Via Jacobi: Fribourg–Romont
This stage begins in Fribourg and ends in Romont, two towns steeped in history and tradition, and tells stories associated with Santiago of Compostela.
The city of the Zähringen and its exceptional historic heritage is worth the trip. This stage on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela includes the Saint Apollina Bridge, the old stone bridge over the Sarine recorded as far back as 1243 and its chapel (1147, also the date of the foundation of Hauterive Abbey). As it leaves Monterban, the path runs along an impressive row of ancient oaks, vestiges of the “old High Road between Fribourg and Bulle”. After you cross the wooden footbridge, the route takes you to Posieux, and then to Ecuvillens and its aerodrome. Don’t miss the chapel of Notre-Dame in Posat, built in 1680, halfway along the route. A path carved into the molasse leads to a footbridge over the Glâne. Pilgrims will not want to miss the altarpiece in the chapel of St-Jacques in Chavannes-sous-Orsonnens. As you arrive in Romont, you will pass La Fille-Dieu Abbey, a Cistercian monastery founded in 1268, whose church was entirely renovated in 1996. Next, you will reach the historic centre of Romont, where glass has pride of place in the collegiate and other churches, the streets and, of course, the Swiss Museum of Stained Glass and Glass Art!
Tip: take a stroll through Fribourg with a visit to the Old Town and St. Nicholas Cathedral. The Swiss Museum of Stained Glass and Glass Art in Romont is the highlight of a visit in the region.
Accessible by public transport: yes
Accessible by car: yes
Difference in height: + 600 m / - 460 m