Mürren is a village in the Bernese Oberland which belongs to the municipality of Lauterbrunnen. It lies at 1,650 metres above sea level and is the starting point for wonderful walks, surrounded by the four-thousand-metre peaks.
The small mountain village is completely car-free. Mürren is the best place to hike, and there are plenty of destinations. And the majestic four-thousand-metre peaks are always in view. The long village has just over 400 inhabitants and has retained its charm and tranquillity.
Popular hiking trails in Mürren
One of the most popular hiking trails is the Northface Trail. It begins and ends directly at the Schilthorn cable car station and is well marked by blue signposts. Follow the nature trail to Spilboden uphill until you reach Schiltalp.
Afterwards the path is not only wider, it becomes a pleasant hiking trail. Twelve boards inform about Mürren and the surrounding nature. The path leads you through a pleasant coniferous forest to Suppenboden and along an asphalt road to the Allmendhubel funicular railway, which takes you back to Mürren. The 6.5 kilometres are covered in about 2.5 hours with 390 metres of altitude difference.
An easy and short tour takes you over the Blumental valley to Allmendhubel. It is about 2.1 kilometres long and takes one hour. From Mürren, you can take the alleyway to the Blumental and then on to the Allmendhubel. You will overcome 260 metres in altitude. At Allmendhubel your family will find a large playground on the FLOWER Trail.
You can also stop off in the Blumental. The Pension Sonnenberg and the Suppenalp are available for this. Other marked hiking trails lead past numerous waterfalls or to the eighty-metre long Nepal Bridge near Gimmelwald.
Mürren via ferrata to Gimmelwald
You can also reach the Nepal Bridge near Gimmelwald via a via ferrata, which as a medium-difficult route is not very demanding. This Via Ferrata is unusual because it leads almost exclusively downhill.
A few adrenaline rushes are pre-programmed and you cannot turn back. Once you have made the start, you have to follow it to the end. You will be rewarded with unique views and experiences and if you don’t want to go unaccompanied, you can also book a mountain guide. The trail starts behind the Sportchalet in Mürren, below the post office building. A big poster marks the start. If you came without climbing equipment, you can rent it in Mürren in the sports shops.
Right at the start, the path takes you along a vertical wall over iron bars at a height of 600 metres. Over several swaying wire rope bridges you cross deep waterfalls and walk over iron ladders. On the way there is a tyrolienne (rope slide), but for safety reasons you are not allowed to use it without a mountain guide. The bypass is possible via a wire rope bridge.
The highlight of the two-kilometre-long via ferrata is the Nepal Bridge after about three hours. It is eighty metres long and spans a very deep gorge. The view of the mighty north face of the Eiger crowns this route. To protect wildlife, the via ferrata is only open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from 1 June to 31 October.
The Schilthorn is reached from Mürren in two stations of the Schilthorn cable car. The first station is Birg at 2,677 metres above sea level. Birg offers not only a beautiful and sunny viewing terrace at Bistro Birg, but two other attractions: the Skyline Walk and the Thrill Walk.
From the bistro, the Skyline Walkleads to a platform that shows the entire mountain panorama of the Bernese Alps. Part of the floor is inserted as a glass floor with a vertical view of the mountains.
The Thrill Walk is a two-hundred metre long rocky path located below the middle station. Next to it are short sections with glass floors or steel nets, which are intended to add to the thrill. The absolute highlight, however, can be found at the top station at 2,970 metres above sea level.
The revolving restaurant Piz Gloria has been located here since 1967 and was used for the James Bond film “In Her Majesty’s Secret Service” even before its inauguration. So it quickly became known worldwide. The special feature of the round mountain restaurant with more than 400 seats is that it does not only rotate and thus offers its guests a panoramic view of the beautiful mountain world within just under an hour.
It rotates in two rings, which can be switched separately. The inner ring is raised for this purpose. The restaurant was given the name “Piz Gloria” in the film and kept it. A viewing terrace adjoins the restaurant and offers a direct view of the Swiss Skyline and more than two hundred peaks.
Allmendhubel near Mürren
The Allmendhubel is the small local mountain of Mürren with a height of 1,907 metres. A funicular railway takes you up in four minutes, on foot you can get there in an hour. The funicular does not run from April to mid-June and from mid-October to mid-December.
In summer, hiking is the main activity on the Allmendhubel. For the little ones there is a large adventure playground next to the mountain restaurant.
The Flower Park is covered with huge alpine flowers, grasses and oversized insects. For the grown-ups there are Skyline Chill loungers to enjoy the magnificent skyline of the mountain world. Along the Flower Trail more than 150 different alpine flowers bloom in summer. Pretty signs explain the flowers like gentian, edelweiss or alpine roses.
The Adventure Trail is an adventure trail for the whole family and leads downhill from the Allmendhubel mountain station to Mürren. It leads along small paths, through tubes, along ropes and over some wooden poles and takes about one hour.
In winter the Kidsslope is a destination for children. The adventure slope goes over waves and past obstacles, through tunnels and arches and there are always funny figures at the edge of the slope.
The sledging safari starts at the mountain station of the funicular in Allmendhubel and includes a bobsleigh run via Sonnenberg to the Schiltgrat lift. From the Schiltgrat lift you can take the chairlift to the starting point of the Apollo Run toboggan run. A wide and sunny path now leads over the Schiltalp into the valley. For the tobogganing safari you buy a Mürren-Schilthorn tobogganing day ticket in advance.
Every year in winter, the legendary Inferno Race takes place here. It is the longest downhill ski race in the world. Both professionals and amateurs take part in it.
In August there is an equally legendary Inferno Triathlon in Mürren. The three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running are held one after the other. The end point is on the Schilthorn. In 1931 and 1935 Mürren was the venue of the Alpine Ski World Championships.
On the first weekend in August the Mürren village festival is held, offering fun for the whole family: Traditional parades, brass band concerts, dancing and traditional costumes and cows decorated with flowers bring the whole village and visitors together. One of the highlights of the festival is the parade on Sunday.
In Mürren and in the Schilthorn ski area you will find a good selection of rustic mountain restaurants and ski huts offering Swiss specialities with a breathtaking view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
The 360° restaurant Piz Gloria is located directly on the summit of the Schilthorn and offers a wide range of regional dishes. The special feature of this restaurant is that it rotates on its own axis every 45 minutes, giving you a unique view of over 200 mountain peaks. Here you can also find out what James Bond is all about on the Schilthorn.
Mürren can be reached from Interlaken by various routes. From Interlaken East, the Bernese Oberland Railway runs every half hour for about 20 minutes to Lauterbrunnen.
From Lauterbrunnen the bus line 141 (Postbus) takes a quarter of an hour to the Schilthorn cable car Stechelberg. With the cable car you can reach Mürren via Gimmelwald in about ten minutes. The Schilthorn cable car runs every thirty minutes. In total, this journey takes about 1.5 hours from Interlaken Ost.
(BLM). This ride is in two sections: The first section is realized by a cable car that takes you up to Grütschalp. From there it continues with a narrow-gauge railroad to Mürren. This journey also takes about 1.5 hours from Interlaken Ost.
By car, you can reach Interlaken East via Bern or Lucerne (via Brünigpass) and continue on the Gsteigstrasse to Lauterbrunnen. In Lauterbrunnen you can park in the multi-storey parking lot