2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail

Hiking

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Trans Swiss Trail

Stage 8, Murten–Laupen

Route report
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Trans Swiss Trail

Leisurely over the rolling hills of the Fribourg Mittelland. Shady forest sections interchange with open asphalted village sections. The confluence of the Saane and Sense rivers is a near-to-nature experience.
The town of Murten on the German-French language border is the starting point of this rather short hike to Laupen. The lakeside promenade is delightful, the view over lake Murten, the Mont Vully hills and the Jura mountain range behind is magnificent. Leaving the residential area and passing a school complex, the path enters a small wood. Then you hike along vast expanses of farmland with views over the fields towards the lake and the Jura, followed by the Galm forest, which you cross all the way to Liebisdorf. Did you know why the Galm state forest is quite unique? It is the property of the State of Fribourg and forms its own geographical municipality, but without inhabitants.

Having now been on the road for over two hours, a few minutes later you reach the lovely Auried nature reserve. For 30 years it was nothing but a gravel pit in a former loop of the Saane river. When the material was removed, dry sandbanks, clay pools, cool backwaters and impenetrable shrub willows re-emerged - all typical habitats of the natural floodplain. Depending on the season, you can listen to the frogs' concerts here.

The Saane river meanders through the valley, sometimes calmly, sometimes rushing. Thus, trees are uprooted and gravel islands are removed so that they can reappear somewhere else. The river forms new side arms and swamps the floodplain forest. The power of the water creates a mosaic of the most diverse habitats; the floodplains are therefore the landscapes with the greatest variety of species in Europe. Only a few minutes later, you can admire the impressive confluence of the Sense and Saane rivers. The entertaining hike ends at the railway station in Laupen, with its castle enthroned on a sandstone cliff.
Leisurely over the rolling hills of the Fribourg Mittelland. Shady forest sections interchange with open asphalted village sections. The confluence of the Saane and Sense rivers is a near-to-nature experience.
The town of Murten on the German-French language border is the starting point of this rather short hike to Laupen. The lakeside promenade is delightful, the view over lake Murten, the Mont Vully hills and the Jura mountain range behind is magnificent. Leaving the residential area and passing a school complex, the path enters a small wood. Then you hike along vast expanses of farmland with views over the fields towards the lake and the Jura, followed by the Galm forest, which you cross all the way to Liebisdorf. Did you know why the Galm state forest is quite unique? It is the property of the State of Fribourg and forms its own geographical municipality, but without inhabitants.

Having now been on the road for over two hours, a few minutes later you reach the lovely Auried nature reserve. For 30 years it was nothing but a gravel pit in a former loop of the Saane river. When the material was removed, dry sandbanks, clay pools, cool backwaters and impenetrable shrub willows re-emerged - all typical habitats of the natural floodplain. Depending on the season, you can listen to the frogs' concerts here.

The Saane river meanders through the valley, sometimes calmly, sometimes rushing. Thus, trees are uprooted and gravel islands are removed so that they can reappear somewhere else. The river forms new side arms and swamps the floodplain forest. The power of the water creates a mosaic of the most diverse habitats; the floodplains are therefore the landscapes with the greatest variety of species in Europe. Only a few minutes later, you can admire the impressive confluence of the Sense and Saane rivers. The entertaining hike ends at the railway station in Laupen, with its castle enthroned on a sandstone cliff.
15 km
280 m | 240 m
3 h 45 min
easy (hiking trail) | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Murten
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Arrival / return travel Laupen
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Contact

Signpost management
The Union fribourgeoise du Tourisme is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the hiking signposts and blazes on behalf of the canton.
Union fribourgeoise du Tourisme
Case postale 1560
1701 Fribourg
information@fribourgregion.ch
www.fribourgregion.ch

Services

Accommodation

Hotel Bad Murtensee
Hotel Bad Murtensee
Muntelier
Hotel Schiff am See
Hotel Schiff am See
Murten
perron13
perron13
Murten
gast & hof
gast & hof
Rosshäusern
Gasthof Bären
Gasthof Bären
Laupen BE
B+B Chez Papillon
B+B Chez Papillon
Laupen BE
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Bookable offers

2 Trans Swiss Trail: Neuenburg - Langnau im Emmental
2 Trans Swiss Trail: Neuenburg - Langnau im Emmental
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Places

Murten
Murten
Laupen
Laupen
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Places of interest

Bois Domingue - Viewpoint and exhibition
Bois Domingue - Viewpoint and exhibition
Läubliplatz in Laupen
Läubliplatz in Laupen
Laupen Castle
Laupen Castle
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization