Freiburg is a growing city with a resident population of about 230 000. It owes its popularity as a place to live to its Mediterranean climate, high level of employment, its clean environment and multicultural flair, brought about not least by its proximity to France and Switzerland. Freiburg is the gateway to the Black Forest. With an elevation varying from 200 m asl. on the Rhine Plain to almost 1300 m at the tip of the Schauinsland Mountain, Freiburg offers its residents and tourists, young and old, a vast array of recreational pursuits, completing the picture of Freiburg as a city with a diverse, active and open-minded community.