If you’ve been to the Jungfrau region but not yet visited the little car-free town of Mürren, you’re missing one of the gems of the area. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley, Mürren is small but not too small (i.e., it has a Coop, many hotels, and several restaurants) and can be reached in a few hours from Geneva. There’s also plenty to do as a stand-alone weekend trip or as part of a longer stay in the Jungfrau area.

I discovered Mürren last year when I was looking for somewhere with great views, hiking options, and a quiet atmosphere for a weekend away; after skimming through guidebooks and tourism information, I settled on Mürren and it has become one of my favorite places to visit in Switzerland. I’m not alone. British tourists first visited Mürren in 1911 and its reputation as a ski destination and a summer holiday spot has grown ever since.

During the winter, the town hosts the International Inferno Race, the world’s longest (15.8 kilometer) amateur ski race. In warmer months, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and BASE jumping are popular pursuits. In all seasons, the Schilthorn – with its rotating restaurant Piz Gloria and 360º views of the surrounding mountains – is open to visitors.

Murren 5779Hiking trails range from very easy (e.g., pram/stroller friendly) to challenging. One of my favorite routes to follow in the summertime is the Allmendhubel flower trail, reached by a funicular train between Mürren and Allmendhubel (follow the signs in town to the Allmendhubelbahn). This circular trail follows different flower beds, all carefully labeled with the varieties of alpine flowers that bloom at that elevation. There’s also the North Face trail, a more challenging hike with the backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains the entire way. Slightly less challenging but also with great views, the Blumenthal panorama trail winds from Allmendhubel to Mürren through cow pastures, forest, and tiny Suppenalp. Gimmelwald, another picturesque town, can be reached in less than an hour from Mürren and the path is paved most of the way. For the more adventurous, there’s a via ferrata (“iron road”) between Mürren and Gimmelwald. Not for those with a fear of heights, the via ferrata is a network of hand- and foot-holds, cables, a zip line, and a suspension bridge. Equipment for the via ferrata can be rented in town and you can also hire a guide (see “useful links” below).

Hiking the Blumenthal panorama trail

Hiking the Blumenthal panorama trail

The town is definitely quiet in the evenings, so people who like a bit of nightlife may want to stay somewhere else. But for a quiet weekend with unbeatable views and plenty of hiking options, Mürren is one of my go-to spots in Switzerland.

Getting there: Mürren is a car-free village. By car, the farthest you can drive is Lauterbrunnen (2.5 hours from Geneva); it is possible to reserve a parking space in the Lauterbrunnen garage/car park, and then continue the rest of the way to Mürren by train. By train, Mürren is  3.5 hours from Geneva (change trains in Bern, Interlaken Ost, and Lauterbrunnen).

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