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    Fortresses, Forests, Fields and Feathers

    Laupen - Auried Nature Reserve - Liebistorf - Murten/Morat

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    Fortresses, Forests, Fields and Feathers

    Laupen - Auried Nature Reserve - Liebistorf - Murten/Morat

    Published on 13.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 10.04.2016

    The 3-4 hour walk from Laupen to Murten is an easy walk and offers a little something of everything: vast farmlands, cool forests, attractive medieval towns, a nature reserve for bird lovers, and even a glimpse of the Bernese Alps on a clear day.

    Laupen is located at the junction of the Saane and Sense Rivers, and is first mentioned in literature in 1130-33. The Battle of Laupen in 1339 was a decisive victory against Fribourg and led to Bern joining the Swiss Confederation in 1353. The town is small so it only takes 10 minutes to walk up to the castle. A beautiful model of a full-sized catapult stands next to the castle and is definitely worth a look.

    The Auried Nature Reserve, about 1/2 hour from Laupen, is a veritable jewel: ponds and pools and reeds from which exude a whole lot of twittering and chirruping. A small observation blind allows you to watch a wide variety of birds, some of which are otherwise rarely seen. Further behind the Reserve are fields with cattle, proving that nature and farming can harmonize.

    The rest of the walk (which is also the 8th Stage of the Trans-Swiss Trail) weaves through forests and fields until you gaze from a slight rise upon the larger medieval village of Murten (or Morat in French) on the South side of Lake Murten in Canton Fribourg. The main street reminds one of a mini-Bern, with its covered arched walkways and cellar shops. There are plenty of places to have a coffee, and you can walk along the old city wall for a striking view across the red-tiled roofs of the city.



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    Published on 13.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 10.04.2016

    Route Details 

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    Western Switzerland
    Time Required
    3 hours 30 minutes
    14 km
    191 m
    232 m
    Season Start / Season End
    February - December
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Castle in Laupen, Auried Nature Reserve, City Wall in Laupen (with clockwork at the base of the stairs)
    Starting Point
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Lupen, Murten
    Things to Note
    Murten is a very popular town especially on a sunny Sunday afternoon so expect a lot of people.

    Route Description 

    Since this is the 8th stage of the Trans Swiss Trail, keep following the trail markers #2.

    00:00 From the train station in Laupen, follow the trail marker to Murten.

    00:05 Reach the little bridge over the River Sense. After crossing the bridge, turn right and walk to the junction with the River Saane, and keep walking along the river.

    00:30 Cross the River Saane (which is, by the way, the border of Canton Bern and Canton Fribourg). Turn right, then left and walk to the Bird Blind to see the birds in the Auried Nature Reserve. Continue on past the reserve and turn right at the farmhouse, then continue straight on up the hill.

    01:00 Reach a main road (Murten Strasse), cross and enter the forest heading to the left.

    01:20 Arrive Liebistorf. In the center of the village turn right and keep following trail marker #2, or the path to Murten. After the end of the village, most of the next 40 minutes is through wooded area.

    02:00 Arrive at a trail marker that shows two directions to Murten. Stay on Trail #2.

    02:20 After passing through fields and crossing a main road, before entering the forest again, look back for a view of the Bernese Alps.

    02:35 Arrive at the recycling station. Turn right down the hill and just keep heading toward Murten.

    03:10 Arrive train station in Murten. Keep walking straight ahead and in about 5-10 minutes of uphill walk you arrive in the old town Murten.





    Murten ist immer ein Besuch Wert, aber Laupen ist auch niedlich.
    Hiked on 10.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk
    Murten ist immer ein Besuch Wert, aber Laupen ist auch niedlich.



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