A French-speaking canton bordering German-speaking Switzerland, located on Switzerland's main highways, the canton ofFribourg offers an undeniably strategic location. This advantage, along with bilingualism (French-speaking majority), make it a privileged location for the Swiss and European headquarters of many major international groups such as Richemont, Bayer, UCB, Tupperware, Bulova, Scott and Saint-Gobain.
The region's economy is diversified and built on solid foundations including food processing, machinery and metallurgy and, for the past 50 years, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, packaging, watchmaking, parts for the aerospace and automotive industries, robotics and electronics.
In terms of climate, things almost seem backwards with a cool mountain climate in the south and warm lake weather in the north.
In the foothills of the Alps, tradition and modernity blend into the everyday scenery of extraordinary pastures where cattle spend the summer with such a good quality of life it's no wonder the Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeois are so tasty!
In the north of the Canton, near the Lakes of Neuchâtel and Morat, a mild, almost Mediterranean climate reigns in the medieval towns of Morat and Estavayer-le-Lac.
Fribourg, the canton's economic capital and a gastronomic destination, is an architectural gem dating back to the Middle Ages. The town stands out for its multiculturalism, university and bridges over the Sarine that connect the German-speaking and French-speaking parts of Switzerland.
The culture, art and nightlife of Fribourg have grown through the contribution of students. As a bilingual, university town, Fribourg has always kept education at the forefront. 'I like it (here),' said Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to his mother while he was studying in Fribourg during the First World War. The author of 'The Little Prince' actively worked to be bilingual and this experience would mark him for life.
Many towns in the Canton of Fribourg such as Bulle, Crésuz, Charmey, Gruyères and La Roche are considered tourist towns under the Federal Law on the Acquisition of Real Estate by Persons Abroad (LFAIE). Therefore, foreigners who do not reside in Switzerland can purchase a holiday home under certain conditions (particularly, relating to apartment or land size).
BARNES will be happy to meet you in the center of Fribourg to present you with the most beautiful properties in the region.