By now, you know we love the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland. One of our favorite places here is Mürren. Find out why Mürren is a hidden gem.
We’ve told you before how much we love Lauterbrunnen, which is no surprise given the beauty and breathtaking views. However, we haven’t spent enough time talking about Mürren, which is equally stunning. Well, now is the time to tell you about Mürren Switzerland, a hidden gem in the Jungfrau Region.
Mürren Switzerland Overview
Just above Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen, lies the town of Mürren. Here you’ll find walking trails with the most beautiful views of the three summits, Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger.
Mürren is the highest, continually inhabited village settlement in Bern, resting at 1650 meters.
Mürren’s claim to fame is its link to the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, as it was a key filming location of the film (back in 1969!). The success of the film still characterizes the village at the foot of the Schilthorn to this day.
In the town of Mürren, you’ll find shops and a few activities (curling anyone).
I really love this house. Could you imagine living here waking up to the three summits? This is right by the Mürren train station.
Activities in Mürren
Ther’s quite a bit to do in Mürren, which we’ll detail below. While we’ve visited multiple times, you can see and do most activities over a day or two.
Note that below we’ve listed a couple of hikes that we like to do. However, there are many others. If you’re primarily interested in hiking, you can pick up a hiking trail map at the train station in Mürren, or view the Mürren website.
The town of Mürren is small, consisting of a few shops and some buildings to photograph. For us, this is usually a stop through when getting to or from the other attractions.
Kelly and Lin at Mürren Switzerland with three summits in the background
Once you’ve experienced the town of Mürren, you can take a series of cable cars up to the summit of Schilthorn. There are two sites here. The first stop on your trip to the summit is Schilthorn-Birg. Birg is known for the two platforms overlooking the valley below.
After you’ve finished enjoying Schilthorn-Birg, you’ll take a second cable car to Schilthorn-Piz Gloria, made famous in the James Bond flick. The entire site is Bond themed, from the bathrooms to the viewing platforms. There’s also a healthy-sized exhibit with props from the movie, a viewing screen, and other bond-related memorabilia.
Two handsome fellows up at Schilthorn. Look how I tower over James!
Hiking Mürren – Grütschalp
I’m calling this hiking, but it’s more of a pleasant walk with stunning views. The trail is easy (particularly in the summer), and offers some of the best views of the three summits.
When walking this trail, we take a train from Grütschalp to Mürren, then walk back to Grütschalp. The round-trip takes about one to two hours. This scenic trail is our favorite due to the views and the pleasant walk. In the summer, the wildflowers along this path are nice too!
A nice view of Monch, Eiger, and Jungfrau from the trail to Mürren
Hiking Mürren – Gimmelwald
Another good walk in the area is from Mürren to Gimmelwald. It is an easy downhill trail that offers breathtaking views of the mountains, the valley below, and the villages around you. This distance is about 2 km, and it takes about an hour.
As with most hikes and trails, you’ll find the path listed on the yellow signs throughout Mürren. As a general rule, you should expect the hike or walk to take double the time displayed on the sign. You can thank me later!
Once you reach Gimmelwald, you’ll find a small village consisting of Swiss-style chalets decorated with flowers. You’ll also find some honor-system vending stations where you can pick up cheese and other Swiss Made goods.
Oh, there’s also some pastures where you can see horses and cows. No trip in Switzerland is complete without seeing cows.
Depending on where you parked, you can take a cable car back to Mürren or down to Stechelberg (see location and access below).
One of my favorite places to see the three summits is from Allmendhuble. The views from here are amazing, and there’s one of those cool wooden signs to prove you were there.
To get to Allmendhubel, you’ll take a short funicular ride from Mürren. There’s a bit to do at Allmendhubel, including hiking, picnicking, and seeing the views. There’s also a wildflower exhibit and a playground suited for young travelers!
I decided to rid the funicular up and then hike down so I could get a photo of the funicular on the track (at the bottom of the post). The hike down is a bit difficult, but worth it. It takes about 30 minutes or so to get back down.
Location and Access
There are multiple ways to get to Mürren and access the sites. We’re listing each in turn. The following image gives you an overview of the area.
Here’s an image from the Mürren website that provides a nice look at the valley.
From Interlaken Ost station, you can reach Mürren within an hour.
From here, you’ll take the blue and yellow train of the Bernese Oberland Bahn (BOB) to Lauterbrunnen. You’ll need to be in one of the front cars, as the back cars break off and route to another location.
Once in Lauterbrunnen, you’ll have a couple of options.
The best way to get to Mürren is from the Lauterbrunnen-Grutschalp cable car, just across from the Lauterbrunnen train station. Once at the top, you can either take a train into Mürren or enjoy an hour-long walk (this is the walk noted above).
The journey from Lauterbrunnen to Mürren by cable car and train takes 23 minutes.
Another option is to access Mürren from Stechelberg. If you choose this route, take the bus from Lauterbrunnen in the direction of Stechelberg and get off at the Schilthorn cable car station. From there, the gondola will take you to Gimmelwald then to Mürren.
The journey from Lauterbrunnen to Mürren using this route takes 32 minutes.
Either way, you’ll get to the same place. We prefer going via Grutschalp, but depending on your route and what you’re planning to see, via Stechelberg may work better.
Arriving by Car
Mürren is a car-free city, so you’ll need to park in Lauterbrunnen or Stechelberg and take the cable cars to Mürren (see public transportation above).
The drive from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen takes about 20 minutes, while the drive to Stechelberg takes 25 minutes.
There are multiple parking locations for you to use. You should budget 10 CHF for a day of parking, depending on the lot. We prefer the parking location detailed on the following map.
If you’re looking for additional information, check out the Mürren website.
As I said at the outset, Mürren is one of our favorite places in Switzerland and is a bit of a hidden gem. We love the subtle activities, the pleasant walks, and the stunning views. When you’re in Switzerland, you must visit Mürren. I feel it gets looked over a bit when compared to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald. However, it’s every bit as special.
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If you’re interested in other sites in Switzerland, you can see our other articles here.
Thanks for reading and stay safe out there!