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Out & About in Switzerland: Treasure hunting in Le Landeron

The village of Le Landeron on the shores of Lake Biel is the setting for Switzerland's largest open-air second hand and antique market (September 22 - 24). The event attracts thousands of collectors and curious onlookers every year.

This content was published on September 14, 2000 - 21:08

The market (Fête de la Brocante) takes place in the picturesque village square, which is lined with houses from the 16th and 17th centuries and divided by a row of lime trees.

Founded in the early 14th century, Le Landeron used its strategic location on Lake Biel and the river Zihl to become an important market town.

Today antique shops, boutiques and art galleries are found in many of the houses in the square.

The most remarkable building is the village hall. Dating from the 15th century, it consists of two very different halves - the Chapel of the Ten Thousand Knights, which is entered through a Gothic gate, and the secular side, most notable for its arched doorway.

The hall is home to the museum of Le Landeron, where various weapons used at the Battle of Murten (15th century) are on display, along with old furniture and etchings.

Another antique, a 19th century merry-go-round, is there to entertain the children while their parents search among the market stalls for that special something.

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