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Freiburg (Fribourg)
Fribourg en diagonale
Fribourg en diagonale
Stage 2, Bulle–Fribourg
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 13, Schwarzenburg–Fribourg
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ViaJacobi
Stage 14, Fribourg–Romont (FR)
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Freiburger Voralpenweg
Freiburger Voralpenweg
Stage 1, Fribourg–Plaffeien
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Fribourg en diagonale
Fribourg en diagonale
Stage 3, Fribourg–Murten
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Gorges du Gottéron
Gorges du Gottéron
Route 269, Fribourg–Ameismühle–Fribourg
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Freiburg (Fribourg)
Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Stage 4, Fribourg–Erlach
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Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Stage 3, Jaun–Fribourg
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Alter Bernerweg
Alter Bernerweg
Stage 1, Estavayer-le-Lac–Laupen
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 6, Thun–Fribourg
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 7, Fribourg–Montbovon
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Fribourg
Freiburg (Fribourg)

Freiburg (Fribourg)

The Old Town of Fribourg (German: Freiburg im Üechtland) is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Europe. It has preserved its medieval charms into modern times, with over 200 Gothic facades dating from the 15th century. There has always been a lively crossover of cultures in this bilingual town.
Fribourg, founded in 1157 by the Dukes of Zähringen, is the capital of the canton of the same name, and is at the interface between German and French cultural influences. The medieval town centre, classified as a historical monument, with its narrow alleyways, picturesque squares and fountains with statues, is situated on a rocky outcrop high above the River Saane (Sarine). The fortifications, with 14 towers and a city wall, are intact and unique.

The most striking feature on the town's skyline is the 76 metre high, unfinished tower of the St. Nicolas Cathedral. The cathedral can look back over 600 years of history, and houses famous masterpieces such as the incomparable stained glass windows by Jozef Mehoffer and Alfred Manessier and an organ by Aloys Mooser. From the tower, there is a wonderful view over the roofs of the town towards the Fribourg Pre-Alps.

Another good viewpoint is the Italian-style early Baroque Loreto Chapel. From the Neuveville district (in the Lower Town), a funicular railway takes you up to the pedestrianised area of the Upper Town. Fribourg is a lively university town, with many students from all over the world, making this a cosmopolitan, multi-faceted mini-metropolis. In the narrow alleyways are tightly packed rows of little boutiques, antique shops, student cafés and restaurants, offering local and foreign specialities.

One of the favourite destinations for art-lovers is the "Espace Jean Tinguely et Niki de Saint Phalle", housed in a former tram depot. More works by the two artists can be found on the Sculpture Trail through the town centre. Modern art is on display in the Fri-Art Gallery. Children will love the Puppet Museum or the highly educational Natural History Museum.

It is worth making an excursion to Hauterive Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1137, and once a stopping place on the pilgrims' route to Santiago de Compostela.

Highlights

  • Fribourg Old Town – Gothic facades, pretty fountains, cosy cafés and inns, full of the charm of bygone days.
  • Espace Jean Tinguely et Niki de Saint Phalle – this museum is dedicated to the sculptor Jean Tinguely and his wife, the artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
  • St. Nicolas Cathedral – started according to German construction plans and finished to meet French wishes, with magnificent stained glass windows.
The Old Town of Fribourg (German: Freiburg im Üechtland) is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Europe. It has preserved its medieval charms into modern times, with over 200 Gothic facades dating from the 15th century. There has always been a lively crossover of cultures in this bilingual town.
Fribourg, founded in 1157 by the Dukes of Zähringen, is the capital of the canton of the same name, and is at the interface between German and French cultural influences. The medieval town centre, classified as a historical monument, with its narrow alleyways, picturesque squares and fountains with statues, is situated on a rocky outcrop high above the River Saane (Sarine). The fortifications, with 14 towers and a city wall, are intact and unique.

The most striking feature on the town's skyline is the 76 metre high, unfinished tower of the St. Nicolas Cathedral. The cathedral can look back over 600 years of history, and houses famous masterpieces such as the incomparable stained glass windows by Jozef Mehoffer and Alfred Manessier and an organ by Aloys Mooser. From the tower, there is a wonderful view over the roofs of the town towards the Fribourg Pre-Alps.

Another good viewpoint is the Italian-style early Baroque Loreto Chapel. From the Neuveville district (in the Lower Town), a funicular railway takes you up to the pedestrianised area of the Upper Town. Fribourg is a lively university town, with many students from all over the world, making this a cosmopolitan, multi-faceted mini-metropolis. In the narrow alleyways are tightly packed rows of little boutiques, antique shops, student cafés and restaurants, offering local and foreign specialities.

One of the favourite destinations for art-lovers is the "Espace Jean Tinguely et Niki de Saint Phalle", housed in a former tram depot. More works by the two artists can be found on the Sculpture Trail through the town centre. Modern art is on display in the Fri-Art Gallery. Children will love the Puppet Museum or the highly educational Natural History Museum.

It is worth making an excursion to Hauterive Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1137, and once a stopping place on the pilgrims' route to Santiago de Compostela.

Highlights

  • Fribourg Old Town – Gothic facades, pretty fountains, cosy cafés and inns, full of the charm of bygone days.
  • Espace Jean Tinguely et Niki de Saint Phalle – this museum is dedicated to the sculptor Jean Tinguely and his wife, the artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
  • St. Nicolas Cathedral – started according to German construction plans and finished to meet French wishes, with magnificent stained glass windows.

Arrival and return Freiburg (Fribourg)

Adresse

Fribourg Tourisme et Région
Avenue de la Gare 1
Case postale 1120
1701 Fribourg
Tel. +41 (0) 26 350 11 11
info@fribourgtourisme.ch
www.fribourgtourisme.ch

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Hôtel Aux Remparts
Hôtel Aux Remparts
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Places of interest

Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle
Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle
St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Urban golf - a first for Switzerland
Urban golf - a first for Switzerland
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Freiburg (Fribourg)
Fribourg en diagonale
Fribourg en diagonale
Stage 2, Bulle–Fribourg
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 13, Schwarzenburg–Fribourg
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 14, Fribourg–Romont (FR)
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Freiburger Voralpenweg
Freiburger Voralpenweg
Stage 1, Fribourg–Plaffeien
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Fribourg en diagonale
Fribourg en diagonale
Stage 3, Fribourg–Murten
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Gorges du Gottéron
Gorges du Gottéron
Route 269, Fribourg–Ameismühle–Fribourg
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Cycling in

Freiburg (Fribourg)
Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Stage 4, Fribourg–Erlach
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Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Stage 3, Jaun–Fribourg
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Alter Bernerweg
Alter Bernerweg
Stage 1, Estavayer-le-Lac–Laupen
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 6, Thun–Fribourg
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 7, Fribourg–Montbovon
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