Mürren is one of the most charming villages in the Alps, with a great sense of tradition and tranquillity. The quaint town is in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland. Skiing has taken place here since 1922, when the world’s first slalom races were held and organised by the great British ski pioneer Arnold Lunn. The town is still recognisable today from its historic roots, thanks to the classic mountain design of the chalets and the Mürren dialect that is still spoken by the locals.
The resort is car-free and peaceful, offering awe-inspiring views across the valley to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Visitors will enjoy the leisurely pace of life which is retained throughout the town, despite the brush it has had with fame when the rotating Piz Gloria restaurant was featured in James Bond's ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Visitors can follow in Bond’s footsteps by visiting the interactive adventure exhibition ‘007 Walk of Fame’ for a thrilling ski experience which brings the on-screen action to life.
The magic of the resort is thanks to there being no roads leading into it. The only two ways to access Mürren is via a cable car ride from Lauterbrunnen and then a short cog-railway train journey, the other is to take the alternative cable car which runs directly up from the valley hamlet of Stechelberg to the opposite end of the village, which runs later into the evening.
Resort Altitude: 1,650m
Resort Skiing: 2,970m
Total Ski Area: 224km
Blue Runs: 86km
Red Runs: 107km
Black Runs: 31km
Cross Country: 12km
Access to Mürren’s ski area is gained directly from the village. Visitors can use the cable car from the Village to Schilthorn - Piz Gloria, the highest point of the ski area. Another option is to take the funicular to Allmendhubel which brings beginners directly to the nursery slopes. Whilst the extent of the ski area is not vast, the incredible panoramic views are not to be missed.
Mürren offers its best skiing between 1,500m and 3,000m where it is possible to ski some challenging off-piste and thrilling 800m vertical descents from the cliff tops to the valley below. Overall, there is around 2,175m of vertical descent across 26 pistes. The terrain is best suited to intermediate to advanced skiers who are looking to explore a variety of exciting pisted and off-piste territory.
Experienced snowboarders will be delighted by the incredible off-piste on offer in Mürren. From the top of the Schilthorn is a well-established freeride descent which can be reached from the main viewing platform. There is a small snowpark near the bottom of the Schilthorn lift, and a good variety of both black runs and more easy-going terrain to suit boarders of various abilities.
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One of Mürren’s nursery slopes is in town in front of the Jungfrau Hotel. It has a small drag lift and a Snowli Kids centre, which offers tuition for children alongside a viewing sun terrace for parents. The other nursery slope is on Allmenhubel, which is accessed by the funicular. The resort’s general ski area is fairly steep and can be icy, and it is therefore recommended that young children remain within these two designated nursey sections.
Mürren’s famous revolving restaurant Piz Gloria sits at 2,970m above sea level and is a hotspot for James Bond fans, serving 007 themed dishes. It takes almost an hour to make a full 360-degree rotation and offers spectacular views from all angles. There are around 20 dining options in the town, most of which serve traditional Alpine cuisine. Head to the Taverne for fondue and raclette, or to the Arvenstübli for Rösti and local Bernese steak.
Après ski here revolves around the village’s hotels and bars. The Tächi Bar at Hotel Eiger is the place to go for some relaxed, pre-dinner drinks, and is open to non-residents. In the later months of the season when the sun is out, head to the sun terrace at Hotel Jungfrau for an afternoon beer or two. This ‘Gondel’ bar is made from one of the carriages of the old Schlithorn cable car, and drinks are served from midday onwards.
There are plenty of activities in resort to entertain those who are not looking to ski or snowboard. 15 km of scenic walking and snowshoe trails and 10km of toboggan runs, plus the Thrill and Skyline walks at Birg will ensure you don’t miss out on the resort’s fabulous views. The sports centre has a 25 metre pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi with mountain views, a sauna, basketball courts, squash courts, sun-beds spa facilities and an ice rink; making for the perfect day out for all the family if the weather isn’t behaving.