Bern Bridge
Bern Bridge
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The first bridge of the city Originally, the pont de Berne would have been supported by timber trestles. The bridge as it stands today dates from 1653. The central stone pillar and deck were replaced in 1853-54,and its roof in 1885. The three bridges in Fribourg Old Town (Bern, Milieu and St-Jean) all date from the mid-13th century, almost 100 years after the city was founded by Berthold IV of Zähringen (1157). Before the pont de Berne was built, travellers had to cross the Sarine by boat. In those days, the water lapped against the cliffs on which the former Augustine monastery overlooking the car park stands. In 1340, the bridge was sawn down to ward off an attack by encroaching Bernese invaders. The pont de Berne is the last remaining covered bridge in Fribourg.
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland28,626 contributions
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Aug 2021
From the three old bridges over the Sarine in lower Fribourg the so-called 'Pont de Berne' gets visited the most, especially since it is the only one in town, that is covered. In its overall appearance this bridge goes back to the mid-17th century, although there have been renovations since then. The central stone pillar, standing in the water, then the deck and also the tiled roof were done at different dates in the 19th century.

The wooden bridge is about 40m long and it is nicely decorated with flower boxes, as so many traditional Swiss farm houses. The bridge connects the Auquartier on a peninsula of the river with the Cat's Tower, the Red Tower and the Berne Gate by the old road towards the city of Berne. From the Berne Bridge one has views of the 'Pont de Zaehringen' (from 1924) further down the Sarine, and in the opposite direction of the 'Pont du Gottéron' (1950) over the small river of that name, which flows near the Bern Bridge into the Sarine.
Written 16 July 2022
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,967 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Very nice bridge on the small river down in the lower city, it is the first bridge and the basament date Fram the mid-13th siecle , ad it stands today date from 1653.
Written 15 August 2019
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SpearsFamily
Loudoun County, VA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Business
Went for a walk around old Fribourg and crossed this very cool bridge. It takes you back in history.
Written 11 February 2019
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Patrice_CH
Avry-sur-Matran, Switzerland209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
This cute little bridge is from 1250! and you can go on it by car or just walking on it. There is a large parking nearby as well as restaurants and all the lower part of the city to visit nearby!
Written 2 October 2018
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foodbliss2014
Zurich, Switzerland270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Beautiful medieval covered bridge, which most of the traffic went through in the old age. A must-see when visiting Fribourg!
Written 16 August 2016
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TwoSmallPotatoes
Maine135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Bern Bridge (Pont de Berne in French) is located in the town of Fribourg, which was founded in 1157. The bridge itself wasn't built until 1653, which is still impressively old considering that our architectural history in the US began so much more recently.

The bridge spans the Sarine River, which over the years has cut a deep canyon in the cliffs to create a winding path through Old Town Fribourg. Near the bridge, wood and stone buildings rise steeply on either side of the river and wooded slopes add to the beauty.

As the last surviving covered wooden bridge in Fribourg, it's worth a visit if for no other reason than that it's located right in the midst of Old Town, which still bears the look and feel of it's medieval roots. Old Town, also referred to as Basse-Ville, offers scores of churches, convents, historic architecture, and picturesque views, all within an easy walking perimeter of the 40-meter-long Pont de Berne. The interesting double-decker Zaehringen Bridge is visible just downstream from Bern Bridge, and if you're crossing the bridge from the southwest to the northeast, you'll also be able to see Gottéron Bridge spanning a valley high above the remains of Old Town's walled perimeter.

If you're traveling to the bridge from Fribourg Gare (the main train/bus station in town), Bern Bridge is about 2 km (all downhill) from the gare. It's probably about a 20-25 minute walk for most folks, depending on fitness level and how many stops you make. Remember that it's also all uphill on the way back to the train station and to allow extra time! Many of the streets are narrow, steep, and made of cobblestone, so take that into account if you're traveling with strollers, small children, or need assistance walking. If that's the case, you might want to consider taking a public bus to the bridge from the train station.

The bridge is very narrow, just one lane, so cross with caution when cars/buses are present.

The bridge is free.
Written 5 November 2014
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permia
Ireland63,299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A legacy from a time of just about a century after the city’s founding in 1157 it continues to be a special crossing.

Now supported by stone pillars, originally it was wooden underpinnings that kept it above water. Walking through it is to see the impressive timber beams of roof and sides.

Traffic including buses stream along it so walkers have to keep to the side. But with a wary eye on the vehicles it was possible to get a vista of it from the centre.

A marvellous sight.

Written 14 October 2023
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danielgfuchs
Tafers, Switzerland221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
It was a quick visit and walk in the old city part and then across the bridge. Very nice indeed. Beautiful old buildings along the way and impressive insight in to the old days.
Written 25 March 2022
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Koan Tao
Cairo, Egypt106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Not just a tourist attraction, but also a very useful bridge which makes it even more fascinating. The lower old town is a must visit in Fribourg.
Written 8 November 2021
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Joana S
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
It is a super cute bridge, and also, walking through the 'Basse Ville' in general is really beautiful. Take a morning or afternoon to just walk around and see all beautiful old buildings.
Written 14 January 2018
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