Discover the site
Overlooking Lake Murten and Lake Neuchâtel, Mont Vully offers breath-taking views of the Three Lakes and the Alps and is an essential part of the landscape. Because of its strategic position, this promontory was a favoured place for human occupations since prehistoric times. The Mont Vully is well known for its archaeological sites, like the Bronze Age and Late Iron Age ramparts which are still widely visible in the landscape. These fortifications enclose the high plateau, which served as an area of refuge during periods of unrest. The Mont Vully was also used during the First World War: along the road, you can still observe some bunkers dug into the mountain. Today it is renowned for the singularity of its flora, for its vineyard and for the very beautiful trails it offers for hikers.
Excavated in the 1980’s, a part of the La Tène rampart with its monumental door, dated 80 BC, has been restored. This reconstruction makes it possible to appreciate the shape and the size of the rampart, although it represents only a small section (18 meters) of the 600 meters long original defence walls. The rampart built by the Helvetii is left open for visitors. Explanatory panels give information on archaeological evidence and let you understand the fascinating Celtic site of the Mount Vully. The association Pro Vistiliaco organizes punctual activities highlighting the archaeological remains on the site as well as guided tours, on request.
The Iron Age rampart as well as the explanatory panels are accessible at all times. For guided tours, contact the association Pro Vistiliaco by email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access and contact
By train: Take the regional train that runs from Neuchâtel to Fribourg and get off at Sugiez. From the railway station, walk for 45 minutes (2.8 km) to reach the parking lot which borders the Route Militaire to the top of the Mont Vully. From the train station, follow the route du Peage, which turns into Route Principale after the canal. Then take the first turn to the right, on the Route de Chaumont. Turn left on the Chemin de l'Ancienne école, continue straight onwards on the Chemin de Santion. Turn right at the Chemin de la Borne and then left on the Route Militaire. Follow the Route Militaire to the parking lot. From here, follow the signs in direction of the ramparts, located less than 10 minutes’ walk away.
By car: From the Sugiez train station (10 minutes) take the Route du Péage, which turns into Route Principale after the canal. Then take the first fork to the right, on the Route de Chaumont which turns into the Military Road. Follow the road to the car park.
From Place du Pommeré in the village of Lugnorre (7 minutes), take the Route du Quart-Dessus and then turn left onto the Route du Mont. Follow the road and turn right on the Chemin des Champs Pantillon which turns into the Military Road. Follow the road until you reach the parking lot.