Fribourg tourist information & hotel reservations.
We warmly welcome you to visit Fribourg and wish you a wonderful vacation.
Fribourg is located 35 kilometers south-west of Bern and 53 kilometers north-east of Vevey. It is neatly situated among lakes and mountains and was founded in 1157. It now has a popular university and its population is about 40 000 people. Fribourg used to be an important Catholic city and its dyers, weavers and tanners were well known in the country. It became part of the Swiss Confederation in 1481 and is now the capital of a canton with the same name. Fribourg is a beautiful rural canton and it quite popular with its cows from the Holstein breed. The town is full of medieval houses and a day spend on its streets is worth it.
The most popular place in Fribourg is St. Nicholas's Cathedral, on Notre-Dame, which has a magnificent bell tower in Gothic style, visible from far away. The most remarkable thing in it is the tympanum of the main door, which is surmounted by a rose window. The nave of the cathedral is from the 13th and 14th century, but the choir underwent a reconstruction in the 17th. From the 15th century is La Chapelle Saint-Sépulcre with its beautiful stained glass and a famous organ.
The Town Hall (Rathaus in German; Hôtel de Ville in French) is also an attractive edifice from the 16th century. You can find it on route des Alpes and see its octagonal clock tower, on top of which mechanical figures strike every hour. The building is the home of the Parliament of Fribourg. Outside women in traditional farmer dresses sell different goods every Wednesday and Saturday.
If you travel by train you can go to Fribourg by taking the main train line which connects Zurich and Bern with Lausanne and Geneva. The trip from Lausanne takes about 45 minutes and from Bern – only 25.
For flights, trains and car-rental reservations as well as for buses, coaches and taxi ski transfers refer to the general Switzerland Transportation page!