Experience vineyards – high up!

Môtier – Praz – Les Cutres – La Lamberta caves – Môtier

Wines made from grapes grown on the northern shore of Lake Murten are internationally renowned. This varied circular walk traverses the vineyards on Mont Vully and leads to the tunnels of the former infantry fortifications cut into the sandstone – a kids' paradise!

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Technical information

Starting point:Môtier on Lake Murten
Destination:Môtier
Getting to the starting point:Car from Sugiez, via Mont Vully from the north or from Murten/Avenches; boat from Murten or Neuchâtel; bus from Sugiez
Back from the destination:ditto
Technique:Easy
Physical fitness:Easy
Difference in elevation:Ascent 190 m, descent 190 m
Hiking time:1h 45m (excluding the visit to the sandstone caves)
Season:February to November
Note:   Remember a mobile phone or torch for the visit to the sandstone caves of La Lamberta..

Description

This circular hike starts at Môtier on the shore of Lake Murten and continues almost on the level to Praz. Then, around Les Cutres vineyard, the path climbs to the edge of the forest but after that, there are no major uphill gradients on the return.

The short climb to the caves of La Lamberta is a "must": adults will also be fascinated by the 200-meter tunnel network excavated from the sandstone in 1916/17 to defend the Swiss Mittelland during World War I. Access is free.

Today, the former "Haut Vully" infantry fortification above Môtier is a wonderful children's play area. Young adventurers can explore every corner or play hide-and-seek for hours. There is a popular barbecue spot in front of the tunnels.

Walkers descend 80 m through the vineyards to Môtier, where a tasting in a wine cellar rounds the hike off nicely.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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