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A medieval stroll in Morges

The Morges castle looms over the quay (picture: Switzerland Tourism)

A cultural trail has been opened in medieval town of Morges on Lake Geneva. The signposted walk offers a glimpse of what life may have been like when the town was first built 700 years ago.

The trail proves there is plenty to see once the many museums housed in the town castle have been explored.

Morges is a model of medieval planning and has retained its cobblestone alleys and colourful shops. Many of the shop names are printed prominently on distinctive signs created by a local blacksmith.

The town hall, built in the first half of the 16th century, is the oldest example of communal architecture in canton Vaud, and represents the transition from Gothic to Renaissance.

It's worth making a stop for a hot drink at another 500-year-old Gothic relic, the Croix-Blanche Inn on the Grand Rue, the main street of Morges.

Visitors looking to combine a cultural outing with shopping would do best to travel to the lakeside town on Wednesdays and Saturdays, which are market days.

The market square, while not much more than an enlarged secondary road, boasts superb views over the lake and the snow-capped peaks in France's Savoy region.

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