One of the most charming ski villages in the alps, with a great sense of tradition and tranquillity.
Murren, in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, is quite simply one of the most special ski resorts in the world. It is also one of the oldest. Skiing has been going on in Murren since the early part of the last century and it was here, in 1922, that the world’s first slalom races were held, organised in part by the great British ski pioneer Arnold Lunn.
Murren is a tranquil, car-free ski resort built mainly in the chalet style. It has truly awe-inspiring views across the valley to the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. The pace of life is leisurely and unhurried.
Access to the skiing in Murren is via a cable car from Lauterbrunnen station (which in 2007 replaced the century-old funicular, mourned by some, but which speeded up the journey) and then a mountain railway along the plateau from Grutschalp. Alternatively, a cable car runs directly up from the valley hamlet of Stechelberg, beyond Lauterbrunnen, to the opposite end of the village. The Stechelberg option runs later into the evening.
When in Murren, make time for a visit to the Piz Gloria restaurant made famous by James Bond in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.