From 923 on, the Castle of Gruyères was the official residence of the 19 omonimous counts, who ruled over the entire Alpine region of the country. As a consequence of a difficult financial situation, the castle and its county were re-acquired by the cantons of Fribourg and Bern and were equally divided between them.
The medieval baroque town of Murten is surrounded by a circular defensive wall and is dominated by an imposing castle. Its arcades offer a very characteristic view to the visitor. It was precisely in this place that Charles the Bold was defeated by the Swiss army.
The Cathedral of St. Nicolas was erected in 1283 on the site previously occupied by the omonimous presbytery. This latter was first mentioned in 1177. The cathedral’s clock tower is precisely in the same style as the one of the Payerne and Estavayer.