Local History

Morat Museum. Photo: TES.

Morat, the Duke and the Eidgenossen

Morat (Murten in German) is one of the cities, which by the fate of history is part of the canton of Fribourg (Freiburg).

The Dukes of Zähringen founded The city in the second half of the twelfth century, in the same period as the foundation of Bern and Fribourg.

The Burgundian wars (1474-1477) were crucial.

The city chose for Bern and Freiburg against Burgundy and Savoy in 1475. After the defeat of Burgundy in 1476, the city was ruled by Bern and Freiburg until 1798.

The Duke of Burgundy besieged Morat after the defeat in March 1476 at Grandson,  Burgundy suffered another crushing defeat in June of the same year.

The Duchy lost for the third time in 1477 (at Nancy). Duke Charles the Bold (1433-1477) died in combat. The Kingdom of Burgundy never materialized.

Morat was assigned to the canton of Fribourg by the Act of Mediation (1803).