Murten Light Festival

Murten (FR)

For 12 days in January each year, the old town of Murten is turned into a lighting spectacle of superlatives. The artistic illuminations on buildings, in the streets, and on the towers of the town will immerse the visitors in a mysterious and magical world. A stroll through the medieval streets of Murten will enchant visitors with animations combining lights and sounds, leading to the main attraction—a special projection on the wall of the primary school, located in front of the Berntor, which lasts about 15 minutes and will be shown in a loop. A 15-minute live music show is also performed at the Deutsche Kirche every year. Note that admission to this event at the church is not included in the general admission and costs an additional CHF 10 per adult (children up to age 16 are free, but also need a ticket as places are limited). Several regional artists will present their animations and light messages on more than 20 “Arteplages” in additional to other professionally installed projections throughout the old town. The light shows will be shown nightly for the duration of the festival. You can also write a wish on a “lanterne du Festival” and set it afloat on the lake (up to one hour before the closing of the festival), and watch the lanterns be taken by the current—a beautiful sight! And who knows, maybe your wish will come true…
Murten can easily be reached from Basel by car in about 75 minutes and there are several paid car parks in the old town or within a short walking distance.
Admission to this event is CHF 8 for adults in advance and CHF 10 on site; kids up to age 16 are free but still require a ticket! Festival passes are available for CHF 20. Advance tickets can be reserved online at


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