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June 24


Herbert Schiffels and AYF students


AYF in Concert


A Transatlantic Musical Heritage


Students of the Academic Year exchange program in Freiburg invite you to an evening of musical exchange. They come from various home universities in the Midwest, the heartland of the USA. It is a fortunate coincidence that a quintet came together in Freiburg in September 2018 not only for an eventful academic year, but also for a musically stimulating semester.

To promote German-American cultural exchange, AYF students, with the support of German friends and under the direction of our member Herbert Schiffels, will present their examination of German classics, contributions by German composers who have worked in America, and a cross-section of American folk music.

Look forward to an entertaining evening in the Great Hall of the


Haus zur lieben Hand


Löwenstraße 16, on Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.


The Quintet:
Eva Anderson, violin; Laura Stahl, violin; Kayla Draheim, viola;Tim Brewer, violoncello;
Daniel Kroth, contrabass.


Franziska Gündert, mezzosoprano

Herbert Schiffels, piano


The Program


The Quintet: Johann Sebastian Bach, Orchestersuite Nr. 3, in D-Dur, BWV 1068


Franziska Gündert, accompanied by Herbert Schiffels: Johannes Brahms,
1. Wie Melodien zieht es mir, op. 105, Nr.1
2. Auf dem See, op. 6, Nr. 2
3. Die Mainacht, op.43, Nr.2


Songs from the “Threepenny Opera” by Kurt Weill and Bert Brecht
Moritat: „Und der Haifisch…..“
Seeräuber Jenny Liebeslied
Barbara-Song Polly‘s-Lied

From "Happy End" by Kurt Weil :


The Quintet with Franziska Gündert:
“Edelweiß” from "The Sound of Music" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
“Summertime” from "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin


Photo Copyright: Keidl und Struve









July 6



 The Annual 4th of July Party


©History Channel

at the Ganter Hausbiergarten


 Leo-Wohleb-Str. 4.  Starts at noon, ends at 6 p.m.


 Let’s meet at the Ganter Brauerei-Biergarten for our yearly 4th of July Party – a true highlight for all of us! For this year’s celebration of the 243rd 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 enjoy some fine and spicy barbecue dishes, have cool drinks and listen to lovely live music. There will be lots of fun activities for kids, festive decorations, special guests, plentiful chances to practice some classic American sports – and, of course, oodles of that glorious midsummer glow! Join us in celebrating this joyous occasion – and we’ll make sure it is going to be a blast!


Moderation: Jason Brown, Carl-Schurz-Haus


Admission is free


Languages: Deutsch & Englisch


Together with the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft e.V., Academic Year in Freiburg, Centre Culturel Français, Goethe-Institut Freiburg, Konfuzius-Institut an der Universität Freiburg, Zwetajewa Zentrum Freiburg.







Looking Back




        Looking Back



Reception for the Students of the
Academic Year (AYF) in Freiburg 2018/2019


The president of the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft Toni Schlegel welcomes students and
other guests while Resident Director Professr Kerstin Barndt is blinded by the low sun ©US..

The AYF-students are already in good spirits ©US

They are joined by an amused president

A sort of sacrilege: The Baden flag on the last Austrian governor's Quieti Sacrum

A grazing sun ...

.. makes students thirsty

Thinking about the recent European Data Protection Regulation? ©US

When two directors meet: AYF and CSH ©US

Friends meet and smile ©US

We are all happy ©US

Ulli and an AYF-student say thank you Toni

As seen from the Greiffenegg-Schlössle:
The most beautiful steeple in the world without scaffolding

Sunset behind the Schwabentor








Traditional Christmas Dinner on the Evening of St. Nicholas Day 2017


Enjoying the aperitif at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle

The Black Forest Badgers, Christmas 2017 edition (©US)

Joyous anticipation

The menu

BFB's first appearance


The dinner started with a salad

A festive table


The president's speech

Smiling guests all around the table

More activity on the opposite side

Here the somewhat official corner


Breast of goose served with red cabbage, baked apple, and potato dumplings.

While the BFB are preparing for their second round, the youngest guest, Marieke, is interested in cutlery.

Here Marieke is handing over a well deserved present to FMG President Toni Schlegel (©US).

Now she is telling George the full story.








Traditional Hiking Tour with our American Students
around the Schönberg on German Unity Day 2017


After a heavy morning rain, start of the hiking tour in the sunshine (©US)

Already lost? (©US)

Looking down the valley (©GvS)

The ultimate triple selfie (©GvS)

The trail becomes narrow (©US)

Eating the mandatory noodle soup (©GvS)

After lunch students and FMG-members are fit for the next destination ...(©US)

... the Schneeburg as seen from the Schönberger Hof (©US)

From above a fantastic view on to the Märkgräfler Land (©US)








Reception for the Students of the Academic Year in Freiburg 2016/2017

at the Greiffenegg-Schlössle on September 14, 2016


Smiling Resident Director 2016/17 Sarah Fagan with smiling FMG's president and host Toni Schlegel

Young optimistic men

Black Forest Badgers' founder recruiting?

Don't look at the refurbished Schwabentor

Associate Director Ulli Struve in charming company

Sunset over Freiburg

No sunset but rather a sunrise ©JS









 8th International Meeting of Freiburg's Sister Cities on Rathausplatz 2015


Here is the link to the official flyer


In good spirits: Part of the dynamic crew serving the Madison booth

Visiting the booth: Important cheeseheads and concentrated student charm

We promoted American craftbeer brewed in the Freiburg region

The Madison team serving their city (©US)

The Black Forest Badgers on stage minus one and plus one (©US)

Not to be confused: Black Forest Badger (©US) and Wisconsin badger








Around Staufen 2014


FMG Hiking Tour on German Unity Day with the American Students







We meet at the streetcar stop Paula-Modersohn-Platz (Eis-Café Limette) at 10.30 a.m. for car pooling and drive to Staufen where we shall arrive at the big city parking lot close to the Schladerer distillery around 11 a.m.  




 From there we start our hiking tour to Grunern with a little drink at the Bären-Bad (Standort) and pass through the vineyards in the direction of Castellberg. On our way back we shall stop for a bite at the Probst-Strauße Schleifsteinhof above Grunern around 1 p.m. We return to Staufen and, as the case may be, we climb up to the castle. The return to Freiburg is scheduled for 3.30 p.m.



Before we left the Staufen parking lot for the hiking tour  students, members of the FMG, and even the dog
 looked into the camera on this beautiful Altweibersommertag (Indian summer day).

At the Bioweingut Köpfer. Father and son greet the visitors (©US)

Seen on our way to the fermenting room. Beware. Although the motto is still correct, its orthography no longer is:
 Küß is now spelled küss, zerreißt keeps the ß but küßt again is now written küsst.

While son Köpfer explains the making of organic wine (©US) ...

... father Köpfer reads from the family history

Waiting in front of the Bären-Bad for the biological grown Gutedel wine
and Hefezopf (challah) FMG-President Toni had generously prepared (©US)

The refreshments were well taken before the long march to the Castellberg (©US)

There was adequate supply

On our way to the Probst-Strauße Schleifsteinhof above Grunern we passed a Baden totem pole

At the Strauße the girls were ordering the food ...

... while others were waiting for it with some even taking a nap (©US) ...

... and the boys all happy that bread was already served

Alliterated students in Staufen







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