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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/updated on 13.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 15524 points
 | Date of Tour: 10.04.2016 | Favourite Entries (2) 

The 3-4 hour walk from Laupen to Murten is an easy walk and offers a little something of everything: vast farmlands, cool forests,... read more >>

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.

Published/updated on 13.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 15524 points
 | Date of Tour: 10.04.2016 | Favourite Entries (2)

Route Infos

Region
Western Switzerland
Time Required
3 hours 30 minutes
Distance
14 km
Ascent
191 m
Descent
232 m
Max. Altitude
588 m
Min. Altitude
448 m
Season Start / Season End
February - December
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
Castle in Laupen, Auried Nature Reserve, City Wall in Laupen (with clockwork at the base of the stairs)
Starting Point
Laupen
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Murten/Morat
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.

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Die Städtchen Laupen und Murten sind beide klein, aber sehr sehenswert. Das Auried...

Rating: 4/6

Hiked on 23.03.2018 by Jackie

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...

Rating: 4/6

Hiked on 10.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk

Murten ist immer ein Besuch Wert, aber Laupen ist auch niedlich. Das Vogelgebiet war auch sehr schon.