Taste Guide

Fribourg

It may be a plain town by Swiss standards, but Fribourg is modest for a reason: it’s preference for simplicity is what makes it attractive. Thirty minutes south of Switzerland’s capital city of Bern, it has a modest population of 40,000 and a reputation as a place for people to take a break from the hurried pace of modern life. Ease your way into the tranquil setting; allow your lungs to inhale fresh air while your taste buds enjoy a jolt. With its medieval architecture and bordering farmlands, Fribourg seamlessly blends the best aspects of urban and rural life. And the same can be said of its typical dishes. Take for example a piece of aged Gruyère or a traditional peasant dish of smoked ham (jambon de la borne).

 

Museums, artisan food and pastoral retreats are easily within reach. Stroll through charming medieval streets, stop into a twelfth-century pub to dance and drink a craft beer, light a candle in a thirteenth-century monastery or buy some convent-made redcurrant jam. In the nearby countryside, let the magic of the many old and new legends enthral you: fairies and chocolate entrepreneurs, sprites and cow shepherds.

 

In Fribourg, you’ll taste the best authentic Swiss milk chocolate bar or a creamy fondue composed of Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeois cheeses. Also, three markets take place every week in town, two on Wednesdays and the main one on Saturday mornings between 6:30am and noon.

Fribourg was founded in 1157 on a peninsula of the Sarine river by the Duke of Zähringen. Because of its location, many bridges have been built over the centuries, and just as bridges embody much of the Fribourg landscape, the...

For centuries, Fribourg has remained a Catholic stronghold in Switzerland, having resisted the Reformation, while also fighting with Catholic armies in several Swiss religious wars. The history of the Catholic faith in ...

Cows have a very special place in the pantheon of Swiss animals, and these peaceful creatures are a fixture of the country’s landscape. Not only are cows icons of Swiss culture, they also play a pivotal economic role...

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