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The Swiss Lake District saw three European Clubs participate in Peter Zurrer's well organised tour of this historical kanton of Switzerland.

Robert & Jan Davies
with Anne & Roger Lyas


Neuchatel was one of only a few cities permitted to have its own army. A statue marks the old city gateway in honour of the guard.

His stockings, right leg green and left leg red, were to reflect the colours of the ruling family's Coat of Arms. Not a mariner's reminder, red right for port and green left for starboard!

A fine house, once the home of a rich merchant of the city and now a restaurant, has this unusual set of windows. The story tells that the merchant had built a window

for each of his children. The late arrival of a seventh child required building changes after the original plans had been made! 

The church within the castle walls has its roof adorned with tiles, again in green and red, which look resplendent against the mellow yellow stone extracted from the Jura mountains.

This stone had been used extensively to construct the city buildings and fortifications.
Indeed it was said in times gone by that Neuchatel was built from golden butter, such is the warm glow from the city in summer evenings. With two castle visits in a day and with the weather hot and sultry, a final refresment stop was provided (and needed) before moving towards evening dinner.

A final visit to a wine cellar and soon that wonderful mellow feeling just melted away the toils of the day. Finally relaxed after a well planned day, on Swiss military precision timing (not BIBOA timing), which included an early morning brief and a full tourist programme.  

Quick dash to the Broyecanal

Start of the Broyecanal

Murten Harbour

Lac de Morat - Town of Murten Another very early morning start (8am), a briefing then a quick dash to the north of Lac de Neuchatel and the fleet entered the Broyecanal for a 40 min passage at 6 knots. This led us around the bottom of the mountains and into Lac de Morat.

Then across the lake and we arrived at a little harbour on the shore close by Murten, an historical medieval little town stood on a hill, which we found to be very charming.

Murten is a medieval walled town, although only walled on three sides. Before the lake level was reduced by 3 metres the lake itself formed the fourth barrier to the fortress.

The town is characterised by resplendent red roof tiles and fascinating architecture. Today the proud townsfolk keep the buildings and their homes very clean and tidy. Flowers adorn front doors and quaint 'bric a brac' furnish the back doors.

The interesting town houses and fine rural views of the surrounding area can be seen from the walled walkways above the town. 

Building regulations require that traditional materials are used throughout the town during any refurbishment / development within the walls to preserve the ambience and charm of Murten.

Images of the architecture (next)