The delightful car-free village of Murren sits on a sun-drenched plateau high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley in the Jungfrau Region and has been described as the "most romantic place in Switzerland.
It is certainly one of Europe's premier ski resorts and remains uniquely unspoilt having been discovered by Sir Arnold Lunn who organised the world's first slalom race in l922. The village is reached at the end of a mountain railway in turn served by a new 100-person capacity cable car to Grutschalp from the valley resort of Lauterbrunnen where guests park their cars in a multi-storey park alongside the railway. It takes four minutes! Providing guests request the service, hotels at Murren will arrange luggage and skis transfers from car to hotel without guests having to worry!.
There is also the cablecar link from Stechelberg to Murren. At the bottom station you can park your car for Sfr 5 per day and your luggage is sent separately to your hotel in Murren.
Although Murren is part of the Jungfrau's "famous three" of Wengen and Grindelwald which, combined, enjoy 205kms of piste, the village has it's own slopes and lifts including the two-stage Schilthorn cablecar (2971m) made famous by one of the James Bond films. Lifts and funiculars are now owned and operated by the Schilthorn cablecar company which has investment many millions of Swiss francs into upgrading lifts. There are also 32 snow-making machines to ensure the slopes are kept covered by the "white stuff" throughout the season.
Murren has the Gimmeln and Schiltgrat lifts at the far end of the resort near the two-stage cablecar which rises from Stechelberg via Gimmelwald. Since the beginning of the 2006/07 ski season the old skilft "Engetal" has been replaced by a detachable four-seat chair lift "Riggli". The valley station is now placed beneath the Schilthornhutte at Riggli (2367m) and the mountain station at Birg on the same height as the cableway station (2677m). The length of the chairlift is 1001m and it overcomes an altitude difference of 310m an d carries 1200 people an hour.
There are plans to expand the capacity to 1800 people an hour and already has expanded the "snow-safe" ski region beteween Schilthorn/Birg and the Stellifluh.
There is also the Winteregg chair which links across to the Maulerhubel and the funi from the village to Allmendhubel at 1912m.
One of the most popular hotels at Murren is the Hotel Jungfrau which was built in 1894 and has been home for generations of British skiers and where Sir Arnold Lunn used to stay. Now the hotel is under the joint ownership of Anne-Marie and Andreas Goetschi and has undergone a dramatic change without destroying any of the original exterior charm and character of the building. The couple offer a warm, personal touch with excellent food and they previously managed the Schilthorn revolving restaurant.
There are many other hotels in the resort and one of these is run by Scottish-born Alan Ramsay and his Swiss wife, Veronique, who he met in Murren! They run the Eiger Guesthouse and welcome numerous skiers from the UK every winter.
When you are not on the ski slopes, Murren offers a modern sports centre with heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, solarium, sauna, steam bath, squash courts and massage facilities, together with curling and ice skating, as well as uncrowded slopes and minimal queuing.
Jungfrau Tours based in Interlaken can assist British skiers heading to the region by car by offering hotel bookings, car parking at Lauterbrunnen and opportunities to visit the Top of Europe at Jungfraujoch. Why not visit Jungfrau Tours Website.