Mürren après Ski
For a quiet little mountain village, Mürren still delivers when it comes to decent restaurants and bars. When in Rome (or rather Switzerland…) you should obviously try a traditional fondue, so seek out a cosy restaurant – Eigerstübli in Hotel Eiger is a good one – and share a delicious pot of melted cheesy goodness, all washed down with some local white wine. Another unexpected but good choice is a little Chinese fast food place in town called ‘Tham Kok Keong’. Up on the mountain there are lots of nice huts for a leisurely lunch, the Allmendhubel has particularly beautiful views, and at Sonnenberg there is a super-cool ice bar. For amusing après-ski drinks try the Balloon Bar which is actually located inside of, you’ve guessed it, a hot-air balloon basket. If you’re ready to up the ante, order some flaming shooters or cocktails at the Inferno to a soundtrack of wonderfully cheesy Euro-pop.
A visit to Mürren is not complete without a trip up the Schilthorn to the solar powered revolving restaurant Piz Gloria. Treat yourself to a Bond style cocktail and sample the surprisingly affordable dining, while you take in dazzling panoramic views of over 200 peaks. Those who have seen ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (watch it before you go!) will love Bond World too, with various memorabilia including a helicopter simulator and copy of the original screenplay. For non-skiers and bad weather days there’s the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfraubahn, the cog-railway which takes you to the top of the Jungfrau, the highest train station in Europe at 3454m. The short train ride down to the lake-side city of Thun, or the picturesque capital Bern also make fun excursions.
The Jungfrau region is one of the most popular holiday areas in Switzerland, and it’s famous for much more than just skiing. Clearly it’s a mecca for mountaineers, but there is plenty to entertain the less courageous too, including the local ice rink with curling, and toboggan routes down to Lauterbrunnen and Gimmelwald.
When is the best time to ski Mürren?
As to be expected, the coldest months in Mürren are January and February, and this when the snow conditions also tend to peak. If you prefer long, sunny days (maybe you’d like to work on that goggle tan and soak up the rays on the terrace at the Allmendhubel hut ), then the area is also good for later season skiing, particularly in March and sometimes April. The resort is an ideal base for skiing and boarding the Jungfrau area in the later months as it has the best access to the high altitude Schilthorn area, which stretches to the lofty height of 2970m. Unlike Grindelwald which lies down in the valley, Mürren is situated fairly high up the mountain, and so it tends to be more snow sure and a better choice if you want ski in/ski out accommodation. Earlier in the year, around December it is also possible to ski but the snowfall is less reliable, so although there’s likely to be snow up on the Schilthorn and at Kleine Scheidegg, don’t assume there will be snow all the way down to the village.
Don't miss Christmas in Mürren this year, you’ll struggle to find mountain charm to rival this gorgeous resort as a magical Christmas destination. Join the locals for a warming glühwein and some festive carols on Christmas eve, or make the most of the snowy landscape and build yourselves a proper snowman.
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New Year in Mürren is the season to party and be merry! After a long day on the slopes tuck into a traditional Swiss fondue, followed by the usual celebratory fireworks. Then, if you still have energy, hit the town for a night to remember.
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What better time or place for a ski holiday than February Half Term in Mürren - not only is this the most snow sure time of year, but also there’s loads to keep you and your loved ones entertained.
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Long, sunny ski days are the norm during Easter in Mürren – there’s no better way to acquire a spring time tan than by shredding the powder or lounging on the deckchairs at one of the lovely Swiss mountain huts, with stunning panoramas of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
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