Fribourg
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Fribourg

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The city of Fribourg lies close to the French border and is renowned for its miles of green areas, bridges, fountains, the spectacular Sarine River, and its medieval-style architecture. The city has some 38,000 inhabitants, with French being the main language (63.6% of the population), followed by German (21.2%). Despite being very quiet, it does have a lot for tourists to see and do. The most popular part of Fribourg is undoubtedly its 'old city', where you'll find plenty of bars, restaurants, and shops. Fribourg also has plenty to offer in the way of spectacular landscapes, best appreciated from up in the hills where you can see the entire city. The very old and wooden cable car will take you up from the old city. The area surrounding the river is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in which to live, even though it was once considered working class. Also not to be missed are: Saint Nicholas Cathedral, whose organ is currently being restored; the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall); the Place de Ville (Town Square); and the Espace Jean Tinguely-Niki de Saint Phalle, which opened in 1998 and houses a collection of very unusual works of art from these two 20th century artists. These works of art offer a new understanding of realism through a series of representations born of the movement. The works displayed in this exhibition consist of snippets of the artists' married life. You might also be interested in visiting the city's Museum of Art and History for a greater insight into its traditions. If you're of an athletic persuasion and would like to see Fribourg in a more original way, why not do so whilst enjoying a game of mini golf on the 18 hole course that takes you along the river past some of the city's most beautiful sites. Of course, other sports are also an option, including hiking, cycling, and river canoeing. If your visit to Fribourg coincides with the Fête-Dieu (an official bank holiday), make sure you catch the procession. In this city where 69% of the population is catholic, this catholic festival has real meaning and beauty and is a tradition the city's inhabitants hold very dear to their hearts.

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