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Murten (Morat), Switzerland

Morat is a picturesque city that in the past was known as a defensive city. Most of the ramparts and towers are still standing making this city a charming place to spend a day.

I highly recommend Morat if you are looking for a small city full of history to visit in Switzerland. We are planning on going back this summer. However, we want to take the boat from Neuchâtel to Morat instead of the train. I know all four of my children will enjoy the boat.

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My first impression of Morat was that it is literally covered in flowers. Roses are everywhere.

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A garden we found under the old city walls.

Click on the ‘read more’ link below to view the rest of the post. The photos slow down the front page if I don’t break the post. Sorry.

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Morat is a colorful city. Many of the buildings have brightly painted shutters not to mention all those beautiful flowers I already told you about.

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The harbor of Morat is peaceful reminding me of a smaller version of Neuchâtel.

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There were people walking, sitting and even playing volley ball along the lakeside.

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Morat Lake is the smallest of three lakes that are connected. It is possible to take a boat from Lake Bienne to Lake Neuchâtel to Lake Morat.

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I saw this Ninja Turtle outside of the mini golf course on the lake. My kids thought it was cool.

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Inside the Orange Boat that was docked in Lake Morat.

It is possible to eat in the boat while enjoying the sights. All of the boats have a snack bar. Some of the boats do have a restaurant but reservations are required.

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The Orange Boat that we have seen once before docked in Neuchâtel.

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Morat Lake.

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I wanted to show you how small some of the doorways were. I am five foot four inches tall.

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Here is Vilay by the door. He couldn’t even stand inside the doorway without bending over. Vilay is six foot one.

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View of the castle in Morat from the old city walls that we were able to walk inside. It was my favorite part of the city.

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The walkway.

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I took this photo while we were inside one of the towers like the one shown connected to the wall. We walked around the back of the city inside the old city wall walkway (as shown in the previous photo).

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View of the city and lake from the tower.

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View of the church and part of the wall from the tower.

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An old tombstone that was attached to the outside of the church shown in the previous photo.

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The main street in the old city center.

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The city was decorated for Euro 2008 which is hosted by Switzerland and Austria this year.

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Front view of the castle in Morat.

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Photo of the inside courtyard of the castle.

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Seventy-five percent of the population of Morat speaks Swiss German, fourteen percent speak French and two percent speak Italian. Throughout the city signs are in both German and French. The Swiss German speak a dialect of German which is not a written language and must learn to read and write high German in school. Everything that is written is in high German while the population speak Swiss German.

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Another sign in German and French.

Click here to view my Morat, Switzerland set on flickr.

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  • sissi June 17, 2008, 6:47 pm

    Hi!

    You look pretty and happy next to the door.
    This place looks pretty
    I envy you ! You went sightseeing this week end, we stayed home because of the rain. The children and I are getting cabin fever.

  • Lisa June 17, 2008, 7:50 pm

    Beautiful town/photos!

  • Pumpkin June 17, 2008, 9:02 pm

    Sissi,
    It is beautiful there. You guys have to go see it for yourself. I think when it is warmer, it must be even nicer. About the rain…you just have to get out in it as long as it is raining off and on but not storming. We wear water proof coats and hats to keep dry. It rained a little on us but we are used to it.

    Lisa,
    It is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen. I am happy we know about it and can go back again.

  • expatraveler June 19, 2008, 2:30 am

    Great photos! I agree, you look very happy. I love Morat, never been and wanted to go in March. We ran out of time and ended up staying a lot closer to our home base that day instead… Thanks for sharing!

  • might i add ... ? June 19, 2008, 3:04 am

    You do, indeed, look happy. I am fascinated by your photos. They are lovely. I especially like the roofs; I love the tiles and all the angles. The pictures inside the walkway and looking out are fabulous.

    I looked at the flickr set, and I’m curious about what some of the pictures were… the ones that look like dinosaurs put their footprints in wet cement… do you know what that is?

  • Pumpkin June 19, 2008, 1:48 pm

    Expatraveler,
    You will have to visit it next time you come. It is really beautiful.

    Might i add,
    I didn’t have time to go back in and comment on my flickr photos…I never do even if I mean to get around to it. :) I think it is where over time people have put their hands and fingers rubbing places into the soft stone at the windows. That is why I took the photos because I found that so interesting and cool. I wanted to be able to go back and look at it again.

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