Murten tourist information & hotel reservations.
We warmly welcome you to visit Murten and wish you a wonderful vacation.
Murten is located 18 kilometers north of Fribourg and 30 kilometers west of Bern. It is yet another ancient town in the country and also perhaps the most well-preserved and beautiful. It is situated on the so called "language demarcation line", therefore some of the people there speak French, some German some of them both. Murten lies on the southern bank of Lake Murtensee (Lac de Morat in French). Near the town there was a fierce battle on June 22, 1476, between the Confederates and Charles the Bold of Burgundy.
There are numerous houses from the 15th to the 18th century and around the town there is also medieval rampart. You can take a walk along the town’s wall and admire the view of the Old Town (Altstadt) with its castle, the lake and the Jura Mountains. The castle was built in the 13th century by Duke Peter of Savoy and although it looks a bit gloomy, it is quite impressive. You can freely enter the courtyard and from there you can enjoy the view of the lake and the Jura Mountain.
Next to the castle there is the Musée Historique where you can see exhibitions from excavations, showing the history of the town up to the Battle of Morat in the 15th century. The museum is located in an old mill, 8 centuries old, and there you can watch a film for the Battle of Murten which was very important for the fate of the Swiss cantons. You can visit it from April till October, daily except for Monday.
There is a direct train from Fribourg to Murten and the trip takes about half an hour. The trains are pretty often and make 6 stops in other villages. Murten can also be reached by train from Ins, which lies between Zurich and Paris.
Murten is reachable by boat from the lakes north and west of it. From May to September there are also ferries connecting Neuchâtel and Murten. The trip through Lac de Neuchâtel, Lac de Murtensee and La Broye canal takes almost two hours.
For flights, trains and car-rental reservations as well as for buses, coaches and taxi ski transfers refer to the general Switzerland Transportation page!