Thanks to its beautiful location on a slight hill above Lake Murten, the 800-year-old Zähringer town of Murten in the canton of Fribourg has become a popular tourist destination. In the evening, you really must watch the sunset over the lake, with magnificent views of Mont Vully and the Jura.
A town wall encircles the little town protectively. However, for a long time now the almost entirely preserved wall, the only one in Switzerland which you can walk all the way round, has not had to resist attackers, but rather has offered visitors a magnificent view of the nearby lake and the roofs of the Old Town. The museum in Murten has a large collection encompassing 6000 years of the history of the town and surrounding region (open from April to October).
Anyone discovering this holiday region on wheels or roller-blades will certainly get their money's worth. With 170 km of cycle paths and 90 km of tracks for inline skaters, they could hardly ask for more. There is one particularly popular cycle route, especially suitable for families, going from the medieval Murten to the 2000-year-old Avenches and back, while another takes you all round the lake in about two hours, or can be extended as far as Mont Vully.
Murten offers lots of opportunities for excursions by boat, on foot or by bike. The boat trip from Murten to the wine-growing region of Vully takes about an hour. You can also do trips taking in two or three lakes, by passing through canals to the lakes of Neuchâtel and Biel-Bienne. Lake Murten is a popular bathing lake, where the temperature becomes pleasantly warm quite early in the summer. Sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, surf-biking, rowing, pedalo boating, canoeing, lake kayaking and angling – you can do almost anything here.
The slopes of Mont Vully offer a wonderful panoramic view of the Jura and the Alps. On these slopes they cultivate refreshing white wines which go wonderfully well with fish from the lake. The Vully wines can be tasted in wine cellars and tasting centres.
- Medieval Old Town – with arcades and the only intact town wall in Switzerland that you can walk round.
- Boat trip – many opportunities on Lake Murten and on the lakes of Neuchâtel and Biel-Bienne, connected by canals.
- Papilliorama-Nocturama in Kerzers – tropical gardens with exotic butterflies and lots of nocturnal animals.
- Vegetable Path on the Grosse Moos – in the "vegetable garden of Switzerland", in the triangle between the lakes of Murten, Neuchâtel and Biel-Bienne, grow 60 different sorts of vegetable, many of which can be seen during the signposted cycle ride.
- Vully Wine Path – find out about aspects of wine-growing on the slopes of the Vully during a walk lasting about an hour, so you still have enough time to taste the wine too.
- Slow-up Murtensee – on one Sunday, 32 km of roads around Lake Murten are car-free for the use of cyclists and inline skaters (May/June).
- Swim across the lake – you have to swim at least 3 km to reach Murten from the opposite bank (July).
- Avenches Opera Festival – performances of well-known operas in the setting of the Roman amphitheatre, the perfect setting for such magnificent scenes (July).
- Open-air cinema – film fun against the idyllic backdrop of the lake (August).
- Murten Classics – major works of classical music performed in the castle courtyard and Old Town (August).
- Rock Oz'Arènes – open-air music festival in the amphitheatre at Avenches and at other venues (August).
- Vully Wine-growing Festival – an ideal opportunity to try out the wines of the region at leisure (September).