Murten (Morat in French) is a small town of 5,000 people, located in the bilingual canton (state) of Fribourg, not far from the Swiss capital, Bern.  Murten is on the cultural and linguistic divide between German and French-speaking Switzerland, although 2/3 of its population speaks German. The bicultural nature of Murten has definitely left an imprint on the “feel” of the town. Add the Lake of Murten and the vineyards of nearby Vully, and you have a taste of Paradise!

Murten is one of Switzerland’s prettiest towns with an 800-year-old history. Much of it is protected by intact ramparts and other walls. The lakeside is very attractive, offering swimming and boating facilities in summer. This is known as the “Lake District”, since three of Switzerland’s most important and picturesque lakes are here, and even interconnected by canals: The Lakes of Neuchâtel, Biel/Bienne, and Murten, all with regular steamer services.

The quality of life in Murten is high. There are many fine cafés and restaurants, as well as pastry and bakery shops, boutiques and other establishments.

Life in Murten is slow…and very good!

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