FRIBOURG REGION

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The fortifications are open to the public from May to November!

The fortifications of the city of Fribourg were built in the Middle Ages, between the 13th and the 15th centuries. The topography of the city was an asset for the creation of Fribourg. Its steep cliffs in molasse and the meanders of the river Sarine constituted a natural barrier against the enemy and the invasions. It is therefore on the west side of the city that the fortifications were built and thus formed a protective enclosure of the city. Over time, Fribourg experienced changes in its urban planning and thus disappeared some fortifications.
Today, this group of defense constructions forms the most important ensemble of medieval military architecture in Switzerland.

Take the opportunity to discover this medieval heritage. Open daily from 9am to 7pm, the fortifications are accessible during the summer season (from June, 1 et November 1) for an individual visit or for a guided tour.
The fortifications of the city of Fribourg are made of gates and towers connected in part by sections of walls (original enclosure).

The city counts: six towers, five gates, seven sections of walls and one Great Bulwark.

The tour

The tour

The tour lasts about 3 hours for the entire route. Warning: The entire course require a real effort. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A good pair of shoes and a free hand to hold on to at all times are strongly recommended. Several stairs have been installed to access (cautionary notice to the use of stairs and slopes).

West section

West section

The tour includes the Henri Tower (2), the Aigroz Tower (4), the Curtils novels Tower Belluard (6), the Belluard Wall (7), the Razors Tower (9), the Murten Gate Tower (10) and the East enclosure (11) . Information: the Belluard is not accessible before 6th Septembre due to the organisation of various events such as Belluard-Bollwerk and the Open Air Cinema.

East section

East section

The tour includes the Bern Gate Tower, the Cats Tower, the Blacksmiths Brattice, the Red Tower, Gottéron Gate and Wall, St-Beatus Chapel, the Dürrenbühl Tower, the Bourguillon Gate Tower, the Bourguillon Wall and Upper Tower, the Maigrauge Gate and Wall, the Neuveville Southern enclosure, the Pertuis Gate and the Grabou enclosure.

A leaflet with map and access is available by Fribourg Tourism.

This tour offers a historical walk in the city of Fribourg. Meanwhile you will discover the remarkable topography as well as the beautiful landscapes of the city.

Opening hours:
The fortifications are closed in winter. The tour reopens every year to his public on 1st May.

Needed time:
The tour lasts approximately 3 hours. Many stairs have been installed to access the towers and walls (caution is needed).

Important information

Due to works, the part between the Bern Gate Tower and the Cats Tower (12-14) will be accessible from 1st July. The Belluard will be open to public from 6 September.