I had just 2 hours in Fribourg and that was certainly a good start but not enough at all. If you like to read some more infos about Fribourg, just click on this link :
and for a map of the city, click here
Fondest memory: 5-6 hours is what I plan for my next visit in Fribourg, because I think it is also necessary to walk over some of the giant bridges and explore more of the town than just the citycentre.
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The main tourist information center is within eye sight of the train station in the center of the downtown of Fribourg. It’s in a great location and provides a great variety of resources to begin your acquaintance with Fribourg.
If you are arriving by train here when you enter into the main foyer of the station you will see large signs indicating the direction of the center. As you exit the front doors of the station the building is to the right, just across the street from the station and is well signed.
This is the place where, if you like, you can easily rent bicycles and or you can rent an electronic IPod like device that guides you through your own self guided tour, mostly of the Old Town. If you chose to rent this it would cost you about 5.00 CHF for the day..
The Info Center is well stocked with a variety of MAPS, brochures and hotel promotions and the staff that I spoke to briefly was fluent in English. I overheard conversations in German, and French so communication for me at least was not an issue.
I grabbed a map of the city which has a “walking tour” outlined that I didn’t follow in fact but it’s a GREAT REFERENCE MAP that I was abloe to use to familiarize myself with what the buildings were that I was seeing. I found it to be somewhat smaller that I would have liked, Im not keen on using reading glasses as I walk about a place that I don’t know well but otherwise I was glad to have it.
Fondest memory: Located at Avenue de la Gare 1
Local Phone Number...026 402 56 44
Cathédrale St-Nicholas was built between 1283 and 1490. This High Gothic church has a rich architectural decor and houses precious objects from various periods, including Aloys Mooser's famous organs, Jozef Mehoffer's stained-glass windows, and Alfred Manessier's Holy Sepulchre. The vast interior is ivery impressive. The pulpit (1516) and, opposite it, the octagonal font (1499) are both beautiful, and the tracery choir screen (1466) is dazzlingly intricate. The stained glass in the cathedral is modern Art Nouveau; you can spend hours walking from one window to another. Don’t miss the tiny Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, to the right of the door as you come in, beside a plaque commemorating the mass celebrated here by Pope John Paul II in 1984. Inside the chapel 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, 2 other women and 2 angels, while in front are 3 local citizens. The life-sized ensemble, drenched in a strange light from the modern stained-glass windows, is really touching.
You can climb to the top of the tower (73 m , one step for every day of the year) to admire the whole city. The cathedral is open Mon – Sat 7:30 – 19:00, Sun 8:30 – 21:30.
Favorite thing: 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!
Fribourg has preserved a medieval entirety which is unique in Europe. The best way to explore the city is by foot. The itinerary that I've done is marked in yellow on the map. This tour is about 2-3 hours and show you all the sights that Fribourg has to offer. Don't be fool, Fribourg could be visited in 2-3 days to take advantages of all the sights that the city has to offer.
The star sights of Fribourg are numbered here :
- The Fribourg's neighborhoods (L'Auge, La Neuville, Le Bourg) - explain in the must see activies-
CHURCHES & CONVENTS :
- The St-Nicholas Cathedral -3-
TOWERS, RAMPARTS & GATES :
- The Cats' Tower -27-
- Bern Gate -26-
- Gotteron Gate -29-
PUBLIC BUILDINGS :
- The Town Hall -38-
- The University of Misericorde -50-
- The Funicular -L-
- The The Jean Tinguely fountain -B-
- The Berne Bridge -65-
- The Middle Bridge -66-
- The St. John's Bridge -67-
There's a list of some other curiosities of Fribourg :
CHURCHES & CONVENTS :
- The Franciscan Monastery -5-
- The Augustinian Monastery -9-
- Our lady's Church -4-
- Visitation Convent -6-
- Capuchin Monastery -7-
- Church and Headquarters of the Knights St John Hospitalier -11-
- Church of the Providence -12-
- Cistercian Convent, La Maugraire -13-
- Capuchin Convent, Montgorge -14-
TOWERS, RAMPARTS & GATES :
- Bourguillon Gate -31-
- Maigrauge Gate -32-
- 11 Historical Fountains -Y-
Fondest memory: It was 11:45 am and I was the only one in the streets of Fribourg. What a great experience!
Favorite thing: Beautiful views by the river and admire the architecture of this place. In the distance the road bridge in the new town area can be seen.