Mountain villages are my go-to spots when I’m looking to relax and get my life back on track. They’re the perfect place to clear my head and get my bearings. If that’s what you’re after for your vacation, you must be looking for Mürren.
Mürren is a village above the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland with a view of the Jungfrau massif. The marvelous views, rustic settings, and adventures awaiting you there will make you forget all your worries! For me, Mürren is a fantastic destination for an awesome time in Switzerland.
If you’re not sure about Mürren, I’ll help you decide. In this article, you will find a list of the best things to do in Mürren and how they can be your reasons why you would like to visit Mürren. I’ll also throw some tips if you decide to spend a day in Mürren. Let’s go!
So, where is Mürren exactly? And how can you get there?
Mürren is nestled in the foothills of Schilthorn, within the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO-protected site. Boasting an altitude of 1638 meters, it overlooks the stunning Lauterbrunnen valley in the Bernese Oberland of Central Switzerland.
Getting to Mürren from the major cities in Switzerland is a breeze, although it takes a few steps. First off, you gotta get to Interlaken — the main transport hub for the Jungfrau Region.
When you reach Interlaken, transfer to a train to Lauterbrunnen. In Lauterbrunnen, you have two options to get to Mürren.
- Cable car to Grütschalp, then train ride to Mürren
- Bus (#141) to Stechelberg, then cable car to Mürren.
I prefer the Stechelberg route ’cause it gives you a unique perspective of the Jungfrau region, unlike the view you’d usually get from Mürren. You can check the link in the resources section of this post to see the exact route information in Google Maps.
If you have a car, you can only take it as far as Lauterbrunnen or Stechelberg. Mürren is a car-free village, which makes it incredibly peaceful and serene.
Now that you already know how to get to Mürren, it’s time to see what amazing things await you in the village and its surrounding area.
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By the way, if you are still planning to visit Murren during your Jungfrau Region trip, consider visiting the places mentioned below. They are located on your way to Murren and are definitely worth a stop.
- Harder Kulm – it’s the viewpoint above Interlaken where you can take in a stunning view of the Jungfrau Region. Read my article about Harder Kulm, Visiting Harder Kulm – Here’s What You Can Expect To See.
- Lauterbrunnen – the village with a heaven on earth backdrop of waterfalls and beautiful cliffs. Take a look at Lauterbrunnen’s 7 Best Viewpoints & Photo Spots.
- Wengen – A charming village with the best view of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. See why you should visit Wengen here.
- Mannlichen – it’s the mountain beside Wengen, which has the BEST views of the Jungfrau Region. You can take in 360 degrees view of the whole area from its summit. See how beautiful it is in Mannlichen, How to Reach Männlichen and Make the Most of Your Trip
If you are traveling to the Jungfrau Region, you definitely need this: Jungfrau Region Itinerary: 4 Days in Interlaken on a Budget
1. Mürren Viewpoint: To Marvel Jungfrau Massif
Even if the three famous “four-thousanders” peaks, Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, can be seen from numerous places in Bernese Oberland, it is still in Mürren you can find a few of the most awe-inspiring spots in admiring these mountains.
Mürren is directly opposite the Jungfrau Massif over the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Unobstructed, you can take in the full beauty of these mountains from the valley floor to the summit.
Beholding the Jungfrau massif’s formidable rock facade in Mürren is an awe-inspiring experience that can’t be underestimated! It’s a simple activity, but it’s sure to leave a lasting impression.
I suggest going to Mürren’s viewpoint to see the view I’m referring to. It’s located next to Café LIV and is less than a minute from Coop Supermarkt on foot. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as it’s also a great spot to take a selfie as a souvenir.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush while in the village, check out the view beside Hotel Alpina.
It has a restaurant with an awesome alfresco seating area. At the corner of the alfresco balcony, you can witness an almost 90-degree drop down to the valley floor — it’s an incredible sight!
2. Mürren Village: To Take In Rustic Beauty
Many consider Mürren one of the most charming alpine villages in Switzerland — and I’m convinced. With a history stretching back to the 13th century and a population of less than 500, it’s more obvious why.
I’m sure you’ll get that “closest-to-heaven-you’ll-ever-be” feeling when you wander around Mürren.
It’s tucked away in the mountains with its timeless, flower-adorned chalets – that’s the vibe you’ll get. And, oh, not to mention the lovely front yards of the chalets filled with Chamois Ragwort (the sunny yellow mountain flower) during summer!
As a wanderer, this is the best reason I can think of why everyone should come and see Mürren.
Finding the most beautiful houses in Mürren is very easy. After you hop off the cable car from Stechelberg, just stroll down the main street to the village center, and you’ll find them on either side.
One of the beautiful chalets in Mürren is Alte-Bäckerei which you can observe from the alfresco seating of the highly-rated StagerStübli Café. Most people say it has delicious food at a reasonable price.
If you’re traveling on a budget, Coop Supermarkt is the way to go. It’s just a stone’s throw away from StagerStübli Café, and you can pick up some bread and drinks for a picnic in Mürren.
Mürren has plenty of benches placed around the village, so you can sit and enjoy the lovely rustic and stunning natural views while you eat. It’s a great way to get the most out of your trip!
3. Allmendhubel: To Spend Beautiful Time With Family
As mentioned previously, Mürren is dotted with benches that offer a great view of the quaint chalets and the stunning Jungfrau massif — perfect for a picnic. It’s where you’ll surely satisfy both your eyes and your appetite!
Did you know there’s an even better spot for a picnic in Mürren? Allmendhubel is just a quick 4-to-5-minute funicular ride away from the village, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy your snacks, especially if you are with your family.
Allmendhubel is a plateau above Mürren with a more elevated, much more breathtaking eye-level view of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Standing at 1907 meters high, this tourist spot offers a 360-degree view of the Alps, with Schilthorn visible from here, as well.
You can find a few benches in Allmendhubel, facing the majestic Jungfrau massif and overlooking the expansive playground (Flower Park) beside Allmendhubel’s restaurant.
Are you traveling with your kids? You can let them have some fun in the playground while you enjoy your picnic snacks on the benches and take in the breathtaking views.
If you’re looking for a great way to get back to Mürren from Allmendhubel and you’ve got plenty of time, why not take the Flower Trail?
This awesome hiking trail is filled with over 150 different types of flowers, and there are information boards along the way to let you know what they are. The flower trail is approximately 2+ kilometers. Most travelers can finish the flower trail within 40 minutes to 1 hour.
4. Birg: To Pump Adrenaline
Another thing to do in Mürren, aside from chillin’ in Allmendhubel, is to feel some thrill in Birg.
Birg is the mid-point between Mürren and Schilthorn, situated around 1000 meters above the village of Mürren. I highly recommend checking it out for some awesome mini-adventures with incredible views of the Jungfrau massif that you can have for free!
These mini adventures in Birg are called Skyline Walk and Thrill Walk. If you have a fear of heights, they will help you conquer it!
Of the two, as its name suggests, Thrill Walk should pump more adrenaline into your bloodstream.
At Birg Thrill Walk, you’ll traverse a 200-meter steel path attached to the vertical wall of the mountain. Not only that, Thrill Walk has parts where you will be walking on a tightrope, stepping over a glass floor, and crawling through a metal-mesh tunnel with nothing beneath but clouds and a 1000-meter-high abyss.
Can you imagine how thrilling that would be?
Walking on a tightrope with nothing below, for real? Of course, not totally. The tightrope also has a metal mesh underneath, so it is absolutely safe.
On the other hand, Skyline Walk gives a more subtle experience. It’s the main observation deck in Birg that extends beyond the mountain.
Like one part of the Thrill Walk, Skyline Walk has a reinforced glass and steel pathway, which gives a thrilling experience as you view the craggy mountain facade of the Jungfrau Massif.
Birg Thrill Walk and Skywalk offer an experience similar to that of Grindelwald-First Cliff Walk. The only major difference is the views you can take while walking along their steel pathways.
If you’ve already experienced the thrills of Grindelwald, you may want to skip Birg on your Mürren trip. Read more about Grindelwald here: Free Things To Do In Grindelwald: One Day Budget Itinerary
5. Piz Gloria In Schilthorn: To See an Iconic Restaurant
Exploring the Jungfrau Region, I discovered it’s a true heaven-on-earth, filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tourist attractions. For me, one of its unmissable highlights is Piz Gloria.
Piz Gloria is a restaurant on top of Schilthorn. It has big glass windows, where your eyes can feast with the magnificent peaks as your taste buds savor the restaurant’s main courses like “James Bond” Spaghetti or Zürich-style sliced veal with creamy mushroom sauce and rösti.
The thing about Piz Gloria is that it’s more than just a mountaintop restaurant with stunning views of the Swiss Alps. It’s a revolving restaurant that allows you to take in the breathtaking alpine world from Schilthorn. It’s an experience like no other!
Don’t worry if you feel a bit dizzy at Piz Gloria Restaurant. The restaurant rotates slowly, taking 45 minutes to complete one full rotation. The pace is slow enough for you to stroll around the restaurant and enjoy your meal without a hassle.
Piz Gloria is the highest destination (more than 3000 meters high) from Mürren which can be quickly reached through the cable car, the same as Birg.
I’d highly recommend booking a reservation beforehand if you want to grab lunch at Piz Gloria. It’s a popular spot and tends to fill up fast. The reservation form is linked in the resources section of this blog post.
The restaurant gained its fame from the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This is why when you visit Piz Gloria, you’ll find plenty of props and decorations from the film, making it a must-see for any Bond fan.
Tip: Do you want to get a free roundtrip ticket to Piz Gloria? Visit on your birthday. Also, don’t forget to apply for the 25% discount on the cable car fares if you have a Jungfrau Travel Pass.
6. Bond World also in Schilthorn: To Have Fun and Games (Bond fans be excited!)
More experiences await you at Schilthorn, and the amazing revolving restaurant is just the beginning! That’s why the tickets, though slightly pricey, can totally be worth it.
Some points of interest in Schilthorn are the Skyline View Platform, Spy World, Bond Cinema, Walk of Fame, View Lounges, and Touch The Snow.
Of these, I think Spy World stands out as the most unique attraction in Schilthorn, not found anywhere else in the Jungfrau region. Spy World is an exhibit about James Bond’s movie in which Piz Gloria was featured.
Here, you can find 7 key scenes from the James Bond movie and many more interesting facts about it. There are interactive expositions and simulators where you can have a blast testing your own James Bond skills.
For example, you can take a spin in the helicopter simulator flight in the original chassis of the decommissioned Air Glaciers Alouette III. It’s an awesome experience!
After having a blast, you can kick back and take in the view from Schilthorn. Head to the Skyline View Platform, and you’ll be able to spot over 200 other summits. On a clear day, you can see the iconic Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, as well as the Black Forest in Germany and Mont Blanc in France.
If it’s too windy, head to the rectangular, cocoon-like wooden view lounges near Schilthorn’s summit. They’re awesome spots to appreciate the mountain scenery while staying warm and cozy.
More information is found on the official website of Schilthorn, linked at the end of this post. It includes the visiting information, admission fees, and more.
Before you come to Schilthorn or Birg, make sure to check out the live webcams (links at the end of the post). These webcams will give you a quick glimpse of the weather on the summit, so you can decide if it’s worth the trip up for the amazing views.
7. Grauseeli: To Practice Photography
Even from the start of your Mürren trip, you can already find numerous picturesque scenes to inspire you to take hundreds of photos. And if you think there are more beautiful places to photograph after Schilthorn, you are right!
That place is called Grauseeli. It is a cute alpine lake that you can find between Schilthorn and Birg.
There are a few more cute little lakes in the Jungfrau Region, most notably Bachalpsee in Grindelwald. However, Grauseeli is the only place I know where you can photograph the reflection of the three famous summits, Eiger-Mönch-Jungfrau, inverted on a lake’s surface.
That magical view of Grauseeli isn’t always guaranteed; weather and season can drastically alter the view from the lake, so don’t get your hopes up too much.
Grauseeli freezes during winter and melts away mid-spring. Then, if the wind is strong, the lake’s surface becomes wavy. When that happens, it’s hard to see the mountains’ reflection on the lake’s surface.
Nevertheless, it’s an epic shot if you can capture the mountains with their reflection in Grauseeli.
Anyone can make it to Grauseeli as long as they’re ready for a hike. Whether from Schilthorn or Birg, you can still get to the lake.
If you want, you can hike down from Schilthorn to Birg with a detour to Grauseeli for an all-out short adventure! You can refer to the Komoot map I’ve prepared for you in the resources section of this post. It’s a 2.5 to 3-hour trek, roughly 3.5 kilometers long. Along the way, you’ll look at an overall 410-meter descent and 110-meter ascent.
For beginners, I suggest visiting Grauseeli from Birg, as it’s relatively easy to reach the lake from there — the first half of the trail is mostly flat.
The hiking trail from Schilthorn to Gauseeli, however, has a steep gradient, so it may require intermediate hiking skills to traverse it.
By the way, if you love lakes, you should visit Iseltwald. This village has the best view of Lake Brienz which is the most turquoise lake in the Jungfrau Region. Learn more about Iseltwald and Lake Brienz:
- Iseltwald – Why Visit Iseltwald and How to Get to This Beautiful Village.
- Lake Brienz – 7 Things To Do In Lake Brienz (And Visiting Information)
8. North Face Trail: To Experience Pure Nature
Like any mountain excursion destination in Switzerland, hiking trails spread out from Mürren. Each offers an opportunity to discover a unique side of the Swiss Alps you might not like to miss.
Aside from the hiking trails mentioned previously, if you already have hiking experience, another hiking trail you can try from Mürren is the North Face Trail.
North Face Trail is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Bernese Oberland, where you can see all the impressive faces of the mountains in the Bernese Alps.
It’s a 2.5 to 3-hour hike (6.51 kilometers), starting from Schilthornbahn station in Mürren to Allmendhubel (and vice versa). It’s almost a loop, with Allmendhubel funicular railway completing it.
Tip. Start hiking at Allmendhubel for a less exhausting hike.
The North Face Trail, even without the view of Jungfrau massif, is lovely. You will pass by small hamlets, streams, cows, and goats grazing on the meadows, and all the idyllic things you can think of.
What might be nice for you: 12 Information boards are placed along the path to give you interesting facts about the history of the mountains around Mürren.
Also, you don’t need to worry about getting lost as the hiking trail is well marked by blue signs with “Northface-Trail” written on them.
If you want to learn more about the North Face Trail (map, recommended season, safety guidelines), you may check the website of Jungfrau Region, linked at the resources section of this post.
9. Gimmelwald: To Relax In The Most Idyllic Village In Lauterbrunnen
If you thought Mürren was the most idyllic village in the Jungfrau Region, you clearly haven’t seen Gimmelwald. It’s a place that’ll take your breath away and make you feel like you’ve stepped into a wanderer’s story.
Gimmelwald is Mürren’s neighboring village, which you can reach from Mürren by hiking (approximately 30 minutes) or a 5-minute cable car ride. If you are from Stechelberg, you will be arriving in Gimmelwald first.
I recommend visiting Gimmelwald on a Mürren trip because (1) it is very close. Most importantly, because (2) it is an ultimately idyllic mountain village where time stands still, and the locals live a simple, harmonious life with nature.
Gimmelwald is full of carefully decorated houses, wooden huts where the cheese is stored, grazing cows, and flower meadows. And because it isn’t very commercialized yet compared to Wengen and Mürren, I think Gimmelwald can really satisfy wanderers looking for an authentic traditional mountain village experience and time to reconnect with nature.
The number of its residents is proof. Did you know that Gimmelwald only has approximately 100 residents? The locals are mostly farmers, and they sell their products on the market in Murren or directly at their farms.
Although Gimmelwald is only a small village, it doesn’t mean that nothing interesting can be found here. Aside from taking in absolutely rustic vibes and breathtaking scenery, you can try visiting the Honesty Shop, which gives visitors a totally new experience of buying souvenirs.
If you love beers, you must try Gimmelwald’s Schwarz Mönch Beer. It’s an award-winning beer, the highest-rated Schwarz beer in the world from 2018 to 2022. I linked more information about the beer in the resources section of this post.
You can also check the beautiful alpine huts like Allmihüttli Wooden alpine hut, Chässpycher Cheese storehouse, and more. You can refer to Gimmelwald’s info point for their exact location and more places of interest in the village.
See more rustic-idyllic beauty in Gimmelwald: 5 Things To Do In Gimmelwald (Beautiful Reasons To Visit)
10. Trummelbach Falls: To See Europe’s Largest Underground Waterfalls
As an outdoor destination, our overall enjoyment of our trip to Mürren depends heavily on the weather. Not only does the scenery look less stunning when it’s overcast or raining, but safety can become a major concern when the weather turns bad.
So, what to do in Mürren when it’s bad weather? Trümmelbach waterfalls!
Trümmelbach Waterfalls is Europe’s largest subterranean waterfall, located inside a mountain, and is accessible via a network of tunnels and galleries.
Believe it or not, 20,000 liters of water per second runs inside Trümmelbach waterfalls, fed by the melting glaciers from the Jungfrau.
Exploring Trümmelbach waterfalls, you can witness the sheer power of nature that has impressively created spectacular rock formations inside the subterranean waterfall. In some parts of the walkways, you can also see stunning views of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
As an engineer, I’m blown away by the ingenuity the Swiss engineers manifested when they built the funicular, elevators, and tunnels inside Trümmelbach falls.
Getting to Trümmelbach waterfalls from Mürren is simple. First, ride the cable car down to Stechelberg. You should find buses (#141) in Stechelberg heading to Lauterbrunnen. Ride the bus and alight at Trümmelbach waterfall bus station.
Before you go to Trümmelbach waterfalls, I recommend checking out for announcements, especially when it is raining hard. You can check the links at the end of this post to learn more about Trummelbach waterfalls (visiting information and awesome tips).
Resources: Things To Do In Mürren
Alright, that’s my list of things to do in Mürren, and I hope I explained well why they can be reasons to visit Mürren.
If I have convinced you to visit Mürren, and you need more information about the tourist attractions I mentioned in this post, below are the links to help you plan your Mürren trip.
- Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (Google Maps Route)
- Restaurant Piz Gloria Table Reservation Form
- Schilthorn Official Website
- Schilthorn Live Camera
- Hiking Trail map: Schilthorn-Grauseeli-Birg
- More information: North Face Trail
- More information: Schwarz Mönch Beer
- Trümmelbach waterfalls officials website
- Epic tips for visiting Trümmelbach waterfalls from FullSuiteCase.
Are you spending more than a day in Mürren or the Jungfrau Region/Bernese Oberland? Here’s where you can find the best hotel deals. You can use its map feature to easily find the hotel with the most convenient location for you.
You might also want to check the links below to get ideas where to go before or after Mürren in Switzerland.
- Is Lake Thun Worth Visiting? 10 Beautiful Places To Visit Around Lake Thun
- Things To Do In The Beautiful City of Lucerne (for three days or more)
- Best Way To Spend a Day In Bern
- All The Fun and Exciting Things To Do In Jungfrau Region and Bernese Oberland
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