Published/updated on 13.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 26552 points | Date of Tour: 10.04.2016 | Favourite Entries (4)
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...
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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.
Die Städtchen Laupen und Murten sind beide klein, aber sehr sehenswert. Das Auried Naturreservat ist ein wahres Vogelparadies und lohnt einen Stopp. Da ein Grossteil der Wanderung durch Waldgebiet führt ist die Wanderung auch im Sommer gut machbar.
Murten ist immer ein Besuch Wert, aber Laupen ist auch niedlich. Das Vogelgebiet war auch sehr schon.
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