Switzerland is such an amazing destination for families! Last summer I discovered the little medieval town of Murten (located by the lake of the same name in the canton of Fribourg) and I understood why it is such a popular summer destination.

Here are some photos and information that perhaps might be of your interest to plan your family holidays in this beautiful and family-friendly location:

What to see:

I would recommend just wandering around through the Old Tow (the only town in Switzerland with an intact town wall) and the lovely lakeside promenade. The atmosphere is relaxed and the weather in the summer is amazing with warm temperatures. In the evening, you can take a bath at the Lake and then just watch the sunset.




What to do:

Although it is a small city I found that it offers many activities during the summer:

  • cycling: there is 170 km of cycle paths and 90 km of tracks for inline skaters. Can you believe it? It is truly a dream come true for any family with children! The route around the lake takes about 2 hours and can be extended if you want. Options are endless!
  • Water sports: there are so many options: sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, rowing, canoeing, lake kayaking… Swiming across the lake is also possible (the distance from Murten to the opposite bank is of 3 km).
  • Cultural activities: Festival Murten Classics offers a great range of concerts in the beautiful castle courtyard and throughout the city. Also, the museum in Murten has a large collection of the history of the town.
  • Excursions: the region is famous for its wines. You can visit the region of Vully and also take a boat trip to the nearby lakes (connected by canals) of Neuchâtel and Biel-Bienne.
  • You can enroll your kids in some art workshops at Atelier Mala.

Where to stay:

Hotel Murtenhof was quite pricey but the location is just perfect and the views from the restaurant are stunning.

Loved the breakfast: amazing cheese and delicious coffee!

I also heard that Hotel Schiff, located by the lake, is a great option for families.


What to eat:

There are lots of small restaurants and coffee shops where you can enjoy a nice lunch. The Confiserie Tea Room Monnier has probably the best cakes in town.

Have you traveled to Switzerland with your family? What locations and tips would you recommend?

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