Murten Things to Do

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    SWISS BARNS

    by balhannah Updated Oct 21, 2011

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    As we were driving around the countryside near Murten, I realized this was an area for Dairy Cows.
    We saw quite a few Barn's, interesting they were, as we don't need them in Australia.
    They were colossal building's, and I noticed that the Farm House was adjoining the Barn, in other words, it was all in one......All one big happy family!
    The Cow's looked contented, so I guess they enjoy their time there!

    This is a good area for seeing rural life.

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    MURTEN CITY WALLS

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2011

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    What I thought makes this town nice, is the well preserved City Walls and their Towers. You can gain access to the City Walls from the Little Tower, but I didn't, as a school group was before me. I understand there are good views of the Town, the Lake and Jura Mountains. Beside the Walls were some nice gardens, and I could see the German Church Tower was being restored.

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    MURTEN CASTLE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 21, 2011

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    The building of this Castle began in 1255 and since then, Tower's and building's have been added.
    Between 1797 to 1802, the castle was used as a Hospital, Prison and Barracks for the French army who invaded the town. No longer is the" Tower of Avenches," the Upper gate, this was demolished!
    The entrance to the castle was protected by a moat and a draw bridge, this is no longer here.
    The castle is now used as offices. It has been well preserved, and is worth seeing.

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    WALK THE HISTORIC CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2011

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    I guess it all depends on what time of the year you are in Murten, as to what it is like.
    I was there when many flowers were blooming. The Police Station looked welcoming with bright Red Geranium's at the entrance, then I saw Roses growing up walls, flower's along an old water trough, and many flower's in Flower Boxes sitting on window ledges, it was so pretty!

    Of course, the buildings in the old town are interesting too, and here, they have diagonally striped shutters, these add a bit of colour. Interesting shops, View's, a Castle and a Lake, what more could I ask for.

    Best way to see it?..............WALK!

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    FRANZOSISCHE CHURCH.

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2011

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    This is a small church in the old historic part of Murten. It is known as the French Church, and was built in 1478-1480 in late Gothic style. A plague on the wall is in memory of Guillaume Farel who was the reformer of the city.

    I was able to go inside, and there really wasn't very much to see. The nicest, was the Chapel window, of which I took a photo of.

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    LAKE VIEWPOINT

    by balhannah Written Oct 21, 2011

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    I believe there are several viewpoint's in Murten, the one I found, was by the Franzosische Kirche.
    It had a Memorial in the centre, and great views over Lake Murten. I could see there were Tour Boats waiting for Tourist's, and many Windsurfer's were enjoying the Lake breeze. Looking across the other side, were lots of Vineyard's and House's along the foreshore. So nice, especially on a sunny day!

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    CITY SCHOOL & FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2011

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    Located very close to the Berne Tor, is the City School dating back to 1836.
    It is the oldest School House in Switzerland.
    In the playground is a unique clock combining five sun-dials and a fountain, and it gives the time of many different places in the world.
    Just outside was a nice fountain with a statue, and bright red Geranium's surrounding it. The water fountain is dated 18...?

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    THE BERN TOR

    by balhannah Written Oct 18, 2011

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    I doubt if you could miss the Berne Tor, the gateway out of the city in the direction of Berne.

    We came across this magnificent Tower and Gate on our way into the main street of Murten.
    Quite old, as it was rebuilt in 1778, and contains a clock mechanism made in 1712. The clock is wound every day!
    Located to the side of the gate, is quite a large Mural of two people playing musical instruments.

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    Murten Museum....

    by Greggor58 Written Jul 11, 2009

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    The Museum of Murten is found essentially in what could be considered park lands adjacent to Lausannestrasse in a building that is in fact an old mill built in the year 1524....

    Its collection includes displays about the pre-history of the area..[as far back as the Neolithic era when people are known to have lived here].. folk art, iconography, stamps etc.

    There is quite an impressive diorama of the Battle of Murten that can be seen...

    To enter will cost 6 Swiss Francs for adults...and children aged 6-16 will cost 2 Francs...

    Access hours are Tuesday until Saturday from 1400 PM until 1700 PM... and Sundays from 1000 AM until 1700 PM...The museum is only seasonal and is only open from April until October...

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    Clock Tower....

    by Greggor58 Written Jul 11, 2009

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    The Clock Tower can be found at the end of Hauptgasse...in fact is on the city side of the Bern Tor....or Bern Gate....its mechanism is still today needing to be wound every day...

    This is really the focal point of this busy main street in the Old Town....and its charm has been a part of the city since 1712...

    The first tower on this site was built in 1239 and was rebuilt again by Nicklaus Hebler from Bern who also built the famous Bern clock –- the Zygloggeturn.

    The mechanism of the clock was manufactured by the Ducommun Brothers,noted clock makers of La Chaux-de=Fonds in France...

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    Boat Tripping on Swiss Lakes.....

    by Greggor58 Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    There are two companies that offer transport service between communities on Lake or Lac de Neuchâtel, the Murtensee, and Bielersee or Lac de Bienne...all connected through canals and transits through what is referred to as "the marshes"...

    We booked onto "The Fribourg" owned and operated by the Société de Navigation LNM and did a three hour round trip between Murten and Neuchâtel... The other company is BSG...and both companies advertise each other’s routes and connections.You can pick up timetables for both at all tourist offices around the region...

    This was a relaxing and kind of fun way to spend some time and see some of the local countryside that otherwise wouldn't have been seen..It was a full boat ....you could get off at any number of stops along the way and reembark on a later boat making the stop at scheduled times...

    We passed through a canal that had farmlands ,restaurants,campgrounds, and marinas all along the way...

    The main terminus for the ferries is along the waterfront of Murten...the ticket booths are also found here.

    Prices for our round trip were 46 Swiss Francs for adults...BSG gives free travel to Eurail and Swiss Pass holders, and fifty percent off to InterRailers.
    LNM gives free travel to Swiss Pass holders, but Eurailers and InterRailers pay full price.

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    The Waterfront...

    by Greggor58 Written Jul 11, 2009

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    We ended up here at the beginning of our visit here to Murten...the ticket booth for our boat transport is located here...and so are cafes and snack bars...We visited on Good Friday and the sun was strong and warm....

    This is essentially a park and walkway that rings the Lake and is accessed from the main road Ryf strasse...

    Sit and sip an espresso or a cold drink at one of the many cafes that you can find here... and watch the World go by...this is a beautiful spot !

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  • Few photos to convince you to visit Murten

    by ikeren Written Jun 5, 2007

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    This is a small town with a compact (actually three streets) beautiful medieval center and the wall surrounding it. Make sure to walk on the wall itself – there are several entrances where you go up and down. Forty minutes by train from Bern. Highly recommended if you're in this area of Swiss (between Bern and Geneva).

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  • Few photos to convince you to visit Murten

    by ikeren Written Jun 5, 2007

    This is a small town with a compact (actually three streets) beautiful medieval center and the wall surrounding it. Make sure to walk on the wall itself – there are several entrances where you go up and down. Forty minutes by train from Bern. Highly recommended if you're in this area of Swiss (between Bern and Geneva).

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    Murten Lake

    by JudyinPA Written Jun 24, 2004

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    Boat tours to Solothun by using channels from this lake and going up the Aare River from Biel can be started here and other villages along the water. I have taken the trip from Solothun to Biel and found it very relaxing and enjoyable.

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