Fribourg and Neuchatel

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  • 1. Cathédrale St-Nicolas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 2. Château de Grandson

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

  • 3. Château de Gruyères

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 4. Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 5. Aventicum

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 6. Basse-Ville

    Neighborhood/Street

    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

  • 7. Centre Dürrenmatt

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 8. Château de Neuchâtel

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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 up the...Read More

  • 9. Château de Yverdon-les-Bains

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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...Read More

  • 10. Église Abbatiale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 11. Église Collégiale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 12. Église des Cordeliers

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 13. Espace Jean Tinguely–Niki de Saint Phalle

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 14. Galeries de l'Histoire

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 15. Giger Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 16. Hôtel de Ville

    Government Building

    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 Zähringen...Read More

  • 17. Hôtel de Ville

    Government Building

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

  • 18. Laténium

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 19. Maison Cailler

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

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

  • 20. Maison d'Ailleurs

    Museum/Gallery

    Although Yverdon has a lot of history, it also has a special place in its heart for the future, thanks to this fanciful "museum of science fiction...Read More

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