Fribourg and Neuchâtel

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  • 1. Cathédrale St-Nicolas

    Fribourg's grand cathedral rears up from the surrounding gray, 18th-century buildings. Its massive tower was completed in the 15th century, two centuries after construction began...Read More

  • 2. Château de Gruyères

    Crowning the storybook village of Gruyères is the town's famed château. Between 1080 and 1554, 19 counts held political power over this region, and they...Read More

  • 3. Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

    Thanks to a remarkable curator, the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire displays a striking collection of paintings gathered under broad themes—nature, civilization—and mounted in a radical,...Read More

  • 4. Aventicum

    One of the most notable ancient Roman settlements of Switzerland's "Roman era" is Aventicum, which dates from 58 BC to AD 400. In the famous...Read More

  • 5. Basse-Ville

    At Fribourg's very core is the Basse-Ville, tucked into a crook of the river. Here you'll find the 11th- through 16th-century homes of the original...Read More

  • 6. Casino Neuchâtel

    The small casino has 150 slot machines as well as favorite table games like roulette, blackjack, and Ultimate Texas Hold'em Poker....Read More

  • 7. Centre Dürrenmatt

    Named after the Swiss writer and artist Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–90), the Centre Dürrenmatt, perched high above Neuchâtel, houses an exhibition devoted to modern literature and...Read More

  • 8. Château de Grandson

    When the Burgundian Wars broke out in the late 15th century, the Château de Grandson, built in the 11th century and much rebuilt during the...Read More

  • 9. Château de Neuchâtel

    Perched on a rocky hill at the center of the city, the relatively modest château is one of a cluster of historic buildings that made...Read More

  • 10. Château de Yverdon-les-Bains

    In the center of the Old Town sits the turreted, mid-13th-century Château de Yverdon-les-Bains. Most of the castle is now a museum, with exhibits on...Read More

  • 11. Église Abbatiale

    The magnificent 11th-century Église Abbatiale, built on the site of an ancient Roman villa, is one of the finest examples of Romanesque art in Switzerland....Read More

  • 12. Église Collégiale

    The French influence in Neuchâtel is revealed in many monuments and in its architecture, most notably the Église Collégiale. The handsome Romanesque and Burgundian Gothic...Read More

  • 13. Église des Cordeliers

    This imposing 13th-century church is attached to a Franciscan friary. Its pale walls and the rose-, gray-, and alabaster-colored ceiling contrast with the Gothic darkness...Read More

  • 14. Espace Jean Tinguely–Niki de Saint Phalle

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    Once the city's tram terminal, this is one of the premier modern-art spaces in Switzerland. It houses a selection of whirring, tapping, spinning...Read More

  • 15. Galeries de l'Histoire

    This gallery houses scale models of Neuchâtel from the year 1000 to 2000....Read More

  • 16. Giger Museum

    This museum houses the world's largest collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, and film designs by the enormously talented but equally tormented H.R. Giger. The Swiss...Read More

  • 17. Hôtel de Ville

    The Hôtel de Ville (Rathaus in German) is the seat of the cantonal parliament, built on the foundations of the château of Berthold IV of...Read More

  • 18. Hôtel de Ville

    In front of Yverdon's Hôtel de Ville—an 18th-century building notable for its French-inspired neoclassical facade—stands a bronze statue of Swiss educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, grouped...Read More

  • 19. Laténium

    Located at water's edge, this interactive archaeological museum is the largest in Switzerland. In the nearby community of Hauterive, it displays artifacts found in and...Read More

  • 20. Maison Cailler

    On the way from Fribourg to Gruyères, chocoholics should consider stopping at this tantalizing chocolate factory in the otherwise unassuming town of Broc. A name...Read More

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