Fribourg, nestled on a rock promontory, is surrounded on three sides by the Sarine river. It is one of the largest medieval towns in Switzerland. Over 200 unique Gothic facades from the 15th century impart an incomparable medieval charm to the Old Town.
Town walls that are over two kilometers long were used to protect the city in the past. Remnants of the walls, turrets, and bastions are still preserved. Most impressive, however, is the St. Nicholas Cathedral, with its extraordinarily beautiful stained-glass windows. Construction started in 1283 and continued in several stages. It is dedicated to St. Nicholas and boasts a 74-meter-high tower that offers a fantastic panoramic view.
Another good viewpoint is the Italian-style early Baroque Loreto Chapel. From the Neuveville district (in the Old Town), a funicular railway takes you up to the pedestrianized area of the town center. Fribourg is a lively university town, with many students from all over the world, making this a cosmopolitan, multi-faceted mini-metropolis. In the narrow alleyways are tightly packed rows of little boutiques, antique shops, student cafés, and restaurants, offering local and foreign specialties. https://www.myswitzerland.com/en/destinations/fribourg-freiburg/