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Getting There

Murten is connected by direct rail line to Fribourg, a 30-minute ride away. About 20 trains a day make the run, stopping off at about six hamlets along the way. Murten also has good connections to the nearby town of Ins, which lies directly on most of the train routes between Zurich and Paris. For train information, call tel. 0900/300-300 or visit www.sbb.ch. If you'd like to rent a bike, stop in at the station; a kiosk rents bikes for 28F a day.

A boat ride over the lakes that lie to the north and west is quite a restful way to reach Murten. Ferries cross between Neuchâtel and Murten about five times daily between late May and late September. It takes about 1 3/4 hours to cross the two lakes (Lac de Neuchâtel and Murtensee) and the canal (La Broye) that connects them; the one-way boat fare is 24F. Call tel. 032/729-96-00 for more information.

In midsummer, another way to reach Murten is from Biel (Bienne). Between late May and late September, a ferry departs Tuesday to Sunday from the central piers in Biel at 11:20am, arriving in Murten at 3:30pm. One-way transit costs 54F and will take you through three lakes (Bielersee, Lac de Neuchâtel, and Murtensee) and across the canals connecting them.

If you're driving, head west from Bern on Route 10 and turn south to Murten at the junction with Route 22.

Visitor Information

The Murten Tourist Information Office is at Französische Kirschgasse 6 (tel. 026/670-51-12; www.murtentourismus.ch). Opening hours are: April to September Monday to Friday 9am to noon and 1 to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to noon and 1 to 5pm; October to March Monday to Friday 9am to noon and 2 to 5pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.