My absolute favorite area in the Alps is the Bernese Oberland, and within the Oberland, my favorite stop is Mürren. The town is fairy-tale Switzerland come to life, and you won’t find a better combination of breathtaking alpine scenery, mountain culture, and outdoor activities. The mountains simply don’t get any better!
It’s a tiny village (350 residents) and is thankfully car-free, with just a few transport trucks and farmer’s vehicles in town. It’s perched right on the edge of a 3000-foot cliff – you have to take a cable car to get there – and is circled by the kind of mountain panorama you only dream about. With all of this, it’s the best hiking destination in the Alps, surrounded by wildflowers, bell-ringing cows, waterfalls, and quiet trails, and is also a great base for relaxing and soaking in the ambient mountain scenery. There’s not much by way of shopping, and those looking for nightlife should look elsewhere, but the scenery is enough to keep you transfixed for days.
Take a look at www.mymuerren.ch, the official Mürren tourist site. For those interested primarily in the Jungfraujoch train, nearby Wengen is also beautiful and is more convenient, being an hour closer to the train.
If you’re only going to go to one place in Switzerland, a lot can be said for Mürren as your top choice. Everyday travelers or skiers in the winter will probably want to spend at least 2-3 days in Mürren. Hikers will want to move here (it’s happened before). Spend at least a couple days in Mürren on a short trip, and up to 4-5 days on a 2-week or longer tour.
Switzerland’s highest railway station – there are tunnels carved into the ice, but the main attraction is the view of the Aletsch glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps.
In the Lauterbrunnen Valley, these falls have cut a gorge so narrow they actually appear to fall inside the mountain.
The Allmendhubel ridge above Mürren, features a funicular train, restaurant and kids playground.
Tours & Other Resources
Self-guided Classic Peaks: Mürren and Zermatt is a village-based self-guided tour, discover Murren and Zermatt – arguably the two best hiking destinations in Switzerland.
Self-guided Grand Tour: Mürren, Zermatt, Pontresina – enjoy luxurious inns, classic train rides, and hike three of the grandest mountain destinations in world on this self-guided tour.