Fribourg in brief

In Fribourg, the canton's capital and economic centre, you'll find a cultural treasure trove that goes back to the Middle Ages.

The city is known for its cultural plurality, university, many gourmet restaurants and bridges over the River Sarine that links the French-speaking and German-speaking part of Switzerland.

To fully appreciate the beauty of Fribourg, you have to see it from up high, from either the tower of Saint Nicholas's Cathedral, or the Gate of Bourguillon. The view of this major European architectural ensemble, a part of the Middle Ages that has survived modernity, is unforgettable. The city was founded in 1157 by Duke Berthold IV of Zaehringen. This city of art is also a city of studies, owing to its university. It is also known for the congresses which it hosts.
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