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ViewFinder Center - Day trip to Fribourg, Switzerland - March 26
Calendar: Social Events
26.03.2011 10:00 to 19:00
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City/Town: Fribourg
Event Type: Other
Meeting Point: We will meet in Zürich at il Baretto

What is this: A free, informal gathering of photographers of all levels to explore and socialize in the beautiful, medieval town of Fribourg

Who's hosting? The ViewFinder Center for Photography

How to find us:
From Zurich: Meet at il Baretto at ZHB @ 10:00
In Fribourg: Meet in front of the train station @ 12:00.

For those departing from Zürich, we will assemble at the il Baretto cafe at 10:00 near track 14/15 in the main hall of Zürich HB. Our train departs at 10:32 from track 17. We will not reserve seats, so please try to join us by 10:15 and we will look for seats together on the train.

For those meeting us in Fribourg, our train arrives there at 11:54 and we will meet at the front of the station on Bahnhofplatz.

Please RSVP on our Meetup.com site: http://www.meetup.com/viewfinder/events/16827202/

The day will consist of walking and exploring the town and its medieval features. If anyone is familiar with Fribourg, they are welcome to add suggestions.

This is a casual meetup with no formal plan other than to get together and share tips and tricks for shooting nice images. The event is free to participants, you pay your own expenses.

Further details about Fribourg follow, below.

Fribourg (Freiburg), nestled on a rock promontory, is surrounded on three sides by the Saane River. It is one of the largest medieval towns in Üechtland. Over 200 unique Gothic facades from the 15th century impart incomparable medieval charm to the Old Town.

Ramparts that are over two kilometers long used to protect the city in the past. Remnants of the walls, turrets and bastions are still preserved. Most impressive, however, is the Cathedral of Freiburg with its extraordinarily beautiful stained-glass windows. Construction started in 1283 and continued in several stages. Dedicated to St. Nicholas, it boasts a 74-meter-high tower that offers a fantastic panoramic view.

Another good viewpoint is the Italian-style early Baroque Loreto Chapel. From the Neuveville district (in the Lower Town), a funicular railway takes you up to the pedestrianised area of the Upper Town. Fribourg is a lively university town, with many students from all over the world, making this a cosmopolitan, multi-faceted mini-metropolis. In the narrow alleyways are tightly packed rows of little boutiques, antique shops, student cafés and restaurants, offering local and foreign specialities.

One of the favourite destinations for art-lovers is the "Espace Jean Tinguely et Niki de Saint Phalle", housed in a former tram depot. More works by the two artists can be found on the Sculpture Trail through the town centre. Modern art is on display in the Fri-Art Gallery. Children will love the Puppet
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Re: ViewFinder Center - Day trip to Fribourg, Switzerland - March 26

i suggest you guys not to forget the Valle du Gotteron, nestled deep in the old city (ville basse). there you will find signs in both german and french, the city walls, and many traditional mills. There is a fraternity house down the valley(#99) and past it there is a fish farm, stone cutting mills (mostly craft workshops) and the very end is the nature reserve.

If you could spend more time, there are several local monasteries and an abbey- all picture perfect.
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Re: ViewFinder Center - Day trip to Fribourg, Switzerland - March 26

Hi to all wh eventually will be coming to Fribourg...

Here are some PPP (PicturePerfectPlaces):
- Rue de Lausanne with left side (coming from station) steps going up to St-Michel Collège, its garden
- Place du Tilleul and Market square and immediate surroundings
- Grand-Rue, but noon is too late for the market
- Basse-Ville, going down at the end of Grand'Rue by Stalden and Samaritaine; Place du Petit St-Jean, Pont and Porte de Berne, Pont du milieu, Planche Inférieure, Planche Supérieure;
- from Planche Supérieure up to Lorette chapel, then same way down passing Montorge to Maigrauge convent, then to the end of the valley for a walk on the dam, with view on Lac de Pérolles (nature reserve).

Have fun.
Maybe I'll come and join you.
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