Our tour starts at Zurich central station. The train passes on platform 33 and goes straight to Bern, then Friborg and goes on to Lousane and Geneva. By itself, trains from Switzerland are worth the ride, comfortable and with a nice car with restaurant, we had breakfast on the train.
We started the journey at 8 am, arrived in Friborg at 9:55. Enough time for breakfast and another nap. The train stops in Bern for loading and unloading, but our initial destination is the most distant city.
Friborg is a medieval city and, although its first human settlements are Neolithic, it is the medieval city beautifully preserved on the cliffs of the River Sarine. This architectural ensemble mixed with the landscape drawn by the river on the sedimentary rock is our photographic objective.
Arriving in the city is not much different from arriving in other large Swiss cities. A busy train station, surrounded by shops and stores on all sides. From there it is possible to reach the old city by bus (an important information for the return) or on foot.
On foot, in a pleasant and smooth descent, you walk for about 20 minutes and, each block, a new architectural surprise and, in fact, it is as if we went back in time to the block we descended. Around the train station, everything is contemporary. And as we dive into the city, we also dive into time.
We passed the modern museum, the beautiful shopping center, we entered the city raised in the 19th century, we passed into the 17th century, we went down to the 15th century, and finally, down there, on the riverbank, we found a templar chapel from the 11th century.
The succession of narrow alleys, cafes, shops, all respect the old facades and create an arrangement that, unlike other ancient cities, does not break the architectural look. Thus, diving into the past is inevitable.
The capital of canton Friborg is a university city and the set of university buildings are worth a brief visit. Each alley in the city deserves a photo, the cathedral alone is worth the trip. But, the most impressive will come when you descend towards the river.
The city was built on the edge of a huge cliff and, in some places, it runs from the top of the cliff to the river. With alleys, staircases, and a small rack you access the bank of the river Sarine and from there, you can contemplate the natural fortification made by nature and so well used in the Middle Ages to protect the city.
Our tour was on a beautiful blue sky day. The contrast of this sky with the houses, the green of the trees, the colors of the flowers, and the cliff drew by the river supporting everything is the main objective of this tour. An absolutely incredible sight.