The Way of St. James: Schwarzenburg-Fribourg

Schwarzenburg - Fribourg

Schwarzenburg BE: Schwarzenburg, Fuhrencam

Schwarzenburg BE: Schwarzenburg, Fuhrencam

This pilgrimage does not always have to lead to Santiago de Compostela – an impressive section of the Way of St. James is the ViaJacobi, a five hour walk from Schwarzenburg to Fribourg. This stretch is considered the most exciting part of the Way of St. James in Switzerland and has been used by the Jakobspilger - the St. James pilgrims - since the Middle Ages.

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Technical information

Starting point:Schwarzenburg
Getting to the starting point:train to Schwarzenburg
Getting to the destination:Train from Schwarzenburg
Physical fitness:medium
Hiking time:5h20
Season:March till November


The "Fryburg stras" runs in complete tranquillity through the Fribourg Sense District and ends at the chapel of Notre-Dame de Bourguillon.

The Way of St. James also runs through Switzerland as the ViaJacobi: from Lake Constance to Geneva. Lined with churches, monasteries and chapels, it offers a very special hiking experience along historic paths through a diverse cultural landscape.

A particularly fascinating section is the stretch between Schwarzenburg and Fribourg. In the Sense District the rock-hewn passages, paved with river stones, bear witness to the centuries old history of the Way of St. James. A few kilometres further in Tafers the St. James Chapel (St.-Jakobus-Kapelle) tells the story of the "chicken" or "gallows" miracle - a legend told throughout Europe in various forms.

Across wide open fields the trail finally takes you to the Zähringen town of Fribourg with its beautiful historic centre, where amongst other contemporary witnesses the former pilgrims' hostel Hotel de l'Ange is to be found.

Tour Overview

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There and back

Arriving: Train to Schwarzenburg train station
Returning: Train from Fribourg

The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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