Journey to the quaint town of Murten, where medieval charm meets serene lakeside views, creating a tapestry of history and natural beauty in Switzerland's Fribourg region. Read more

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Visit Murten in 2024

Perched on the southeastern shores of Lake Murten (or Murtensee), the town of Murten boasts a rich history etched into its well-preserved medieval ramparts, winding alleyways, and timber-framed houses. With a unique bilingual heritage, reflecting both its German and French influences, Murten offers a delightful cultural immersion for its visitors. The town's picturesque old center, dominated by the iconic clock tower, is a haven of cobbled streets and historic buildings, narrating tales from centuries past. And as the day wanes, the shimmering waters of Lake Murten, bordered by vineyards and rolling hills, paint a mesmerizing backdrop, ideal for relaxation and contemplation.
A visit to Murten is akin to leafing through the pages of a storybook, where each corner resonates with tales from the past, all set against the tranquil embrace of nature.

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What to do in Murten

Murten Old Town

Step back in time exploring the cobbled streets, historic facades, and quaint shops of Murten's beautifully preserved medieval center.

Town Ramparts

Walk along the ancient walls surrounding the old town, offering panoramic views of the lake, town, and surrounding countryside.

Berntor/Clock Tower

A symbol of Murten, this iconic tower offers a vantage point with breathtaking vistas and a deeper dive into the town's history.

Lake Murten

Enjoy the tranquil waters, be it for a leisurely boat ride, swimming, or simply basking in the serene lakeside atmosphere.

Murten Museum (Museum Murten)

Delve into the local history, art, and culture of the region, spanning from prehistoric times to the present.

Zähringer Fountain

Located in the heart of the old town, this historic fountain is adorned with a statue of a bear, the town's emblem, and is a popular meeting point.

Murten Roman Mosaics

Discover the remnants of a Roman villa, showcasing intricate mosaics that highlight the town's ancient Roman past.

Mont Vully

A short distance from Murten, this hill offers hiking trails, panoramic views, and local vineyards producing the region's delectable wines.

Annual Historical Spectacle

Experience Murten's rich history firsthand during this annual event, reenacting the 1476 Battle of Murten with elaborate costumes and performances.

Murten's Weekly Market

Immerse yourself in local life by visiting the vibrant market, offering fresh produce, regional delicacies, and artisanal crafts.

What else to visit
In and around Murten

Neuchatel (15.89 km)

Set beside the shimmering waters of Lake Neuchâtel, the city of Neuchâtel showcases Switzerland's magnificent blend of French charm and Swiss precision. Its medieval heart and innovative spirit make Neuchâtel a rendezvous of history and modernity.

Bern (24.98 km)

Picture a city where medieval charm meets modern lifestyle, encased by the breathtaking Swiss Alps—welcome to Bern, the capital of Switzerland.

Cailler (35.81 km)

In the serene Swiss pre-Alps, Cailler is not just a place but a sensory journey into the rich world of chocolate, surrounded by verdant valleys and age-old traditions.

Castle of Gruyeres (38.43 km)

Perched atop a hill, the Castle of Gruyères stands as a majestic sentinel, weaving tales of knights, noble families, and art, all set against the backdrop of Switzerland's mesmerizing landscapes.

Thun (43.17 km)

Nestled between Lake Thun and the imposing peaks of the Bernese Alps, Thun is a Swiss paradise waiting to be explored. It offers an enchanting blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and modern amenities, making it a must-visit when in Switzerland.

Solothurn Cathedral (44.35 km)

Standing proudly within the charming old town of Solothurn, the St. Ursus Cathedral dominates the cityscape with its twin towers and baroque architectural brilliance.

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