Fribourg, one of the largest medieval towns of Switzerland is a unique destination which is nestled on a rocky promontory and enveloped by the Saane River on its three sides. It is a unique city showcasing medieval charms along with the most prominent language divide of Switzerland. The city stands as an important economic, administrative and educational hub along with its symbolic cultural border. The west bank of the Saane River is the French-Speaking Switzerland while its east bank is dominated by the German speaking population. Its rich and diverse cultural cocktail, sizeable student population and Catholicism give this town a unique and original vibe while its feisty nightlife makes it very attractive destination for tourists.
Founded in 1157, by Berchtold IV von Zähringen, its name is inspired by the German terms frei (free) and Burg (fort), the city is a tourist delight showcasing the best of Switzerland sightseeing and the cultural essence of Switzerland. The feel of the cultural inheritance along with the simultaneous brush of modernity leaves one amazed.
Some of the noteworthy sightseeing places worth visiting preferably through foot are:-
- Fribourg Old Town– This twelfth century town engulfs you into the age old charm with its gothic facades and mesmerizingly beautiful fountains and the cozy cafes and inns.
- Cathedrale St. Nicholas- This brooding 13th-century Gothic cathedral was initially constructed by the Germans but completed by the French. Be its exceptional stained glass windows or almost life like sculptural group depicting Christ’s burial will leave all enthralled.
Other noteworthy sightseeing places are Industrial Freebourg, Espace Jean Tinguely Niki dè Saint Phalle, The Villars Chocolate factory, Musee Gutenberg, Bern Bridge, etc. The coffee served here is exceptional and a must taste like the original gelato, Italian ice-cream. With a number of shopping malls showcasing the latest fashion and items and a plethora of cafes and inns, it indeed is a perfect holiday destination.