The Three-Lakes Region, what was once a swampy land, is now the heartland of vegetable cultivation. With the glittering blue Murten, Neuchâtel and Biel lakes, the Three-Lakes Region is nestled up against the Jura mountain range. Smallest vineyard in Switzerland, the Vully is situated in the centre of the Three-Lakes Region, ten minutes away from Murten. The southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel has one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Europe; the Grande Cariçaie. This wetland is home to 1000 plants and over 10,000 animal species. Various nature trails with viewpoints and observation posts as well as the nature centres BirdLife in La Sauge and the Pro Natura in Champ-Pittet are open to visitors.
The Fribourg Pre-Alps encompass high and green hills such as Schwarzsee and the Breccaschlund, an alpine valley cut by glaciers thousands of years ago. From Schwarzsee, with its wild and romantic natural lake, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding Pre-Alps. Along with wide panoramic views, the region also offers impressive plunging views: the spectacular Jogne gorge in La Gruyère region is still an insider tip for many. Finally, the striking Moléson is an outstanding landmark of the Fribourg Pre-Alps. From its peak, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire region as far as Lake Geneva, the Mont Blanc, the Jura and the Berner Oberland.
The list of charming villages in Fribourg Region is long. Many of them have marvellous historical Old Towns. Gruyère with its medieval castle or Estavayer-le-Lac with its 12th century Savoy castle and its Gothic collegiate church are true gems.
The medieval town of Murten, which is idyllically situated by the Murten lake, is still surrounded by an almost completely preserved city wall, the longest walk-in wall in Switzerland.
The Old Town of Fribourg fascinates with its 15th century Gothic façades, beautiful and ornamented fountains and the St. Nicholas Cathedral with Art Nouveau windows. A wonderful panoramic view of the city is awaiting you from the top of the 74-metre-high bell tower. At the Espace Jean Tinguely - Niki de Saint Phalle, which was a former tram depot, art lovers can view the works of this famous artist couple. And if you are looking for something extraordinary, you can take the unique waste water powered funicular.
You can also admire the reconstructed prehistoric pile-dwelling settlement in Gletterens. Or, if you are a water lover, you can try the one-of-its-kind “Cable Ski” in Estavayer-le-Lac.
Fribourg Region is a culinary delight with a wide range of regional specialities. One of the best is the world-famous fondue moitié-moitié, a mix of Vacherin Fribourgeois AOP and Gruyère AOP.
Other specialities also include the chocolate from the Maison Cailler, the Gruyère double cream and the typical soup de chalet, which is still eaten using a wooden spoon.
By the lakes region, you can eat delicious food made from freshly caught fish such as fillets of whitefish or perch. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy a Vully Tart or a Nidelkuchen with a Vully wine.