Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft e.V.


Looking back into 2016


Looking back to our activities in 2017




January 11



  Annual General Assembly of the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft


at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.






February 1



German-American Stammtisch


FMG Committee Member Manfred Höfert will talk about


The First Ten Days of an Alternative America



at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.





March 8




German-American Stammtisch


FMG Committee Member Georg von Savigny
will talk about


Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro


  An engineer from Aachen in California


at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.









March 29



In the framework of the key topic 2017
 of the Volkshochschule Freiburg

Freiburg's Partner Cities

Dr. Manfred Höfert will talk about


Von badischen Revolutionären
 zu Forty-Eighters



Room 204 der VHS, Rotteckring 12 um 20 Uhr



Officer Franz Sigel
wearing the Union Army uniform


April 5



German-American Stammtisch


AYF Resident Director Professor Sarah Fagan will talk about:


Iowa's Writers Workshop


@Frederick W. Kent Collection of Photographs, University of Iowa Libraries


The Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa is the oldest course of study for creative writing in the US. An overview of the workshop's history and the literary performance of graduates and lecturers will reveal a number of German-American connections.


at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.





April 9




Circle of Friends Day


at the premesis of the VHS, Rotteckring 12, on Palm Sunday from 11 a.m - 4 p.m.


The Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft will inform about its yearly program, its contacts to the citizens of Madsison, WI., its commitment to the Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF), and its close collaboration with the Carl-Schurz-Haus.




May 1



Traditional FMG Hiking Tour on German Labour Day
with the American Students to the Berglusthaus at St. Ulrich


Meeting point 1: At 9:30 a.m. at Bertoldsbrunnen. Departure streetcar line 2 at 9:39 to Günterstal; stop Dorfstraße at 9:52. Change at 9:55 into bus 21 direction Horben.

Meeting point 2 for our hike is the bus terminus Horben–Rathaus at 10:10 a.m..


Starting at Horben we shall hike through the Black Forest direction St. Ulrich participating in the „34th Maihock“ at Berglusthaus. The Trachtenkapelle St. Ulrich and  „d`Ulricher Musikanten“ will be playing. Around noon we shall have lunch at the Berglusthaus. Students are invited.  Around 4 p.m. we shall walk back to Horben where the bus leaves at 5:11 p.m.


Cancelled !


It would have been nice..




May 20



The Madison Symphony Chorus together with the Junge Kammerphilharmonie and the Vocalensemble Breisach


conducted by Beverly Taylor


will perform Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms


Soloists: Anna Polum (soprano) und James Held (baritone)



at St. Konrad and Elisabeth Kirche, Rennweg 47 at 7:30 p.m. The admission is free!




June 7



German-American Stammtisch


The Prairie Project



The director of Mundenhof Susanne Eckert will talk about the prairie project


In collaboration with the City of Madison a prairie landscape shall be implemented at Freiburg's Mundenhof. Waving grasses, flowering shrubs that are Indian medicinal plants, and in the background North American deciduous trees with their classical fall coloring will come close to an Indian summer. All that may develop into a highlight at the center of the animal vivarium Mundenhof. We aim that visitors may perceive prairie and animals alive.


at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.





June 23 and 24




We shall feature on Rathausplatz:

The Madison College Big Band will perform on stage for the opening of the Partnerschaftsmarkt on Friday 23, at 9:45 a.m. and will continue later at 10:30 a.m.. In the evening the MCBB will give a full concert at the Jazzhaus Freiburg, Schnewlinstraße 1 at 7. p.m.


On Saturday 24, the MCBB will again be on stage at the Partnerschaftsmarkt at 2:30 p.m.



You may taste a beer especially brewed on the occasion of the Partnerschaftstreffen:

The Braukollektiv Freigurg created Fox & Friends, a hoppy wheat ale with Bollenhut und Cheeshead on the label: a collector's item !


We also welcome the well-known Black Forest Badgers

at the Rathausmarkt on Saturday June 24 at 2 p.m.







1. July


 Independence Day Party



Let’s meet at the Ganter Brauerei-Biergarten for our annual 4th of July Party – a true highlight for all of us! For this year’s celebration of the 241st Independence Day and the birth of the United States we will once more come together with friends from around the globe and enjoy a very special summer’s day.


Let’s fire up the grill and relish some fine and spicy barbecue dishes, have cool drinks and listen to lovely live music. Among others, the truly German-American band Some of the Lovely will entertain us with their original folk music. There will be lots of fun activities for both kids and adults, festive decorations, special guests, plentiful chances to practice some classic American sports with real pros – and, of course, plenty of that glorious midsummer glow! Join us in celebrating this joyous occasion – and we’ll make sure it’s going to be a blast!


At the Ganter Hausbiergarten, Leo-Wohleb-Str. 4

Starting at noon; Free entry

 Languages spoken: Deutsch & Englisch


With: Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft e.V.,

Academic Year in Freiburg,

Centre Culturel Français,

Goethe-Institut Freiburg,

Konfuzius-Institut an der Universität Freiburg








September 6



Guided tour in English for the students of the
Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF). Guests are welcome.


Historic Places in Freiburg



Meeting place Rathausplatz (Bertold Schwarz Fountain) at 10 a.m.








13. September



Reception for the Students of the
 Academic Year (AYF) in Freiburg 2017/2018



at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 6 p.m.





October 3

Traditional Hiking Tour
with our American Students
around the Schönberg on German Unity Day


Our meeting place is the terminus of streetcar number 3  to Vauban „Innsbruckerstraße“ at 10:30 a.m.
We shall walk through the vineyards to Ebringen and continue to the “Schönberger Hof” where we will have lunch around 12:45 p.m.
We will return to Freiburg Vauban around 3:30 p.m.








October 4



German-American Stammtisch



Toni Schlegel will talk about


Die US-Wirtschaft unter Donald Trump


at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.








November 8



German-American Stammtisch


Ulli Struve will talk about the


Deutsch-Amerikanischen Studierendenaustausch



at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 8 p.m.











Dezember 6
Saint Nicholas


Traditional Christmas Dinner



at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle at 7 p.m.





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