The canton of Fribourg is like the world turned upside down: from the invigorating climate of the southern mountains to the mildness of the northern lakes. Two languages and three very different regions intermingle in this territory.
The village of the chocolate lovers, at the southern end of Lake of Gruyère. Visit of the Cailler House (chocolate factory), every day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Nov-Mar 4 p.m.).
This town of good taste and local products, full of energy, is the administrative centre of the Gruyères district. Standing at the foot of the Fribourg Prealps, the town is fast developing while preserving its traditions.
Near the southern end of Lake of Gruyère, in a mountainous setting, a small winter sports and summer hikes destination on the slopes of Fribourg Prealps.
Châtel-St-Denis is situated just above Vevey, on the road to Bulle and Fribourg. Nearby you'll find Les Paccots, where a huge network of hiking trails and educational walks help the visitor discover the marvellous flora and fauna of the area.
A medieval town above the southern shore of Lake of Neuchâtel. A must-see for every old castles lover, but also for any aficionado of water sports. And you definitely have to pay a visit to the strange Frog Museum!
Capital of the eponymous canton, Fribourg is a bilingual city, as it is located just at the border between French-speaking and Alemannic-speaking areas of Switzerland. Perched on the banks of the Sarine River, its medieval old town is quite picturesque and you won't be disappointed by the visit!
You will be enchanted by the charm and the picturesque architecture of this medieval town built on a hill at the foot of the Prealps, unaffected by the passage of time and built in a superb setting. Gruyères has given its name to the whole region and to its delicious cheese, famous all over the world.
Jaun is situated high in Gruyère (canton of Fribourg), on the road to Jaun Pass connecting the area to the Simmental (canton of Bern). It's the only German-speaking area of Gruyère.
A big village of nearly 5,000 inhabitants located a few kilometers northeast of Lake Murten. A typical countryside village of the Mittelland (Middle Country), nothing really special... until it became host of an amazing attraction, the tropical world of Papiliorama, a must-visit of Switzerland.
Lac de la Gruyère
The lake of Gruyère, at the gates of the Swiss Prealps, is the 2nd biggest artificial lake of Switzerland, after Lake Dix (Grande-Dixence). Scenic Ogoz Island, with its castle ruins and pretty chapel, is the last remains of the drowned village of Pont-en-Ogoz.
Lac de Morat
One of the three lakes situated at the foot of the Jura mountain range, in the western part of Switzerland. On the southern shore lies the medieval town of Murten (Morat) and to the north you'll see the vineyards of Mount Vully.
Lac Noir/Schwarzsee
At the source of the Sense River (Singine, in French), high in the Prealps of the Alemannic-speaking part of Canton of Fribourg, the Schwarzsee (Black Lake) is a wonderful holiday resort in summer as well as in winter, offering plenty of sports and hiking activities.
Les Paccots
Above Vevey (Swiss Riviera), east of Châtel-Saint-Denis, a village and small ski resort on the first slopes of the Swiss Prealps, in the canton of Fribourg. Many hikes possible in summer.
Magdalena Hermitage
What a strange place! An ancient troglodyte hermitage, dug during the 17th century in a sandstone cliff overlooking the Sarine River, near Düdingen, in the Canton of Fribourg. You won't believe your own eyes!
A small village situated at the end of the picturesque valley of Intyamon, in the Gruyère region. Ideal as a starting point for many hikes or just to discover the beautiful landscapes by train, as from there you can go to Montreux, Zweisimmen and Gruyère.
Murten / Morat
One of the most beautiful medieval towns of Switzerland, on the shores of Murtensee (Lake of Morat), in front of the Mount Vully vineyards. A place you definitely have to visit!
Close to Kerzers, northeast of Lake Murten, 3 domes standing in the fields: it's the Papiliorama, a tropical world where you walk amidst butterflies, parrots and fish. Another dome features the Nocturama, a dive in a tropical night under the moonshine...
With the numerous churches of the region and its Vitromuseum, Romont has become the Swiss capital of stained-glass windows. Perched on the top of a hill, the town boasts a long and distinguished history and is quite well preserved.
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