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Circuit des fortifications

This tour offers a historical walk through the city of Fribourg and at the same time allows you to discover the spectacular topography and the beautiful landscape of the city of Fribourg.

The tour lasts about 3 hours for the entire route.
Warning: The entire course require a real effort. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A good pair of shoes and a free hand to hold on to at all times are strongly recommended. Several stairs have been installed to access (cautionary notice to the use of stairs and slopes).

The fortifications of the city of Fribourg were built in the Middle Ages, between the 13th and the 15th centuries. The topography of the city was an asset for the creation of Fribourg. Its steep cliffs in molasse and the meanders of the river Sarine constituted a natural barrier against the enemy and the invasions. It is therefore on the west side of the city that the fortifications were built and thus formed a protective enclosure of the city. Over time, Fribourg experienced changes in its urban planning and thus disappeared some fortifications.
Today, this group of defense constructions forms the most important ensemble of medieval military architecture in Switzerland.

The city counts: six towers, five gates, seven sections of walls and one Great Bulwark.


Take the opportunity to discover this medieval heritage. Open daily from 9am to 7pm, the fortifications are accessible during the summer season (from May until end of October) for an individual visit or for a guided tour.


Fribourg Tourisme et Région, 1700 Fribourg
Fribourg Tourisme et Région
1700 Fribourg

The courses require a real effort. They include many difficulties and are only suitable for able-bodied people. Children must be accompanied. A good pair of shoes and a free hand to hold on to at all times are strongly recommended.

Time required:
Allow approximately 3 hours for the entire course.
Several staircases have been put in place to access the enclosures (please be careful when using stairs and slopes).


Accessible by public transport: yes
Accessible by car: yes

Properties of the itinerarie

Difficulty: Moderately difficult

Length: 6 km

Duration: 03:00

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