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Fribourg and Neuchâtel Travel Guide

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Plan Your Fribourg and Neuchâtel Vacation

Shouldered by the more prominent cantons of Bern and Vaud, the cantons of Fribourg and Neuchâtel are easily overlooked by hurried visitors. If they do stop, it is usually for a quick dip into the environs of Fribourg and Gruyères. That leaves the rest of this largely untouched area to the Swiss, who enjoy its relatively unspoiled nature and relaxed approach to life.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Stir the melting pot Fondue famously originated in the Neuchâtel area—try the two-cheese fondue neuchâteloise that honors the region's fabulous Gruyère and Emmental cheeses or opt for fondue fribourgeoise, a delicious Vacherin Fribourgeois delight.
  2. Switzerland's largest lake Lac Neuchâtel is a great place for a boat trip, to try out wakeboarding, or to savor the fine fish served on its shores.
  3. You say Schloss And I say Château. In either language, this area has some of Switzerland's most impressive castles, from Grandson to Gruyères.
  4. Homegrown talent Whether it's the clockwork extravaganzas of Tinguely or the disturbing alien-like creations of Giger, these two sculptors are true knockouts.
  5. Gorgeous Gruyères Step into a postcard in this perfect specimen of a medieval stronghold, its single main street cozy within the ramparts.

When To Go

When to Go

Spring and fall are beautiful times to visit anywhere in this region. During the summer, temperatures reach an average of 18–20° C (65–68° ...

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