Top things to do

Top Choice Light Show in Murten

Murten Festival of Lights

After enjoying phenomenal success in its first year (2016), drawing crowds of up to 80,000, Murten's one-of-a-kind 10-day winter festival, featuring all manner of projections and installations, has secured its place…
Top Choice Ruins in Murten

Aventicum

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…
Top Choice Modern European in Murten

Restaurant des Bains

This lakefront smart-casual restaurant, serving modern Swiss locavore cuisine, flouts a green lawn tumbling down to the Murtensee where you can dine alfresco on fresh, locally caught seafood accompanied by seasonal …
Museum in Murten

Papiliorama

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

Ringmauer

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…
Music in Murten

Avenches Opera Festival

This annual opera festival at the Arènes d'Avenches, 9km southwest of Murten, draws thousands.
Museum in Murten

Römermuseum Avenches

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

Chesery

This cosy eating and drinking hybrid fuses a tasty choice of well-topped bruschetta and other lunchtime munchies with a dazzling display of brocante (secondhand and antique homewares), atmospherically arranged the l…