Top Choice Ruins in Murten


This collection of Roman ruins – the foundations of former structures, buildings and fortifications just outside Avenches' medieval Old Town – is best appreciated in conjunction with a visit to the Römermuseum Avenc…
Museum in Murten


Tropical butterflies flutter alongside hummingbirds and other exotic birds 11km northeast of Murten at Papiliorama. Indigenous butterflies flit about in the Swiss Butterfly Garden, tarantulas creep and crawl in Arth…
Area in Murten

Old Town

Murten is a cobblestone three-street town crammed with arcaded houses. A string of hotel-restaurants, culminating in a 13th-century castle (closed to visitors), line Rathausgasse. Shops and eateries stud parallel Ha…
Walls in Murten


Ascend the wooden Aufstieg auf die Ringmauer (rampart stairs) behind the Deutsche Kirche to reach the covered walkway traversing these sturdy 11th-century city walls enclosing Murten's medieval Old Town. It’s magica…
Ruins in Murten

Arènes d'Avenches

The 1st-century Roman amphitheatre is as impressive as it is unexpected to find in a small Swiss village. Used throughout the year for occasional outdoor concerts such as the Avenches Opera Festival, thie theater in…
Museum in Murten

Römermuseum Avenches

This small museum evokes the Roman glory days of Avenches, ancient capital of Celtic tribe Helvetii.
Church in Murten

Deutsche Kirche

Murten's German Church, dating to 1399, was rebuilt in baroque style in 1710. Don't miss its stucco ceiling and lovely polygonal pulpit, carved from a single oak-tree trunk in 1484.
Museum in Murten

Museum Murten

In a mill outside the city walls, this museum displays artefacts discovered during the dredging of the Broye Canal in 1829 and cannons used in the Battle of Murten.