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A Complete Mürren Travel Guide 2024 – A Beautiful Hidden Gem of Switzerland!

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After returning from a fortnight spent in Switzerland, I am dying to go back!

The mountains, the waterfalls, the scenery, the fondue (in cheese and chocolate varieties) – it was all so beautiful. I was saddened to leave and just wanted to stay there forever!

Everywhere in the Berner Oberland region, home to the magnificent Swiss Alps is effortlessly gorgeous. But, what I loved most of all was the peace and quiet of the little mountain villages that I visited when I was there.

It’s such a contrast to the hustle and bustle of city life and I fell head over heels in love with it. One of the places that I am pining to go back to most, however, is Mürren.

A tiny car-free mountain resort, accessible by cable car and placed high up in the mountains.

Mürren has a special place in my heart as it’s where I used to spend family holidays since I was a child (which is admittedly a long time ago now!).

This was my fifth visit to Switzerland and I really couldn’t imagine staying anywhere else.  

I decided to base myself here for the duration of my Swiss travels and I am so happy I did. Keep this complete Mürren travel guide and find out why this is a true hidden gem in Switzerland!

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Cows in Murren Switzerland

How to travel to Murren in Switzerland

Mürren is a car-free resort so you won’t be able to catch a cab or drive here.

The only way to access Murren village is by cable car and train. There are a couple of options in getting here;

Travelling to Murren From Lauterbrunnen

The easiest and most central location to take transport to Murren is from Lauterbrunnen valley.

You will need to catch a cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp and then take the BLM train all the way to Mürren.

If you’re flying into Zurich or Bern, you will need to catch a few trains to reach here – so prepare for the long journey of connecting trains.

The good news is that the Swiss are famous for their timings and so you shouldn’t find many delays.

All transport is connected so when you arrive in Lauterbrunnen a cable car will be waiting for you.

Travel to Murren From Stechelberg 

An alternative location is in Stechelberg which is near the end of the Lauterbrunnen valley.

You will catch two cable cars, one arriving at Gimmelwald and the next arriving in Mürren.

The BLM Grütschalp to Mürren Train Journey 

This train journey from Grütschalp to Mürren train journey is one of the most beautiful in the world.

The train is a single carriage and although it’s been running for 125 years, they haven’t changed the design much.

It only lasts for around 10 minutes with one stop in between at Winteregg, but the views you get are on another level.  

You can see all over the valley with panoramic views of the mountainous trifecta; the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger.

Not only that, but you will see Swiss wildlife, including beautiful Chamois and swiss houses perched on the hills. It is truly incredible.

If you want to take snaps make sure you sit on the left hand of the train going out from Grütschalp and the right hand of the train going back from Mürren.

Grütschalp to Mürren train | Murren Travel guide

When does the last Grütschalp to Mürren train leave?

If you’re staying in Mürren, you will get to experience this marvellous train journey every day but here is a handy tip;  The last cable car and train goes from Central Lauterbrunnen at 8.30 pm!

So, if you are planning a long day out, you will need to get the Die Post bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg and cable cars from there which run till around midnight.

After that, you’ll need to walk. So, there isn’t much late-night partying if you’re staying in Mürren I’m afraid!

Grütschalp to Mürren train | Murren Travel Guide

Useful travel tips to know before you visit Murren in Switzerland

Useful Phrases in Swiss

In Switzerland they speak four languages due to their neighbours and long history of territorial warfare before becoming independent;

  • Swiss-German: 63.5%
  • French: 22.5%
  • Italian: 8.1%
  • Romansh: 0.05% And numerous others making up the rest!

For the most part, you’re pretty safe if you can speak some German but they do speak English very well in Swiss towns.

Here are some phrases to make sure you don’t get caught out;

  • Hello: Grüezi
  • Thank you: Dangge/Merci (French)
  • Cheers!: Broscht!
  • How Much is this?: Was koschtet das?

Currency in Switzerland

Although Switzerland is part of Europe, they have not taken on the Euro and do not accept them everywhere.

Therefore, you will need to get some Swiss Francs before you arrive or while you’re there.

The top things to do in Murren

Even though this is a mountain retreat, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a wealth of things to get up to against the amazing backdrop of the mountains!

Here are some of the top things to do in Murren, Switzerland.

Visit the Schilthorn Piz Gloria

The Schilthorn is the movie set of the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesties Secret Service.’

It is a stunning location for a viewing platform of the mountain range.

Along with jaw-dropping views, you can eat at their 360-degree revolving restaurant.

There are tonnes of 007 Bond references, even in the bathrooms – it’s quite amusing.

Click here to read my full post about my visit to the Schilthorn!

girl overlooking the mountain view of schilthorn piz gloria james bond film location 2

Walk from Murren to Winteregg

If you’d rather walk than get the train, then there is the option of a ‘Panoramaweg’ (Panoramic walk) from Mürren to Winteregg.

Compared to other Alps trails the path is completely flat which makes the effort of walking minimal, meaning you can save your energy to absorb all the amazing views.

You will walk alongside the train track and through the fir trees to Winteregg, a beautiful restaurant in a picturesque location.

You can stop here for a drink and a bite to eat, but it’s not cheap – you’re paying for the location!

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Murren Travel Guide | Murren to Winteregg Walk

Visit Almendhubel

Another beautiful restaurant with panoramic views is Almendhubel.

Looking like a scene straight out of The Sound of Music it has all sorts of amazing flowers and blossoms against a backdrop of the mountainside.

An excellent choice to spend a lazy afternoon if you wanted to dine here. There are two options in reaching Almendhubel;

  1. Get the Funicular up the hill
  2. Walk up or down!

It all depends on how energetic you’re feeling!

It is definitely worth a visit here though, it’s so peaceful and quiet – you can just hear the tinkering of cow bells in the distance.

Almendhubel| Murren Travel guide

Walk to Gimmelwald

If you’re looking for an even quieter village that is out in the sticks, Gimmelwald is it.

A picturesque farm town, in which you can’t hear a pin drop.

There are restaurants to have a quick drink and a rather cool Honesty Shop to take a peek in!

Honesty Shop in Gimmelwald Switzerland
Gimmelwald Switzerland | Almendhubel

The best restaurants in Murre

Switzerland is notoriously expensive for food (even a Mcdonald’s is around £12) so you’ll need to budget a fair amount if you want to eat out.

Mürren is no exception when it comes to paying a lot for your food.

The good news is that you’ll be in safe hands when it comes to quality, the meat and vegetables are always fresh and locally sourced (and if they aren’t, they will always tell you otherwise).

Here are some of the best places to eat in Mürren;

La Grotte

My favourite restaurant in Mürren and, dare I say it, the whole of Switzerland is La Grotte.

Based in the beautifully located Hotel Blumenthal, it has a pretty courtyard to eat in and inside a Grotto of cowbells and other Swiss paraphernalia.

The management who run this place simply cannot be outdone on service and their food is to die for.

I would highly recommend their lamb. The rosemary and mint gravy it’s accompanied with are mouth-watering and you can have your options of sides.

In my opinion, the traditional rosti goes extremely well and it is hand served to you by the Waiters. 10/10.



Believe it or not, it can be tiring eating so much Swiss food, I mean there’s only so many times you can eat rosti and bratwurst you know?

That’s where THAMS comes in, a cute family-run Chinese takeaway in the mountains.

Don’t think that as you’re taking away the price will drop however, it is pretty expensive with a meal and rice costing around £25.

But, it is such a great relief to refresh the palette.


Things you cannot miss in Murren

Sunrises and Sunsets

My favourite times spent were waking up in the morning to see the first of the sun peer its head over the mountains.

The sunsets were even wilder and could turn the mountains a deep shade of red on a clear day. It was magical.


Quaint Houses in Murren

I loved wandering in amongst the houses, chalets, and cottages and seeing what was in store.

There are definitely chateaus with character in Mürren!


So, that’s my Mürren travel guide

If you do find yourself in Switzerland, make sure you pop the charming little mountain village of Mürren on your list.

It is such a hidden gem and a welcome retreat from busy modern-day life. No cars, no noise, just pure peace and bliss!

I will always stay here when I visit Switzerland and hope I will be back to visit really soon.

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Sunday 30th of April 2023

I visited Mürren and immediately fell in love with it! I am searching for info which discount card is the best for staying in Mürren, which did you use? It had to cover the cable cart from Lauterbrunnen to Grutschalp and off course the train to Mürren… There is so much to choose from and it is also quite expensive…

Sophie Pearce

Monday 1st of May 2023

Hi Joyce, Murren is wonderful isn't it?! Such an escape with it being car free and in the mountains. We had half price Swiss railcards for our journeys up the cablecars! But, I've heard the Swiss Travel Pass is good as it includes all rail and transport fares. So, you could add your fees with both and compare! Hope this helps, Sophie x


Sunday 12th of February 2023

I love your descriptions. How much cash will we need for one day in Murren and Gimmelwald? Are cards accepted at either one?

Sophie Pearce

Thursday 16th of February 2023

Cards are accepted but you should definitely get out Swiss Francs. I'd allow around 100 CHF as it's an expensive place! Sophie x

Hans Ruck

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Great story, I can only voice my support. Indeed it is not the quantity of activities, it is is the quality of the activities. The breath taking views and the tranquility to be there. There are plently of accomodations you can rent either via the the tourist office or the famous booking sites. We have a little apartment at https://ferienwohnung-Mü, but there is so much. The longer you stay, the more you actually enjoy it.

Sophie Pearce

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Thanks for the recommendations Hans! Sophie x


Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Hi, will Murren be just as pretty in October? I am ok with cooler weather, its the view I am not sure about. Looking at the pictures, I really like the green valley against the snow peaked mountains. I wonder if October will mean no greenery? I am keen to see a village like in Heidi but am not able to travel in summer. This year it will be October only.

Sophie Pearce

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Hi Nes, I wouldn't like to lead you on to say it would be just as green in October. Mürren will be pretty all year but I think if you went in early October it may be autumn with the trees turning oranges and ambers. But, if you went at the end it's peak ski season and the mountains may be covered completely in Snow! So, it will be like a winter wonderland but you may have low visibility. Personally, if you'd still like to catch the greenery I would travel early or mid-September before ski seasons really kicks off. Hope this helps. Sophie x


Friday 31st of May 2019

im going to be in Murren in 2 weeks! Thanks 4 this blog for the tips! Bless u!

Sophie Pearce

Friday 31st of May 2019

Hi Maria, oh you'll love Mürren! It's really a beautiful part of the world. Have an epic time! Thanks for the support. Sophie x