The Swiss city of Fribourg is ensconced high upon the Swiss plateau. Straddling the river Sarine, it is the cultural border of French and German Switzerland.  Its Old City, perched high upon a rocky outcrop, is one of Switzerland’s best preserved. In its fairytale setting, it is no wonder that Fribourg is rich in tales and legends.

Fribourg is home to Switzerland’s first zero-carbon technoparc, the ‘blueFactory’, which is located in its city center. The city itself is a renowned science center, with an emphasis on health and biomedical materials, plastics technology, nanotech, energy, carbon-neutral IT security and e-governance.

Families relocating here will take comfort in knowing that Fribourg is an extremely safe city in which residents rarely lock their doors. The city has an excellent infrastructure of international schools, universities, hospitals, shopping centers and churches.

For sports lovers, some of Europe’s best alpine resorts are within a 30-to-90-minute drive, making Fribourg an enviable location. Après ski thermal spas in which to soothe aching muscles are in abundance.  In summer months, scenic lakes provide a wide range of water sports.

Fribourg boasts excellent gourmet restaurants and is only a 30-minute drive to some of Switzerland’s larger cities. Indeed, with no fewer than four airports inside of an hour’s drive, and with direct train links to major cities such as Geneva and Zurich, Fribourg is highly accessible both for commuters, and for connections to major European cities.