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Murren – a popular tourist site in Switzerland




Murren is in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, and is a traditional Walser mountain village. It is popular for tourism in summer and winter. It is about 1,650m (5,413 ft) above sea level high above the Lauterbrunnen valley. The village has three towering mountains and they are Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Mürren was once a farming village and now a tourist spot.
Murren has a panoramic view to these mountains. Some of these adventure sports such as Hiking, trailing, skiing, etc., are fun activities over here. It lies at the foot of Schilthorn. Murren has people living from the Lötschen valley in the Valais. They speak in a typical Mürren dialect. It lies in the canton of Bern. One of the enjoyable activities over here is a double-cable ropeway that leads up the plateau from Lauterbrunnen. The cableway runs from Stechelberg passing turbulent waterfalls and craggy rock faces. This goes into the centre of the car-free village of Mürren. Further it goes to the Schilthorn at 2970 meters.
In summer one can enjoy Murren as a mountain summit. Walking trails, funicular rides, mountaineering, Flower panorama trail etc., are the activities in summer. Also over here is a funicular that leads to the Allmendhubel is above the village at an altitude of 1907 meters. And of course, some common stuff such as playgrounds and picnics are fun for all.
There is also a natural reserve at the rear of the valley of Lauterbrunnen and through the Sefinen valley and over the Sefinenfurgge pass and Keintal, best enjoyed in summer. In winter, winter sports in the region of Mürren-Schilthorn are very popular. This region has 53 km of ski and snowboard pistes. It also has toboggan runs and a network of winter walking trails. In the Lauterbrunnen valley there are 30 or so cableways and lifts, and 160 km of pistes in the other ski areas of the Jungfrau region. In the valley between Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen there is an 11 km cross-country ski trail. Mürren is a beautiful car-free village. Everything is accessible on foot.
The Top Events of this region are Inferno Triathlon, Cheese festival – in august, International Inferno races, Alpine skiing- in October.
The best of the best one can see and explore is Architecture, Bicycling, Camping, Culture, Extreme Sports, Fine Dining, Hike/Backpack, Horseback Ride, Mountain Biking, Nature, Nightlife, Rafting, Rock Climbing, Snow Skiing, Snowboarding, Wellness/Spa, sledging and Wine Tasting.

Places to see:
• Schilthorn / Piz Gloria – One can enjoy the magnificent views of 200 mountain summits and 40 glaciers from the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant.
• Trümmelbach falls – Trummelbach falls are in the valley and can be walked down from Lauterbrunnen, as it is 3 km behind Lauterbrunnen, with the help of the explanation signs near them. The falls are inside the rock and upon climbing on the stairs; one can experience the thunder of the fall. The railings are present to guard. These falls are open from April-November. These falls are considered to be the one of the wildest glacier ravines in Europe. Ten of the waterfalls of the Trümmelbach are hidden amongst the rocks, and are hardly visible. The wild glacier gorge and the underground waterfalls of the Trümmelbach lie hidden behind rock walls.
• Jungfraujoch – snow and ice are present on the elevation of 3454 m which is the ultimate excursion destination in the Bernese Oberland. Built in 1912, the Jungfrau railway is running through a 7-km-long tunnel to the ‘Top of Europe’ in the Bernese Oberland.
• Jungfraubahn – This route is the section that goes through rock. The ‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’ viewing windows offer a great view.
• Obersteinberg Hotel: There is a Candlelit hotel in the rear Lauterbrunnen valley – the Obersteinberg Hotel. It is beautiful to look the hotel as it is illuminated by candlelight and the specialty is that all cooking is done on a wood stove. This is at an altitude of 1800 meters. The Alpine cheese dairy provides specialties in here which were known 200 years ago.
• Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There are spectacular views from Murren across to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. One can view either in day or night and find it spectacular in both the times.

How to get there:

There is an hourly train to Lauterbrunnen from Interlaken Ost station (the train divides at Zweilutschinen so get on to correct station at Interlaken). Follow the directions on the signs in Lauterbrunnen. Make the ascent to Grutschalp in a cable car. From Grustchalp, a train takes you along the ridge to Mürren. The view from the train is magnificient.
There are also a series of four cable cars, known as the Luftseilbahn Stechelberg-Mürren-Schilthorn (LSMS) that has transportation from Mürren downhill to Gimmelwald and Stechelberg, and uphill to the summit of the Schilthorn and the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria.
Mürren Railway Station during winter
Mürren is also connected to Lauterbrunnen by the Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren, which consists of a narrow gauge railway and a connecting aerial tramway. Mürren is also the lower terminus of the Allmendhubelbahn funicular.
A total of 52 km (32 mi.) of ski runs with 14 ski lifts (6 cable cars, 7 chair lifts, 3 railways and 2 drag lifts) operate from here and there is also off-piste skiing.

Best time to visit / climate:

Normally the very best time of year to visit is September; the Bernese Oberland Weather is usually perfect and fewer visitors.
The best time to visit Murren is summers which are generally mild and very pleasant around. The best of the weather is in July and August and busiest in the place. The other time is June and September as weather is still pleasant. Walking trails, funicular rides, mountaineering, Flower panorama trail etc., are some of the more popular activities in summer.
In winter, winter sports are very popular in the region of Mürren-Schilthorn. This region has 53 km of ski and snowboard pistes. It also has toboggan runs and a network of winter walking trails. In the Lauterbrunnen valley there are 30 or so cableways and lifts, and 160 km of pistes in the other ski areas of the Jungfrau region. In the valley between Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen there is an 11 km cross-country ski trail. Sledging, skiing, snowboarding, winter sports etc are fun in winter.

Location on Google Maps:


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Directions from Interlaken to Murren on Google Maps:


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Plan your trip to Murren through these books on Amazon:

The Rough Guide to Switzerland Rick Steves’ Switzerland Switzerland (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Booking.com
• http://www.hoteleiger.com/
eurobookings.com
• Tripadvisor (hotels, restaurants)
• http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/hotels/index.cfm/berneroberland/murren
virtualtourist.com
• http://www.hotelscombined.com/City/Murren.htm (hotels for cheap deals)

Blogs / Sites about Murren:

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%BCrren
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Murren
• http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/Switzerland/M%FCrren/tpod.html
• http://www.tripbase.com/Murren-Tourism-Switzerland.html
• http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/50924/Murren-Switzerland-2
• http://www.hereorthere.com/members/charlotte/experience/775

Images and photos of Murren:

Google Search
• http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Switzerland/West/Bern/Murren/
Tripadvisor
• http://www.worldisround.com/articles/19490/
virtualtourist.com
• http://wiki.worldflicks.org/m%C3%BCrren.html

Videos of Murren (link)




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