Mürren – a former settlement of people from the Lötschen valley in the Valais, which still remains recognisable today from the design of the houses and the pronunciation of the Mürren dialect – is the highest, continually inhabited village settlement in the canton of Bern and lies on a terrace at 1650 metres, high above the Lauterbrunnen valley. A double-cable ropeway leads up onto the plateau from Lauterbrunnen, while a cableway runs from Stechelberg, past turbulent waterfalls and craggy rock faces, into the centre of the car-free village of Mürren, and further to the Schilthorn at 2970 metres.
At the end of the 1960s, the makers of the Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” were immediately taken by the futuristic revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn: the scenes involving the imaginary ‘Piz Gloria’ had to be shot here… The film became a great success, the Schilthorn cableway and the revolving restaurant equally so. The magnificent 360° panorama from the summit takes in the world-renowned Alpine triumvirate of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, reaching right to Mont Blanc and into the Black Forest.
Impressive views of the opposing mountain summits can also be enjoyed from Mürren. The holiday resort is the starting point for walks (200 km of walking trails), excursions and experiences. A funicular leads to the Allmendhubel, immediately above the village at an altitude of 1907 metres. Themed walks such as the North Face Trail, providing historical mountaineering information on the north faces, and the Flower Panorama Trail invite visitors to discover the region. Playgrounds and picnic areas are provided for families with children.
More demanding tours lead into the nature reserve at the rear of the Lauterbrunnen valley, as well as through the Sefinen valley and over the Sefinenfurgge pass into the neighbouring Kiental.
The winter sports region of Mürren-Schilthorn has 53 km of prepared ski and snowboard pistes, toboggan runs and a network of winter walking trails. Beyond the Lauterbrunnen valley, a further 30 or so cableways and lifts, and 160 km of pistes in the other ski areas of the Jungfrau region can also be used. There is an 11 km cross-country ski trail in the valley between Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen.
- Schilthorn / Piz Gloria – following in the footsteps of James Bond, visitors can savour the views of 200 mountain summits and 40 glaciers from the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant.
- Trümmelbach falls – the wild glacier gorge and the underground waterfalls of the Trümmelbach lie hidden behind rock walls.
- Jungfraujoch – snow and ice are guaranteed on the «Top of Europe» at 3454 m, the ultimate excursion destination in the Bernese Oberland.
- Jungfraubahn – one section of the spectacular route is through rock. However the ‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’ viewing windows offer an incomparable panorama.
- Schiltalp Hut – Venjoy the spectacular vista of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau trio from this cozy authentic Alpine hut. The delicious Alpine cheese of the Jungfrau Region is produced here using traditional methods.
- Candlelit hotel in the rear Lauterbrunnen valley – the Obersteinberg Hotel is illuminated by candlelight, all cooking is done on a wood stove. Mules haul provisions up to an altitude of 1800 metres, and the Alpine cheese dairy provides specialties that might well have been known 200 years ago.
- The Inferno Race – the largest amateur ski race in the world with 1800 participants. The fastest entrants will complete the 15.8 km from the Schilthorn to Lauterbrunnen in only 15 minutes (January).
- Lauberhorn ski races – the men’s downhill route ranks among the great classics of Alpine ski sports with a gradient of up to 90% (January).
- Inferno-Triathlon – from Thun up to the Schilthorn along circuitous routes: with a height difference of 5500 metres, this is one of the hardest triathlons in the world, but also an unforgettable encounter with nature (August).