Murten may not be home to many museums and attractions, but its twisting cobblestone alleys, fortified, covered walls and quaint old town make for a perfect outing. To us, these lesser seen cities are far more impressive and authentic than famed ones such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Situated on the south east bank of Murtensee, the town of Murten has a nice waterfront and view of the lake.
If we would have had more time, we would have taken a boat across lake and gone for a hike in the Vully vineyard paths and explored the Sandstone caves.
A walk through Murten feels a bit as though you've stepped back in time. This medieval gem is preserved incredibly well and welcomes all through it's main city tower, the Berntor.
We’re convinced this must be the most charming police station on the entire planet... It is to no surprise that we found it here in Switzerland. The Swiss have a way of beautifying even the most utilitarian of spaces - creating a sense of value and pride for all within their borders.
Perhaps our favorite thing about Murten was walking the old city walls. Regardless of how many medieval cities we visit, we never seem to tire of this quaint past time. In fact, we simply take note of what we like and how we might build our own some day...
Many medieval cities fortifying walls still encompass their inner cities, but Murten is a bit unique in the fact that a secondary wall still stands beyond the main city wall - the remains of an old moat wall (as shown in the lower right hand corner below). Alongside this wall, there is a walking path as well.
Know Before You Go!
- For a small fee, we parked in the paid lot just outside the city walls. There aren’t many places to park within the city walls, so this is your best bet.
- Along with most of Switzerland, city fountains provide FREE drinking water. Fill up those bottles!