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Self-guided Murren Tour (Village-based walking/hiking tour)
hiking  near Murren, Switzerland
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate - Strenuous
Dates:   May-October
Budget Tour Cost:  $1690 per person
$200 single supplement
Standard Tour Cost:  $2290 per person
$250 single supplement
Deluxe Tour Cost:  $2890 per person
$300 single supplement

Swiss tour reservation

If you're looking for a quiet getaway to fairy-tale Switzerland, the self-guided Murren tour is the perfect combination of a quaint village setting, gorgeous hiking, huge waterfalls, and spectacular mountain scenery. This is very similar to our Jungfrau tour, but choosing just one village for a relaxing base. Spend six nights in peaceful Murren, with practically more cows than people, and an unforgettable view of the mountains with abundant wildflowers. Always a favorite on our tours, Murren is a car-free village perched atop a cliff, just uphill from Gimmelwald and surrounded by the unbelievable panorama of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Breithorn mountains. It is, in my opinion, the best all-around hiking destination in the Alps.

Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel - a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice - which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you'll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, with many hiking options to choose from.

You should finish your hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps settle into the pool, or just gaze upon the outside panorama from your room balcony. After that, you'll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, often centered on local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, but may also feature chicken, fish, or other continental specialties. Our hotels all serve fabulous food, and dinners will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. Typically we leave one dinner free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.

You'll have many hikes to choose from, but here are some of our favorites:

Murren hiking tour Day 1 Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train Murren. There is a train station in both the Zurich and Geneva airports, and transferring to Murren will be an easy introduction to Swiss precision and friendliness. The trip itself is incredibly scenic, and takes about 4 hours. Murren is an idyllic, car-free village, perched atop a sheer 3000ft. cliff above the waterfall-filled Lauterbrunnen valley (picture Yosemite with a Swiss village on top). You'll have a chance to breathe the fresh mountain air and listen to the tinkle of not-so-distant cowbells before dinner, and settling in to your hotel for the night. (Murren)
Day 2 One of our favorite hikes starts in town, and gently meanders up the hills to the pastoral setting at Spielboden. Here you cross the Schiltbach stream, and start a steep and invigorating ascent to the local peak of Bryndli. Take your lunch enjoying birds-eye views of Murren and the Lauterbrunnen valley, perhaps with a soaring golden eagle for company. From here the trail levels off, and becomes a relaxing stroll through flowery meadows to a quiet alpine hut at Bogangen. The trail back leads over a small ridge for more great views, before dropping back down to Murren. (Murren)
Day 3 A lovely panorama walk leads north out of the village through fields of wildflowers, past quiet farms at Grutschalp, and into hidden Soustal valley. On the return trip, hike through fern-filled forests, and up to the beautiful panorama at Allmendhubel, before dropping down to the Blumental ("flower valley"). The mountains are particularly well-framed from this little corner above Murren. A short, steep descent along the Murren stream leads you back to town. (Murren)
Day 4 The Upper Lauterbrunnen valley curls back beneath the white-capped Breithorn - considered by many to be the most perfect mountain in the region. It's also a nature preserve, and contains many wonderful hiking trails. One of our favorites takes you to the small farm at Obersteinberg, where the proprietors keep cows and make cheese by the same simple methods that have been used for centuries. This part of the valley also contains some of the area's prettiest waterfalls. (Murren)
enjoying wildflowers near Murren, Switzerland Day 5 Start with a morning stroll through the sleepy village of Gimmelwald. From here a wooded trail leads down past impressive waterfalls to the floor of the Lauterbrunnen valley. After a relaxing picnic lunch, a flat hike leads through the center of this amazing valley. 3000' cliffs tower on either side, bursting with some of Switzerland's most famous waterfalls. After arriving in the town of Lauterbrunnen, transfer by cablecar back to Murren. Dinner will be on your own tonight in Murren. (Murren)
Day 6 A short morning train ride brings you to the Wengen, the quiet village on the opposite side of the Lauterbrunnen valley. Underneath the gorgeous backdrop of the glacier-draped Jungfrau, hike through forests and meadows to Kleine Scheidegg. Here you can watch avalanches peel off the Jungfrau, perhaps make an ascent of a local peak, and enjoy stunning, close-up views of the Eiger North Face throughout. Return to Murren by train. (Murren)
Day 7 After breakfast at your hotel, leave for our post-trip destinations.

Swiss tour reservation

Arrive: Plan to arrive the day your tour begins at the latest (flights from the US usually depart the day before). The closest airport to Murren is Zurich, but Geneva is also fairly close. There are train stations in each airport that will take you to Murren.
Depart: Plan departure for the day after your tour finishes at the earliest, spending one night at a hotel in your departure city if you have a morning flight, which we can help with if you like.

Want a guided tour? Check out our very similar Jungfrau tour, or ask about a private guide for your family or group.

Self-guided Murren tour, details:

the village Murren sits on a cliff surrounded by mountains and great hikes Our self-guided prices are per person, based on two people sharing a standard double room, and include:
Budget tour: 6 nights prepaid hotels in Murren, private room with shared bathroom, 6 breakfasts, 2nd class Swiss Card rail pass for 2 free days of rail travel plus 50% discounts on most other trains and cablecars.
Standard tour: 6 nights prepaid 3-star hotels with private room and bathrooom, 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners, 2nd class Swiss Card rail pass.
Deluxe tour: 6 nights prepaid 4-star hotels, 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners, 1st class Swiss Card rail pass.

All self-guided tours include hiking maps, detailed route descriptions (including longer, shorter, and rainy day options), train schedules, sightseeing suggestions, and lots of useful information to help ensure a successful trip. You'll also have a local contact to call if you have any questions or problems during your trip.

Not included are lunches, drinks with dinners, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), or transportation outside this itinerary. The budget tour does not include any dinners, but they can be added optionally.

If you'd like to lengthen or shorten this tour, add destinations, or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience all over Switzerland, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.

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