Murten: an idyll by the lake
A peaceful retreat with Mediterranean flair
Immerse yourself in a world where picturesque alleys meet centuries of history and Lake Murten offers a backdrop of breathtaking nature. An unforgettable experience awaits you here, combining culture, relaxation and discovery with a touch of Mediterranean flair.
Travel comfortably by train to Murten. The old town is about a 10-minute walk from the station.
Murten's circular wall is an impressive relic from days gone by. This well-preserved city wall surrounds the historic old town of Murten and tells of the strategic importance and protection the town once enjoyed. The ring wall was built in several construction phases from different materials such as pebbles, tuff and sandstone. The first 15 layers predate the foundation of the city in the 12th century. You can walk along the almost intact circular wall in all weathers and it offers a panoramic view over the charming roofs of Murten, as well as Lake Murten, on which the routes of the Three Lakes Cruises run. Strolling along the picturesque lakeside with a view of the Vully wine-growing region opposite, you immediately get that “holiday” feeling.
The German and French Churches
The German Church stands as an important religious building in the heart of the city. Originally, there was a Lady Chapel on the site of the German Church from 1399. The present church was built in 1710 in the Baroque style as a new building, whereby the former chapel choir was preserved. As a meeting place for the German-speaking community, it serves not only as a place of faith and devotion, but also as a cultural centre. Its architecture and presence shape the townscape and bear witness to the rich history of Murten.
The late Gothic French Church replaced the former St. Catherine's Chapel in 1481. A commemorative plaque to the reformer William Farel (1530) is placed above the entrance. The church marks an important place of faith and community, and its historical value and cultural relevance emphasise the city's connection with different languages and traditions.
The Aebersold bakery in Murten is known for its house speciality, Nidelkuchen. This unique recipe has been passed down and refined over three generations. Whilst visiting, guests have the opportunity to watch the bakers at work and get a glimpse of the production process. There is an opportunity to try both traditional Nidelkuchen and a savoury variation with bacon or tomatoes.
Circuit Secret Murten Licht
Mysterious light experience
Experience a mysterious and luminous journey through six interactive rooms! On a tour through the city with a total of six interactive stations, you will be taken on a mysterious and exciting journey. Creative light projections and animations interact with you in a variety of ways. This extraordinary experience stirs the emotions and leaves you wanting to explore further.
Murten's journey through time: history and the present in the museum
The Museum Murten presents a diverse collection of exhibits that illuminate Murten's development from antiquity to the present day. From archaeological finds to contemporary art, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the multi-faceted identity of this historic city. The exhibitions encourage visitors to explore the past, understand the present and experience the unique atmosphere of Murten.
Murten on Ice
Murten on Ice invites you to enjoy a wintery treat. This seasonal event transforms the place into a frosty oasis of fun and activity. The ice rink offers young and old the opportunity to put on their skates and glide on the ice. Music and lights create a festive atmosphere while families, friends and visitors brave the cold with fun and enthusiasm.
Murten Christmas Market
Magical Christmas atmosphere
During three days (from 8 to 10 December 2023), you can immerse yourself in the magical festivity of the Murtner Weihnachtsmarktest. This annual event transforms the historic streets of Murten into a winter oasis of joy and community spirit. The market is the perfect place to get in the mood for the festive season and experience the anticipation of Christmas. The stalls are filled with handmade gifts, festive decorations and culinary delights.
Murten Light Festival
Magic lights in Murten
From 17 to 28 January 2024, the Light Festival will once again take place in the old town of Murten. During the Murten Light Festival, breathtaking light installations, projections and creative works of art are presented on the town's historic buildings and squares. These vibrant creations interact with the environment and create an impressive play of colours and shapes. Immerse yourself in a spectacle that transforms the city into a shimmering wonderland and creates a very special atmosphere.
Dress up and celebrate!
Let yourself be swept away by the lively atmosphere of Murten Carnival (from 1 to 4 March 2024)! The Murten Carnival events offer a variety of activities for all ages. Be it the rousing parades, the creative costume competitions or the wide range of entertainment - there is something for everyone here. You have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the colourful world of carnival, dress up and share the fun with the community.