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Funiculaire Fribourg

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Address: Neuveville-St Pierre, Fribourg 1701, Switzerland
Phone Number:
+41 26 351 02 00
07:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Unique train

it's a unique experience to try this almost vertical train, you have to try this when you go to fribourg, my son love it!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
Ronny K
Jakarta, Indonesia
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Fribourg, Switzerland
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30 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great way to see over tops of the houses down into the old town. Bringing you to a great spot to explore the picturesque old town of Fribourg

Thank MichaelJIreland
Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Worth using from its lower side as it's quite a steep climb back up the streets above. Just be warned though that it's powered by the use of "dirty" water and can be a bit whiffy.

Thank Sean A
Jakarta, Indonesia
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

it's a unique experience to try this almost vertical train, you have to try this when you go to fribourg, my son love it!

Thank Ronny K
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Nice. When you take your ticket, know that this is the SAME ticket for the buses in the city of Fribourg. It is valid not just to take the funiculaire, but you can use it for up to one hour on the buses.

2 Thank vegigirl
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Best exemple of sutenability in Fribourg since already early 20 century!! No fossil energie and no light is use to climb from the lower medieval town to the modern upper-town. It use only the "potential energy" of the used water! Also the old cab is sill mantegned in the original fashion mostly in wood!

Thank Jmdevaud
Horsham, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Not cheap for a short ride but it was certainly worth it in the heat and the thought of climbing back up the hill made it an easy choice for us! The staff were very friendly. You can sit outside facing up the hill of inside facing down. You buy your ticket before getting on from the machine right besides... More 

Thank Wanderwells
Fribourg, Switzerland
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

From the centre to the Old/Low Town ("Basse-Ville). No Luxury, but nevertheless a seldom and exceptional experience (considering the railcar is drawn by pumping the urban waters). The Funiculaire is duly serviced and restored to remain a functional historic tourist attraction. Enjoy the scenary. As a challenging alternative, try descending the xxxx steps instead or (uphill, provided you are in... More 

Thank Ellen C
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Our hotel proprietress had airly said, 'oh the market is just up the steps', but sh'd neglected to say just how many there were. Hence the need for the funicular. We rode it several times on our tourist ticket, and once up after that had run out (we walked down though). A life (or strictly leg) saver. Very slight odour... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Everyone we knew in Fribourg said that I had to ride the funiculaire, but, despite the novelty, it didn't offer any special experience or views. What was great, however, was stepping out of it into the quaint lower city. And of course the ride back up makes returning easier. You buy a ticket from the wall-mounted machine (the conductor will... More 

Thank Bananas09
Fribourg, Switzerland
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

While visiting Bas-Ville in Fribourg (old town) one can use either normal bus or funiculare. There is a magnific view on the rocky hill on the other side. Smell there might be unbearable since waste water is used to operate the funiculaire. Price for this short ride is high, especially if you don't have half-fare card (demi-tariff, halbtax). One could... More 

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