Fribourg

Fribourg a hidden gem

The picturesque town of Fribourg along the river Sarine

The picturesque town of Fribourg along the river Sarine

The quaint small Medieval town of Fribourg might not be a hectic touristic destination but it is full of surprises. My brief stay in this laid back charming town was a memorable one. Nestled along the Sarine /Saane river, Fribourg steeped in history was founded in the 12th century by the Zähringen, a German noble family. The old city is well preserved, walk around its cobbled streets and travel back in time while exploring its many wonderful historic architecture. Bourg, Auge and Neuville are the three quarters that make up the town of Fribourg. Beautiful convents and monasteries grace the city with the Cathedral of Saint Nicolas towering over the Medieval urban landscape. Gothic and Renaissance fountains are another of the city’s aesthetic attractions with the exquisite 16th century fountain of Saint George placed in front of the Hôtel de Ville, the Bravery fountain next to the 13th century Gothic Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, fountain of Saint John Baptist on the Planche-Supérieure near the former St. John Commandery. At the Quartier de l’Auge more lovely fountains can be seen, Saint Anne Fountain at the Place du Petit-St-Jean. Saint Anne is the patron saint of Fribourg guild of tanners, not far is the Renaissance style fountain depicting the figure of Christ and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Another piece of art work is the 1984 fountain of Jean Tinguely, the Swiss born artist who created a fountain in the memory of his friend who was killed at Brands Hatch. The bridges are certainly another of the town’s attraction such as the Pont de Berne the unique covered wooden bridge, the Pont de Saint Jean and Pont du millieu where from both bridges you can get some lovely views of the town.

The picturesque medieval town of Fribourg, with its wooden bridge Pont de Berne, Saint Georges fountain and the famous rue des épouses

The picturesque medieval town of Fribourg, with its wooden bridge Pont de Berne, Saint Georges fountain and the famous rue des épouses

Watch for some sculptured hanging lamps, they are simply beautiful …

Hanging lamps in the Bourg quarter of Fribourg

Hanging lamps in the Bourg quarter of Fribourg

My favourite quarter goes to Auge. Quiet and romantically situated along the banks of the river Sarine/Saane close to some beautiful walks around the surrounding hills and forest.

The Pont du Millieu and the Quartier de l'Auge with the Samaritan fountain

The Pont du Millieu and the Quartier de l’Auge with the Samaritan fountain

Time to unwind and discover some of the town most exquisite dishes. Fribourg is known to have one of the best gastronomic restaurants and with some highest rating on the top listing of Gault Millau restaurant guide. At the Auberge de la Cigone housed in a 15th century building, with 13 points on the Gault Millau listing, the Alsatian born Christophe Taille will certainly surprise you with his creative dishes …

A delicious dinner at the Auberge de la cigogne.

A delicious dinner at the Auberge de la cigogne.

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