Walk from the Hotel along the Lake to the old town of Murten. Visit the beautiful platform by the French church, overlooking the lake with a great view of Mont Vully with its vinyards and the Jura mountain range. Continue to the Townhall and the Castle. Clime the tower of the castle and enjoy the panoramic view. Admire the various fountains in the main street of Murten. Do not miss to climb the old city walls with a view over the roofs of the old town. Picture the battle of Murten, 1476, when 2'000 Swiss soldiers defended their town against an army of 20'000 soldiers of the Duke of Burgundy. European history was re-written after that battle.
The Caves are located on Mount Vully (Mont Vully). Between 1916 and 1917 – during World War I – the digging out of the caves served the defense system for the Swiss midlands. About 200 meters in length, the tunnel system is now a paradise for kids. Young discoverers and adventurists can play for hours. On site, you will find a beautiful area for pick-nick and a fireplace.
For visitors interested in history, there is the opportunity to walk along historic paths on Mont Vully and to explore various bases from the First World War. In September 1914, around 16,000 militiamen built the fortifications in the Murten area (Zihlkanal, Mont Vully and Murten–Laupen).
This «island» offers past and presence at the same time. From being a prehistoric settlement, a roman cult site, the center of the power of Burgundy to a sanctuary for Jean-Jacques Rousseau, it now is a romantic and restful destination for locals and tourists.
You can reach the place from the medieval town of Erlach by a nice waling track or with a little taxi-boat «Navette» that takes you close to the Restaurant. Or just use the scheduled boats according to the timetables available at the Hotel.
After a disastrous fire, Aarberg has been rebuilt in 1477. Between the two rows of houses, a marketplace has become the main attraction. Aarberg was given the market-rights for salt, iron and cloth, which led to a certain economic wealth. 1798 Aaberg was occupied by Napoleon’s troops.
At the time of the Romans the site called «Aventicum» was the most significant Roman settlement on todays Swiss territory. It served as a transit place on the way from the Rhone-Valley to todays Germany. The roman ruins, the Roman Museum, the historic old town plus the cultural events in Avenches offer a variety of leisure activities.
The capital of Switzerland was founded by the Duke of Zähringen in 1191. Berne is listed as an UNESCO world heritage. The medieval old town has a very particular charm. Thanks to its alcoves in the main street Bern is also called the biggest shopping center of Europe. You can hop from shop to shop without getting wet by the rain. The main sites are the «Bundeshaus» (House of Parliament and Government), the «Zeitglocken-Turm» (Clock Tower), the «Käfig-Turm» (Prison-Tower), the «Bären-Park» (Bear-Park – the bear is the city’s mascot) plus many cultural institutions such as the Paul-Klee-Center, the Museum of Fine Art, etc.
This bilingual city (the biggest in Swizerland) is considered the main center of the Swiss Watchindustry. It headquarters the Swatch Group and production centers of Rolex. Other important watch centers are Le Locle, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Grenchen – all pretty near Biel/Bienne.
Besides, it also offers a very well-maintained old town structure, worth visiting.
It is said that this city was founded in the 12th century by the bishop of Lausanne. As of 1245 the city belonged to the duchy of Savoy. In the process of the wars with Burgundy, the city was conquered by the Swiss in 1475. In 1600, the plague (black death) dramatically reduced the population of Estavayer. The medieval old town has national significance and the city wall from the 13th century is still partially visible. It is enforced by four towers and gates.
If you have visited Bern, you will find quite some similarities as both cities have been founded by the Duke of Zähringen. Freiburg (in French Fribourg) was founded in 1157 on a strategically ideal location overlooking the river Saane. Its well maintained and still populated old town is spectacular. Not to be missed is the Cathedral of Saint Niclas. It was constructed in several stages from 1283 to 1490.
Grandson has a very long history of settlement. The earliest signs of human settlements go back to the Neolitic Age (New Stone Age). More known are the «palafittes» along Lake Neuchâtel. They go back to the time period of 3000–1200 b.c. Grandson features a picturesque medieval old town. The main attraction is the Castle of Grandson that goes back to the 13th century. Grandson was the first of the three main battles between the army of the Duke of Burgundy and the Swiss Confederation (the other two were Murten and Nancy).
The first historic tracks go back to the year 1011 when the King of Burgundy Rudolph III, offered the «Novum Castellum» (the new Castle) to his wife Irmengarde. The very visible attractions of the city are the Castle with its church (La Collégiale). The city by the lake is easily accessible by boat. And while you are there, a visit to the Centre Dürrenmatt is recommended.