Why Mürren Is A Fairytale Winter Wonderland

Mürren, Switzerland

Mürren, Switzerland

 

My boots crunched through the compacted snow, I breathed in the crisp alpine air and took in the spectacular vista surrounding me.

A footpath had been cut into the deep snow, a white corridor high up above the Lauterbrunnen valley.

The majestic peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau gleamed in the bright December sunshine, a view so breathtaking that I have never forgotten it.

The hike had begun in Mürren, one of the most picture perfect places I have ever been.

A cable car had whisked us up effortlessly from the valley below and we stepped out with the vibrant skiers into this fairytale village.

Snow neatly draped the wooden houses with an almost unimaginable depth, long icicles hung from the eaves like Christmas decorations.

It is like finding yourself in the magical tiny world on top of a Christmas cake: a perfection that you couldn’t believe exists in the real world.

We left the skiers behind, to their slopes, and walked through the village, past the outdoor shops, hotels and restaurants. It was mid morning and the streets were quiet.

Further along the businesses dropped away, replaced by chocolate box chalets tastefully decorated for the festive season. A village cat sunned itself on a balcony, taking little notice as we passed by.

The Mürren – Winteregg – Grütshalp trail runs parallel to the railway line along the edge of the upper valley and it had been cleared after a few days of heavy snowfall.

This trail is an easy yet spectacular walk at any time of year but after snow it becomes a winter wonderland, the snow twinkles in the sunlight, whiter than white against the blue sky.

Iced trees add to the magic, the path cuts through a small plantation alive with twittering birds. The wood is cold, shadowing the path yet the fringes burn golden with the low winter sun.

The path rarely looses sight of the mountains across the valley, the unmistakable form of the Eiger silently watching your progress; is it urging me to take yet another photograph?

At Winteregg we pause for a rest, eat our snacks grabbed from the Co-op in Mürren before we set off on the hike. We are the only ones here, this magical scene is all ours.

Mürren, Switzerland

We continued walking a little way after Winteregg but not as far as Grütshalp, the train wasn’t running anyway so we turned around and retraced our boot prints back to Mürren.

The hike had been so wonderful it was great to do it all over again in reverse, see it from a different viewpoint.

The opportunity to look at things more closely, the way the light cast blue shadows across the undulating snow, the delicate beauty of the individual snowflakes lying lightly on the surface of the snow.

This snow is a world away from the snow we usually see in the UK, it is the snow of your dreams, of fairy tales, of winter wonderlands.

Mürren was just a lovely as when we’d arrived, the light had subtly changed through the morning, a few more people walked the snow-carpeted streets now.

Walking back to the cable car station we stopped to watch the skiers for a while: bright flashes of colour zipped past.

One final gaze at the view from a nearby sunny balcony then we sailed back down to Stechelberg in the shady valley below.

I’ve never been anywhere quite so magical as Mürren, that December day, in all my travels, it was the perfection of the day: the cloudless sky, the deep snow and the sublime location.

How:

Mürren is reached by cable car and train from Lauterbrunnen (which is connected to Interlaken by both trains and buses). The cable car takes you up to Grütschalp where you catch a connecting train along the spectacular upper valley to Mürren.

You can also take the Schilthorn cable car from Stechelberg further along the valley from Lauterbrunnen. Stechelberg can be reached via the postbus from Lauterbrunnen (this is the route we took).

Mürren is a car-free village so if you drive here you need to leave your car down in the valley at either the cable car station in Lauterbrunnen or at Stechelberg.

The winter hiking route shown here is the Mürren > Winteregg > Grütschalp which should take around one and a half hours to walk. You could take the Mürren to Grütschalp train one way and walk the other. We walked both ways as we couldn’t get enough of the glorious winter scenery!

In winter the footpaths are only open when they’ve been cleared and deemed safe from avalanche threat, check before you set out.

Winteregg

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25 Responses

  1. Elaine G says:

    Oh my Rachel, your post did my heart good and I dragged my OH to the laptop. We have had many summer holidays in this area of Switzerland doing some gentle walking! Some years back though we decided to treat ourselves to Christmas in Switzerland and stayed in our usual destination on Wengen. For the most part we were blessed with weather like yours and we had a day in Murren and did the very same walk as you. I well remember sitting eating our packed lunch by the Schilthorn cable car station wondering at being able to eat our sandwiches surrounded by snow with no need for gloves. Such amazing weather. Our photos also show the chalets covered with snow that looks like an overdose of fondant icing and icicles! I also love baking, as vegans, we miss out on a lot of the local baked goods, so I like to compensate with home made goodies baked wherever we are staying (we nearly always opt to self cater). We also have a love affair with Scandinavia, but have never made it to Finland as yet. Thank you for such inspiring posts, I have added you to my blog roll so I can follow any new posts and look forward to trying your rice pudding recipe! Happy travelling and baking. Elaine x

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Hi Elaine! This is wonderful to hear, I’m so glad you got to experience this winter wonderland too! It’s great to hear other people’s experiences of places I love.
      Enjoy the rice pudding! When I’m travelling I love trying all sorts of baked goods, I’ve got a few ideas scribbled down from this current trip, hopefully I shall be able to make a vegan thing or two!
      Thanks for getting in touch!

  2. Elaine G says:

    Oh my word Rachel, I found this post via Pinterest and I am so glad I did. I dragged my OH to the laptop, because your pics were so familiar and they made my heart want to burst with joy! We have had many summer holidays walking in this part of Switzerland and usually staying in Wengen the other side of the valley, but always visiting Murren on each trip. A few years ago, we decided just for once we would treat ourselves to Christmas in Switzerland and as we are not the slightest bit interested in ski-ing were keen to find walking opportunities. For the most part we were blessed with weather like yours during our week and we had a visit to Murren just like you and did exactly that walk. The views of the thick snow on the chalets, like an overdose of fondant icing are in our virtual albums too , as are the icicles. I well remember eating our packed lunch near the Schilthorn cable car station and wondering at eating sandwiches out in the open air surrounded by such deep snow and not even needing gloves! Your post bought joy to my heart (a little part of which resides in this part of the world)! We are also fans of Scandinavia and spent 3 weeks in Norway celebrating our silver wedding anniversary over 10 years ago! I also love baking and always bake when away on holiday, carrying a set of plastic measuring spoons and a measuring cup when I have no scales! As vegans we miss out on many of the baked goods offered for sale and I have baked Chelsea buns when staying in a cabin on stilts in a fjord on the Lofoten Island, Bakewell Tart in Bergen and Scones in Wengen. I am not always wedded to traditional English recipes I have to say! I am so glad I found your posts and have added you to my blog roll so I can follow any new posts as they pop up. Elaine x
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  3. Sarah says:

    Hi, your pictures look beautiful! My husband and I will be visiting Interlaken in March. Can you please tell me if you wore snowboots or just hiking boots? From your pictures I can tell you are bundled up so we plan to wear lots of layers. Just not sure about what shoes to bring in my carry-on. Thanks!

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Hi Sarah! I just wore my Doc Marten boots with thick socks. I’ve been in a very cold (-25ºc) Finland for a month now and I’ve been in walking boots, again with thick merino wool socks. They’re been warm enough on the whole, although I haven’t been hiking. I would say wear your boots when you carry on, that’s what I do. I don’t own any snow boots so I can’t advise on that.
      Have an amazing time, and definitely wear lots of cosy layers!

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Actually, just looked at the photos and realised that I’m wearing walking boots, I also took Doc Marten boots on that trip because I have pics of me wearing them up Piz Gloria!

  4. David says:

    Fantastic Photographs,Really Looking Gorgeous,I Like Snow Riding,Nice Collection Of Photos…
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  5. Miriam says:

    I would love to swap the incessant rain for some of that snow – great photos and so glad that you guys got to enjoy such an experience 🙂
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    • Rachel Davis says:

      I know what you mean Miriam! Its been pouring with rain here in England and Scotland! I woke up to a little snow this morning that predictably turned to neverending rain by lunchtime! Oh to be back in the white crisp Alps!

  6. mimi says:

    I’ve been to Murren, but in early summer. I’m not a skier, but I feel like booking a trip there over Christmas! It’s magical with all of the pretty snow!!!
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  7. Dave Rowley says:

    Another beautiful posting, your words are a sparkling as all the lovely photographs. Looking forward to your next post!
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  8. Ayla says:

    Oh wow how beautiful is that?! Reminds me a lot of the little mountain town of Zakopane in Poland when it was covered in snow. Makes me want to hop straight on a plane for a winter getaway 🙂
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  9. Saana says:

    That is such a winter wonderland indeed… I’m so longing for snow right now. Here in Southern Finland it’s just super stormy and rainy, no sign of snow. In Lapland instead there’s plenty of snow. I’m just working with a travel magazine and interviewing entrepreneurs in Lapland, and after every single phone call I feel like dumping my stuff and drive to Lapland to enjoy the clear sky, Northern Lights and snow. I wish to have it here very soon. Anyway, I loved this post, as usual, and the pics are fantastic! <3
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    • Rachel Davis says:

      Yeah, I’ve heard a few people saying how grey the weather is in the south at the mo! Our’s has been super wet, as you may have heard: so much rain and flooding. We’ve avoided it for the most part though fortunately.
      I bet those phone calls are so wanderlust filled, poor you!

      You will have me there fairly soon, I fly over on the 4th Jan and my first week and half is booked up. I’ll let you know when I’m free soon!

  10. I visited Murren last February, and I love it when it’s snowy like this. I’d also like to see it during the summer months when it’s green and lush.
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  11. Meghan says:

    Incredible photos! Fairytale is the perfect description!
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  12. Kasha says:

    Oh my goodness – Murren looks like the postcard-perfect Christmas village! Seriously gorgeous photos! I need to get to Switzerland ASAP 🙂

    It looks like you had a wonderful trip x
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    • Rachel Davis says:

      I couldn’t believe my eyes when we stepped off the cable car Kasha, it was truly breathtaking! This was on our second visit to the area and I couldn’t believe we hadn’t been up to Mürren before, it’s such a special place!

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Thanks Kasha! You most certainly do! It must be so pretty and snow covered now, I can’t recommend it enough!

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