On a recent trip to Mürren, Switzerland (population 450) we were once again reminded why this small, yet diverse country is so easy to love. New to the car – free village, we immediately felt a warm welcome from the panoramic views, friendly people and incredible hiking opportunities.
We stayed in the area for two nights and three days, which was the perfect little get-a-way for our family. We chose to stay at the Hotel Bellevue, a three star accommodation, which offered ample size rooms, great food on site and quick access to fantastic trails.
The village of Mürren is small, but certainly has a lively charm. For the littlest visitors, there is an incredible outdoor playground that was a huge hit with both of our children. To access the playground, simply take the funicular up from Mürren to Allmendhubel where a beautiful alpine play area sits and a restaurant with a gorgeous terrace. The children were happy and we enjoyed our coffee with stunning views.
Visitors can also enjoy the well – marked, theme trails in the area. Hiking options include: the Flower Trail, which is best between the months of June and September, the North Face Trail, which was a personal all time favorite of mine with breathtaking views of the North-faces of the Bernese most impressive peaks. For children, the Children’s Adventure Trail starts off at the playground at Allmendhubel, and weaves through picturesque meadows and trails all the while incorporating playgrounds, which allows the children in your group the opportunity to play, whiz by on zip lines, climb towers and have a grand time in nature.
The Children’s Adventure Trail is roughly one hour from Allmendhuble (follow the dark orange signs) and please note, this trail is NOT stroller friendly. Our three year old greatly enjoyed the trail, however, the zip line and the surrounding area is probably best suited for older children.
Overall, Mürren is a wonderful little alpine village for hiking, playing and simply taking in the incredible views.
On a side note, we can highly recommend a visit to the small and sleepy town of Gimmelwald. With just 130 residents, the town is quaint, and extremely picturesque. Upon arrival in Gimmelwald (a 35 minute hike from Mürren) you might just stop and ask yourself if the town is real, but let us assure you, it certainly is. With a few small, but charming hotels/hostels, a wonderful patio to enjoy some delicious food served up by Pension Gimmelwald – the town is so engaging that you might just want to stay awhile, basking in the views of this storybook village.
Time of Year: July
Duration: Long Weekend
Where We Stayed: Hotel Bellevue
Eats and Treats: Alpine Cheese and Rösti
Child Friendly? Yes! Do not attempt to take a stroller on the Children’s Adventure Trail! Parts of the trail are steep, rocky and have uneven terrain, a stroller would not handle well at all.
Likes: Views, hikes, hotel, wild flowers, the area in general
Dislikes: Too short of a trip and not enough time to sneak in all the hikes we wanted
Would we return? Most definitely!