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Murren construction status?

I am thinking of booking w/Murren Alpenblick hotel.
It is right across the road from Murren train station.

Anybody know where I can get a current status of the construction in Murren?
Anyone who were there recently or recently stayed at Alpenblick in Murren, I would appreciate any feedback.
thank you.

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Thank you WengenK - does that mean, there are no constructions at all in Murren?

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There is still the building site for the Schilthorn at the other end of the village. And there is some activity around the Palace Hotel.

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Construction on Stechelberg to Murren will be through 2024, Murren to Schilthorn will continue through 2025 and the new Alpin Palace hotel/condos (near the train station) will likely be through 2025. You probably won't be affected by any of that at Alpenblick, as it's at the far end of the village past the train station.

The Alpenblick has great food and wonderful owners. It's also very convenient to the train station. It's not fancy, but it's a good option for simple lodging.

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We are staying at Hotel Eldewies in September, is there construction near this location?

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The Alpin Palace construction is up the hill kiddy corner behind the Edelweiss, but I think you should be fine. We live almost right across the street from it and they were doing work all last summer that didn’t really bother us. They’re supposed to be starting work on the new building this spring, so TBD on that, but If you haven’t already, splurge on the Valley facing balcony at the Edelweiss. The view will be epic and you’ll also be as far away from any construction noise as possible on that side. I honestly wouldn’t really worry about it. Construction in Murren is not like construction in the middle of New York City. There are no other cars rushing by to add to the chaos, so if anything it’s kind of fascinating to watch the Swiss work. They are incredibly efficient and are often building with helicopters, etc. - it’s quite impressive.

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Thank-you WanderWeg. We have splurged for a superior room. We are conflicted as we do not want construction noise to affect our quiet time. We are in the BO for 10 nights and have split between Wengen and Murren. We are considering moving to Wengen for the entire time but that would mean getting to Murren to do hiking from there yielding more travel time. Our plan is to focus on hiking but will include day trips on less that optimal hiking weather days.

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Jeanie, you should be fine at the Edelweiss—as wanderweg explained, there isn’t a lot of noise involved. We spent 5 nights in ann apartment right above the Sports Center, across the road from the Alpin Palace construction last September, and never heard a thing, even from our balcony.

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Thank you Lola. We will keep our Murren reservation as we really want to hike from this town.

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We are booked to stay in Murren in May 2024. Does anyone know how much construction and noise/disturbance will be going on at that time? Someone mentioned building with helicopters in this thread which is interesting, but also extremely loud. We were envisioning, a quiet, idyllic week in the mountains, not a bunch of building sites in a tiny town.

Should we consider staying in Wengen instead to avoid construction?

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There is construction going on in Wengen as well, it’s just part of the growth process. In Wengen It’s at the top part of town, so if you stay closer to the train station you’d be fine there.

When helicopters are used for building it’s a 1 minute fly in and drop off, it’s not like you’re on a military base. In some ways it’s actually fascinating to watch. But of course not everyone finds it interesting.

They are working on the Schilthornbahn right now + the new Murren Palace Hotel near the train station and from May 6-31 the train to get to Murren is closed for them to put in the new train cars, so if you’re staying between those dates your way to get to Murren is Lauterbrunnen > Bus to Stechelberg > Cable car to Gimmelwald > Cable car to Murren. So you may not love that additional bus connection.

Where is your hotel in Murren?

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We are arriving at Zurich in mid September and are planning 7 nights in Switzerland before heading to Italy.
Would like to stay in the Murren area for moderate hiking and exploring for at least 3 of the 7 nights.
Considering renting a car and also purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass.
Any suggestions for the best route and stops along the way would be appreciated?
Maybe Lucern or Interlaken?
Thank you
CM

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Why do you want to rent a car, and are you thinking of driving it into Italy as well? That will carry a hefty drop-off fee unles you bring it back to Switzerland.

The Swiss train system is remarkable; very reliable and will get you almost anywhere the average tourist wants to go. Including to villages like Mürren that cars cannot reach. If you stay in Mürren for 3 nights you will pay to park your car, and pay for 3 days rental, for no reason. And in Luzern, INterlaken, or other cities you will have to deal with parking.

The Swiss would prefer you use their train system to driving a car, for eco reasons.

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Renting a car and getting a Swiss Travel Pass is like going to a restaurant, and ordering a bottle of red and one of white an only drinking a bit of both. It is a way of increasing the cost of your holiday without increasing its value.