Founded in 1157 by Duke Berthold IV of Zähringen, Fribourg is recognized as one of the largest ensembles of medieval architecture in Europe. Take your time discovering the old town, its Gothic facades, its steep cobbled streets and age old fountains.
Located between Lausanne and Bern, Fribourg is one of the most picturesque and well-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The city enchants visitors with its magnificent Gothic architecture: first and foremost St. Nicholas Cathedral, as well as entire streets – over 200 in total – of 15th century Gothic façades. There are 14 bridges and 12 historic fountains, which alone are worth a visit.
Fribourg's ramparts (fortifications) have been recently opened to the public and can be visited from early June until end of October. Five gates, six towers, seven sections of walls, a large defensive wall: the most significant heritage of medieval military architecture in Switzerland awaits. Grab your map at Fribourg Tourism and go for a walk on Fribourg's wall.
A glimpse of Fribourg's impressive medieval walls © Fribourg Tourism/ Pierre Cuony
Combine a city tour with a culinary tasting: based on the city's main discovery route, this lovely food tour will take you through the narrow streets of Fribourg, while offering you tasting breaks in places that are as much traditional as trendy. The tour not only invites you to a great gastronomic experience, but also gives you the opportunity to discover the gems of Fribourg and meet the people of the area.
The tour is proposed by Michel FR, artist and native of Fribourg © Fribourg Tourism
Espace Jean Tinguely – Niki de Saint Phalle is dedicated to Fribourg's most famous partners in art and married couple. It is a fascinating exhibition in the former tram depot in the town of Fribourg. Tinguely's meta-mechanical devices appear to be timeless and ready to go and the "Nanas", voluptuous female figures by Niki de Saint Phalle are also clearly non-conformist. Creativity, elaborately implemented!
Espace Jean Tinguely - Niki de Saint Phalle © Fribourg Tourism
A few steps away from the city of Fribourg is the wildly romantic Gottéron valley with moss-covered tufa rugged rock faces, bubbling springs and enchanting flora.
The magical hike in the Gorges du Gottéron. Watch out for the dragon! © Fribourg Tourism
Much more than an audioguide, “Frÿburg1606” is a unique immersive experience. Mixing audio, video and augmented reality, this unusual way of visiting will take you to the 17th-century Fribourg. You will discover fortifications that have disappeared, meet people in their daily lives and above all, you will explore one of the most beautiful medieval old towns in Europe, its history and its legends.
You can rent a tablet with headset for the entire day at CHF 12/ person or CHF 17/ two persons.
See Fribourg come alive with the ''Frÿburg 1606'' visioguide © Fribourg Tourism
Make the most of your stay and purchase the Fribourg City Card for 1 or 2 days. You will benefit of plenty of activities such as entrance in all museums, a little train ride or the Urban Golf. It is definitely the key to discover Fribourg!
Only CHF 20.- per adult and CHF 10.- per child!