Mürren - The best seat in the house Get ready for the perfect Swiss escape

Issue: 1/2016
Looking for a piece of Heidi heaven this spring? Marina Moeller heads to the Bernese Oberland to explore Mürren's outdoor paradise complete with spas, hiking trails and zip lines.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland is the Jungfrau summit in the Bernese Oberland. Two million people a year visit Jungfraujoch (3454 m), Europe's highest train station. However, few know that the best view of the Jungfrau is actually from across the Lauterbrunnen Valley, from spellbinding Mürren. This romantic, car-free village with just over 400 residents is perched on the edge of a 800 m cliff and is only accessible by a cable car or a mountain train.

Stepping out of the cable car and taking my first look around, I forget to breathe. My mind gets crammed with emotions and superlatives, my wonder doesn't simply wear off after spending a few hours here. The views of the surrounding glaciers, waterfalls and the majestic mountain trio of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are otherworldly. It feels like you can reach out and touch those celestial peaks.

Mürren's main street is fairytale Switzerland with traditional wooden chalets, bucolic hotels and charming restaurants. In winter, it's a magical snow kingdom where guests can ski up to the front door of their hotel or guest house. In spring and summer, multicolored geraniums are cascading from each window while exquisitely arranged gardens are teeming with gorgeous flowers.

 

Bond World 007

On Her Majesty's Secret Service was filmed here.During the film, villains were chasing Bond down the local slopes, while their headquarters were based at Piz Gloria (2970 m) — the revolving restaurant atop Schilthorn Mountain. From Mürren you can reach Piz Gloria by gondola in 20 minutes, and enjoy a 360-degree meal while admiring over 40 glaciers and 200 mountains from Titlis to Mount Blanc. The Bond World 007 exhibition at the summit includes memorabilia, film clips and a helicopter simulator.

Epic races

Mürren offers 53 km of ski and snowboard runs for all ability levels, a ski school and an ice-skating rink. Every January, the village hosts the largest and longest amateur downhill ski race in the world — the International Inferno Downhill Ski Race. The four-day skiing event is open to everyone, and includes cross-country, giant slalom and downhill races. If you missed the main winter event, there is still the Inferno Triathlon — a swim/bike/run competition — coming up in August. With a total 5500 m ascent, it's one of the toughest and most scenic triathlons in the world. Dare to sign up?

Hiker's paradise

The Allmendhubel funicular takes us above Mürren to a panoramic restaurant, a well-equipped children's playground and numerous hiking trails with an unparalleled backdrop of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The well-maintained and marked hiking paths cater to all ability levels and are perfect for overnight trips to nearby huts, easy walks surrounded by bell-ringing cows, day hikes through wildflower meadows and waterfalls, and the one-hour, children-friendly Adventure Trail. And believe me, after spending the whole day in this epic landscape, the beauty and power of the transcendent mountains will make even the pickiest visitor feel increasingly poetic.

Flower lovers idyll

The Flower Trail is a joy for any nature enthusiast. It is comprised of hundreds of different flowering plants including several varieties of Edelweiss — the queen of Alpine flora. Edelweiss is often regarded as a symbol of Switzerland, so admiring those supreme flowers in the Jungfrau setting is silver-screen perfect.

Cliffhangers and more

Mürren's vertigo inducing 2.2 km via ferrata — a protected climbing route, with a long suspension bridge and a zip-line — is not for the faint hearted. All the necessary climbing gear can be rented locally, while tours with a mountain guide are available for alpinists in training. For those who prefer to stay on the ground, the village boasts a sports center and alpine spa facilities with two indoor swimming pools, sauna, massage deals, gym and tennis courts.

You won't find a better combination of panoramic alpine scenery, glorious nature and sport activities than in this enchanting village. No matter how long you stay, you can't get tired of the dreamlike views. This place is Heidi's heaven.

You won't find a better combination of panoramic alpine scenery, glorious nature and sport activities than in this enchanting village. No matter how long you stay, you can't get tired of the dreamlike views. This place is Heidi's heaven.

 

25% off Schilthorn - Piz Gloria

Experience gorgeous mountain scenery on the 2970m high Schilthorn. Follow the steps of James Bond in the interactive exhibition BOND WORLD 007 and on the new 007 WALK OF FAME. Enjoy a delicious meal in the 360° restaurant Piz Gloria.

Get your exclusive voucher now!

 

Present this voucher at the Schilthorn Cableway in Stechelberg, Mürren or Interlaken. 
Expires 13.11.2016. Note: Closed 18 – 22 April 2016

 

Photos: © Schilthornbahn AG; © Schilthornbahn AG; © Schilthornbahn AG; © Schilthornbahn AG; © Via Ferrata/Verein Klettersteig Mürren; © Allmendhubel /Schilthornbahn AG, © Jungfrau Region/ Jost von Allmen

Author: Marina Moeller

Marina Moeller is a journalist, who grew up around the world, earned four university degrees in economics, French poetry, accounting and journalism, worked in America, England, Italy and Germany before finally settling down in Zurich. She takes on all kinds of writing assignments and is also always on the lookout for interesting people to interview. Get in touch with Marina if you need any related projects! In addition, Marina is very passionate about Italian art, culture and Venetian glass. She represents one of the top Italian glass companies in Switzerland- Arte di Murano and would be delighted to advise you on their beautiful products!


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