Fribourg (French pronunciation: [fʁibuʁ]; Arpitan: Fribôrg or Friboua, pronounced [fʁibwa] ( listen)) or Freiburg (German, or Freiburg im Üechtland, Swiss German pronunciation: [ˈfrib̥ʊrɡ]; Italian: Friborgo or Friburgo; Romansh: Friburg) is the capital of the Swiss canton of Fribourg and the district La Sarine. It is located on both sides of the river Saane/Sarine, on the Swiss Plateau, and is a major economic, administrative and educational center on the cultural border between German and French Switzerland (Romandy). Its Old City, one of the best-maintained in Switzerland, sits on a small rocky hill above the valley of the Sarine.
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It is 11 o'clock. The station master announces the train pulling into the station, This is where a wonderful tale becomes reality thanks so the perseverance of its conceptor, Marc Antiglio. An imaginary network of miniature Railways will take you a journey through Switzerland as is it were real. Built on 3 levels, on a scale of 1:87, 2045 metres of track are layed.
Kaeserberg Museum of Trains is something you probably won't see elsewhere. It's a mini train model on a grand scale with towns, Mountains, tunnels, cars, and more. The trains are run by a special system resembling a real train network operation, there is "day" and "night" and various trains are moving across different "toy" scenery. Although the tour is only in German and French, there is more to see there than hear so it's still interesting even if you don't understand the guide.
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Cathedral of St. Nicholas - Catholic Cathedral in the city of Fribourg, dedicated to St. Nicholas of Myra. The Cathedral, located in the north-western part of the old town. The construction of the Cathedral began in 1283 and was completed in several stages by the year 1490. The Cathedral is famous for its stained-glass windows.
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The Friborg Funicular (Funiculaire de Friborg), is a funicular with ballast water, connecting the districts of Friborg Neuville and San Pierre. The funicular was opened in 1899.
Two cabs funicular drive in antiphase. Below the upper cabin located tank that is filled with waste water of the city. The weight of the waste pulls the upper cabin down while simultaneously lifting the other cabin up. After the cab arrives at the lower station, the tank is emptied.
118 years have passed, and this beautiful engineering structure works fine. It is worthwhile to think about the fact that over a hundred years ago they already thought about ecology here.
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It's a nice old bridge dating from the Middle Ages in good condition with a cobbled road on it over a lovely river. It is at the bottom of a deep gorge and just getting there and seeing theviews make it worthwhile. A must if yiou are in Freiburg.
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The Natural History Museum houses many magnificent scientific collections and presents permanent Exhibitions related to the earth sciences and biology.Rediscover the mysteries of life and science thanks to permanent Exhibitions and many temporary Exhibitions at the Natural History Museum. Unique pieces include a stuffed whale, a Siberian Tiger, a white shark, two Fribourg meteorites
A lesser-known distraction in Fribourg for kids, but a perfect place to get them out of the house/apartment during a rainy weekend (although it only opens from 14:00...uf!)
Its not the most world-class museum but it has its charm and is surprisingly comprehensive when you start walking around and seeing all whats on display.
Our favorite is the huge mummified whale (yes you read correctly, mummified!) which apparently was purchased by the museum from a French traveling showman who was exhibiting the whale. Interestingly the whale had to come through the 2nd floor windows which were widened to accommodate it to get it inside!
Every Easter they have baby chicks on display just out of their eggshells, so cute! The kids love them!
My personal favorite is the mammoth, its a lot bigger than you expect!
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We knew little of this town and our guide book was pretty poor too, so just wander around and down to the old town , down by the river . Its dramatic and well preserved with river cliffs framing the ancient buildings. The modern town in the west is Euro typical but enjoy the magic eastern views. Steep steps though.
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Just awesome! So much imagination and great fun for all ages. Tinguelly's mechanican sculptures are fascinating and a delight to watch. Each one is individual and one can spent hours watching them move. Niki de Saint Phalle's work is also fascinating as well as thought-provoking. Highly recommended. We loved it!
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I was looking for the Bern Bridge, made a wrong turn and found this lovely stone bridge. It was built in 1720 to replace a medieval wooden bridge. Its setting with cliffs and the old town in the background make it special. Under it, along the river bank, is a hiking trail. In cooler weather, I may have been tempted to walk here, but it was too warm for such meandering.
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The idea of the Gutenberg Museum is to bring together the history of letterpress printing and communication techniques of the future.The museum aims to help visitors understand the different aspects of letterpress printing and communication in an interesting way. It invites novices and specialists, school classes, young people and adults into the multicoloured world of the art of printing.
Stumbled upon this by accident - a surprisingly informative exhibition. I say 'surprisingly', because very little information was in English, but the exhibits were set up so well that we still found everything interesting and informative. We had two small kids - ages 3 and 1 - but even our 3yr old enjoyed looking at all the old machines and presses, and we were able to leave our baby buggy on the ground floor while visiting the upper floors. There is an elevator if needed as well.
At a leisurly pace, I think you could go through the whole exibit in an hour or so, maybe longer if you stopped to watch the movie being shown on the top floor, which looked interesting but wasn't in English, unfortunately.
Overall, definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
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Either in summer or winter, Schwarzie is a great place to visit with the family and have an fantastic time doing outdoor activities!
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