Mürren Things to Do

  • View of Mürren (bottom left) from Birg
    View of Mürren (bottom left) from Birg
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  • Wondrous views to reward your hike...
    Wondrous views to reward your hike...
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    The View

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jan 25, 2014

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    Eiger, M��nch and Jungfrau peaks from Allmendhubel

    Mürren is a good place to catch the quintessential view of the three famous Bernese Alpine peaks of Eiger (3970 m), Mönch (4107 m) and Jungfrau (4158 m). The three peaks dominate the skyline of the Mürren area - the higher you go, the better the view.

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    Hiking in the Mürren area

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    Wondrous views to reward your hike...

    Summer hiking in the Mürren area is easy, even for beginners and families with younger children. Check out Mürren's website (http://www.muerren.ch/wanderplan/index_e.html) for details of all marked trails, graded by difficulty and distance/time. The website also tells you if particular trails are closed. It's important to make proper preparations for a hike, including getting the right equipment. One particular hike we enjoyed was the "Panorama trail" from Allmendhubel via Blumental to Mürren - the final segment of the walk took us to the slopes above the village and we were practically hanging over the rooftops in some places.

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    Schilthorn

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Jan 25, 2014

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    Hiking down from Schilthorn
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    Schilthorn, the mountain which lies above Mürren in the Bernese Alps, has a peak at 2970 m above the sea level. It is the start of the Inferno Race, the biggest amateur ski race in the world, in winter, and the end of the Inferno Triathlon in summer. Its main viewing platform ("Skyline View", which doubles as a helicopter pad) offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains, slopes and valleys, including the classic view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. There are diagrams of the various peaks and helpful binoculars on the platform. There is also another viewing platform ("Piz Gloria View"), an 80-metre walk away from the main building along the summit of Schilthorn. It's a good idea to check the weather forecast before making your way up to Schilthorn - views will be obscured on a rainy or cloudy day. It's possible to hike up to Schilthorn from Birg, Allmendhubel or Mürren (but you must be mad and very fit), though most people arrive by cable car from Mürren or Stechelberg in the Lauterbrunnen valley. A return ticket between Mürren and Schilthorn cost CHF77 per adult, including a free stop in Birg (2014 prices).

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    Gimmelwald

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Jan 24, 2014
    Tiny Gimmelwald

    Gimmelwald is a tiny village at 1367 m above sea level, on the same mountain ledge as Mürren. From Mürren, it's an easy 30 minute stroll downhill to Gimmelwald along a mostly paved road, but you can also catch a cable car between the two villages on the Schilthornbahn route or climb using the Via Ferrata. Gimmelwald is still very much a farming community and there are plenty of cattle (cows with big bells) grazing here and there. However, it has become increasingly popular among backpackers for its cheaper accommodation and quieter atmosphere. If not staying here, it's good for a gentle walk from Mürren. For those with young children, there is a small and pleasant playground by the cable car station (though much inferior to the playground in Allmendhubel).

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    Mürren village

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Jan 24, 2014

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    Chalets in M��rren village

    Mürren is a small village and a stroll from one end (near the BLM station) to the other (near the Schilthornbahn) can take only 15 minutes. However, in practice, it's likely to take longer as you stop for refreshing mountain views and for popping into little shops. The chalets are all built in a traditional Swiss style, giving the village a pleasant harmonious feel. The grandest building is the Hotel Alpine Palace, while other notable buildings are the two churches. In summer, the whole village bursts with flowers. Signposting is excellent, though it must be impossible to get lost in such a small place.

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    Lauterbrunnental

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jan 24, 2014
    Looking down to Stechelberg (bottom right)

    Lauterbrunnental is the steep cleft of a valley below Mürren, through which the lusciously blue river Weisse Lütschine runs. Its principal towns are Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg. It is possible to hike down to the valley from Mürren, but make sure you have good hiking shoes and a hiking pole as the descent is steep. The main sights in the valley are waterfalls; Lauterbrunnental is often nicknamed the Valley of 72 Waterfalls. The most famous of the waterfalls are the Trümmelbach Falls, which carry glacier meltwater from the Jungfrau to Lauterbrunnental.

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    Blumental

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    The hills are alive...

    Blumental is a green valley below Allmendhubel that continues to the ledge on which Mürren sits. There is a farming community here, and part of the valley is pasture for grazing cattle. There are also forests and open meadows where colourful alpine flowers bloom in summer. The waters of the Mürrenbach ("Mürren brook") also run in the valley before tumbling down the steep wall of the Lauterbrunnental as the Mürrenbach Fall. Blumental makes for a very pleasant and easy walk (downhill) from Allmendhubel to Mürren. There are two guesthouses, Pension Suppenalp and Pension Sonnenberg, to stop by for food or drink if needed. There are different hiking routes through Blumental between Allmendhubel and Mürren (including a children's adventure trail through a forest), so check a map to plan your walk (though there are plenty of signposts).

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    Piz Gloria

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jan 24, 2014

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    Piz Glorious... not really...

    Piz Gloria is the revolving restaurant at the summit of Schilthorn. Its claim to fame is as the location of the opening scenes in the James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". These days it seems to be permanently booked by tour groups, though its large size usually means there is no problem getting a table. One revolution takes 55 minutes, and food is mediocre and expensive (coffee is okay I suppose). There is a permanent exhibition on Bond - Bond World 007 - and the obligatory souvenir shop.

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    Birg

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jan 24, 2014
    View of M��rren (bottom left) from Birg

    Birg is a cable car station between Mürren and the Schilthorn peak on the Schilthornbahn cable car route, perched on a massif at an altitude of 2677 m, approximately 1000 m above Mürren. Travelling by cable car, you will have to change cars here and most visitors only just do that. There is, however, a platform with fine views down to Mürren and Allmendhubel, providing no cloud gets in the way. It's worth spending a few minutes here and catching the next cable car. There is also a shop and a bistro in winter. In summer, it is possible to hike between Birg and Mürren or Schilthorn.

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    Allmendhubel

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jan 24, 2014
    Alpine playground

    Allmendhubel is a hill behind/beside Mürren, rising to an altitude of 1907 m. You can hike up here from Mürren in about 60-90 minutes, or catch the funicular railway (Allmendhubelbahn) in 4 minutes. This is a hill not to be missed! Numerous walks/hikes in the surrounding mountains start or end here. There is a little flower trail, which should be manageable even for most young children, that loops round Allmendhubel. There is also a bare-foot trail. The children's playground here is delightful; it must be quite exhilarating to be on a swing or a slide on a mountaintop! Finally, there is a restaurant (Panorama restaurant) at Allmendhubel, which serves beer and food on a terrace with stupendous views.

    The Allmendhubelbahn costs CHF12.60 single for adults, half price for children between 6 and 15 years old (2014 prices). Check out their website at www.schilthorn.ch.

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    Piz Gloria

    by littlesam1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Piz Gloria

    Piz Gloria. What a thrill. I saw the Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service when I was in the ninth grade. It immediately became one of my favorite Bond films. After many years of watching the video and now DVD I never thought I would actually be at Piz Gloria. But here I was. I was really concerned about going here though. I had built up such an expectation before the trip that I was afraid it would be a let down when I finally arrived. But it was not a let down at all.

    I have included a link to the Schilthorn/Piz Gloria web site. There is information about the area and also a web cam. I spent many hhurs at my job watching the web cam's at Piz Gloria in the time preceeding my trip from my PC.

    Piz Gloria in reality is revolving restaurant that is solar powered. It opens for breakfast and closes at 4 p.m. each day. So if you are planning on dining here you will have to get here early. We did not need a reservation. The menu was very good and the food was very good. The restaurant makes one complete revolution every hour. The view is phenominal.

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    Take al walk to Gimmelwald

    by Manara Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    Gimmelwald is a hamlet of extremely picturesque wooden houses, and this is all there is there: houses and barns, plus the station of the cableway.
    The walk from Mürren to Gimmelwald is very easy, because it is almost level, without any steep ascent or descent, and there is a small road (no cars, remember!) not just a path.
    This route is along the big rocky terrace in the mountain that allows a panoramic view of the mountains across the Weisse Lütschine valley, with very high snow-capped mountains.

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    Admire the surroundings

    by Manara Written Aug 19, 2010

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    Mürren is at an altitude of 1645 metres above sea level, on a gigantic terrace of rock that overlooks the valley of the Weisse Lütschine river.
    Such a location grants a great view of the Jungfrau massif, from the Eiger to the Breithorn peaks. You can admire them from practically anywere in the village, and these are not the only mountains you can see, because on the other side of the valley there is a spectacular range of snowy 4000-metre-high mountains.

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    Picturesque houses

    by Manara Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    Picturesque houses made of wood can be found in lots of places in the Swiss Alps, but I enjoyed these ones more than most of those I saw in other villages. Probably it is because of the absence of cars.
    The other thing I liked is that these houses look more "real". I have seen many that looked too perfect, whereas in Mürren they look really "lived in".
    By the way, you will probably notice in my pictures a lot of flags. Their number was in fact higher than usual during my visit, because it was just before the National Day.

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    Walk to Grütschalp

    by iammon Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    A very nice and easy hike is from Mürren to Grütschalp or vice versa (Take the cable car from Lauterbrunnen if done this way) It can be done year round and takes a bit more than an hour. You will get to know the topography of the Lauterbrunnen valley and its terraces. The panorama is splendid. The path is almost flat. You will go by Winteregg where you can stop at the restaurant if you like.

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