Fribourg on the diagonal: Fribourg-Murten
From La Gruyère to the Three-Lakes Region, you will cross the canton’s three main tourist centres: Gruyères, Fribourg and Murten. You will also discover some characteristically Swiss landscapes: the pre-Alpine regions and the undulating agricultural landscapes on the plateau.
The third and final stage of the route links Fribourg to Murten, two towns founded in the Middle Ages, with a wealth of well-preserved historical and cultural heritage. The route takes you away from the main roads through countryside devoted mainly to growing crops or forestry, with some fine panoramic views over the Pre-Alps, the Jura and the lake at the end of your walk.
Fribourg is not only a university city, but also one that is steeped in history. The Vieille-Ville (old town) and Basse-Ville (lower town) districts still have some of their historic monuments. The cathedral of St Nicolas stands in the centre. As the city’s patron, St Nicolas returns to speak every year, to the delight of both adults and children.
You will leave Fribourg along paths that cross the city’s various districts and gradually move into wooded and agricultural landscapes, some open with views over the Pre-Alps or the Jura, others more intimate as you walk alongside streams. Once you leave Chandossel, you will follow the border between cantons, with the small Bernese enclave of Clavaleyres.
From Greng, you walk alongside Lake Murten through the forest that borders it. Shortly before you reach the mediaeval town of Murten, you will pass the obelisk built to commemorate the battle in which the Swiss Confederation beat Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. This episode in Swiss history was one of the turning points that would result in Switzerland's independence. The Murten to Fribourg race commemorates the victory every year, replicating the route taken by the messenger who brought the good news to Fribourg, brandishing a branch from a lime tree.
Remember to visit the ramparts and the Vieille-Ville (old town), which has managed to keep its architectural character.
Possible to leave the trail at this stage: yes (by making a detour to one of the villages with public transport links)
Accessible by public transport: yes
Accessible by car: yes
Difference in height : + 420m /- 600m