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Travel – Fribourg, also known as Freiburg (in Switzerland)

Fribourg, also known as Freiburg is in the district of Sarine. It is the capital of the Swiss canton of Fribourg and is located on the river sides of Saane/Sarine, on the Swiss plateau. It is a cultural border between French and German. The Old city of Fribourg is on a small rocky hill above the valley of Sarine. Fribourg is at an altitude of 581metres (1,906feet) and is 28 kilometers southwest of Bern.
Fribourg is an economic centre and was founded in 1157 by Herzog Berthold IV of Zaehringen. It comprises of architectural sight, Old city, 200 Gothic styled houses, town houses, monuments and cathedral churches. The population of Fribourg is predominantly Catholic. There are number of monasteries and churches in Fribourg and these are known for its architecture, sculpture and painting. The Franciscan monastery was donated by Jakob von Riggisberg in 1256, the Augustinian monastery was founded in the mid 13th century, and a Capuchin monastery (1608), another on Bisemberg (1621), an Ursuline monastery (1634), and a Visitandine monastery (1635) are the monasteries that prevailed in Fribourg.
Today it is the seat of the Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg. The people of Fribourg speak French, German and Italian, with majority being French. The other languages of the area are Albanian, Serbian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Places to see:
• Bern Bridge, (Bus 4 to Palme): This Bridge is a wooden bridge which is 40m long. It is a renovated bridge and is the only wooden bridge left in Fribourg.
• Berne Gate, (Bus 4 to Palme). This gate has a winding staircase and is 24m high. This gate was built back 1270 and 1290. The doors are original.
• Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire: This library has photographs, books, and audio-visual materials, medieval documents and transcripts.
• Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Rue des Chanoines 3 (From the SBB station, bus 2 or 6): This Cathedral was constructed in 1283 and was completed around 1430. It has been the Cathedral of the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva, and Fribourg since 1945. There are a total of 13 bells in the western tower and bell tower of the choir. The western tower is open to the public and provides a view high above the city.
• Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg, Fondation des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg: This museum exhibits a network of miniature railways with 2045m of track through a model of Switzerland. The model is built on three levels on a scale of 1:87. The show lasts approximately 90 minutes.
• Espace Jean Tinguely Niki dè Saint Phalle; This is a museum that displays major works from both artists. It also holds temporary exhibits. The museum in a building from 1900 that was once used to shelter trams.
• Fontaine Jo Siffert, Grand-Places: This fountain by Jean Tinguely was dedicated to the memory of his friend Jo Stiffer. The specialty of this mechanical fountain varies depending on sun, clouds, and ice.
• Musée d’Art et d’Histoire: This museum is of art and history. It is housed in Fribourg’s only Renaissance building, The Ratzé Palace. It comprises of paintings and statues from the 12th to 19th centuries as well as historical remains that depict political, religious, and business aspects of life in Fribourg during that period. There is also a slaughterhouse that contains paintings and stone statues from the 19th and 20th centuries.
• Musée de la Bière Cardinal (Cardinal Beer Museum): One can learn the history of the brewery and ancestral brewing methods, housed in former storage cellars.
• Zaehringen Bridge: This is a suspension bridge and is an original piece. It was built back in 1834 and replaced in 1924 with concrete. The bridge is 165m long and spans the Sarine River. There is a footpath beneath the roadway. For a clear view, the Bern Gate or Bern Bridge is the best option. From the steep slope, Whole of the Old town can be viewed.
• Old Town: The Old Town of Fribourg is also known as Basse Ville. It comprises of churches, fountains, ancient bridges and medieval buildings with over 200 Gothic facades dating from the 15th century, cozy cafes and warm restaurants throughout the area.

Events: St Nicholas Day, held in the first week of December.

How to get there:
• By train: Fribourg is accessible by the SBB. Trains run from Geneva airport, Geneva, Thun, Lausanne, St. Gallen, and Bern and Zürich.
• By plane: There is an intercity train from Zürich airport to Fribourg (1hr 41min). Zürich airport is Switzerland’s largest international gateway with flights from all over Europe and North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and is 160km from Fribourg. Fribourg can also be accessed from Basel’s Euro Airport within 1hr 48min by bus and train. Bus 50 takes you from the airport to the Basel SBB in 17 minutes and runs frequently throughout the day. There are connections every hour from the Basel SBB to Fribourg. Euro Airport is an international airport servicing many cities throughout Europe and is 140km from Fribourg. Geneva airport is also 140km from Fribourg with direct train links that run hourly.
• To go around: The best option to go around is by foot as all of them are at walking distances.

Best time to visit / climate:

The best time to visit Fribourg is summer that is June-August. The time is right to walk around and visit the places.

Location on Google Maps:

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Driving directions from Zurich to Freiburg on Google Maps:

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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants)
• Tripadvisor (hotel, restaurants)
• (for cheap deals)

Blogs / Sites about Fribourg:

Expat Blog

Images and photos of Fribourg:
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Videos of Fribourg:


FRIBOURG REGION (Switzerland) – Lakes

FRIBOURG REGION (Switzerland) – Mountains

Arrival in Fribourg, Switzerland

Summer 2007 in Fribourg, Switzerland (time lapse)

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