Fribourg railway station
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Fribourg railway station, 2013
|Location||Avenue de la Gare
|Distance||66.0 km (41.0 mi)
|Opened||20 August 1862|
Fribourg railway station (French: Gare de Fribourg; German: Bahnhof Freiburg im Üechtland) serves the municipality of Fribourg, capital of the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland. Opened in 1862, it is owned and operated by SBB-CFF-FFS.
The station forms part of the Lausanne–Bern railway, which is the original portion of the Olten–Lausanne railway line (French: Ligne du Plateau suisse; German: Mittellandlinie). It is also the junction for the Yverdon-les-Bains–Payerne–Fribourg railway (which is part of the Broye line French: Ligne de la Broye; German: Broyelinie), and the Fribourg–Murat–Ins railway.
Fribourg railway station is right in the heart of the city centre, which has shifted from the Old City to the railway station quarter since the station's construction.
Completion of that section had been delayed for two years, due to the need to construct the 352 m (1,155 ft) long Grandfey Viaduct over the Saane/Sarine river, just to the north of the station. On 2 September 1862, the remaining section of the line was opened between Lausanne and Fribourg.
The first station building at Fribourg was a simple wooden hut. Between 1872 and 1873, a more substantial replacement building was constructed adjacent to the hut. The new building's design had been entrusted to the architect Adolphe Fraisse.
Initially, the army had not wanted the Lausanne–Bern railway to pass through Fribourg. The military had believed that the line would be too "vulnerable" in case of conflict. The government and the city had to fight for the route and the station. By 1905, the authorities wanted a new station building, which was completed in 1928.
On 7 September 2007, the 1872 station building became a cultural centre, incorporating a café, an entertainment hall and two festival theatres, for $4.5 million Swiss francs. A Swiss heritage site of regional significance (class B), the building houses the Nouveau Monde and its theatre, the International Film Festival of Fribourg and Belluard Bollwerk International.
- Geneva Airport - Geneva - Lausanne - Fribourg - Bern - Zürich HB - Zürich Airport - St. Gallen
- Geneva Airport - Geneva - Lausanne - Fribourg - Bern - Zofingen - Sursee - Lucerne
- Palézieux/Bulle - Romont - Fribourg - Bern
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- Fribourg - Bern - Thun
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- Romont - Fribourg - Payerne - Estavayer-le-Lac - Yverdon-les-Bains
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- Fribourg - Murten - Neuchâtel/Ins
Informations: CFF web site
- Gazette de Lausanne (in French). 6 September 1862. Missing or empty
- "A toute vapeur vers un "Nouveau Monde"" [Full steam ahead toward a "New World"]. Le Temps (in French). 12 July 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
- "Kantonsliste B-Objekte" [Canton list class B]. KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
- This article is based upon a translation of the French-language version as at December 2011.
Media related to Fribourg railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- SBB-CFF-FFS - official site