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Mürren

BERNESE OBERLAND

 

Looking across the rooftops of 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.

MÜRREN

          Not far southwest of the geographic center of Switzerland, mile-high (5,413′), chocolate box Mürren — set on along a steep cliff face a vertical half-mile above the valley floor below — is reachable only by aerial cablecars. Mürren is a car-free village of alpine chalets offering fantastic views of the peaks and glaciers and superb walking and hiking possibilities. Despite Mürren’s remote eagle’s nest setting, the village is a fine base for exploring the Bernese Oberland and its alpine core, the Jungfrau Region, and is ideal for those looking for the romantic Switzerland of Heidi.

          Mürren’s popularity as a day-trip destination has much to do with its location along the cablecar route to the 9,742′ high summit of the Schilthorn, with its tourist-magnet revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, and associations with James Bond and extreme downhill skiing. Mürren can 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 town COOP grocery and dozen or so small restaurants — all owned and operated by local families — are sufficient to handle its 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, nursing a coffee, a beer, or a glass of wine at any of several cafés in the village or in neighboring Allmendhubel, Gimmelwald, Grütschalp, and Winteregg — all reached by short cable-car or train rides. Regardless of the pace of your visit, Mürren promises you peace.


Home At First’s Mürren

Mürren: Chalets Jungfrau & Silberhorn

HOME AT FIRST offers vacation apartments in several locations in the village of Mürren set on its remote, cliff-side perch high in the Bernese Oberland. Although most apartments are decorated and comfortably furnished in traditional Swiss alpine style, a few have modern furnishings. All apartments are clean, well cared for, and well-equipped. All are within reasonable walking distance to the stores, services, numerous restaurants, and to Mürren’s three transportation stations. Although Mürren is built on the east slope of the Schilthorn mountain, few of our chalet apartments are affected much by the hillside, with the longest uphill walk to any apartment from Mürren’s main street being less than 5 minutes.

CHALET APARTMENT HOSTING: Each apartment has secure entry, and Mürren is a safe, prosperous, residential community. Importantly, all HOME AT FIRST Mürren apartments come with experienced, caring, English-speaking hosting on-site or very close by.

VILLAGE SETTING & TRANSPORTATION: Mürren is a compact village of just 450 permanent residents set on a high shelf one-half-mile above the Lauterbrunnen Valley floor in the center of the Bernese Oberland. The village is reached by large aerial cablecars from Stechelberg (via Gimmelwald) to its Schilthornbahn station on the south end of Mürren, and by an isolated, narrow-gauge railway (the BLM) to the BLM railway station on Mürren’s north end. Railway passenger to/from Mürren use a large aerial cablecar from Lauterbrunnen that connects with trains at the BLM end station at Grütschalp 2½ miles north of Mürren. Midway between Mürren’s two principal stations at the top of town is its third cableway station, the steep Allmendhubelbahn funicular that climbs to the hiking paradise of Mürren’s cheese alps at Allmendhubel, at the intersection of several key hiking trails, with a mountain restaurant, a kids’ alpine playground, and a striking panorama of the Bernese Alps.

VILLAGE SERVICES: Despite Mürren’s small size, there are a dozen or so restaurants in town and on the surrounding cheese alps, ranging from snack bars to 4-star dining. The village also has two churches — one Protestant and one Roman Catholic, very close to each other near the top of Mürren. Just above the churches is Mürren’s alpine Sportzentrum (Sports Center) which houses the well-staffed Tourist Information Office, an indoor pool, a spa, a gym and games room, and outdoor soccer and skating facilities. Mürren has a handful of shops offering souvenirs, and sporting goods for sale & rental (including boots & poles for hiking and skiing, and mountain bikes). During the non-skiing months of the year, Mürren has no town doctor, and no location for currency exchange. Both services are available most closely in central Lauterbrunnen town not far from the BLM cableway valley station and the BOB train station: two banks and a well-respected physician. 

BLM “train” nearing Mürren.

HIKING IN MÜRREN’S AMAZING ALPINE SETTING

  Alpine hiking is about enjoying 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 are dotted with mountain cafés and 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 Mürren Lodgings

What are Home At First’s Mürren chalet apartments like? 

Chalet Eiger, Mürren: balcony view

Each is unique. They come in all sizes and shapes. Almost all feature Swiss chalet style furnishings — lots of blond spruce — although some are traditional and others modern interpretations. Some have several bedrooms and baths; others may have a single bedroom and bathroom. Almost all have terraces or balconies. Many feature balconies with very impressive alpine views. Many have balconies and windows with window boxes full of blooming geraniums in a rainbow of bright colors. (You will be invited to water the plants!) Others may have furnished patios or gardens. All are secure private quarters with private bathrooms, and all must meet Home At First standards of quality and equipment:

HOSTING: All Home At First chalet apartments in 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: 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 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 is spotty in the Swiss Alps. NOTE: WiFi service is available on some trains.

PROXIMITY TO STORES & SERVICES: All chalet apartments in 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.


Mürren

SAMPLE APARTMENTS

  Detailed descriptions of several of our favorite chalet apartments in the Bernese Oberland village of Mürren. To see the illustrations in larger format on your PC, “right click” on the image, then click on the “View Image” menu item in Firefox or click on the “Open image in new tab” menu item in Chrome.


Chalet
Jungfrau

MÜRREN – SOUTH


Two Swiss-quality apartments with premier balcony views

TWO 3-BEDROOM, 2-BATH apts.
on the  2nd & 3rd floors

Balconies with exceptional views

MÜRREN SOUTH
BERNESE OBERLAND


         Large chalet (renovated 2009) with two identical spacious 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments on the 2nd floor and 3rd floor. Each has furnished balcony with an outstanding view of the Bernese Alps, including the Jungfrau, the region’s third highest peak and most prominent along the north wall of the Bernese Alps. The two apartments are comprised of:

2 identical 3-bedroom, 2-bath  apartments. One on 2nd floor (entry door by the entry hall); one on 3rd floor (up 16 stair steps from the entrance hall). Capacities: 2-7 persons. Each apartment has a balcony accessed from the living room and two of the three twin  bedrooms with superior views of Eiger, Mönch, & Jungfrau — the finest views of any apartment we offer in the Bernese Oberland. A third bedroom has 3 twin beds ideal for children — no balcony access. The spacious living room is in a large open-plan configuration with the fully-equipped kitchen (large fridge/freezer, microwave, oven, range, dishwasher, coffeemaker, & lots of cupboard and counter space) and dining area that seats six. Both bathrooms are accessed from the common hallway. The large master bath features a double vanity and a full tub-shower. The smaller second bathroom has a shower stall. The apartments have central heating with individual room registers.

         The very pleasant English-speaking owner/hostess lives on-site in her own apartment. This chalet is 5-minutes mildly-steep uphill from Mürren’s main street, a walk requiring reasonable fitness that rewards guests with unforgettable balcony views.
         Capacity of each apartment: 2-to-7-persons. Supplement may apply for under 4-person occupancy.
        Chalet Jungfrau is 5-minutes walk from the Schilthorn cablecar station on Mürren’s south end. Stores, shops, and restaurants are 3-8 minutes walking distance. A charming forest path leads from the chalet past a waterfall to a playground and family picnic ground 5-minutes away. Mürren’s Allmendhubel funicular station is 5-minutes walk from the chalet, where frequent cablecars climb to hiking paths through Mürren’s cheese alps dotted with mountain restaurants. 

ARRIVAL NOTE: there is no taxi service in car-free Mürren. Guests, therefore, must be prepared to walk their luggage up to Chalet Jungfrau (5-8 minutes from the Schilthornbahn cablecar station — mostly uphill in mile-high Mürren, often after a long travel day). Pack lightly so you don’t have so much to lug up the hill! Your hostess or her representative will normally meet guests at the chalet at an appointed arrival time.

ENTRANCE NOTES: once at the Chalet Jungfrau, the chalet’s entry hall is reached via approx. 12 uncovered stair steps up from street level. 

ELECTRONICS: Flat-screen cable TV. Secure WiFi (free). 

LAUNDRY: no laundry facilities at Chalet Jungfrau. Mürren’s town laundromat is 5-minutes walk away. 


Your Hostess at
Chalet Jungfrau 

Chalet Jungfrau - Annemarie, hostess

Annemarie, the English-speaking hostess of the two Chalet Jungfrau apartments, lives on-site in her own apartment in the chalet. In addition to being the owner and hostess at Chalet Jungfrau, the very busy Annemarie is also a working mother whose day job takes her away from the chalet a few days each week.  However, she is normally at home in the evening and available for questions. She enjoys getting to know her guests and visits you occasionally to see how you are enjoying your stay and ask if you need any assistance.


Chalet Eiger
I & II

MÜRREN – NORTH


Chalet Eiger I — 3 classic apartments with top alpine views

CHALET EIGER I —
TWO 2-BEDROOM, 1-BATH APTS
 2nd & 3rd Floors
Balconies with superb views
MÜRREN NORTH
BERNESE OBERLAND


CHALET EIGER I —
4-BEDROOM, 2 BATH,
3rd Floor Apartment
2 Balconies with superb views
MÜRREN NORTH
BERNESE OBERLAND


CHALET EIGER I is a large, classic Bernese Oberland chalet with three vacation apartments furnished in traditional chalet style:

1 large 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 3rd floor apartment with two balconies with grand views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Capacity: 6-9 persons. Large kitchen and living room.

2 identical 2-bedroom, 1-bath  apartments. One on 2nd floor; one on 3rd floor. Capacities: 2-5 persons. Each apartment has a balcony off the living room and one  bedroom with superb views of Eiger, Mönch, & Jungfrau.

NOTE ON THE SETTING: the BLM railway and the north end of Mürren’s main street both pass by the front of Chalet Eiger I. The road sees very few vehicles, but walkers do pass frequently, especially in fair weather. Nearly silent electric, one-car BLM trains trundle slowly by twice hourly between 6:15AM and 9PM. 

NOTE: Chalet Eiger I’s secure entrance is at street level. A common indoor stairwell leads up to all three individual apartment entries. 

ELECTRONICS: Flat-screen cable TV. Secure WiFi (free). 

LAUNDRY: Chalet Eiger I’s shared laundry facilities are located on the ground floor. 


Chalet Eiger II — a cozy two-story chalet next to a rushing mountain stream

ONE 2-BEDROOM, 1½-BATH APT.
Ground & 2nd Floors
Furnished Terrace with View
MÜRREN NORTH
BERNESE OBERLAND


CHALET EIGER II (“Falling Water”) is nestled behind Chalet Eiger I in a small, semi-detached, separate chalet housing a 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath, 2-story apartment. Ground floor has well-equipped dine-in kitchen, very comfortable living room, and a powder room. Upstairs has two twin bedrooms and the full bathroom with tub/shower. The chalet’s furnished patio provides fine-weather dining just outside of the kitchen, and features a partially-obscured view of the Bernese Alps and the lovely rush of falling water from the neighboring Aegerten creek. Capacity: 2-4.

ENTRANCE NOTE: Chalet Eiger II’s entry is reached via approx. 12 uncovered stair steps up from street level. 

ELECTRONICS: Flat-screen cable TV. Secure WiFi (free). 

LAUNDRY: common laundry facilities available on the ground floor of the adjacent Chalet Eiger I. 


Your Hostess at
Chalet Eiger I & II 

Jessica, hostess at Chalet Eiger I & II.

Jessica, the English-speaking hostess at the two Chalet Eigers, does not live on-site, but about 30-minutes away. However, she is the daughter-in-law of the owner, who lives next door to the chalets. Jessica comes to the chalets frequently, where there is an office on the ground floor, and she visits you occasionally to see how you are enjoying your stay and ask if you need any assistance. When not on-site, she is available by telephone.


LOCATION NOTE: From the connected Chalet Eiger I & II on the north end of Mürren it is a relatively flat walk to most of the stores and restaurants of the village. The BLM railway station is a quick, flat, 3-minute walk from the chalets. The closest restaurant is under 1-minute away, and 5 restaurants are within 6-minutes flat walk. Hiking trails lead in three directions from just outside the chalets, and mountain biking is popular along the roadway that parallels the railway.

ARRIVAL NOTE: there is no taxi service in car-free Mürren. Guests, therefore, must be prepared to walk (mostly flat) their luggage to Chalet Eiger I or II (3-5 minutes from the BLM railway station, often after a long travel day). Pack lightly so you don’t have so much to lug up the stairs to your apartment at your chalet! Your hostess or her representative will normally meet guests at the chalet at your expected arrival time.


Chalet Silberhorn

MÜRREN – SOUTH


Two classic chalet apartments with outstanding balcony views

• 2-3-BEDROOM, 2-BATH
3rd Floor • Super Balcony View

• 2-BEDROOM, 1-BATH
2nd floor • Large Furnished Balcony

MÜRREN SOUTH
BERNESE OBERLAND


         Large chalet with two apartments with outstanding balcony views. Located on the southern end of Mürren, the chalet is slightly above the main street of the village, away from the foot traffic but still very close to the several shops, restaurants, cafés, grocery store, and the Schilthornbahn cablecar station.

THE UPPER APARTMENT

offers superb views plus size flexibility with capacity for 2-6 persons on the third floor of the chalet. The base apartment has 2 twin bedrooms, a full bathroom (shower), well-equipped kitchen, dining area with a lovely garden view, and a comfy living room that opens on the balcony with unforgettable views of the north wall of the Silberhorn and its neighboring Bernese Alps. By request an additional single bedroom, a second bathroom (shower), and a third twin bedroom can be added to increase capacity to family-size. 

THE LOWER APARTMENT

occupies the second floor of the chalet. It sleeps 2-4 persons in two twin bedrooms. There is one bathroom (shower), a well-equipped kitchen with spacious dining, and a living room with flat-screen TV. One bedroom and the living room open onto the large balcony, big enough to sit, snack, and enjoy the sumptuous view of the Bernese Alps.

THE OWNER/HOST

resides in his separate residence on the ground floor of the chalet. A lifelong citizen of Mürren, he is a delightful host with enough English and experience to anticipate his guests needs and concerns. However, he is not always at the chalet, suggesting that guests to Chalet Silberhorn should be above-average independent and self-reliant. 

        Chalet Silberhorn is a 2-3-minute walk from the Schilthorn cablecar station on Mürren’s south end. Stores, shops, and restaurants are 2-8 minutes walking distance, with the COOP grocery store about 3 minutes distant.
         Mürren’s Allmendhubel funicular station is 5-minutes walk from the chalet, where frequent cablecars climb to hiking paths through Mürren’s cheese alps dotted with mountain restaurants. 

ARRIVAL NOTE: there is no taxi service in car-free Mürren. Guests, therefore, must be prepared to walk their luggage up to Chalet Silberhorn (2-3 minutes from the Schilthornbahn cablecar station — slightly uphill for the last 70 yards). Your host meets incoming guests at the chalet at an appointed arrival time.

ENTRANCE NOTE: once at the Chalet Silberhorn, the chalet’s entry hall is reached via approx. 8 uncovered stair steps up from street level. The Lower Apartment entry is up 12 indoor stairs above the chalet entrance. The Upper Apartment entry is up a further 12 indoor stairs above the Lower Apartment. 

ELECTRONICS: Flat-screen cable TV. Secure WiFi (free). 

LAUNDRY: laundry facilities at Chalet Silberhorn are shared by guests of both apartments, and are located on the ground floor. 


Your Host at
Chalet Silberhorn 

Chalet Silberhorn - Host Hans-Otto portrait

Hans-Otto, English-speaking owner/host of the two Chalet Silberhorn apartments, lives on-site in his own apartment in the chalet. Hans-Otto is retired, but very active. His schedule takes him away from the chalet a few days each week. However, he is usually at home in the evenings and available for questions. Hans-Otto enjoys getting to know his guests and is eager to see how you are enjoying your stay and ask if you need any assistance.


The Meadows Chalet

MÜRREN – CENTRAL


Spacious 2-story apartment in peaceful central Mürren

ONE 3-BEDROOM, 2-BATH APT.
2nd & 3rd Floors • Furnished Terrace
CENTRAL MÜRREN
BERNESE OBERLAND


         Large chalet apartment on two floors with 5-6-person capacity. Lower floor has entry hall, large living and dining room, complete kitchen, bathroom with shower, and a large, covered, furnished terrace with expansive views across Mürren to the Bernese Alps.  On the second floor — up 12 stair steps — are two twin bedrooms and 1 single bedroom plus a day bed, plus the second bathroom with a tub/shower and the washing machine.
          The very pleasant English-speaking owner/hostess lives on-site in her own apartment. The chalet is accessed by a 1-minute mildly-steep uphill walk along a macadam footpath from Mürren’s main street near the very center of the village. The Schilthornbahn cablecar station is a 6-minute flat walk south of the chalet along Mürren’s main street. The BLM train station is a 7-minute flat walk north of the chalet along Mürren’s main street.
        Stores, shops, and restaurants are 3-8 minutes walking distance. Mürren’s Allmendhubel funicular station is 5-minutes walk from the chalet, where frequent cablecars climb to hiking paths through Mürren’s cheese alps dotted with mountain restaurants. 

ARRIVAL NOTE: there is no taxi service in car-free Mürren. Guests, therefore, must be prepared to walk their luggage to The Meadows Chalet 6-8 minutes from Mürren’s two stations. Your hostess or her representative will normally meet guests at the chalet at an appointed arrival time.

ENTRANCE NOTE: once at The Meadows Chalet, the chalet’s entry hall is reached via approx. 10 covered stair steps up from ground level. 

ELECTRONICS: Flat-screen cable TV. Secure WiFi (free). 

LAUNDRY: washing machine and clothes lines for drying clothes come with the apartment. 


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