Fribourg / Region - To see and visit

To see and visit

The Maigrauge Monastery

Cistercian abbey with church built in the 13th Century.

The abbey, built in 1255, was the first monastery for women in Fribourg. The Cistercians Nuns are established in the monastery for more than 750 years.

The church is open to the public.

Ch. de l'Abbaye 2
1700 Fribourg

T : 026 309 21 10


Church and Convent Montorge

The Capuchin Nuns came from Lucerne in 1621 to Fribourg, where they heritated a fortune for their establishment in the convent. The church of Joseph is a simple rectangular structure with ridgeturret. High quality appointments from the foundation period: the tree Mannerist retables, early works of Hans-Franz Reyff (1635). Organ by Aloys Mooser (1810)

The church is open to the public

Ch. de Lorette 10
1700 Fribourg
T : 026 322 35 36


The former augustinian Monastery

The former Augustinian Monastery is an important example of 13th century mendicant-order architecture and has splendid, more recent objects of art.

Rue de la Lenda 1

1700 Fribourg
T : 026 323 24 01


Basilica Notre-Dame

This 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. The Notre-Dame du Rosaire Chapel, early Gothic.


Place Notre-Dame 1
1700 Fribourg
T : 026 323 20 31



The Franciscan church and Monastery

The Franciscan church, built in 1256, has a medieval interior of very high standing. Do not 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. Retable St. Antoine de Padoue, Hans Fries, 1506.


Rue de Morat 6
1700 Fribourg
T : 026 347 11 60


Abbaye d'Hauterive

Cistercian Abbey built in 1138 close to Fribourg (7km).

Built on a meander of the Sarine (river), it occupies a typically enchantress Cistercian site, where nature realises a happy harmony between water, vegetation and stone.


Ch. de l'Abbaye 19
1725 Posieux
T : 026 409 71 00



"Basse-ville" of Fribourg

The "Basse-Ville" is the name given to the historic old town of Fribourg, with its many churches, convents, bridges and fountains. It is also the birth place of "Bolze", a popular culture and language. The Sarine river, dotted with bridges made of wood and stone, winds its way through the valley of the Basse Ville and its three districts of Bourg, Auge and la Neuveville.


The bridges

The establishment of the city in the meanders of the Sarine required the construction of several bridges, especially after the integration of the right bank of the Sarine in 1253. It was exceptional for the Middle Ages to build so many bridges in a city due to the expensive and demanding technique.


The Bern Bridge

The original Bern bridge was built a century after the city's foundation. The 40-meter long bridge has ever since been constantly renovated yet stands as Fribourg's last bridge made of wood. Nowadays its baroque style is obvious; however it steps right out of the Late Gothic Era. Its 17th-century central pillar is made of stone while the southern tuff arch, of the same period, is now filled with dirt.

The central bridge

Built in 1720, this one replaced a covered wooden bridge from 1275. This 4-arch - 70m-long bridge used to be a covered bridge made of wood (1275). Let your eyes caress the old part of town and the impressive Bourguillon cliffs.


The St. John bridge

Originally, this bridge was a covered, wooden structure with 3 tuff-stone arches. The year 1746 saw the birth of the bridge you can walk on today.


The Zaehringen bridge

First was the Frenchman Joseph Chaley's suspended bridge (1834) yet today's 165-meter long bridge was stretched out into the open in 1924.


The Gottéron bridge

Built between 1956 and 1960 to replace the old suspended bridge that was 150 meters long.


The Poya bridge

Discover the biggest bridge in Switzerland "The Poya" during your visit in the city of Fribourg! The winning design is a cable-stayed bridge which, although resolutely contemporary in style, is entirely in keeping with the many historic suspension bridges dotted throughout the city. Measuring 196 metres, the Poya bridge will have the largest central span of any bridge in Switzerland.

Service des ponts et chaussées (SPC)
Rue des Chanoines 17
1701 Fribourg
T: +41 (0)26 305 36 44
F: +41 (0)26 305 36 51


The University

Built in 1889, the University of Fribourg has more than 215 professors and around 10'000 students from more than 100 countries.

Five faculties :

  • the faculty of Law
  • the Economic and Social Sciences
  • the faculty of Arts
  • the faculty of Sciences
  • the faculty of Theology


University of Miséricorde

The most significant construction in Switzerland in teh late 1930's, a successful synthesis of August Perret's Classicism and Le Corbusier's "New Architecture".
At the founding of the Catholic International University in 1889, it was housed entirely in the socalled Lycée, an annex of the Jesuit College. The Natural Science Faculty was moved in 1896 to a former wagon factory in the Pérolles quarter. The Humanities Faclties occupy the new campus, built in 1939-41 on the site of the former cemetery Miséricorde. The plans were conceived by the Paris-based Swiss architect Denis Honegger in collaboration with the local Fernand Dumas, who was experienced in building with concrete. In 1978 a controversial expansion in the same style was carried out under the supervision of Honegger on the basis of an old design. The addition created a closed, square complex. A decline in quality to the newer strucutres is however apparent.

Université de Fribourg
Avenue de l'Europe 20
1700 Fribourg
Tel. +41 (0)26 300 71 11


Art en plein air

41 pieces of contemporary art open air

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