The Freiburg region is situated in the heart of Europe: it is intersected by key trade routes from north to south and from east to west. At the crossroads of these routes it provides optimum links to the European economic regions.
There are over two million people living in an area of 8,680 square kilometres, which includes the conurbations of Basle (North West Switzerland), Colmar, Mulhouse (Upper Alsace), and Freiburg (Southern Baden).
These European industrial centres are directly served by the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. There are also a number of landing strips for private business flights.
The Upper Rhine area is well-connected to the international railway network.
Soon the three European high-speed rail links ICE /TGV/Bahn 2000 will also offer connections to the region.
The construction of the new Alp transverse link with a Gotthard base tunnel also creates a new avenue for long-distance transport.
The Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Spain can be reached via the motorways Hamburg - Frankfurt - Basel - Milan and Mulhouse - Lyon - Marseille - Barcelona.
15 million tons of goods are transported along the Rhine, Europeüs most important waterway, between nine ports from Basle to Strasbourg.
Nestling in a bend of the river Rhine, Basle is one of the most important cities in Switzerland. Rich in tradition yet a city of the future, it dominates one of the most important Swiss industrial regions with around 1 million inhabitants. Basleüs international and yet truly European character is a result of its closeness to its two neighbours, Germany and France.
A city with many faces: looking towards Europe, its stunning old town has a distinct French charm. With close links to the rest of the region, Colmar also boasts a varied cultural calendar and is the wine capital of Alsace.
One of the key centres of Alsace, Mulhouse is a lively city with a truly European spirit, as is reflected by the Place de lüEurope in the centre of town. It is of central importance, both culturally and economically, to the surrounding region. It also has close relations with the city of Freiburg, the town councillors of both cities coming together for a joint meeting at least once a year.