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Swiss Alps-hiking

My family of 6 (4 teens/young adults) will be traveling from Florence to Lisaunne to stay with family but have 2 nights I originally booked in Murren for hiking and Mountain Views between those destinations. I’m trying to simplify travel and have read there’s loud construction going on in Murren. Is there an easier to get to destination to land in for a quick experience of the Swiss Alps?

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Don't let construction deter you. You won't notice it when you are on a trail and it won't be happening at night. Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen are nearby alternatives which are also great springboards for hiking.

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Lauterbrunnen itself makes a fine base. You can go up either side of the valley and hike above Mürren or above Wengen. Easy 20 minutes from Interlaken Ost by train to Lauterbrunnen. Get a 4 day Berner Oberland Regional Pass to support your use of the trains and lifts and buses. You would have to pay extra to go to the Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn but with such a short time to taste the alps, spend your time hiking. Great hikes — and easy ones at that — include the Northface Hike, Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, and Grütschalp to Mürren. The valley itself is also terrific to hike through.

Mürren is a bit challenging right now (we are in the area) although I am sure many people will stay there this summer. You can still use the lifts and the cliff side train will be running again by the middle of next month. It takes extra time to come and go from there, though, as it does with Wengen, so it is simpler to stay in Lauterbrunnen if you can and then ascend without luggage for your daily activities.

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Mürren: The Alpenruh Hotel is adjacent to the Schilthorn cable car, where construction is going on.
If you Google hotels in Mürren that are further from the Schilthorn lift, construction noise will be greatly diminished. What is the name of your hotel?

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The Eiger Guesthouse is a half mile away so the noise should not be an issue.

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is the construction at the BLM rail station complete? The Eiger Guesthouse is close to that.

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Good question about the BLM station. I would email the hotel and ask if it is still being worked on. I would also reconsider Wengen or Lauterbrunnen.

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I would email the hotel and ask if it is still being worked on

me too

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11406 posts

Nige and all, we passed by the BLM station the other day. Not bad noise. Seems the track work is early done for reopening mid-June as posted on the Grütschalp lift.