Rue de Lausanne...PEOPLE Place...
If the weather is nice an you enjoy a meal or a beverage outdoors you might want to head to this little street...its loaded with outdoor cafe's and shopping.
I only cruised through here on my way to the Lower Town and didn't stop although in places it was quite busy and seemed a popular "meeting place" of sorts.
Its close to the train station and you can use this street to cut through to access some of the more common attractions of the city.
Id suggest from the number of people that were eating and drinking here that you likely would be fine to grab a bite at any of the cafes here..
Fribourg Walking Tour - Part Two
Walk around the cathedral (there is a fountain behind it) and follow the Grand’Rue towards the Pont de Zaehringen. To the right from the bridge, there is another terrace with fantastic view over the Sarine river, the ramparts and the bridges. It’s a great place for picnic (you should buy a sandwich or a pastry at Le Coop or Le Migros on your way here).
Returning from the terrace, follow the steep Rue de la Lenda down to the lower quarter of the Lower Town, known as Auge. This district, absorbed into the city as early as the 1160s, is the oldest in Fribourg outside the Zähringens’ original fortress. It’s full of atmosphere, with its cobbled streets and old Gothic houses and inns; the sense of community surviving in such ancient surroundings is what really marks Fribourg out as being special. On your left at Rue des Augustins, is the Église des Augustins, part of a monastery founded in the mid-thirteenth century, with impressive later Baroque decoration.
Following along the Rue de la Samaritane, you pass the Samaritaine Fountain, and arrive at the Place du Petit-St-Jean. The square is the local hub, ringed by cafés overlooked from the fountain by St Anne, the patron saint of the tanners who used to live here.
Northeast from the Place du Petit-St-Jean is the picturesque covered wooden bridge - Pont de Berne, leading to the ancient Rue des Forgerons (Street of the Blacksmiths) on the east bank of the river. The little bridgehead square, one of Fribourg’s prettiest, holds the celebrated Loyalty Fountain (1553). To the left is the Porte de Berne, a city gate dating from 1270 that has somehow clung on to its original doors. Behind the gate, turn right and follow up the ancient covered steps along the ramparts to the Tours des Chais – view from the tower area is breathtaking.
Rue des Epouses / Hochzeitergasse
Rue des Epouses / Hochzeitergasse is the name of a small sidestreet and there you will see this newly wed couple, beautifully dressed in the local traditional costums, standing high above the street.
The inscription is made in french and in german and the meaning of them differ a lot:
Hüt! Freu di Hochzitter, du guade ma,
morn het am End d'Frau scho dini Hose a !
(Heute freu Dich, Hochzeiter, Du guter Mann
morgen hat vielleicht schon Deine Frau deine Hosen an !)
Today you still may be happy, good man,
tomorrow your wife might start directing you...
Voici la rue des Epouses fideles
et aussi le coin des Maris modèles
This is the street of the happy couple
Inside the Neuville Neighbourhood
The ancient cobbled Rue de la Grand-Fontaine heads sharply downhill into Neuveville – if you're male walking here, you're likely to be whistled and clicked at by women hanging from the top windows of the old buildings, since this street amounts to Fribourg's red-light district. Neuveville is, nonetheless, perhaps the most peaceful and picturesque area of the city, exemplified by the Escaliers du Court-Chemin (Short-Cut Stairs), which clatter down the hill through a triangular open square adorned with the tinkling Fountain of Strength (1550) onto Rue de la Neuveville, boasting whole rows of original Gothic buildings overlooked by the Hôtel de Ville on high.
a town built on several hills
Fribourg is a town that was built on several hills and at both sides of the meanders of a river, so you will see high bridges there and you have to step up and down at many places. All of these photos were taken from the bridge next to the townhall, from where you have a great view of the hill at the other side of the river.