Best Things To Do In Fribourg, Switzerland

things to do in fribourg switzerland

Visiting Switzerland for the first time and need tips? For a start, why don’t you visit Cathedrale St Nicholas, a sacred place of worship. Or try Funiculaire Fribourg, the tramsway for transportation. Alternatively, you can also see Bern Bridge, a lovely old town bridge and visit Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Fribourg, the Natural Historical Museum. Another tip is to stay at L'Hotel de Ville for an unforgettable experience or travel to Fribourg, Switzerland for your honeymoon - a memorable holiday that you won’t forget. Check out our list below!

1. Visit Cathedrale St Nicholas - a sacred place of worship

Saint nicholas cathedral in fribourg
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Cathedrale St Nicholas is a sacred place of worship for the Roman Catholics. A Cathedral is bigger and more established compared to a church. Named after St Nicholas, the Catholics in Fribourg love this Gothic-style architecture church. It was completed way back in the year 1430 and took almost 150 years to complete the construction. Apparently it is very intricate inside, as common in all Catholic churches, with figurines of Mother Mary and her son Jesus. There are also variously designed stained glass windows, that you can view and admire. The stained glass windows are brightly lit up when sunlight falls on the glass, giving a myriad of colors through the religious pictures depicted on them. You’ll see pictures of Saints, flowers and such. The stained glass windows were created by the Polish painter Jozef Mehoffer, who was born in 1896 and lived up to a relatively young age of 40.

Cathedrale St Nicholas

Address: Rue du Pont-Suspendu, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

Price: Free

Duration: around 1 hour required

Contact: +41 263471040

2. Try Furnicular Fribourg, the tramsway for transportation

Funiculaire Fribourg 119
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You can try Furnicular Fribourg, the tramsway in Switzerland. The funicular was started in 1899 due to the initiative of Paul-Alcide Blancpain, and its construction was begun. Created to connect the upper altitude city of Neuveville, which is a working class area characterized by commercial and industrial buildings, the funicular takes a much socio-cultural and historical importance. Furnicular Fribourg is two, two-axle cars, each weighing about 8 tonnes. From January to April 2014, the funicular was disconnected from operating. This major revision cost a whopping 400,000 Swiss francs, which was exorbitant at that time. There are about 70 daily return trips and the funicular is open from 7 am to 7 pm from September to May. It is opend from 7 am to 8 pm from June to August and from 9:30 am to 7 pm on Sundays. When you ride on the tramsway, you will enjoy the local sceneries, architectural buildings, cultures and different panoramas. Don’t miss this ride when you are in Fribourg to experience the local culture and see the cities first hand. It is worth a try, even for couples or big families.

Furnicular Fribourg

Address: Rue de la Sarine 6, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

Opening Hours: 9:30am – 8pm. Closed on Wednesdays

Duration: around 1 hours required

Contact: +41 263471016

Near by Food: Restaurant du Funiculaire

3. See a Bern Bridge, lovely old town bridges

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While in Fribourg, Switzerland, you can also see a Bern Bridge. By the way, Bern is the capital of the Canton of Bern, the second most populated area of Switzerland. For the record, there is a list of 18 bridges spanning the River Aare in Bern, Switzerland. The construction of the high level bridges started in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Some of the bridges include Neubrügg, which means “new bridge,” which was built in 1466 to replace a ferry. Others include Nydeggbrücke, the first high level bridge, which is sheathed in sandstone. Its main arch is the widest in Europe. Then there is also Dalmazibrücke, which is a riverbank-level bridge in the Marzili neighborhood. As there are so many bridges in Bern, you can choose one that is shorter to walk across or even take a cab to ride across it for a scenic view of the River Aare. Apparently it is a long river, as there are 18 bridges built to connect to the other side of the river bank. This helps in the economic elevation of Fribourg and makes the transportation more efficient, compared to taking ferries or boats just to get across to the other side. The bridges also serve as tourist attractions, with their historical structures and architectural frames. Some are wooden, while others are made of stone and more. Don’t forget to go for a cab ride across a Bern Bridge whenever you are in Fribourg.

Neubrugg (New Bridge)

Address: Bern, Fribourg

Price: Free

Opening Hours: Anytime

4. Visit Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Fribourg, the Natural Historical Museum

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The Natural Historical Museum is composed of every area of natural science. What can be seen in this museum is local wildlife and animal species from around the world. This even includes a stuffed whale. Apparently the museum is very large to house even a stuffed whale, the largest mammal species of its kind. Other animal species include owl, plus a host of other specimens. It is worth visiting, as stuffing animals involves careful planning and delicate work.

Natural Historical Museum Fribourg

Address: Chemin du Musée, 61700, Fribourg

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 2am - 6pm. Closed on Sundays

Duration: around 3 hours required

Contact: +41 0263058900

Website: Natural Historical Museum Fribourg

5. L'Hotel de Ville (from USD 143)

L'Hotel de Ville is a majestic hotel in Fribourg. From the outside, it has stunning architecture and looks like a palace. The inside is cosy with complete furnishings. If you can afford it, try booking this place for an unforgettable stay in Fribourg, Switzerland. Amenities include restaurants, which are a must in any luxury hotel. There are various room sizes to cater to couples, families and a big entourage of tourists. Of course, the prices will differ according to the size, furnishings, facilities, room views, etc.

Hotel de Ville

Address: Rue du Bourg 29
Price: from 143 USD

Currency exchange Lift Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Sun terrace Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Kid meals Heating Cashless payment available

A memorable trip to Fribourg

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Switzerland is a place with many attractions for tourists. There are natural historical museums with free entrance, to the 18 Bern bridges across the Aare River for a splendid view of nature and water. There are definitely attractions to cater for everyone, from the young to the old, across all generations.

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