Freiburg im Breisgau (French: Friborg-en-Brisgau; Italian: Friburgo in Brisgovia), the southernmost city in Germany, located at 47 ° 59 ′ 43 ″ north latitude, 7 ° 51 ′ 11 ″ east longitude, is after Stuttgart, Mannheim and Karlsruhe the fourth largest city in Baden-Württemberg.
The independent city in the administrative district of the same name is the seat of the regional association Southern Upper Rhine and the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, by which it is almost completely surrounded. The closest major cities are Mulhouse (France), Basel (Switzerland) about 60 km south and Zurich (Switzerland) about 86 km southeast, Strasburg (France) about 85 km and Karlsruhe about 140 km north and Stuttgart, about 200 km northeast of Freiburg. The population of the city of Freiburg im Breisgau exceeded the limit of 1930 in the early 100.000s, making it a major city. Today around 200.000 people live in the city, including around 30.000 students from the Albert Ludwig University, the technical colleges and the college of education.