Le Funiculaire – a useful treasure

Fribourg

Le Funiculaire, Fribourg

Le Funiculaire, Fribourg

Standseilbahn Fribourg

Standseilbahn Fribourg "Le Funi"

Standseilbahn Fribourg

Standseilbahn Fribourg "Le Funi"

Freiburg: Fribourg

Freiburg: Fribourg

The “Funi” (funicular railway) down to the Fribourg districts by the River Saane is a “technical engineering marvel”, listed as a cultural asset of national importance. This nostalgic railway has been running since 1899 – with no electricity or exhaust fumes.

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It is the last wastewater railway in Switzerland. No motor powers the funicular instead wastewater from the upper town. A very special fragrance lingers in the air when the water tank beneath this vehicle is once again filled at the station - and the "Funiculaire" has certainly earned its place on the list of cultural treasures of national importance.

Ascending a total 56.4 climb in altitude, the upper carriage uses filtered wastewater from the city in a 3000 liter tank (weight) to power it - and the driver regulates speed with the aid of cogwheel.

It's worth making a detour to hear the clanking and creaking of this century-old green railway, still running today thanks to the support of the Fribourg population – just a few minutes' walk from Fribourg station.

Information

Altitude: 605m
Accessibility:
On the Bern–Lausanne train route; the Funi is reached in just a few minutes from the station
View: Over the "mountain station“ of the lower town and course of the Saane.
Attractions: Ancient funicular experience; "Basse-Ville" round tour to the cathedral
Culinary aspects: Speciality restaurants in the Old Town
Overnight stays: Hôtel Au Sauvage in the lower town (Old Town)
Groups: "City-Golf" in the lower town
Winter: The "Funi" also travels in winter
Special comments: The over century-old train was subject to total renovation and shines today in its original green colour

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