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3 Days in Bernese Oberland

Hello! My husband and i will be traveling to Switzerland for part of a work trip. We will be staying in Lucerne Monday-Friday morning. We are then traveling to the Bernese Oberland area for 3 days. I’m thinking about staying in Mürren at Hotel Bellevue, thoughts? We plan on doing lots of hiking (moderate-difficult) and hang gliding. Any recommendations on hikes? Other hotels to look into? Just paying for train passes straight up? Thanks so much!

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Murren would be a lovely place to stay. The views from Murren are lovely. Lauterbrunnen may be more central depending on where you are starting your hikes and hang gliding.

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No hang gliding - just paragliding:). What time of year? If you will just stay in the Lauterbrunnen valley then a Jungfrau regional pass would be sufficient. The Berner Oberland pass would cover you between Lucerne and Murren - it is slightly more expensive but covers more area. You'd have to get a 4 day version.

The North Face Trail is my favorite hike on the Murren side of the valley. Hard to recommend hikes without knowing if it will be during summer. If you will be there in July / August timeframe then the most recommended difficult hike is from Schynige Platte to First.

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laurakunkel5, they have trail maps available all over Mürren that will give you all the information you need to pick your hikes. Too many to choose from.

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The only hotel I've stayed at in Murren is the Eiger Guesthouse. It was fine - it's more of a budget option than some of the other hotels. We chose them because we were traveling with our 2 sons and we were able to get connecting rooms. I prefer staying in Lauterbrunnen where my favorite hotel - the Staubbach is. I generally stay for longer and like being a little more centrally located, but it is an awesome experience staying in Murren!

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It's easy enough to look at the hotels in Murren if you'll just check on Tripadvisor. I have personal experience with Eiger Guesthouse (budget), Alpina (budget/moderate), Chalet Fontana (private rooms/shared bathroom/A+++), Bellevue (higher end), Alpenruh (moderate/higher). I've not found any "bad experiences" ANYWHERE here.

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I visit Murren every year and always stay at the Hotel Blumenthal, specifically the Chalet Blumenthal. The chalet is behind the hotel and is 6 new rooms which are very nice and comfortable. The hosts are terrific as is the hotels restaurant. We discovered the hotel through Rick Steves Switzerland four years ago. They usually provide a discount if you inform you learned of the hotel though Rick Steves.
https://www.hotel-blumental.com/english/

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The hike to the top of the Schilthorne was one of my most memorable hikes anywhere. It is 5 miles up and 5 miles down. It is not easy but the views are great. You can take one route up and a slightly different route down.

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Hi Laura, we’ve visited Murren 3 times and stayed at the Hotel Jungfrau (2010) and Hotel Alpenruh (2016 & 2017). Recommend both hotels. Amazing, beautiful area. Perfect location to do the Schilthorn. We took the cable car and walked over to Trummelbach Falls, then did the Mountainview Trail. Easy walk down to Gimmelwald. We also did the Jungfrau last year, best day ever! Stop at the Rec Center for maps and info on what’s going on in the area.

Last trip was Oct 2017. We bought the Half Fare pass. Took the train from Zurich to Murren, then Murren to Bern. Saved us money on the trips to the Schilthorn and Jungfrau. Hope you have a great trip!