Mürren is a traditional Walser mountain village in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,413 ft.) above sea level and unreachable by public road. Tourism is popular through the summer and winter; the village features a view of the three towering mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Mürren has a population of just 450, but has 2,000 hotel beds. Mürren has its own school and two churches, one Reformed and one Roman Catholic.
A series of four cable cars, known as the Luftseilbahn Stechelberg-Mürren-Schilthorn (LSMS), provides transportation from Mürren downhill to Gimmelwald and Stechelberg, and uphill to the summit of the Schilthorn and the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria.
This was a principal filming location for the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, released in 1969, in which Bond (George Lazenby) made his escape from the headquarters of Ernst Starvo Blofeld (Telly Savalas) and fled four of Blofeld's henchmen in a car driven by his girlfriend Tracy (Diana Rigg). There is an additional cable car that runs directly from Mürren to Stechelberg, but this is provided solely for the movement of freight.
The mountains simply don't get any better! It's a tiny little 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 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 ambiance and mountain scenery.
Murren is fairy-tale Switzerland come to life, and you won't find a better combination of alpine scenery, mountain culture, and breathtaking scenic activities. There's not much in the way of shopping, and those looking for nightlife should look elsewhere, but the scenery is enough to keep you transfixed for at least a few days.
Everyday travellers or skiers in the winter will probably want to spend at least 2-3 days in Murren. Hikers will want to move here (it's happened before). Spend at least a couple days in Murren on a short trip, and up to 4-5 days on a 2-week or longer tour. Here are some things to do in Murren. There are a total of 52 km (32 mi.) of ski runs with 14 ski lifts (6 cable cars, 7 chair lifts, 3 railways and 2 drag lifts). There is also off-piste skiing, but guiding is often needed and should be used. Although there is good skiing, a popular activity is sledding (sledging).
There are many paths that are used for sledding including a route from Mürren to Gimmelwald (once in Gimmelwald, you can follow the short path through the village and take a cable-car back to Mürren) and from Gimmeln to Mürren that are used solely for hiking and sledding. The "bobrun" (which was a bobsleigh track) is also used for sledding and hiking but is also a well used ski run, often used by the ski school. Within the village there is a large sports centre with a 25 m swimming pool, squash courts and a sports hall.
There is a large skating rink which is sometimes used for curling competitions as well as a specific curling rink that in the summer is a tennis court. The ice rink is turned into a mini-golf course during the summer months. In the summer there are also tennis courts near to the sports chalet.
If you're looking for a quiet getaway to fairy-tale Switzerland, the Murren tour is the perfect combination of a quaint village setting, gorgeous hiking, huge waterfalls, and spectacular mountain scenery. Spend six nights in peaceful Murren, with practically more cows than people, and an unforgettable view of the mountains with abundant wildflowers.