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    The Town Hall

    by globetrott Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    The Town Hall of Fribourg is quite an impressive building, especially when you see it from the backside, where a high basement had to be constructed in order to build it at the edge of a mountain, see my 2nd photo, there is also some old medieval fortification-wall.
    Dont miss to take a look into the arches under the big stairs : there you will see an old cannon and an old fire-fighting-wagon (my pics 3-5).

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    Eglise des Cordeliers/ Franziskanerkirche

    by globetrott Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    Eglise des Cordeliers/ Franziskanerkirche looks great mainly from inside and has some very interesting and unique altars and even a "black madonna and black child" . In most cases such wooden sculptures turned black over the decades by the millions of candles that were burnt very close to them. (my last photo)

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    the swinging saints of St. Nicola

    by globetrott Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    Take a closer look at the great entrance-gate of St-Nicolas Cathedral with ornate decorations and lots of interesting sculptures. The saints in my main photo seem to listen to some great swing-music. Something else that you will find mainly in Switzerland is the custom to add some color to the gothic sandstone-sculptures (in my photos 2 + 5).

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    St-Nicolas Cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    St-Nicolas Cathedral is the most interesting church in Fribourg. Its beginnings date back to the 13th century and the way it looks nowadays is mainly gothic style. You can step up the tower, but I did skip that, I was not in the mood of climbing up more than 350 steps to the top.
    Dont miss to take a closer look at the sculptures around the main gate and then take look inside the cathedral as well !

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    Murtentor

    by globetrott Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    Murtentor dates back to the year 1410, it has a hight of 34 meters and still today all of the cartrafic coming from the westside of the town is goind through this former towngate. There is also quite a long part of the medieval townwall at both sides of Murtentor.

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    Rue des Epouses / Hochzeitergasse

    by globetrott Updated Nov 17, 2009

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    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
    ...?...

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    Art & historymuseum

    by globetrott Updated Nov 17, 2009

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    In the Museum for Art and History (Musee d'art et d'histoire) you will find great works of art made by Delacroix, Hodler, Crotti, Tinguely, Marcello and a lot of others and there is also Switzerlands biggest collection of sculptures dating back to the 16th century.
    The museum of today was made by connecting the old slaughterhouse with the Ratze Mansion.
    The Art & historymuseum of Fribourg is open:
    Tue – Wed and Fri – Sun 11.00am – 06.00pm
    and every Thu from 11.00am till 08.00pm
    entrancefee is 6 sft (=4 euros)

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  • Fribourg - must to see

    by ikeren Written May 28, 2007

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    I was very impressed with Fribourg and if I had to choose only one spot from all those I saw during my trip (Bern, Thun, Interlaken, Neuchatel, Solothurn, Murten, Murren) it would be Fribourg.
    Reserve at least 8 hours to explore the town. Fribourg is close to Bern (30 minutes by train, trains every 20 minutes).
    Tourist office is near the station (go out from the station and turn right). Take the map and start walking. Unlike Bern (which has a relatively compact and plain historical center) Fribourg old town is much larger with a lot of hills. There's bus no 4 whose route is almost match the walking route (including a stop at the train station) – when you're tired, you can jump on this bus or even make a full circle before you start walking) There is a tourist train covering the town – recommended. The tour is about one hour and starts at 14.00 and 15.00 (ask in Tourist office where it stops).

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    Taste une moitié-moitié

    by Tripack Updated Aug 24, 2005

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    DIY Fondue


    Fribourg is well known and appreciete for its cheese quality as the Gruyère, my favorite since I have teeth ;-), and the Vacherin, for example.

    Do not miss the occasion to taste these local delight by eating a Fondue moitié-moitié (half Gruyère-half Vacherin).

    Here you will find the secret Swiss recipe to make your own Fondue or just go to a traditional Swiss restaurant...

    You need a special pot called a "caquelon" to prepare a fondue. Once the fondue is ready, the caquelon is set up on the table on a small burner. Keep the fondue on a constant heat, but make sure it does not overheat. We use special forks with long handles to dip the bread in the molten cheese.

    Ingredients (for 4 cheese amateurs):

    * 1 clove of garlic
    * 800g of cheese mixture (400g Gruyere and 400g Emmantaler, for the classic “moitie-moitie” (half and half) fondue.) You may also vary the mixture of cheese depending on your taste.
    * Dry white wine, such as Fendant du Valais
    * Freshly ground pepper
    * Flour, maizena or potato starch
    * Bicarbonate of soda
    * Kirsch Liqueur
    * French bread cubes, about 1 inch in size with crust on at least 1 side.

    Preparation & Service

    1) Rub a clove of garlic against a fondue dish (you can leave the garlic in the fondue dish).
    2) Add 4 dl of dry white wine and let it warm at a low temperature. When the wine boils, put 800g of grated cheese and mix it continuously at a medium-high temperature until it reaches boiling point.
    3) Let this mixture cook for another minute or two and then add the binding agent (see below).
    4) Season with pepper and serve as soon as possible. Be sure that the cheese is kept warm at a low temperature while serving.

    To bind the fondue:

    1) Mix the following ingredients in a glass: 4 or 5 teaspoons of maizena, potato starch or flour.
    2) Add one teaspoon of Kirsch (1 teaspoon = 1 person) and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda.
    Once the cheese mixture is finally mixed and melted, pour it slowly into the fondue pot and serve.

    Bon appetit !

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    Studious City

    by Tripack Updated Aug 24, 2005

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    Misericorde Univeristy


    10'000 students study at the local University. As Fribourg counts 36'500 inhabitants, this place is really a student's city.

    Another cultural particularity is the bilinguism. The Sarine River marks the linguistic divide; French is mostly spoken on the west bank, and German on the other side (Freiburg in German).

    Fribourg university reflects this Swiss mix as 51% are from Swiss German part, 29% are from Swiss French part and 8% are from Swiss Italian part. You could even follow your Uni cursus in both languages (German/French).


    Founded in 1889, the University of Fribourg Switzerland is unique for its bilinguism (French-German), its international character and its friendly atmosphere. The University’s teaching and research are informed by a profound sense of ethical principles. The University collaborates with many other universities world-wide and participates in numerous international student exchange programs.

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    St Nicolas Cathedral

    by Tripack Updated Aug 23, 2005

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    Cathedral in the City


    This gothic cathedral has required 207 year of labor to be built from 1283 to 1490.

    The stained glass designed by the Polish Jozef Mehoffer at the beginning of the XXth century. This masterwork is the most comprehensive example of Art Nouveau in the religious stained glass in Europe.

    The classical and romantic organ (1824-1834) represents the achievement of a local organ maker by the name of Aloys Mooser. Franz Liszt and Anton Bruckner played this monumental instrument of international notoriety.

    The 76-meter-high Gothic tower takes the visitor up 368 divine steps accessible from April to October. It stands as the most original creation of the late Gothic era in Switzerland. Also a great view point on the town and the Prealps.

    Cathedral guided tour available.

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    The Historical Fountains of Fribourg

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    The Fountain of Bravery is located beside the St. Nicholas Cathedral choir. The bearded man in armour symbolizes bravery; with a lion-muzzle helmet on his head and a sword in one hand, he is ready for action. At his feet is an angry lion.

    The Samson Fountain was located at Place de Notre-Dame until 1958. The fluted shaft decorated with garlands has a composite capital decorated with acanthi and winged heads of cherbus on which is mounted the sculpture representing Samson controlling the lion. The Biblical hero is a Renaissance symbol of strength and courage.

    The Fountain of Strength has never been removed from the charming triangular square at one end of the street called Court-Chemin, where it was orginally placed. The statue is an allegory of the cardinal virtue of strength ("Fortitudo"). The charm of this statue (1549-1550) is found in its plastic qualities and expression.

    The Fountain of the Savage , located near the lower cable-car station, was the last fountain of the Renaissance period (1626-1627). The Savage wears ivy around his waist and holds a shield in his left hand and a club in the other. This impressive creation was inspired by the work of Hans Gieng but does not possess its rigour and mastery.

    The Fountain of St. John the Baptist is located on the Planche-Superieure, near the former St. John Commandery. The statue of the Baptist takes on the typical balanced pose of Renaissance art but is draped in a typically Gothic manner.

    The St. Anne Fountain is located at Place du Petit-St-Jean. Anne is the patron saint of the Fribourg guild of tanners, who lived in the abbey nearby.The sculpture, representing St. Anne, the Virgin, and the Christ Child, is typically Gothic in style.

    The Fountain of Loyalty , first mentioned in 1404, is located on Rue de la Palme. The twelve-sided limestone cockled basin dates from 1768 and its friezes show weapons, an angel playing a trumpet, and St. Beatus killing the dragon.

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    More curiosities of Fribourg (part II)

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Aug 10, 2004

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    - The Bourguillon Gate barred upper access to the Maigrauge loop and is the only part of the wall made of freestone and quarry stone. The tower was built in the middle of the fourteenth century and raised to a height 14 metres at the end of the sixteenth century. To the east is a trench where the remains of an earlier wall are found. The Powder Tower exploded in 1737 and was not rebuilt. Built in the middle of the fourteenth century and heightened in 1420, the square shell gate tower had been made of tufa and sandstone and given a hipped roof in the sixteenth century.
    Number 31 on the Fribourg Map (see the " General Tip " category)

    - The Maigrauge Gate barred lower access to the Maigrauge loop. It was built shortly after 1350, is 4-8 metres high, and, in 1445, was fortified with a small brattice.
    Number 32 on the Fribourg Map (see the " General Tip " category)

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    More curiosities of Fribourg

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    CHURCHES & CONVENTS :
    - The Franciscan monastery , built in 1256, has a medieval interior of very high standing. Don't miss the oldest choir stalls in Switzerland, the 1840 Carnation-Master Altar, and the Furno Altar (1509-13), one of the most precious altars in Switzerland.
    Number 5 on the Fribourg Map (see the " General Tip " category)

    - The former Augustinian Monastery is an important example of 13th century mendicant-order architecture and has splendid, more recent objects of art, including the 1896 Aloys Balmer stained-glass windows and the 1593 Peter Spring alterpiece, the most grandiose manneristic alterpiece in Switzerland.
    Number 9 on the Fribourg Map (see the " General Tip " category)

    - The Our Lady's Church is a Romanesque church, built at the end of the 12th century, has a framework covered in the Louis XVI style. You'll also find a splendid 18th century Neapolitan nativity scene. Chapelle Notre-Dame du Rosaire, debut du gothique.
    Number 4 on the Fribourg Map (see the " General Tip " category)

    - The Church of the Visitation Order is one of the most interesting radical-designed churches in Switzerland, built between 1653 and 1656. The interior is richly decorated. An Aloys Mooser organ with balustrades.
    Number 6 on the Fribourg Map (see the " General Tip " category)

    - Cistercian abbey (commonly known as La Maugraire) with church built in the 13th century.
    Number 13 on the Fribourg Map (see the " General Tip " category)

    - Capuchin Convent (commonly known as Montgorge) . In the 17th-century church, you'll find beautiful furniture and Aloys Mooser organs.
    Number 14 on the Fribourg Map (see the " General Tip " category)

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    Inside the Neuville Neighbourhood

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    Rue de la Neuville

    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.

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