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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.
For a comfortable family hotel
- Hotel Jungfrau is a family-run hotel with light and spacious rooms, restaurant, swimming pool and all mod cons. Its balconies and terrace enjoy panoramic views over the valley, there's apartments which are perfect for families or larger groups, and it's bang next door to the ski school.
Best Hotels in Murren
Eiger Guesthouse 12 rooms from $142Murren
A charming small hotel in the quaint village of Muerren. Simply designed rooms with bold colours, sink-into beds and private terraces. Enjoy hearty regional cuisine at the restaurant, and unwind in the cosy bar after a long day outdoors. Reasonably priced and close to the slopes. Ideal for families.Active Holiday - A geat base for adventure enthusiasts with skiing, hiking and mountain biking being only some of the activities on offer.Families - With bunk beds and family rooms, this well priced and placed hotel is ideal for a family getaway.Great walks - In the summer months there are miles of hiking trails with stunning views.
Hotel Bellevue, Murren 19 rooms from $203Murren (Bernese Oberland)
The Bellevue is a charming Alpine style hotel in the centre of Mürren. The pretty rooms offer fantastic views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. The on site restaurant serves typically Swiss cuisine and wines, in the dining room or on the lovely terrace. Unwind in the library or sauna.Country Escape - With views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains it's the perfect spot to soak up Murren's mountainous beauty.Families - Ideal for a family getaway with plenty of room to run around and children's books and DVDs.Great walks - Hike up the various local mountains and soak up the stunning views.Remote - Off the beaten track.
Hotel Alpenruh 26 rooms from $211Murren
Good-value hotel in the car-free resort of Mürren. Spacious rooms have wooden panelled walls with excellent views. Sauna, and access to nearby health centre with indoor pool and hot tubs. Excellent restaurant with focus on seasonal dishes.Active Holiday - Endless activities outdoors - from ice skating, curling, sledging, climbing and skiingSights nearby - From the valley station at Stechelberg, it's just a 32-minute ride by aerial cableway to the Schilthorn summit at 2970 metresGreat walks - Snow-shoe hiking is a fantastic way to take in the scenerySwimming Pool - Guests have free access to nearby sports centre
Hotel Eiger, Murren 47 rooms from $293Murren
An elegant alpine lodge with epic mountain views. Seriously comfortable rooms boast uber modern bathrooms, sink-in-to beds and private balconies. Two restaurants serving regional cuisine and a cosy bar for post activity indulgence. A wellness centre completes the Alpine perfection.Active Holiday - Situated in an Alpine town with easy access to the many outdoor pursuits on offer in the mountainsSkiing - There are 52 km of pistes in the Mürren-Schilthorn area to be explored.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Jungfrau 224 rooms from $339Murren
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.Great walks - In Jungfrau regionViews - Over Bernese AlpsSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor