It is a small town with approximately 8,000 inhabitants. Murten is noted as being one of the most attractive Swiss towns, especially for the extensive intact defensive walls that surround the old town. The Battle of Morat which put an end to Burgundian against the Swiss took place here in 1476, and cannonballs can still be seen in the town walls.
By trainMurten is a minor station and thus is only served by regional trains. There are hourly direct connections from Neuchatel (25 min), Fribourg (30 min) and Berne (35 min).
By boatDuring summer a boat service connects Murten to Neuchatel and Biel.
Murten is small enough to walk around and see the sights easily.
The old town and the walls.
phone: +41 26 670 31 00address: Ryf 4Recounts the history of Murten from the Celts and Romans to today.
Löwenberg CastleA chateau dating to the 15th or 16th century.
phone: +41 26 672 12 22address: Hauptgasse 43Serves meat on slate but also local dishes such as fondue.
phone: +41 26 672 90 30address: Rathausgasse 1-3
In nearby Kerzers is the papiliorama:
phone: +41 31 756 04 60address: Moosmatte 1, 3210 KerzersA small zoo featuring an indoor butterfly habitat, and bird and monkey habitats simulating the jungles of Belize both during the day and at night. Kids love it, and parents too, though the extensive playground might take more parental energy than one wants to expend when travelling.