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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.
Updated Oct 14, 2010
Murten is an interesting town with medieval townwalls in the south-west of Bern and in a distance of just 15km from Fribourg.Morat is its french name and german and french,both languages are used here in this part of Switzerland, in Fribourg as well as in Murten.The medieval towncentre of Murten is still almost totally surrounded by the medieval fortification-walls and Berntor (see it in my main pic) is one of the gates of this wall.
My 2nd pic : an old cannon of 1882, shown in Murten castle.
my 3rd pic: Speichergaesschen, great antiqueshops & charming old buildings
My last 2 pics : walking on the medieval townwall of Murten
Updated Nov 20, 2009
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.
Updated Nov 17, 2009
The monument opposite of the townhall is called "Miss Ville de Fribourg" and it is well worth to take a closer look at it : She has a skirt made of old feet of the table for Singer-sewingmachines (see a closeup in my 2nd photo). Such monuments are lot more popular in France and mostly for a lady called "Marianne" and this one looks a bit like a persiflage of that custom to me. The artist is called Francois Haenggeli and he made it for the anniversary of 850 years Fribourg : 1157 - 2007.
Updated Nov 17, 2009
It's worth, though, cutting north from Python on the narrow, steeply rising Ruelle de Lycee up to the atmospheric medieval College St-Michel, for most of its history a Jesuit seminary and now part of Fribourg University; the shaded grounds of the academy are utterly peaceful, and there's a terrace from where you can look out over the city. Ancient covered steps, the Escaliers (stairs) du College, lead down from the terrace (nice view over the city) to join the lower end of Rue de Lausanne.
Written Aug 9, 2004
This is probably one of the most famous artisanal machine of the fribourg's artisit. This fountain is hidden at the back of the Grand-Places public garden, near the railway station.
To go there, follow the grey tower of the Golden Tulip Hotel.
Letter B on the Fribourg Map (see the " General Tip " category)
History of this fountain :
Born in Fribourg and later honoured a citizen of Fribourg, Jean Tinguely built in 1984 a fountain in memory of his friend and Formula I driver Seppi "Jo" Siffert, who died in an accident at Brands Hatch in 1971. The two men had previously drawn up plans for a fountain in the 60s. The Siffert monument is Fribourg's only twentieth-century fountain of artistic interest. It is also the third "waterwork" that Tinguely built in a public place-the Carnival Fountain had been built in Basel in 1977 and the Strawinsky Fountain in Paris in 1983. Tinguely had proposed the work to the City Council as early as 1972 but received approval only ten years later, along with permission to choose the location. The fountain has a big round basin in the centre of which sits the fantastic black machine, a firework-like display of iron and water. Originally, the Tinguely Fountain was to have been a part of his Paris fountain. In its present reworked form, it is an astonishingly effective work of art.
Updated Aug 9, 2004
Gruyeres - a beautiful fortified cobble-street town, famous for its cheese production. Be warned the town is uphill from the railway station though! Old houses here are from the 15-17 century. This place is very popular with tourists but thankfully the centre is pedestrianised.
Written Aug 24, 2002
Walk down the Old town or the steep stairs at the Funicular, then cross the river and walk up the steep hill. You'll get a magnificent view of the city.
Written Mar 27, 2006
Gruyeres Chateaux built in the middle ages is worth a visit if only for the view from the battlements. The gardens are also very colourful.
Written Aug 24, 2002
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