Looking across the rooftops of Alpine Mürren to the rooftops of the Bernese Alps: the Bernese Oberland World Heritage Site.
Photo looking southeast from the balcony at Chalet Jungfrau to the wall of north faces of the Bernese Alps copyright Home At First.
Mürren sits high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
The village is accessible only by cablecar.
Not far southwest of the geographic center of Switzerland, mile-high (5,413′), perches chocolate box alpine Mürren. Visitors reach the village, on a steep cliff a vertical half-mile above the valley floor below — by aerial cablecars. Car-free Mürren — a village of alpine chalets — offers fantastic views of peaks and glaciers, and superb walking and hiking.
Despite Mürren’s remote eagle’s nest setting, the village serves as a fine base for exploring the Bernese Oberland. Mürren overlooks the region’s fabled alpine core, the Jungfrau Region. Its setting rightfully attracts visitors looking for the romantic Switzerland of Heidi.
Alpine Mürren’s popularity with visitors has much to do with its location midway along the cablecar route to the Schilthorn. The pyramidal 9,742′ high mountain summit lures tourists with its revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, and associations with James Bond and extreme downhill skiing.
Mürren expects to be very busy during the ski season and during the high summer (July-August). But even at these times the village — lacking major hotels, bars, & shopping centers — quiets again at dusk. Mürren’s COOP grocery and dozen or so small family-owned restaurants handle the village’s busiest times graciously.
Active guests choose from hiking, climbing, mountain-biking, or chancing Mürren’s unique via ferrata. Less active guests find Mürren ideal for a spa, strolling the traffic-free village streets.
Every visitor enjoys a coffee, a beer, or a glass of wine at a Mürren café or in neighboring Allmendhubel, Birg, Gimmelwald, Grütschalp, and Winteregg. These latter map points celebrate grand views accessed by short cable-car or train rides.
Regardless of the pace of your visit, alpine Mürren promises you peace.
Home At First’s Swiss Mountain Homes in Mürren
Mürren: Chalets Jungfrau & Silberhorn
Although alpine Mürren is built on the east slope of the Schilthorn mountain, the hillside affects few of our chalet apartments. Even our steepest Mürren apartment requires a walk of 5-8 minutes from main street restaurants & shops,
SWISS MOUNTAIN HOME HOSTING: Each apartment features a secure entry. Alpine Mürren provides a safe, prosperous, residential community environment. Importantly, all HOME AT FIRST Mürren apartments come with experienced, caring, English-speaking hosts.
Auto-free Mürren cannot be reached by public road. Two large aerial cableways carry passengers and freight between the valley floor and Mürren. One cableway ascends to Mürren from Stechelberg (via Gimmelwald) to the Schilthornbahn station on the south end of the village.
A second large cablecar operates between Lauterbrunnen valley station and the alpine station at Grütschalp. At Grütschalp, passengers and freight connect to an isolated, narrow-gauge railway (the BLM). One-car trains make the slow, incredibly scenic, 15-minute journey to the BLM railway station on Mürren’s north end.
Mürren’s third cableway station operates at the top of the village midway between Mürren’s two principal stations. The steep Allmendhubelbahn funicular — a rail vehicle that is pulled by a cable — climbs to Allmendhubel, an outcropping above the village.
The hiking & skiing paradise of alpine Mürren’s cheese alps concentrates at Allmendhubel. Several major trails and pistes intersect here. Hikers and skiers enjoy a remarkable panorama of the Bernese Alps at Allmendhubel, which has a restaurant and a children’s playground.
The closest banking, physicians, and bakery are available in the valley town of Lauterbrunnen 30 minutes from Mürren.
BLM “train” nearing Mürren.
HIKING IN MÜRREN’S AMAZING ALPINE SETTING
Alpine hiking permits immersion in the magnificence of Swiss Nature. Miles of hiking trails surround Mürren, and begin right outside your chalet apartment’s door. Trails range from easy to very challenging, from short to long, from meadows, to forests, to treeline and above. Many trails offer rest and sustenance at mountain cafés and Berghaus restaurants. Cold drinking water from standpipes at mountain springs is commonplace. You will see (& hear) animals: mostly cows, some sheep and goats, and, if you watch closely, eagles, marmots, chamois, and ibex.
Hiking in the meadows above Mürren, your senses are delighted by the sweetness of the alpine air, the majesty of the Bernese Alps, and the music of cowbells. This region ranks with Switzerland’s most glorious cheese country, and the mountain cheese produced here is among Switzerland’s best.
Home At First’s Alpine Mürren Lodgings
What are Home At First’s Mürren Swiss mountain home chalet apartments like?
• HOSTING: All Home At First chalet apartments in alpine Mürren have friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, accessible hosts. Hosts may be the lodging owners or their representatives. Most live in their independent apartment in the same chalet or a neighboring chalet. Hosts will welcome you, show you around the apartment, explain its workings, and be on-call if questions, problems, or emergencies arise. Otherwise, you can expect to see a familiar, friendly face from time-to-time during your stay, working in the garden or stopping by your apartment to see how you are getting on.
• KITCHENS: Full kitchens or practical kitchenettes with at the very least: fridge, coffee maker, tea kettle, stove top range, oven and/or toaster oven and/or microwave. Most have additional counter appliances. Many have dishwashers as well as clothes washer/dryers. All kitchen and bath towels & linens provided.
• BEDROOMS: Most bedrooms have twin beds. Some twin beds can be secured and made-up together to form a large double bed. A few multi-bedroom lodgings may have a queen-size or king-size bed in one of the bedrooms, but these are rare. Larger family-size lodgings often have one bedroom with bunk beds.
• BATHROOMS: Most bathrooms have a shower stall or a bathtub with overhead shower. Some few bathrooms may have a bathtub with hand-held shower, or a bathtub for bathing only.
• LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Those apartments without clothes washer/dryers will have a common laundry room in the chalet you may use or a laundromat nearby in the village.
• PARKING: Alpine Mürren is not accessible by car. We recommend that guests coming to Mürren travel by public transportation using a Swiss Travel Pass or a regional Berner Oberland Pass. Visitors traveling by car will necessarily need to park in Lauterbrunnen or Stechelberg at the base of the cablecars leading up to Mürren. Such parking is quite limited and rather expensive.
• ELECTRONICS: Apartments have televisions, usually the flat-screen, cable variety. Most have free WiFi, although service can be spotty away from the chalet. Few apartments come with telephones. Bring or rent a cell phone for your trip, but remember that service can be spotty in the Swiss Alps. NOTE: WiFi service is available on some trains.
• PROXIMITY TO STORES & SERVICES: All Home At First Swiss mountain home chalet apartments in alpine Mürren are within short walking distance to stores and services, and transportation. Opening times for stores varies by season, with long opening hours most days during the high seasons.