Top things to do in Fribourg

Top Choice Cathedral 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 Sép…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Fribourg

Le Port

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

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 arti…
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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 fabulous…
Top Choice Chocolate 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 marshmallow h…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Fribourg

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 serve…
Top Choice Cafe in Fribourg

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 ballons …
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 sp…
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 statues …
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 this…