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La Maigrauge Abbey - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Chemin de l'Abbaye 2, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland


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About La Maigrauge Abbey

The abbey, founded in 1255, is the first monastery of Fribourg welcoming women. For more than seven and a half centuries, it is home to the nuns of the Cistercian order. The abbey is situated on the Sarine River and lies on the border between French-speaking and German-speaking Switzerland. The community is bilingual. It is one of the famous pilgrimage centers in this area and also a tourist attraction too.

Attractions Near La Maigrauge Abbey

Fri Art Kunsthalle
Fri Art Kunsthalle0.38km from La Maigrauge Abbey

Fribourg's Contemporary Art Centre Fri Art, mounts temporary exhibitions with experienced artists. Its artistic influence and avant-garde vision have enabled it to acquire an international reputation. With its coherent and forward-looking programme, Fri Art is a laboratory, a production centre open to the development of current artistic trends.

Lac de Pérolles
Lac de Pérolles0.54km from La Maigrauge Abbey

Lac de Pérolles, a reservoir formed by Maigrauge Dam, is a reservoir on the Saane/Sarine river at Fribourg, in western Switzerland. Its surface area is 0.35 square kilometres. The dam was built in 1872, and its height was increased by 2.5 metres in 1910. The watershed is 1,250 square kilometres. The Maigrauge Dam has a gated spillway.

Pont du Milieu
Pont du Milieu0.72km from La Maigrauge Abbey

The Middle Bridge, called in German Mittlere Brücke, is a road bridge over the Sarine, located in the canton of Friborg, Switzerland. It is one of the three bridges in the Lower Town of Friborg. It is preceded upstream by that of the Saint-Jean bridge and followed downstream by that of Bern. This bridge has been a cultural property of national importance 3 at least since the 1995 inventory.

St-Nicolas Cathedral
St-Nicolas Cathedral0.77km from La Maigrauge Abbey

Fribourg Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Fribourg, Switzerland, built in the Gothic style, on a rocky outcrop 50 meters above the river Sarine, dominating the medieval town below. It is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva, and Fribourg. It is one of the notable architecture of the Gothic style.

de l'Université de Fribourg Botanical Garden
de l'Université de Fribourg Botanical Garden0.82km from La Maigrauge Abbey

The Botanical Garden is an institution of the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg which is scientifically guided and maintained by dedicated gardeners. On a surface area of 1.5 hectares, its living collections total 5,000 plant species, divided into 21 sectors and 3 greenhouses. It was Created in 1937 for the teaching of pharmacy and medicine, it has now become a real open-air museum, which welcomes nearly 200,000 visitors a year.

Espace Jean Tinguely - Niki de Saint Phalle
Espace Jean Tinguely - Niki de Saint Phalle0.84km from La Maigrauge Abbey

L'Espace is a magical place that pays tribute to the creativity of two great artists of the 20th century. Erected in 1900, the building originally housed the Fribourg tramway depot. The memory of the place takes on a poetic dimension in dialogue with Tinguely's work. Among other things, the visitor will discover a masterpiece by Jean Tinguely: the "Retable de l'Abondance Occidentale et du Mercantilisme totalitaire" and the 22 reliefs entitled "Remembering" by Niki de Saint Phalle.

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Fribourg is located in western Switzerland. The canton takes its name from its capital city of Fribourg. It is bounded to the west by Lake Neuchâtel, to the west and the south by the canton of Vaud, and to the east by the canton of Bern.