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près de Avenches, Canton de Vaud (Switzerland)

Reliez ces deux charmantes bourgades chargées d’histoire par un chemin ombragé qui borde le lac.

Capitale de l’Helvétie romaine, Avenches, fondée vers le 1er siècle de notre ère, a compté 20’000 habitants à son apogée. La ville fut également un siège épiscopal avant que le siège de l’évêque Marius ne soit déplacé à Lausanne. La balade débute au milieu des vestiges antiques, à l’emplacement du théâtre romain, aujourd’hui en partie restauré. Partez en direction du sanctuaire du Cigognier, reconnaissable à sa colonne blanche dressée, avant de monter vers l’amphithéâtre. Descendez ensuite vers la gare puis longez les rails vers la tour de la Landi. Traversez les voies du chemin de fer à la première intersection, prenez le pont qui enjambe l’autoroute puis empruntez le chemin à droite.

Le parcours continue vers le Lac de Morat. Arrivés à la plage d’Avenches, longez la plage en direction de Faoug/Morat. Dépassez le village de Faoug, dont le nom dérive d’une ancienne dénomination du hêtre, et continuez jusqu’à Morat. A l’entrée de Meyriez, vous pouvez observer un obélisque érigé par le canton de Fribourg à la suite de la destruction de l’ossuaire qui contenait les dépouilles des soldats tués lors de la Bataille de Morat. C’est une étape importante pour l’histoire de la Suisse, qui fut reconnue comme grande puissance militaire grâce à ses deux victoires (Grandson et Morat). Le parcours se termine par la montée en ville de Morat dont une grande partie des monuments historiques est conservée. Profitez de grimper sur les remparts, dont le chemin de ronde est accessible toute l’année.

Le conseil : profitez d’une des trois plages qui jalonnent le parcours pour une baignade rafraîchissante dans le lac de Morat.

Accessible en transports publics : oui
Accessible en voiture : oui

Dénivelés : + 108 m / - 106 m

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The Roman Museum

The Roman Museum focuses entirely on Aventicum, the Roman capital of the Helvets. This town had 20'000 inhabitants, a number that has never been reached again. Aventicum was fortified with a wall measuring 5.5 km in length and containing 4 gates. 73 towers allowed access to its rampart walk.
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Castle Murten

Today’s castle is from 1755. Step through the entry and immediately look on the ground. You’ll find the outline, in stone, of the original castle water well. The tall quadrangular tower or the keep, known as the “Luegisland,” served as a watch tower for Adrian von Bubenberg so that he could oversee the Battle of Murten. Following the reign of the Savoy, the castle served as a residence to the bailiffs from Bern and Fribourg. Throughout history, it also served as a hospital, prison and barracks. Today it houses the Canton of Fribourg’s Prefecture of the Lake District. Every year in august and september the Murten Classics take place in the courtyard of the castle.
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Remparts de la ville de Morat

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Lido in Faoug

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Stand Up Paddle Board

It is an easy sport for everybody and every age. This training is good to strenghten the back, the abdominals and boosts the balance. Fun and recreation guaranteed! Stand up paddle board outings and other activities are regularly organized throughout the summer season. The school offers tailor-made trips on the Three Lakes, the Aare and the Saane. Introduction, rental, river trips, excursions for groups and companies.
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Cigognier Sanctuary

The political and administrative centre of Helvetia had a population of 20,000 inhabitants. Close to major transport routes, on the road between Rome and Augusta Raurica (Augst), the city was an important Roman colony. Today, you can admire the immense amphitheatre, the thermal baths, the sanctuary, the gates and the remains of the city walls, which measured up to five kilometres long. Several buildings were located on the hill, but part of the city was developed on the marshy plain that had been cleared. A single preserved column marks the position of the Cigognier temple. But what a column it is, composed of several blocks of Jura limestone, and 12 metres high. It is decorated with a frieze of sea dragons. The discovery, in 1939, of a gold bust of Marcus Aurelius in one of the sanctuary's pipes, suggests that this portrait of the emperor was used as an image of worship. This magnificent object, composed of a single gold leaf of over 1.5 kg and dating from the 2nd century, is now preserved at the city's Roman Museum. The building of the Cigognier, the largest sanctuary on the site (35m x 17m) began in the year 98 AD. Analysis of the wooden stakes beneath the building's foundations allowed this date to be established. The plans, technology and materials used are inspired by Rome. It was a rectangular building with a courtyard framed with porticos. Only the priests had access to the room that contained the worshipped statue. The faithful gathered in the courtyard, where processions also took place. This division of spaces demonstrates the hierarchical organisation of society at that time. Cigognier is a curious name for a temple. It was so named because the column was home to a storks' nest (stork is 'cigogne' in French). It was spoken of as early as 1642, and was moved in 1978.
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Museum Murten

Fields of piles made their appearance 150 years ago in winter when the water level of Swiss lakes was at its lowest. These vestiges were understood to be the remains of an ancient form of habitation constructed by our ancestors, who made their entry into history books under the name "lake-dwellers". Thanks to the most recent archaeological research, we now have a good understanding of the daily life of these first waterside villages. The first lacustrine habitations date back to the Neolithic Age. It was at this time that men were gradually becoming sedentary, devoting themselves to agriculture and animal breeding. Well preserved objects from these groups of dwellings by the Lake of Morat give an idea of the crafts and everyday life of farming families. Through the museum's various exhibitions, the visitor will discover many other aspects of Morat's history, as well as the artistic and cultural life of the region.
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Lido in Murten

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Indoor and outdoor swimmingpool, beach Murten

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