History and cocooning

Activity ideas for a winter weekend in a region better known for its summery atmosphere.

Payerne - abbey church
Payerne - abbey church. © Olivier Rapin
48 hours in the south of Lakes Neuchâtel and Murten

But make no mistake about it! The Lake Murten region and the River Broye offer everything to make your stay both pleasant and exciting, even in the depths of winter. Embark on a journey of discovery through the region's rich history and warm up in the establishments now housed in the ancient stones of the old towns of Avenches and Murten.


We cannot ensure that all our proposals are available, both in view of the current health situation and the weather.

Rendez-vous in Payerne

Payerne: Get your day underway with a coffee at Chez Cathy's tea room, and while you’re at it treat yourself to a pastry or bruschetta (anytime)!

The next stop is the Payerne Priory, fresh from several years of renovation and which now boasts its own brand new tour route. The building, whose construction began in 950, is a masterpiece of Romanesque art and the fate of its historical characters is fascinating.

Not far from there the story continues: take the road towards Avenches, the former Roman capital of Helvetia. On the way, those who wish to deepen their archaeological knowledge should stop by the Vallon Roman Museum. Built on a Gallo-Roman site, the museum showcases the numerous statuettes of deities found on the site.

ÀIn Avenches, wrap up warm for a stroll through the old side streets and pay a visit to the famous arenas. Concerts and performances will echo there once the warmer months return, and if you close your eyes you might just hear the babbling voices of the Roman public of days gone by.

Did you know that the region is home to a bison farm? The "Ô 33" - Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville, rated 15/20 by Gault&Millau, offers bison on its menu as well as other mouth-watering dishes. Spend the night in the heart of the small town, for example in a guesthouse at Christian & Isabelle Tschanz, in their bed & breakfast "Local 49", or continue the historical theme by spending the night at the Münchenwiler Castle.

Discovering Murten

Start the day with something sweet by visiting one of the bakeries in Murten and tasting the Nidelkuche. This cream pie, a local speciality, is actually a light and soft leavened dough covered with five layers of soft cream. But if that sounds a bit too rich for breakfast, you can always save the idea for later. Though it would be a shame not to try it!

Afterwards, discover the outdoor skating rink located at the foot of the town wall from November to February. Spin a few laps on the ice or enjoy a game of "Eisstock". This old Swiss classic, similar to curling, is a friendly game that is easy to play. Skates can be hired on site for CHF 5.

At noon, eat at the Chesery, a restaurant in the heart of the old town whose passion for fresh produce rivals their love of old objects. Here you can buy almost anything! The cosy sofa you occupy, the decoration, the crockery, ...

The pretty little town of Murten has made its mark on history, not least with the battle of the same name in 1476. On a walk through the town, you will discover numerous age-old buildings and structures, including the famous town walls. To make sure you don’t miss out on any anecdotes (learn why there is a street called "Ruelle de l’Eléphant"), book an individual guided tour at the tourist office. A QR-code tour is also offered.


Discover Murten illuminated thanks to the Light Walk.
  • From the 3rd to the 28th of March 2021, from Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 10 pm
  • CHF 10.00/adult, children up to 16 years old free of charge


B&B "Local 49" in Avenches
Château Münchenwiler
Tea-room Boulangerie "Chez Cathy Bossy"
Avenches Tourism
Ô 33 - Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville (15 points GM)
The Nidelkuchen, Murten cream cake
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