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This is an interesting casual smallish restaurant that we decided to check out and get OUT of the sun for a while...
The logo on the window contained a Canadian flag and I was kind of eager to check it out...the interior is wooden carved and crafted benches and banisters and furniture..
When you enter the restaurant there's a kind of cheesy type of Totem Pole to greet you...
The service was good and friendly but I was never able to find out what the Canadian connection was...
I liked the deserts enough to think that if I was ever back in Murten Id certainly return for a meal...
Favorite Dish: We shared two different types of cheese cakes and cold drinks and espresso....the deserts were REALLY good ..
The menu also had salads ...burgers...sea food....and the usual drinks and beverages...
Written Jul 11, 2009
Address: Hauptgasse 24
Phone: 41 26 670 07 87
Favorite thing: The town’s name is derived from the Celtic word moriduno, meaning “lakeside fortress”. It was first mentioned in 515 as the existence of a defensive place called “Muratum”. By 1013, the place was known as a fortress. Duke Berchtold IV of Zaeringen founded the town in 1159 next to the fortress. After his death, Murten was recognized as a “Free Imperial Town” by the German emperor Frederic II. It did not last long – in 1255 Murten falls under the protection of Count Peter of Savoy.
Fire in 1416 led to rebuilding in stone, a useful move since, shortly after, in June 1476, Murten allied itself with Bern and Fribourg against the Burgundians and found itself facing down a concerted siege from Charles the Bold. The town hung on for thirteen days, whereupon a Bernese force arrived from over the hills, weighed into the Burgundian army and massacred the lot – some 10,000 were slaughtered, and local legend tells of bones being washed up on the lakeshore even eighteen years later. Since then, Murten celebrates the victory every year on June 22nd. A runner took news of the victory 17km to Fribourg, but expired after recounting his tale – his exploit is commemorated today by thousands who take part in a fun run between the two towns on the first Sunday in October.
From 1484 on, and for 300 years, Murten is ruled by the 2 cantons – Bern and Fribourg. In 1803, Napoleon gives the town to the canton of Fribourg.
Written Aug 2, 2003