In Fribourg there is the only funicular in Swtizerland (and possibly the world) that is operated with WASTEWATER (quite an interesting thing for me, an environmental engineer). I guess they have to transport the wastewater downhill towards the river anyways, so why not get some extra milage out of it. In the funicular there was a slight odor that I recognized (oh my sensitive nose, thanks to years of working with wastewater) but maybe you will not. It is a really brilliant move by the engineers who designed it... way to go get the most milage out of your waste!
Eglise de la Visitation
Eglise de la Visitation is an interesting church that I found accidentally while walking from Murtentor to the city of Fribourg. At first I admired the fancy doorhandle (my last pic) then I came to an ornate fence (pics 1&3), protecting the great works of art. This interesting church was built by J.F. Reyff from 1653-1656.
The third part of the exploratory walk.
Leaving the view point at the Zahringen Bridge, I retraced my steps to the Grand Rue Stalden and hence down passing two more of the 11 historical fountains to arrive at Place du Petit St Jean.
This is one of the lowest points on the walk, I mean in elevation not in my physical or mental well being. To the east there are pleasant views across the river, that include the Covered wooden bridge, the ramparts and the two level Zahringen bridge, way downstream of this view point.
The Place du Petit St Jean, allowed for a rest or a coffee, as well as the opportunities to take many photos and to explore the area. If you want to quit now there is a bus service that will take you back to the train station.
From this area, you can walk over the wooden bridge, gaze downstream and see the higher newer bridge, look for the big bighole in the cliff where someone has built a spider's web, check out the cats that live in the area, consider climbing back up the hill, take the bus or continue on the west across the other bridge, the Middle bridge.
Fribourg Walking Tour - Part Four
From Planche-Supérieure, passing St-John the Baptist church, the triple-arched Pont de St-Jean leads you up into Neuveville e.g. the New Town (well, it started to build up in the 17th century). After the bridge, you will find another lively fountain on your right and amazing antique store on your left (fantastic selection and unbelievably low prices). Neuveville is one of the most peaceful and picturesque area of the city.
From the Neuveville the ancient cobbled Rue de la Grand-Fontaine heads sharply up towards the Hôtel de Ville. Catch your breath and turn left here. Rue des Alpes, supported on pillars above Neuveville, leads you back to Place Python; its valley-side railings offer wonderful views of the river.
Fribourg is definitely a walking city, but if the hills are too steep for you (or you ran out of time) than you may want to take advantage of bus No. 4; it runs every 15 minutes or so, starting at the train station, running down all the way through the Old Town to Place du Petit-St-Jean, then over the Pont de Berne to beneath the Pont de Zaehringen, before turning round and crossing the Pont de Berne and Pont de Milieu to the Planche- Supérieure and the Pont de St-Jean, and running through Neuveville on its way back up to the station again.
Fribourg's highlight is the towering, High Gothic Cathedrale St-Nicolas, just off Place Notre-Dame. Take a moment to absorb the breathtaking, soaring, buttressed tower, exposed to view for its entire 73m height clear to the ring of feathery spires on top. Built over a church dating from the city's foundation in 1157, the present building was begun in 1283, and took two centuries to complete. Traffic swishes past the elaborate main portal, featuring a tympanum with the Last Judgement. The vast interior is immediately impressive, its mustiness and gloominess redolent with old incense. The pulpit (1516) and, opposite it, the octagonal font (1499) are both particularly ornate and beautiful, and the tracery choir screen (1466) is dazzlingly intricate. Virtually all the stained glass in the cathedral is modern Art Nouveau. Don't miss the tiny Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, to the left of the door as you head out, beside a plaque commemorating the mass celebrated here by Pope John Paul II in 1984: inside you'll find a group of 13 figures, sculpted from sandstone in about 1430. Christ is being laid in the tomb by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea; behind, Mary is supported by John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, two other women and two angels, while in front are three sleeping soldiers. The life-sized ensemble, drenched in a blueish submarine light from modern stained-glass windows, is extraordinarily moving, every stony figure conveying an intense emotion that effortlessly spans the six centuries it has stood here.
To see the visit of the inside of this Cathedral, follow this link : Inside the St-Nicolas Cathedral
Opening hours :
Mon - Sat : 7.30am to 7pm
Sun : 8.30am to 9.30pm