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5 Fun Things To Do In Fribourg

Halfway between Geneva and Zurich lies Fribourg, a cute Swiss city worth visiting. Although the town is relatively small, some places will surely delight you.

This university town attracts students from all over the world. It has impressive Gothic architecture and is one of the largest medieval cities in Switzerland. Fribourg is surrounded by the Sarine River, whose beauty is complemented by stunning architecture.

This wonderful town is located near the Gruyere region, so you can use it as a base to visit other small towns. Plan to set aside a few days for this region if you want to see the most exciting things. These are a few of the most popular.

Explore the Medieval Bridges

The Sarine River adorns the city, so it is not surprising that there are many beautiful medieval bridges. One that stands out is St. John's Bridge, which dates back to 1259. It was built so that workers could more easily get to the old town. From this place, you will enjoy a fantastic view and take memorable photos of Fribourg. 

Another bridge worth seeing is Pont de Berne's covered bridge, which gives it a unique beauty. So, a must-do when you're in Fribourg is a walk across these beautiful bridges, each of which tells a remarkable story.

Enjoy Shopping and Food

The positive side of small towns is that you don't have to run from one end to the other, but you can relax and enjoy shopping, sightseeing, and good food. If you are a fan of large shopping centers and famous brands, Fribourg has them. However, you will feel the city's unique charm if you visit small shops with souvenirs and local chocolate shops. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, enjoy the local markets, where you will find fresh local food and artisanal products that are ideal as a gift or travel souvenir. 

Discover The Medieval Fountains

As you explore the city, you will come across 11 beautiful medieval fountains, so we recommend enjoying each one. Some examples date back to the 15th century and serve to provide the city's residents with clean, potable water. Each fountain is made in a different architectural style and bears unique names: Strength, Courage, Loyalty. Interestingly, Fribourg built several fountains in the 16th century to compete with its rival, Bern.

Visit Nearby Gruyeres

If you are staying in the city for the weekend, a day trip to Gruyeres is the right choice. This town produces the very popular Gruyere cheese, which you must try. So, book a visit to the museum La Maison du Gruyere as well. A popular tourist attraction in Gruyere is also a castle that will delight you.

Climb the Tower at the St. Nicholas Cathedral

If you visit St. Nicholas Cathedral, enjoy its beautiful interior and stained-glass windows, but be sure not to miss climbing the cathedral tower. You must climb 365 steps to get a breathtaking view of the entire city. Although you will need a break to rest, the view that will greet you at the top will be worth the climb. The top of the Tower is a great place to take amazing photos of Freiburg and its surroundings, the river, nature, and picturesque Swiss landscapes.

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