Its establishment belongs to the second wave of German university foundings in the late Middle Ages, like the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the University of Basel.Established by papal privilege (papal bull), the University in Freiburg actually was - like all or most universities in the Middle Ages - a corporation of the church body and therefore belonged to the Roman Catholic Church and its hierarchy.
In addition, 19 Nobel laureates are affiliated with the University of Freiburg and 15 academics have been honored with the highest German research prize, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, while working at the university.
Originally Albrechts University, the university started with four faculties (theology, philosophy, medicine, and law).
On approximately 10,000 square metres, 80 to 180 market stalls offer groceries, craftwork and souvenirs.
The northern side, the so-called farmer's market, is exclusively reserved for local farms and their products.
The bishop of Basel consequently was its provost or chancellor (Kanzler), the bishop of Constance was its patron, and the real founder of the university was the sovereign, Archduke Albert VI of Austria, being the brother of Frederick III, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.
At its founding, the university was named after Albert VI of Austria.The university soon attracted many students, such as the humanists Geiler von Kaysersberg, Johann Reuchlin, and Jakob Wimpfeling.When Ulrich Zasius was teaching law (until 1536), Freiburg became a centre of humanist jurisprudence.On special occasions, for example the Freiburger wine festival, several stalls have to be shifted into the surrounding alleyways and partially also onto Kaiser-Joseph Street.For many visitors of the city, the minster market of Freiburg is an outstanding attraction.), is a public research university located in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.