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.