With its perfectly preserved city wall, a castle, and a beautiful lake, Murten is a very picturesque medieval town to visit off the beaten track. Only 35 minutes from the Swiss capital city of Bern, you can easily reach it with the Lötscherberger train.
Murten makes for an ideal day trip: you can climb up the numerous towers of the city wall, have a boat trip around the lake (it takes exactly one hour and 10 minutes), and walk through the old town to see the castle, the town hall, and a handful of churches. You can also wine and dine at the various restaurants in the main street. In addition, Murten has two beautiful playgrounds, one by the lake and another next to the city wall. Talk about location, location, location! So while our daughter was eagerly playing, we parents could once in a while glance at, and enjoy, the wonderful view.
Despite its location in the mainly French-speaking canton of Fribourg, that’s why you’ll sometimes see it in the map with its French name Morat, the people predominantly speak Swiss German.
where to eat
Chesery — ★★★
Rathausgasse 28, 3280 Murten
* The concept of Chesery is quite unique. It’s a restaurant and a flea market at the same time; you can literally buy everything except for the piano and cutlery. Chesery specializes in wine and cheese, though light meals and cakes are also served. However, at 3:30 in the afternoon, they barely had anything left to eat. My Feldsalat (nussli) turned out to be some other type of leaf, and very bitter if I may say so. For kids, forget it, they don’t have anything. I guess if you dine there before midday you’ll have better luck with the availability of the dishes in the menu.
Until my next post … take care!