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Fribourg City

Fribourg City ViewFribourg (Freiburg), like its near neighbor Bern, is settled on promontory thrust of rock, carved by a river, the Saane in this case, crossed by bridges from old to new, with dramatic high arches and low covered wooden crossings. Set on the dividing line between French spaeking and german speaking Switzerland, the city uses two languages. Fribourg has one of the largest medieval town sections in Switzerland. Ramparts of the former protective wall still remains with remnants of turrets, walls, and bastions. Over 200 Gothic era facades shape the old town, surrounding the ancient monastery where the town began. The tallest tower in the city is the spire of the Cathedral of St Nicholas which marks the entrance to the streets winding down to the older section where the covered Berne bridge crosses the water on the old road. City busses still manage to cross with a tight fit. On the other side are city wall battlements. It is possible to climb the cathedral tower for views of the winding streets below and distant Alps.

Fribourg is an active university town, flush with many students from around the world, creating a minor cosmopolitan, metropolis. Narrow alleyways are jammed with rows of little quint boutiques, antique shops, student cafés and restaurants. Ride the Fribourg Funicular, a line from the upper new city to the lower Basse-Ville along the river. The line first opened in 1899 to spare the climb up the escarpement.

Bern Bridge FribourgA number of interesting museums and exhibitions provide lots to explore. For art-lovers, the "Espace Jean Tinguely et Niki de Saint Phalle" is housed in a former tram depot next to the Norte Dame Church. More works by the two artists can be found on the Sculpture Trail through the town centre. Modern art is on display in the Fri-Art Gallery. Directly behind the Tinguely, literature and printing hostory affficiandos will find the Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to the development of the printed word with presses through time and ancient printed books. Kids will love the Swiss Puppet Museum, a small exhibition and marionette themed cafe in the lower town, or for more formal interest, Natural History Museum. Definately stop in at Hauterive Abbey, a Cistercian abbey monastery enclave founded in 1137.

Fribourg Funicular City bus line 4 runs from the rail station to the old town square. Auge in one direction (to the historic Auge District) and Gare in the other. To walk takes 15-20 minutes with up and down hill slopes. Also in the Fribourg region not far out of town is the ancient village of Gruyeres with its famous Cheese Factory, medieval castle of the Dukes of Savoy, the Giger Museum and other-world cafe of visionary artist HR Giger, and the Cailier-Nestle Chocolate factory in Broc. To reach Gruyeres from Fribourg is easiest by bus. Note* The „Chocolate Train“ does not connect to Fribourg but from the Lake Geneva side in Montreux. In the other direction, the little town of Murten on south-east bank of Lake Murten has a complete town wall, old medieval village section and a lovely promenade along the lake, with a variety of water sports activities.

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