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Murren Hotels

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Murren Hotels

I am planing a trip to Murren in December and would like to choose a hotel that is high up in the mountains.

Which would you all recommend as a good hotel with perfect view.

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Hi Malteser007,

Muerren itself is a beautiful car-free village high up in the mountains. We had stayed at the Hotel Bellevue - a small,family-run,friendly hotel and the rooms have balconies with super views of the Eiger , Moench and Jungfrau peaks.

This the hotel site ( a Double should be around CHF 200 ) -


Have fun.


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I can recommend Hotel Alpenruh. Right next to the Piz Gloria cable car, friendly staff.

Once you get to Switzerland, train travel is easy and comfortable, unless you have a lot of bags, which is problematic anywhere. Swiss Rail has a cure for this, too: a luggage service that will pick up your bags at the airport and transport them to your destination, while you play musical trains unencumbered. For example, Zurich to Murren will cost about $24 a bag.

Speaking of Swiss Rail, be aware that there is very little difference between the first class and second class cars on the regular trains, other than the price. The Swiss did away with first class cars in 1956 and re-classified second class as first and third as second. The extra cost gets you a less crowded car and fewer children, but that’s about it.

If you take an overnight flight to Zurich, you arrive plenty early enough to handle your train travel to Murren. The train station is below the airport. We validated our Swiss Flexi Passes (already obtained in the states) at the ticket window and were on our way quickly.

The travel agent we originally consulted told us it would be too long and tiring to get from Zurich to Murren in a single day, recommending that we stop in Lucerne for the night. This was the one bit of her advice we took, and we regret that we did. The Lucerne station is actually a terminus, so you just get off the train from Zurich and walk over two or three platforms to catch the train to InterLaken. It would have been simple to continue our journey. Instead, we paid a goodly sum for a restless night in a hot, tiny hotel room in a town that, despite its diminutive size, is exceedingly noisy at night. Want proof? Our hotel provides each guest with ear plugs upon check in.

If you must see Lucerne, build a one or two hour layover into your trip. Put your bags in left luggage, walk across the bridges, see the lion, take a picture of the dam. Then get back on the train to Paradise.

From Lucerne you take a train to Interlakken and change to the train to Lauterbrunnen. It is important that you get in the correct car, because at some point the train splits, with only part of the train going on to Lauterbrunnen.

What you do when your train gets to Lauterbrunnen depends on where your hotel is in Murren. Most guide books recommend taking the cable car up to Grutschalp, where you catch a train to Murren (4.2 km). However, we were booked at the Hotel Alpenruh, located at the end of town opposite the train station. We would have had to drag our bags through town to reach the hotel. Instead, we elected to take the Post bus (covered by our Swiss Pass) to the Schilthornbahn in Stechleberg. We took that cable car up to Murren (there is one very easy transfer in Gimmelwald), where cable car station is just steps from the Hotel Alpenruh. Use the location of your hotel to decide which method is best for you. Hard learned tip: in Stechelberg the steps up to the cable car are difficult to navigate with large bags, but don’t be tempted by the elevator sign. The elevator deposits you on the wrong side of the cable car and is useful to passengers only on the way down.

We arrived in Murren around 12:30 and, since it was a beautiful, cloudless October day, we deposited our bags and took the cable car up to the Schilthorn for a spectacular 360 degree view of the Alps and a tasty lunch in the 007 Restaurant. We enjoyed the view so much we went back for the James Bond breakfast buffet two days later. The buffet is included in the room rate of the Hotel Alpenruh, but the cost of the cable car ride is your expense. Most hotels have a dedicated channel in each room and the lobby showing real time images of the weather at key attractions like Schilthorn and Jungfrau, so you know before you spend the money and time to go there.

Murren is almost car free, so it is very pleasant to walk around town. During busy season, it is best to make reservations if you intend to eat out or at your hotel. There is a grocery store, part of the Co-op chain you will see all over Switzerland, but it closes fairly early most days. On Saturdays it was closed by 4:30 and not open on Sunday. In addition to groceries there is beer, wine, and liquor.

The funicular in the center of town takes you for a very short ride (for the $) to Allmendhubel, a pleasant meadow above Murren with a restaurant and nice views.

We really enjoyed Hotel Alpenruh, which had a friendly staff and a nice restaurant. Our room opened onto a common balcony with a spectacular view. (Other Americans we met liked their hotels in town as well.) The rooms are Spartan and we found the pillows a little thin (we asked for and received more). The hotel has Internet access, but most guests have to be in the lobby to connect. I believe it might be noisy during ski season, because we had one night where later arrivals made quite a ruckus dragging their bags across the floor above our room.

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Anywhere in Murren is in the mountains and will have some excellent views!

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Has anyone been in this area in Mid-October? We will be visiting for a few days before heading to Basel for a Rhine Cruise. Wondering what the weather is like and how much is open. Seems like many places close from Oct.-Dec.

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Weather in mid-October is problematic. The week before our arrival on 10/15/2011 Murren had two and a half feet of snow, followed by rain and fog (the storm actually washed away a portion of the railroad line from Interlaaken to Lauterbrunnen. Buses were substituted.). Yet, the week we were in Murren, every day was cloudless, beautiful, and in the mid-fifties most of the time. Mid-October is the beginning of "season pause" and stores, restaurants, and hotels begin to shut down around October 18, which is the day during our visit that the Allmendhubel funicular closed. We met some Americans on the funicular on 10/17 who were vacating their hotel that afternoon because it was closing at 5 PM for season pause. The Schilthorn cable car shut down for maintenance a couple of weeks later and did not open again until ski season in early December. We found the area delightful and crowd free at this time, but it all depends on the weather and that is purely a matter of luck.

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Thanks for a very interesting post. We are avoiding Switzerland at the moment because of the strength of the Swiss franc, so it's nice to read about your enjoyment of Murren, where we have holidayed a dozen or so times. Your comment on noise in Lucerne rang a bell as we once stayed near the station in Geneva and got virtually no sleep due to the Ferraris and Lamborginis roaring around for much of the night. I was surprised at first that the police tolerated it but then remembered that money is the number one priority for the Swiss. I suppose in any country there would be difficulties for the police in dealing with the idiot sons of billionaires. I have often envied people who live in Lucerne so it is disappointing to hear about the noise.

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Our problem in Lucerne was not expensive cars roaring by, but church bells and amplified sermons that continued well into the late hours (this was a Friday night, by the way), along with what sounded like the glass bottle recycling center for all of Switzerland. Half the night was a cascade of broken glass right behind our hotel. The train station, interestingly, caused no noise at all.

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