the former residence of the prince-bishops, the centre from which they ruled over the principality of Freising … more

Garden Visions

Freising – city of roses and gardens
Freising has a long and distinguished history of horticulture and garden design. Gardening fans from near and far are familiar with the beautiful show gardens in Weihenstephan. In spring and summer, we recommend a stroll through the rose-fringed lanes of the historic city and a visit to ‘Rose Island’, Am Wörth... more

Brewing Culture

Freising – home of brewing culture

Beer is an inseparable part of Bavaria. And as Freising is the heart of Old Bavaria, it’s no wonder that beer plays such an important role for the city. But such a colourless nod to its significance hardly does justice to the outstanding status of beer in Freising. In fact, the city is one of the foremost beer destinations in Germany, living, breathing and advancing Bavaria’s many-faceted culture of brewing ... more

Museums and Art Spaces

Modern art spaces, historical museums

The vibrancy of Freising as a cultural hub is reflected in its exhibitions of contemporary art. Unique art spaces invite visitors to discover new artistic treasures… more

Festival year 1300 years Corbinian

Freising celebrates a special anniversary in 2024
It is no less than a centenary event: St. Corbinian, founder of the diocese and patron saint of the city, settled in Freising around the year 724. Freising celebrates the bishop's arrival for a whole year with a varied programme of festivities...  more