View over Murren to the Eiger. - (c) Jungfrau Tourism
Murren is a traditional village set in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. Like its near neighbour Wengen, it has a rich tradition of skiing, ski racing and British visitors.
Perched on a ledge at the end of the Lauterbrunnen valley, it sits at an elevation of 1,650m, considerably higher than both Grindelwald and Wengen. Murren is the smallest of the three three big Jungfrau resorts, and we've always found it the most traditional. Maybe it's because of the combination of it's location at the end of the valley, and it's pedestrianised village centre (give or take a few hotel or business vehicles that bomb around), but it seems an even more peaceful spot than Wengen and Grindelwald, unless you're in town for the annual Inferno Race...
As with many of the villages in the Jungfrau area, Murren is a popular destination in both winter and summer.
No live-streams are currently available for Murren.
A list of webcams for Murren and the surrounding area.
Often overlooked in favour of neighbouring Wengen and Grindelwald, Murren's scenery is still absolutely stunning, with it's views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau towering over everything in one direction and the Schilthorn in the other. It remains a hotly debated topic as to which of the big three Jungfrau resorts has the best view, but to be honest you can't go wrong with any of them. The views down the valley towards Lauterbrunnen and over to Wengen and Mannlichen are equally amazing, and on a clear day there are only a few resorts in Europe that can match the quality of views that Murren has on offer.
As with neighbouring Wengen, there is no public road up to Murren, so access to the village is via a combination of funicular/railway from Lauterbrunnen or by cable-car at the far end end of the valley down at Stechelberg, coming up past Gimmelwald. The funicular is the most used of these two methods. When you arrive at Lauterbrunnen train station you can either get on a train to go up one side of the valley to Wengen, or get on the funicular on the other side up to Murren. The funicular takes you straight up the steep side of the valley and you then get on a narrow-gauge train (the Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Murren) that takes you along a ledge overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley below and into the village of Murren itself.
To get to Lauterbrunnen you should consider travelling by train - it takes about 3 and a half hours from Geneva with changes required at Bern, Interlaken Ost and Lauterbrunnen. This may sound like a long time and a lot of hassle having to change stations but it's worth it. It's a fantastic journey around Lake Geneva to start with and then the final legs as you hit the Bernese Oberland.
The Schilthorn ski area on the slopes above Murren can be split into roughly 4 sub areas: Schilthorn-Birg-Obere Hubel, Allmendhubel, Maulerhubel-Winteregg and the Schiltgrat-Gimmeln area.
The Schilthorn-Birg-Obere Hubel area is accessed by the Schilthornbahn cable car from the centre of the resort. The cable car actually comes up from Gimmelwald down below Murren, and then up to Birg and then beyond to the famous revolving restaurant on the top of the Schilthorn. This is the highest lift in the Schilthorn area, and just below this is the starting point of the famous Inferno run.
For those skiers looking to access the pistes around the Allmendhubel area, the easiest way to get there is to take the Allmendhubelbahn funicular, which is located in the resort, roughly halfway between the railway station and the Schilthornbahn cable car station.
The Maulerhubel-Winteregg area is probably the trickiest place out of the four to get to for those staying in Murren. You've got to come at it from either halfway down the red pistes at Allmendhubel and then get on the Maulerhubel chairlift or get the chairlift up from Winteregg, which is the first stop on the Lauterbrunnen-Murren train.
To get to the slopes of the Schiltgrat-Gimmeln area, use the Schiltgrat chairlift from the village - it's just a bit further on from the Schilthornbahn cable-car.
Information on the Swiss ski area Jungfrau Region, including links to the surrounding resorts, webcams, slope information and lift details.
Where else could we start but Murren's most famous landmark - the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant perched on top of the Schilthorn mountain. What do you mean you've never heard of it ?!? You've most likely seen it though -it was Blofeld's mountain hideaway in the Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. There's a black run (no. 10) that starts right up here at just under 3000m. Just down this black run is where the legendary Inferno run starts, the longest downhill race in the world. The black isn't too difficult to be honest and has some great views over to the Jungfrau. It continues down to a position just above Both, from where there are a number of nice blue runs to take you down to Obere Hubel or down to the Riggli chairlift (black slope number 9 provides a trickier alternative). Obere Hubel sits at around 2400m so the snow up here is usually pretty good. However, to help ensure good conditions there are plenty of snow cannons covering the slopes down from here. There's something for everyone here with a blue, red and a couple of blacks all heading down to the bottom of the Muttleren and Kandahar chairlifts. From the bottom of the Kandahar chairlifts there's just run that connects you to the next skiing area below (Allmendhubel), but the bad news for nervy intermediates is that its a black (number 16) - a section of the Inferno run. Anyone not fancying this black needs to work there way back up to Birg using the chairlifts and then get the cable-car back down to the Schilthornbahn Station down in Murren
A list of piste-maps for Murren and the surrounding ski areas.
Piste-map of the Schilthorn ski area above Murren.
The name is Bond... James Bond. The resort is Murren... er, just Murren. Yes, the world's most famous secret agent has a big connection to the resort of Murren thanks to the 1969 Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. And whilst many people talk of the movie because of the controversy surrounding the appointment of unknown Aussie actor George Lazenby after replacing the legendary Sean Connery, others (like us) like to remember it for the fantastic setting.
The film's producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli had told production manager Hubert Frohlich to find a suitable mountain location for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's lair (the Bond villain played this time by Telly Savalas), and after searching the alpine countries Frohlich came across the Schilthorn and the revolving restaurant which was still being constructed on it. Having seen the breathtaking location and surroundings there was only ever one winner in Frohlich's mind and the movie makers but some finance into the construction to make the filming possible. Blofeld's hideaway was called Piz Gloria in the film and the revolving restaurant has retained the same name. The scenes at Piz Gloria look fantastic in the movie and have made it one of the most iconic attractions in the whole of Switzerland. Anyone paying to go up the cable car can go into the revolving restaurant and have a drink or eat, whilst on the lower floor there is a James Bond exhibition relating to the movie.
Annual Events in this and neighbouring resorts...
The word 'classic' is often over-used, but not in the case of this race.
Set on the slopes of the Lauberhorn above the Swiss resort of Wengen, this is a race that has the lot - history, drama and the best scenery on the World Cup calendar.
The 2016 year's event will be the 86th running of the races, making it the longest running of all the FIS World Cup races. It's traditionally run the weekend before the Hahnenkamm races at Kitzbuhel, making back-to-back classic downhill races.
This spectacular ski race was started back in 1928 by 5 Brits from Murren's Kandahar Club and now has an important place on the annual ski calendar as one of the biggest and most popular amateur ski races in the world. The course is just under 15km long, starting just under the Schilthorn (think James Bond On Her Majesty's Secret Service at 2790m and finishing right down in the valley at Lauterbrunnen 2000m vertically below. The winner hurtles down in about 15 minutes but there's plenty of competition - with up to 1800 skiers taking part. The event has become big business for the village of Murren, with other events in the lead up and a massive Swiss party afterwards.
The 2016 race will be the 73rd running of the event.
Murren hotels and chalets.