There is a city by the edge of Black Forest in Germany that has managed to achieve high levels of sustainability. This means that the city can provide the resources it needs to function.
Although Freiburg has reached nine centuries of being a city, (yes, 900 years,) it has continued to keep up with the needs of its citizens as well as the continuing developments in technology.
Up to the present, Freiburg has maintained its car-free cobblestone streets. Well, the cobblestones aren’t really 900 years old because it was reconstructed right after WWII. However, the concept that the Old Town streets remain a pedestrian and bike-only lane is still being respected by current citizens and tourists.
Some say that in Freiburg, owning a car is somewhat similar to social suicide—heavy, right? I bet you can take instagrammable photos of the 400km bike paths in this cyclists’ paradise.
When you visit Freiburg, make sure to walk along the streets as much as you can. There is a lot to see like the half-timbered houses along the streets.
It is also free to view the Heliotrope from outside or take a guided tour if you manage to set an appointment. The solar architecture building was built way back in 1994 and is still in operation.
The New Townhall is another Freiburg marvel that you wouldn’t want to miss. Built in 2017, Freiburg’s New Town Hall was the first energy-producing building that surpassed its own energy demand.
How could it not earn the title of being a plus-energy building with the 4000 sqm of solar modules installed on its facade? And yes, the excess power that the building generates is given back to the energy grid so that the whole city can benefit from it.
With this many achievements, the city continues to have promising goals, including having 50% fewer carbon emissions by 2030. By the looks of it, the city is doing well to achieve it. To add to that, by 2050, Freiburg eyes 100% renewable energy dependence.
This makes me want to move to Germany.