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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland25,672 contributions
    A main attraction in Murten is a walk on its ramparts. There is an access by the Deutsche Kirche and one at the Törliplatz by the Käfigsturm. At both places is a sign, where it says 'Aufstieg auf die Ringmauer'. One can go up at one entrance and go down at the other. The whole visit took me about 15 minutes. There is no entrance fee and it is open daily from sunrise till sunset. Once up there one has great views over the tiled roofs of the town all the way to the lake of Murten.

    In the other direction one can see out to fields, where in 1476 the 'Battle of Murten' took place, about which there are several information boards on the ramparts. The walls withstood the siege for 12 days, until an army out of Berne came to the rescue and completely routed the troops of Burgundian duke Charles the Bold. The commander of the Murten defense, Adrian von Bubenberg, became a national hero.

    Besides 12 towers of different shape and size there is also the castle of Murten and the tower of the German Church integrated into the walls. The 'chemin de ronde', the wall walk is covered with a wooden roof. On a plaque it says that the 'Ringmauer' was renovated in 1916-1919. After walking on the ramparts one can continue by walking in the 'Stadtgraben', the former moat, and have a look from outside at the walls, which have an average height of a bit more than 8 meters.
    Written 10 July 2022
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland25,672 contributions
    The walled-in town of Murten had two main entrance gate towers. One to the southwest, towards Avenches, which has been torn down, and one at the northeast, towards Berne, which today is one of the attractions of beautiful (and touristy) Murten. It is at the end of the pedestrian Hauptgasse with its arcades on the sides.

    The history of the tower goes back to the 13th century, but the actual building in a baroque-neoclassical style dates from the 18th century, thus from a time, when such towers were not really necessary anymore. From this period also dates the big clock, one of its main features. It is worth to look at the tower from inside the old town as well as from the outside.
    Written 9 July 2022
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland25,672 contributions
    The museum was closed, when I walked past it from the old town towards the lake, but alone the traditional building, in which it is located, is worth to have a look at. Outside the town center its architecture is more of a country style. One can also see the wheel of this former municipal mill.

    Nearby is a sculpture from 2016 of an elephant, made from oak and steel by Beat Breitenstein, a sculptor from the canton of Baselland.
    Written 9 July 2022
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  • Dr. Petra
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    Ambra Minerals in Murten is a fantastic shop. It is beautiful and well-stocked, with even stones and crystals that are difficult to find elsewhere. However, the wonderful people working there had the biggest impact on my visit. I have had the pleasure of being helped by Nola specifically, yet the entire team is very warm-hearted, helpful, and very knowledgeable. Shopping at Ambra Minerals is much more than buying beautiful crystals and jewelry; it is truly an amazing experience. It's worth a trip! A big THANK YOU to the entire staff.
    Written 16 September 2022
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  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland7,644 contributions
    When visiting lovely Murten, don't miss out on the Promenade down at the lake. You can walk down from the old town withing a few minutes...no need to repark.A good start is a the pier, where the boats leave.
    From there it's a very nice walk to the east, through some parks and swimming areas. Until you reach a Nature Reserve at the east end of the lake. And even there you could continue.

    It's a very nice, flat and easy stroll. Later on heading east the way narrows and there will be some steps, be aware if you have a stroller with or somebody with disabilities.

    We always enjoy our walks here, very calm, quiet and relaxing. We'll be back.
    Written 25 October 2020
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  • DrillerBurlington
    Burlington, Canada440 contributions
    We could hear music while walking by and went inside. There was a choir practice going on so we stayed for a while and listened. The acoustics were excellent and the choir excellent as well.
    Written 29 July 2016
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland25,672 contributions
    The top attraction of beautiful Murten must be a walk on its well preserved town walls. The main access to it is just in front of the Deutsche Kirche (German Church), a baroque building from the beginning of the 18th century for the German speaking inhabitants of the Reformed Church, which were the majority here anyway. It was built at the site of a Gothic chapel from around 1400, which now forms the choir of the church. On the quite low whitewashed flat ceiling one can see a stucco with the coat of arms of Berne, Fribourg and Murten. Above the entrance is a gallery with an organ from 1947.

    Outside there are old tombstones by the side walls, while at the front is a bronze statue of a standing man. It represents one of the greatest epic writers of Swiss literature, known under his pen name 'Jeremias Gotthelf', who as pastor at Lützelflüh wrote powerful novels about the Emmental. Just opposite the German Church is the rectory, where he was born as Albert Bitzius, son of the pastor of Murten.
    Written 9 July 2022
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  • steinro
    Riehen, Switzerland180 contributions
    When lingering around Murten, we've come across the Bier Arena in Rathausgasse. Bier Arena is operated from some young guys which are very fond of beer, they have different brands of beer from all over the world. So, when ever you find your way to Murten ( French part of Switzerland ),I highly recommend to pay a visit to that little shop and enjoy a beer or two ... two beer or no beer, that's the question ...
    Written 27 August 2017
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  • Yves M
    Nyon, Switzerland294 contributions
    Excellent stop in Murten. German feel. Great little historical town for a walk. Free access to town medieval walls which is a very very nice touch. Will return.
    Written 31 March 2019
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