Best Hikes in Murren, Switzerland
Updated: Aug 11, 2018
From easy, leisurely walks with intermittent snacking to strenuous hikes that leave your legs refusing to obey commands...Murren has a hike to please everyone.
About a 4 mile hike. Leave directly from Murren, there are yellow hiking signs throughout the village directing you to the hike. It's an easy, non-strenuous hike (mostly walking to and through villages). The restaurant has great views and perfect stop for a bite and drink! Keep an eye out for mini refrigerators outside people's homes, inside are local cheeses and meats! The price is marked on each item, just leave money for what you take! |CHEESE| Depending on your preference, the local cheese (Alp cheese) in these refrigerators have dates, the older years have a bit more flavor than the most recent batches. Don't skip the cured meat either, it's great!
About a 2 mile hike/walk. Leave directly from Murren. Again, just follow those yellow signs. "Must-see" Honesty shop! Same concept as the mini refrigerators, everything is labeled with a price and you leave the money for what you take.
Pension Restaurant (my husband's fave drinking spot, sit in the "treehouse") which just happens to be the owner's daughter's treehouse but she shares while she's in school.
About 12 miles of strenuous hiking. From Murren, take the cable cars and then train to Interlaken. Once in Interlaken, take the funicular (cable car) to the Harder Kulm. Go early if you can, the cable car fills up. The tickets are discounted if you have the Swiss Pass, around 40 USD if you don't. Once you get to the top, follow the yellow hiking signs, it won't say Hardergrat because it's been taken off all of the hiking maps due to deaths of falling off the mountain. That being said, it is very slippery, steep, and dangerous. If there has been any rain in the days leading up, I would suggest not doing the hike. It hadn't rained for about a week when we went and it was still very slippery.
It's hard to tell which trail sometimes but as long as you are going UP, you're going the right direction. About the 7th mile there will be the one-and-only Hardergrat sign....YAYY! Friendly reminder, regardless if you complete the hike or turn around and go back, once the funiculars stop running for the day, you have lost your ride back and will be forced to hike back. So make sure you keep an eye on the time!
Switzerland has great public transportation. The funicular/cable cars have a set price that never change, about $10 per person, per section of travel (ex: Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, then again from Lauterbrunnen to Murren). Train prices change contasntly, best to get the super saver non-transferable, non-refundable a few days in advance if you know for certain your travel plans. They're about 50% off. Get them on SBB website. There's also a Swiss Pass and Half Fare Card, both of which gets you either discounted trains tickets or free with the Swiss pass. You just have do do the math to see which is most cost effective for you. For us, it was better to just buy a few days in advance.