Freiburg, the capital of the bilingual canton of the same name, has about 38,000 inhabitants. Its medieval city centre, one of the largest and best preserved in Europe, is located on a plateau bordered on three sides by the river Saane. The most important landmark of Freiburg is the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, an architectural gem with its distinctive bell tower, which was built in Gothic style in several stages between 1283 and 1490. Particularly noteworthy are its valuable art nouveau stained glass windows and the magnificent organ, played by famous composers such as Franz Liszt and Anton Bruckner. This lively town on the German-French border is rich in religious monuments and monasteries, which helped make Freibourg a centre of spiritual culture and significantly contributed to the flourishing of the city. Influential in this regard were the Jesuits. The College St. Michael was founded by them in 1582. Its theological faculty can be seen as a forerunner of today's University of Freibourg, which has earned a great reputation as a bilingual educational institution since its creation in 1889. Those who want to immerse themselves in the history and experience the medieval atmosphere will particularly enjoy a stroll through the old town with its beautiful Gothic facades and unique townscape. Apart from the many sights, art and culture lovers may enjoy a number of important museums, such as the Museum of History and Art, and the Espace JeanTinguely-Niki de Saint Phalle. Music lovers can choose from many events, such as the Internationales Festival Geistlicher Musik (Festival of Sacred Music), the Internationale Folklore Freiburg (RFI), and the annual International Film Festival, which is steadily gaining popularity. From hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfasts to apartments, rooms and private homes in beautiful locations, appealing accommodations are available for all guests.