Fribourg railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gare de Fribourg.jpg
Fribourg railway station, 2013
Location Avenue de la Gare
1700 Fribourg
Sarine, Fribourg
Coordinates 46°48′10″N 07°09′04″E / 46.80278°N 7.15111°E / 46.80278; 7.15111Coordinates: 46°48′10″N 07°09′04″E / 46.80278°N 7.15111°E / 46.80278; 7.15111
Elevation 629 m above the sea
Owned by SBB-CFF-FFS
Operated by SBB-CFF-FFS
Line(s) Olten–Lausanne
Distance 66.0 km (41.0 mi)
from Lausanne
Platforms 5
Opened 20 August 1862 (1862-08-20)
Rebuilt 1872–1873, 1928
Fribourg is located in Switzerland
Location within Switzerland

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.


The station was opened on 20 August 1862 by the Western Swiss Railways (French: Société des chemins de Fer Ouest-Suisse), upon completion of the Fribourg–Bern section of the Lausanne–Bern railway.[1]

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.[1]

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.[2] A Swiss heritage site of regional significance (class B),[3] the building houses the Nouveau Monde and its theatre, the International Film Festival of Fribourg and Belluard Bollwerk International.

Rail traffic

Trains connections[edit]

IC InterCity
Geneva Airport - Geneva - Lausanne - Fribourg - Bern - Zürich HB - Zürich Airport - St. Gallen
IR InterRegio
Geneva Airport - Geneva - Lausanne - Fribourg - Bern - Zofingen - Sursee - Lucerne
RE RegioExpress
Palézieux/Bulle - Romont - Fribourg - Bern
Template:Bahnlinie Hinweis Bern (BLS)
Fribourg - Bern - Thun
R Regio (CFF)
Romont - Fribourg - Payerne - Estavayer-le-Lac - Yverdon-les-Bains
R Regio (TPF)
Fribourg - Murten - Neuchâtel/Ins

Informations: CFF web site


Seven urban bus lines operated by the Transports publics fribourgeois call at the station, including TPF trolleybus lines.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gazette de Lausanne (in French). 6 September 1862.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "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.

External links[edit]

Media related to Fribourg railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Template:Broye line Template:Fribourg–Murat–Ins railway