Top ChoiceCathedral in Fribourg

Cathédrale St Nicolas de Fribourg

Before entering this brooding 13th-century Gothic cathedral, contemplate the main portal with its 15th-century sculptured portrayal of the Last Judgment. On your right upon entering, inside the Chapelle du Saint...

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Le Port

No address better reflects Fribourg's creative spirit. Squirrelled away in a former gas warehouse on the banks of the Sarine, the Port bursts with energy. On summer days Fribourgeois hang out on its tree-shaded,...

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Espace Jean Tinguely – Niki de Saint Phalle

Jump on the button to watch the Retable de l’Abondance Occidentale et du Mercantilisme Totalitaire (1989–90) make its allegorical comment on Western opulence. This museum, created in memory of Fribourg’s modern...

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Musée Suisse de la Marionnette

In an age where technology is everything, it's refreshing to see that some unique, age-old crafts that have brought joy to children and adults alike throughout the ages are being kept alive and well at this...

Top ChoiceChocolate in Fribourg

Villars Chocolate

The adjacent burnt-red and caramel brick factory of this chocolatier, in business since 1901, churns out slabs of Alpine-rich Gruyère milk chocolate, and loved-by-kids têtes au choco (chocolate-covered...

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Café Culturel de l’Ancienne Gare

In the old train station’s 19th-century hall, this hip and easy hang-out also doubles as a nerve centre of sorts for arty happenings involving film, performance and fashion. The hybrid cafe and cultural centre...

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Le Mondial

This airy cafe-restaurant – a stylish mix of modern and vintage – gets packed at lunchtime and after work when students and suited business people tuck into its house specialities, warm tartines and moreish...

Area in Fribourg

Old Town

The 12th-century Old Town was laid out in simple fashion, with Grand-Rue as the main street and parallel Rue des Chanoines and Rue des Bouchers devoted to markets, church and civic buildings. The settlement later...

Museum in Fribourg

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire

Fribourg’s art and history museum, with an excellent collection of late Gothic sculpture and painting, is housed in the Renaissance Hôtel Ratzé. Gothic meets Goth in the underground chamber, where religious...

Historic Site in Fribourg

Tilleul de Morat

Legend has it that in 1476 a messenger sprinted from Murten to Fribourg to relay the joyous news that the Swiss had defeated Charles the Bold…only to drop dead with exhaustion on arrival. Onlookers, saddened by...

Museum in Fribourg

Musée Gutenberg

Embark on a voyage of the printed word in this printing and communication museum, housed in a 16th-century granary and with a multimedia show to bring the historical exhibition up to 21st-century speed. To create...

Cafe in Fribourg

La Cavatine

What's most striking about this lovely cafe is its location in Fribourg's most up-to-the-minute piece of architecture, aptly called Equilibre to reflect its dramatic and seemingly imbalanced form. Whether you...

Modern European in Fribourg

Auberge de la Cigogne

This highly revered establishment, in a beautiful riverside mansion from the 1770s, has some outstanding prix fixe menus, which feature stellar desserts such as crème brûlée aux framboises parfumé à lavande (with...

Brasserie in Fribourg

Brasserie Le Boulevard 39

In the style of a classic Parisian brasserie, Boulevard 39 is a smart affair with a heavy emphasis on beef – burgers with foie gras, steak tartare – with salads, sashimi and filets de perche thrown in for good...

Church in Fribourg

Basilique de Notre-Dame de Fribourg

The highlight of this church is an 18th-century Crèche Napolitaine featuring 75 figurines re-enacting the nativity, annunciation and scenes from daily life. Push your way through the heavy grey drapes and drop a...

Live Music in Fribourg


DJs spin various sounds inside this graffiti-covered warehouse, one of western Switzerland’s biggest stages for live concerts. Themed dance nights – deep bass, house, Swiss rock – are often free. Tickets for...

Bistro in Fribourg

Restaurant du Gothard

Tinguely’s old eating haunt is a kitsch mix of 19th-century furnishings, Niki de Saint Phalle drawings and nostalgia-tinged bric-a-brac. Pick from the day’s specials chalked on blackboards; fondues and horse...

Gallery in Fribourg

Fri Art

For an inspiring dose of contemporary art, head to this old red-brick seminary for some excellent temporary exhibitions. Late-night opening on Thursday includes free admission from 6pm and a bar serving drinks.

Bridge in Fribourg

Pont du Milieu

This bridge, built in 1720, was the main artery into the city of Fribourg. Utterly photogenic, the bridge itself, the scenery around it and the views from it will send shutterbugs into a trance.

Bridge in Fribourg

Pont de Berne

Built in 1250, this covered wooden bridge is one of the oldest in Switzerland and has been under constant renovation over the centuries.