Situated in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, Murren sits above the dramatic Lauterbrunnen Valley. Originally a farming village it was ‘discovered’ by british winter tourists at the beginning of the twentieth century and began its journey to becoming the destination that it is today. The best places to stay in Murren offer a comfortable stay and easy access to all the local amenities.
During the First World War refugees based here awaiting repatriation constructed the early resort. In 1924 the Kandahar Ski Club was formed by Sir Arnold Lunn and the world’s first downhill race the ‘Roberts of Kandahar Challenge Cup’ instituted.
Murren has come a long way from the Swiss farming hamlet. It is reachable only by cable car and then narrow gauge railway and so is charmingly free of automobiles. On the train you can enjoy breathtaking views across the valley to the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. The scenery is quite spectacular.
Over the years, with further development and the increasing popularity of winter sports, Murren has become one of the ‘must go’ continental resorts. By the 1960’s it was extremely fashionable - the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was largely shot here and is memorable for the scenes at ‘Piz Gloria’ - the revolving restaurant on the summit of Schilthorn which doubled as Blofeld’s hideaway.
Skiing and the other winter sports - skating,cross countryskiing and curling - remain ever popular, but the summer season brings its own delights. Murren is great for walkers, mountain bikers, painters etc. User our guide to the best places to stay in Murren to help plan your trip, whatever brings you here.
Three star hotel in car-free Swiss ski resort of Murren. Light and comfortable rooms and family apartments available with private balconies looking out to Jungfrau mountain. With a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Located next to the ski school.