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Fribourg, frontier city, bilingual city
If there was one adjective to describe the city of Fribourg, it would undoubtedly be “mixed”. Sitting on both sides of the Sarine River that runs through it, Fribourg, capital of the canton of the same name, is imbued with both the Latin and Germanic cultures. The city is on the border of the French- and German-speaking linguistic regions, and officially has the status of a bilingual city: schooling is available in both languages, as well as university studies.
In 2007, Fribourg celebrated its 850th anniversary. It was Duke Berthold IV of Zaehringen who founded the city in 1157, to boost the power of his family. The “free city” (Freiburg in German), was the first city from French-speaking Switzerland to join the young Helvetic Confederation in 1481. Today, the people of Fribourg are seen as the Solomons of Switzerland, for their loyalty and the prudence they have shown throughout the history of the city. This ancient city always sought improvement, which makes Fribourg a city whose eyes are always set on the future, and its mind open to the international scene.
The stone-paved streets, bridges, the old town and St. Nicholas Cathedral give a particularly old charm and full of history to Fribourg. The heart of the city is acclaimed for the most extensive medieval architectural heritage in Europe. The district of Bourg overlooks the lower town from atop high cliffs, around which the river flows serenely. The old district of Neuville, in the lower part of the city, is directly connected to and accessible from the modern city and its centre, animated by a funicular railway more than a century old. This cogwheel train, which works thanks to the city’s waste water, literally connects the old city to contemporary Fribourg, the past to the future.
The city is home to some 40,000 inhabitants, two-thirds of whom speak French and one-third German. Recently established, our real estate agency in Fribourg us part of the Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty brand, offering clients an expertise, a knowledge of the region and an exceptional network. At the Fribourg agency, with its five expert brokers from the region who know the territory like the backs of their hands, a transaction is concluded every two days. This is the result of an excellent strategy and offering customer-oriented services. We offer a free estimate of your property, professional photos, 360° virtual tours and home staging. In a large and wide range of prices, from luxurious villas, apartments, family houses to new properties, our selection is set against the backdrop of the foothills of the Alps and the Swiss Lake District.
City of Jean-Tinguely
Of the many artworks on the streets of Fribourg, the fountain on the Grands-Places dedicated to the racing car driver Jo Siffert and realized by Jean Tinguely in 1984 is a veritable symbol, recalling as it does that these two illustrious people were born in the city. The artist Jean Tinguely even has a museum dedicated to his name, the Espace Jean Tinguely - Niki de Saint Phalle, which presents the works of the two artists and sculptors. The Tourist Office of Fribourg also offers a guided walk in the footsteps of the local artist, suggesting his importance to the city. He made use of recycled materials to give them a new lease of life, revolutionising the art of twentieth-century sculpture.
Another famous name from Fribourg, more artisan than art, is that local favourite, Cardinal beer. Originally located in the old town when it was established in 1788, the brewery then moved to a location near the station, to provide direct access to the tracks. Although it no longer in operation, it has become the Cardinal Beer Museum run by the Fondation Blancpain, which seeks to preserve the savoir-faire and the art of beer brewing.
The Bénichon tradition
There is of course the traditional half-half fondue, without which no trip to Fribourg would be complete, since Gruyère cheese is native to the region. But there is another tradition, just as rich in culinary terms, which marks the arrival of autumn: the Bénichon. This is a feast of blessing to give thanks to God for the year’s harvests, and takes place either in September or in October according to the locality. The constant is the gargantuan scale of the meal: local cuchaule bread, mustard, red carrot salad, local smoked ham, sausage, lamb stew, botzi pears, cuquettes (biscuits made with puff pastry) and the famous cream of Gruyère, to name only a few delicacies. We might imagine that every single harvested product makes a showing, so opulent is the feast. And if it’s not going too far, why not finish it off sampling the delicious Villars chocolate, so typical of Fribourg?
Carnival of Bolzes
When winter comes, the people of Fribourg take to the streets of the city on the first Saturday of December, to honour the patron saint of the city, Saint Nicolas, the very same one that children love to meet to receive chocolates and gifts. In a great gathering, the inhabitants of Friborg come to listen to the fifes and drums of the students of Collège Saint-Michel.
After spending the winter in Fribourg’s cosy cafes, such as the Arcades or the Belvédère, all Fribourg comes to bury the cold and harsh season at the Carnival of Bolzes, held at the beginning of spring. This festivity is an integral part of Lower Freiburg. During this carnival, a wooden statue called the rababou is judged, condemned and burned in the public square in order to take with it all the troubles of the city until the following year.
To the west, Nova Friburgo
If in the course of a trip to Brazil or simply upon unfolding a map of the Rio de Janeiro region, the name Nova Friburgo (literally New Fribourg) appears, it is no coincidence. In 1819, peasants from the city of Fribourg left by boat from Estavayer-le-Lac and Basel to reach the Rio region via Holland, and set up a colony there to escape the harsh famine that was raging in Western Europe. With the similarity in their climates, the place was well chosen by the newcomers. At the time some 800 Fribourg natives settled and prospered in the region.
More than a century earlier, the Canton of the Fribourg Swiss was founded in 1665 in a region of Quebec in Canada, today called simply the Canton of the Swiss. These two migrations are clear examples of Fribourg’s links to the far ends of the world.