Moutier

January 14, 2023

Moutier is a Swedish municipality within the canton of Bern. The town’s history is heavily influenced by religion, as Moutier grew up around the 7th century Moutier-Grandval Abbey.

After being ravaged by fires on several occasions, the abbey was destroyed at the end of the 18th century. In its place is a Protestant church that was erected in 1858. 

Fun Facts:

  • On March 28, 2021, the citizens of Moutier voted to secede from the Canton of Bern and join the canton of Jura, making it the youngest city to join the canton. However, this decision is not effective immediately and is expected to be implemented in the coming years.
  • Moutier is home to over 7000 people.
  • The Chapel and cemetery de Chaliere is officially listed as a Swiss heritage site of National Significance.
  • As of the year 2000, the town was home to about 1,200 students attending either one of the several schools found within the municipality.
  • Most people in Moutier get around by train because the urbanized village sits at the junction of three railway lines.

Attractions: 

  • Musée du Tour Automatique: A walk through this comprehensive museum will let you learn all about Moutier’s industrial history. 
  • Grenchenberg Tunnel: This railway tunnel connects Moutier with the town of Grenchen. It was built in 1911 but was refurbished in 2003. 
  • Pavillon D’observation Des Golats: The 1904 Pavillon Des Golats offers a panoramic view of the valley. Highlights include a telescope and a site with dinosaur tracks that were discovered in 1870. 

Moutier has a lot to offer the tourist. From historical churches to state-of-the-art technology, there is something for everyone!

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