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Modern Era Bridges…Historical Significance...
Given that the city of Fribourg is built along the banks of a river and that river snakes and bends it stands to reason that the city has an abundance of bridges to cross that body of water.
There are two modern bridges that I think are unique and both bridges are a part of the skyline of modern day Fribourg. The two bridges are the Zaehringen Bridge and the Gotteron Bridge.
The Gotteron Bridge that exists today spans the Gotteron Gorge about 60 meters above ground level. The bridge that you see today is an arched bridge that replaces an earlier suspension bridge that was built in 1840.
This early version of a suspension type bridge was unique in that the metal cables that were strung to support the structure were not attached to the towers of the bridge, but set within the rock of the gorge itself. Sadly this suspension bridge collapsed in 1919 and was eventually replaced.
The present version of the Gotteron Bridge was constructed between 1959 and 1960 and is made of reinforced concrete. The span of the Gotteron is176 meters and nowadays the Route de Bourguillon is the roadway that crosses the bridge,bringing traffic from outside of the city.
The Zaehringen Bridge is another prominent structure of the Fribourg skyline, an arched double deck bridge, one upper that is wide enough only for one vehicle at a time, and a lower deck that carries traffic in the opposite direction..
This version of the Zaehringen Bridge was built in 1924 and curiously also replaced another suspension type bridge that had become obsolete. When the original suspension bridge was built here in 1834 it was the LONGEST suspension bridge in the World until its span was eclipsed just fifteen years later in 1849 by the Wheeling Suspension Bridge of Wheeling West Virginia.
n addition to these two vehicular bridges there also two suspension type bridges that are for foot traffic only and BOTH offer some interesting views of the river. Both foot bridges are accessed from Rue des Neigles on the east side of the river.
The one that we crossed is called “Passerelle des Neigles” and this bridge will enable access to the Port de Morat or the Morat Gate and to some remnants of the wall that once surrounded the city.
I didn’t cross on the other footbridge, named the “Passerelle du Grabansaal” but this bridge brings you closer to the area referred to as the Bourg.
If you’re not afraid of heights try to include a walk across the Zaehringen Bridge for some wonderful view of the river, the Bern Bridge, the Bern Gate, the Cats Tower and the Red Tower.
Walking across the footbridges also offers some terrific views of the river and its banks and you really should if you’re able to see these views!
The first photo is of the Gotteron Bridge as seen from the Zaehringen Bridge,also included i this photo you can see the bern bridge in the lower right,the bern Gate on the left and the Cats Tower as well as a portion of the existing old walls of the city.
The second photo is of the Zaehringen Brudge as seen from the Bern Bridge.
The third photo is of the Zaehringen Bridge as seen from a pulloput just as you cross the Gotteron Bridge.
The furth photo is taken as we drove on the lower deck of the Zaehringen Bridge.
In the town of Fribourg, visit...
In the town of Fribourg, visit the Jean Tinguely's museum, walk through the old medieval town.
Don't miss the Gruyère-land, the south part of canton Fribourg, famous for its cheese. Great hikings in the Prealps.
The return journey to close the loop.
Crossing the Middle bridge going west, to your left there is a vast cliff, that seems to climb forever to the sky. Almost hidden at the base of the cliff is what appears to be a building housing a power generation system using the force of the water from the river. Now look to your right as you cross the bridge, but take care, there is traffic and no sidewalk.
Let your eyes gaze on the cliffs to the right of the river and realise that those houses are many stories in height as they overlook the river. Also consider that it is the very same hill that we have just descended, from the general area of the Town Hall and St Nicholas' Cathedral. Photos 1, 2 and 3 give some idea of the houses and oter buildings on the edge. Photo 4 is one of the fountains and number 5 is the funicular seen from a seat at the front of the train, awaiting lift off. No problems Houston.
The path follows the river as we walk back to the base of the Funicular railway, the easy way back to the City Centre. Trees tend to obscure the view of those houses built on the very edge of the cliff. I wonder how many fell into the river in time of flood?
The valley bottom is not flat, a small hill needs climbing and yet another church to check out, another bridge across the river, St John's Bridge, at the far end one more of the Historic Fountains.
I have to pass on a thought to you, while it was a great idea to take the funicular, one of the oddities is that the price of the ride is for 3 tickets, so the tourist pays for 3 and rides once. No complaint really the cost for the 3 trips was only 1.60 SW F. No, I did not ride up and down and then up again.
The funicualrwas inaugurated in 1899 but is the last of its kind in Europe. The system runs on water, in as much as the two cars counterbalance each other, the motivation is from the water and presumably gravity.
Art and History Museum
You'll find a rich collection of art and objects of historical importance that date from Fribourg's origins to the present day in the museum. Three distinct sections make up a beautiful architectural grouping – the Ratze Mansion , the old slaughter house and the building designed for temporary exhibitions. The Ratze Mansion houses the biggest Swiss collection of sculptures from the first half of the 16th C. In the former slaughterhouse, you'll find work by Delacroix, Courbet, Marcello, Hodler, Crotti, and Tinguely. Adults: CHF 6 Tue – Wed, Fri – Sun 11 – 18, Thu 11 – 20.
Bern Gate, Cats Tower, and the Red Tower
Walking across the Bern Bridge coming from Place de Petite St. Jean if you turn left onto Route des Neigles you will soon arrive at the approaches to the Bern Gate, a significant structure that was so critical in the defensive fortifications of the old city. You can still see the old doors and a portion of the draw bridge, when you walk through the gate you get a sense of the strength of the gate, it’s enormous!
Its really thickly built…the exact dimensions Im not sure.
The Bern Gate dates to the 13th Century and was expanded during the 14th Century, made higher. About that same time the Cats Tower was built to strengthen the defensive integrity of the walls and you can see it standing today just up the hill a little ways from the gate.
A little further up the hill you see the Red Tower, yet another of the towers built here but this one constructed about the same time that the gate was built.
A portion of the defensive walls along here were torn down in the early 1800’s to make way for the completion of the Gotteron Bridge but there is still a fairly large section that can be seen here, connecting the Bern Gate with the Cats Tower.
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