Activities in and around Murren, Schilthorn

Near Blumental Hotel
Murren in the Winter

 

 

 

Murren offers a real winter world with guaranteed snow. The steep runs from the Schilthorn and the family ski areas of Schiltgrat/Gimmeln and Winteregg offer a variety for every level of skiing.

 

 

 

Plan of Ski runs- outdoor activities in the snow

 

Murren’s downhill ski runs stretch over an area of about 52 kilometers with blue, red and black runs (http://schilthorn.ch/de/Angebot/Schilthorn/Winter/Skigebiet)  everybody from beginner to expert will find something for their own fun and adventure. The black run from the Schilthorn is the steepest of the Jungfrau region.

 

The ski area of Winteregg is popular with beginners and families, skiers and snowboarders alike. Schiltgrat-Gimmeln offers a special treat for fast skiers with its ski movie and timer: you can film your own downhill race and compare your time with the other pros. Snowboarders enjoy a snow park at Gimmeln, with kickers, rails and boxes next to the Gimmeln t-bar, where two pistes for beginners and medium snowboarders descend.

 

Free riders and telemarkers find perfect conditions in the deep snow around the Schilthorn. The peak with its steep and exposed  slopes is considered as the Eldorado for free riders.

 

Tobogganing

 

The road from Murren to Gimmelwald is not an official tobogganing run, but nevertheless the most popular. Another is the tobogganing safari, accessible with the sledging pass and without any climbing on foot. You take the Allmendhubel funicular and run down the Bob-run to Sonnenberg and over the ski runs to the Schiltgrat chairlift which takes you up to the start of the Apollo run. This broad and sunny toboggan run leads you to Schiltalp-Gimmeln and back to the village.

 

Curling

 

Murren has one of the few open air curling rinks and with its beautiful panorama, it is a special one. There are curling tournaments taking place throughout the season over the weekends, open to everybody. For those who would like to learn more about this sport there is a training class every Wednesday, organised by the icemen of Mürren Tourist Office.

 

(http://www.muerren.ch/winter/sport-auf-dem-eis)

 

 

Snow shoe hiking

 

A well marked snowshoe trail in Murren leads from the end of the village through the winter forest to Mittelberg and up to Känelegg over the hill to Allmiboden chairlift station. The trail then leads over the upper Panorama trail back to Murren. For those who like to make their own trail, anything is possible if you respect the protection of the wild animals and check out the avalanche situation before you start. On the map you will find the wild animal protection areas.

 

http://www.wanderplaner.ch/winter/schneeschuhtrails-im-kanton-bern)

 

Murren in summer

 

Flower meadows, a large variety of well marked hiking trails, wild mountain creeks and alpine single trails will make your summer vacation in Murren an unforgettable and relaxing experience. If you prefer less active holidays, you have many choices to explore in the whole Bernese Oberland_

 

  • The famous Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe, by train from Murren to Lauterbrunnen and onwards to Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch (www.jungfrau.ch)

  • Schilthorn, an absolute must if you stay in Murren, with its Swiss Skyline, James Bond World, the 360°revolving restaurant Piz Gloria, Skyline thrill and thrill walk at Birg station (www.schilthorn.ch)

  • Allmendhubel with its panoramic view and the childrens' Flower Park (www.schilthorn.ch/allmendhubel)

  • Männlichen, best view of the Eiger mountain on the walk to Kleine Scheidegg (www.maennlichen.ch)

  • Schynige Platte with the nostalgic cog railway and the mountain flower park (www.jungfrau.ch/nc/tourismus/ausflugsziele/schynige-platte)

  • Brienzer Rothorn, steep ascent by steam cog railway with a view over the whole Bernese Oberland and the two lakes of Thun and Brienz (www.brienz-rothorn-bahn.ch)

  • Ballenberg the open air museum of buildings and life in former times in Switzerland (www.ballenberg.ch)

  • Lake Cruises on motor or steamboat on lake Thun and Lake Brienz (www.interlaken.ch/en/cruises)

  • Harder, the mountain above Interlaken with a viewing platform to look over lake Thun and lake Brienz (www.interlaken.ch/en)

 

Hiking

 

Murren has a large network of well kept hiking trails into the nearby valleys. There are three popular theme trails: the Northface Trail, the Mountain View Trail and the FlowerTrail.  Hikers will find everything from easy walks to strenuous day hikes, to suit their fitness level.

 

www.muerren.ch/wanderplan

 

 

 

Mountain biking

  

The village above the Lauterbrunnen valley can be reached by mountain bike in a mainly steep ascent which takes several hours. The trails are diverse, leading up and down through mountain forest, over small paths and across bridges.

 

  • From Stechelberg-Schwand-Gimmelwald to Murren or

  • From Lauterbrunnen-Isenfluh (old road- NOT through dark tunnel)-Winteregg-Murren

 

Other quite steep trails lead to Schiltalp, into the Blumental valley or over the Mountain View Trail to Sous valley. These trails should only be taken before or after the popular hiking season.

 

Climbing and Via Ferrata

 

 

 

The via ferrata Murren-Gimmelwald is an unusual one, for experienced climbers only, because it leads downwards. However, the route offers spectacular climbing along the cliffs with breathtaking views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and the valley below, some crossing of canyons and finally a shaky Nepal bridge over a deep ravine. Novices may join one of the guided tours, organised by Murren Tourist Office or book a private guide. (www.klettersteig-muerren.ch )

 

Paragliding

 

Several organisations offer tandem flights from Schiltgrat or Schilthorn with experienced pilots. The flight down to the valley takes about 20 minutes. Flights can be booked at (www.airtime-paragliding.ch or www.tandem-flights.ch orwww.paragliding-jungfrau.ch

 

Outdoor activities

 

In Interlaken ‘Outdoor Interlaken’ is an organisation offering activities on and in the water or in the air:

 

 - Canyoning in the cold mountain river

 

- River rafting on the mountain river

 

- Rope park at Rugen hill