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Mürren Mountain View Trail

Perfect for hike for families visiting the Jungfrau region because not only are the views are amazing, but it is unusually affordable in this otherwise pricey area. Plus it ends at a fantastic playground with views of the Eiger.

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This mountain trail above the Lauterbrunnen valley is one of the more affordable hikes in this region This hike is perfect for families visiting the Jungfrau region because a) the views are amazing!!! b) it is unusually affordable for this region and c) it ends at the fantastic Flower Park playground with views of the Jungfrau and Eiger.

Other hikes in this region grab all the attention while this gem sits quietly looking out at it all. It has a tough climb at first but then it evens out and dips up and down as you make our way to Mürren.

It’s not too long, so children with hiking experience should be fine, but not strollers on this one. We did this on a sunny day in mid-October, when the air was crisp and sun low, making for dramatic shadows. I’m excited to go back in summer to see it full of wildflowers.

Location:   Jungfrau Region, Bernese Oberland Switzerland
Address: Grütschalp Cable Car near
Bahnhofpl. 473A, 3822 Lauterbrunnen
Car: Parking GPS: 46°35’32.0″N 7°54’27.7″E
From Interlaken 20mins, from Zürich 1hr50
Train: Train station: Lauterbrunnen
From Interlaken 27 mins, From Zürich 2hr10
   
Trail: 5 to 7.5 km one way, about 3 to 4.5 hours walking with kids
Condition: dirt, rocky, mountain trail, Swiss trail rating T2
Skill: moderate, 400m ascent, 40m descent
Open: June through mid-October
Cost 2020: About CHF 20/adult for cable cars
SBB Half-fare and Junior cards accepted
Partially covered by Jungfrau Travel Pass
Services: restaurant and playground at Allmendhubel
More info: www.jungfrau.ch  –  webcam  –  weather

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Hiking map

To access this trail, you ride the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp cable car. Then you follow the Mountain View Trail to Allmendhubel, where you’ll find the Flower Park playground and restaurant. Then you can ride the Allmendhubel funicular down to the Mürren village (or hike down), where you can ride cable cars down to the valley, ending in Stechelberg. Then take a bus back to Lauterbrunnen where you can pick up your car or catch a train to Interlaken.

This trail is about 4.8 km and takes about 1hr50 mins to walk.

Easier option: From Grütschalp, you can instead follow the easier trail through Winteregg to Mürren. This version of the trail has only 150m elevation gain.

No hike option: From Grütschalp, you can ride the mountain train over to Mürren, the ride the Allmendhubel funicular up to the playground.

Longer option: After you finish the hike at the Allmendhubel playground, you can continue hiking down to Mürren on the Blumental trail, adding another 2.8 km.

How to get there

This trail is located in the Jungfrau Region, near Lauterbrunnen.

You access this hike from the Grütschalp cable car which leaves from Lauterbrunnen. There is a small Coop grocery next to the cable car if you need to pick up supplies before going up.

By car: Drive to Lauterbrunnen and park in the metered parking at the south side of town (46°35’32.0″N 7°54’27.7″E). It’s about a 5 min walk back to the cable car (see on map).

By train: Take a train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen train station. The Grütschalp cable car is immediately opposite the Lauterbrunnen train station.

Planning your day

At the beginning of the trip, you need a one way ticket on the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp, which costs CHF 9/adult. It runs about every 15 mins and takes 4 minutes. It starts running at 6:13 and ends at 20:35.

The trail ends in Mürren, where you will ride two cable cars down to Stechelberg. This costs CHF 14.20/adult. It runs every 30 mins on the :25 and :55 and takes 15 mins. It starts running at 5:55 and runs till 23:45,

You’ll need to return by bus to your starting point at Lauterbrunnen, which costs CHF 4.40. The bus runs every 30 mins coordinated with the cable car. It runs all day early to late.

This whole journey is free with the Berner Oberland Pass, Swiss Travel Pass, GA and SBB Junior Cards. Discount with SBB Half-fare. Children 6-16 half-price, under 6 free. You can pay with cash or credit at the cable car stations.

With the Jungfrau Travel Pass, the Grütschalp cable car and Mürren mountain train are included. So best to return using those instead of the Stechelberg cable car, which is not included.

Photo story of the trail

Starting the trail in Grütschalp

After exiting the Grütschalp cable car, cross the train tracks and follow the brown/yellow signs that say Mountain View Trail, up the mountain into the forest, heading toward Allmendhubel.

It’s a bit of tough climb for the first 1.5 km, gaining 250m in elevation. After that it’s more gradual all the way to Allmendhubel.

Arriving at the Allmendhubel Flower Park

Here is the Allmendhubel Flower Park. We were lucky to be here on a cloudless day so we could fully see all the mountains. Plus we had the place to ourselves.

There is a little loop flower trail here with education info in English about the alpine flowers.

Optional hike down to Mürren

When you are done at the playground, you can ride down the Allmendhubel funicular to Mürren. Or you can hike down to Mürren. There are multiple trails leading down to Mürren including a paved road. We usually take the Mürren Blumental trail, which is about 2.2 km, about another 90 mins.

We were there quite late and I was worried about missing the last cable car down. But the Mürren cars stay open late, past dark. But check the schedule just to make sure.

 

 

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  1. Hi your blog is amazing. My husband and I have 3 days staying in lauterbrunnan and we’re having trouble deciding which walks in the region are the best ones to do as there as so many. Which would be your top 3? Thanks

    1. Thanks for the kind words. It really depends on your fitness level and priorities for the hike. If you want hikes in about the 2hr range, I would do this trail, the Mürren Mountain View Trail, the Schynige Platte ridge trail, and Grindelwald First to Bachalpsee. Have fun!

  2. Easier option: From Grütschalp, you can instead follow the easier trail through Winteregg to Mürren. This version of the trail has only 150m elevation gain.

    Are the views just as nice as the harder hike?

  3. Hi there. I am interested in doing the hike backwards from Allmendhubel to Grutschalp due to it sounding so much easier. How long would it take since I’ll be going downhill?

    1. Depends on your hiking speed. I’d guess maybe 15 mins faster in this opposite direction.

  4. Hi Tanya!

    First of all thanks so much creating this website! It is very helpful for us to plan our trip.

    We just have one question – Is it still possible to do this hike if we plan to be in Lauterbrunnen area from 29 Oct to 1 Nov? We have checked that the cable car needed is operating throughout that date, but wondering whether it’s safe to do this hike during that time.
    If it’s not, can you recommend us on what to do if we stay in the Lauterbrunnen area around those time? It’s silly but we bought our tickets first without researching about the weather in Switzerland and just found out only after everything is finalized that many trekking tracks and cable cars are closed.

    Many thanks!

    1. Hi Diana, so sorry I’m too late on my reply. I hope you found a suitable hike during your trip. I hope you can come back to Switzerland in summer sometime so you can do all the hikes!

  5. Hello again! Another planning question. Weather permitting we’re hoping to cable car all the way up to Schilthorn Viewpoint, then down to Birg to do the Thrill Walk and then down to Murren to play at the playground and hike the Mountain View Trail. For the Mountain View Hike – since we’ll be starting in Murren rather than ending there, how would you suggest ending our day? Do the trail in reverse starting in Murren and then about halfway through turn back so we can get back to the cable car to get the rest of the way down? Or, hike all the way to Gruschalp and cable car down? Our car will be parked at the Stechelberg cable car station.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Brittany

      I’d probably just skip the Mürren mountain view trail. It doesn’t make sense if your car is in Stechelberg. Perhaps do a different hike, hiking down from Allmendhubel. Have fun!

  6. Hi Tanya, would you recommend doing this trail in the opposite direction? I plan to start the day with exploring Lauterbrunnen Valley, hiking to Stechelberg (with detours to Stabbauch Falls and Trummelbach Falls) then head to Birg and Schilthorn, before doing this trail in the opposite direction to Grutschalp. Do you think this itinerary is doable in a day? Thank you.

    1. Sure, you can do this backwards. It does sound a bit long though. You’ll need to keep moving and keep an eye on your watch and the closing times. Good luck!

  7. Hi Tanya,

    I’ve been following your hiking trips with families for a while now. Just want to say thanks for the great tips, very thorough and well organized.

    When you go on hiking trips, have you wild camped in Switzerland? I know regulations are not very clear on the topic, and it’s generally accepted above the tree line, but would like to hear your opinion and experience (if any) on the matter. Not a big fan of the camp sites.

    Cheers,

    1. Yes, we have wild camped a few times. You are right, camping above the tree line is generally allowed unless it is a protected area or specifically signed for no camping. However in general they prefer no tents but bivouac, which my husband and son have done. My husband wild camped near the Murgsee a couple times. We wild camped at Tremorgio lake one time. We saw others doing it so we asked at the hut and they said it was ok. If you are camping on someone’s land, you need to ask. I heard that it is quite normal to ask farmers about camping on their land. But you need to leave no trace, including human waste, which is disruptive to the cattle. I read that it was a huge problem last summer with places littered with human waste because of camping. So pack it out or bring a shovel.

  8. Hi,
    Your blog is awesome. It is so detail and very informative. I am planning a four day trip to Jungfrau area and I got almost all the details I need to know from your blog.
    Thanks a lot for being so considerate and explaining and sharing everything. You are very generous.
    I have just one question, I will be driving from Geneva, and which is the best place to stay there??
    Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald??

    Thanks a lot.
    Have a wonderful day.

    1. Both are nice and convenient places to stay. Grindelwald has more accommodations, restaurants and services, so that might be an easy place to find accommodations. You can’t go wrong with either choice.

  9. This blog is so beautiful to page through. I find it extremely helpful for my upcoming trip in late May/early June. Thank you for maintaining it and hiking these trails to share the information and photos with others so generously 🙂

  10. The trail looks breathtaking! One question though, is it possible to take cable car from Murren up to Allmendhubel, then hike down to Murren? I just want to have a shorter hike, and a less difficult one. And is that trail stroller-friendly?

    1. Yes. You can take the cable car from Stechelberg to Mürren, then the funicular from Mürren to Allmendhubel. Then you can walk back down to Allmenhubel. The easiest way is on the road. Or you can follow the 2km trail to Mürren as shown in this post: https://swissfamilyfun.com/murren-childrens-adventure-trail/ They keep renaming this trail so I don’t know what they are calling it these days. But the trail is there. I just did it last year.

  11. Hi Dear Tanya,

    How are you?

    Thank you very much for your amazing blog! I’ve been reading it now for about 2 months 🙂

    I’m going to Switzerland with my mom in May and really wanted to enjoy the mountain views. We are planning to go by the end of May (around May 20). Do you recommend hiking this trail? Is it Appenzell better you think?

    Thank you very much!

    1. Thanks so much! In May, this Mürren trail is likely to not be ready for hiking (probably not until at least mid-June, but depends on the weather). I think Appenzell would be a good choice, particularly Ebenalp, which usually opens already in mid-May. https://swissfamilyfun.com/ebenalp-wildkirchli/ Have fun!

  12. Hi Tanya,

    I’m not sure if my previous comment went through, but first of all I’d like to thank you for the amazing swiss content you have in your blog, it has just been helping me so much that you have no idea 🙂

    I’d like to know if you think is possible to do this hike or the mannlichen-kleine-scheidegg during May. I’m taking my mom and mom in law and we’d like to see mountain views and to me, as per your pictures, these both are the most amazing ones.

    Thank you very much! I’ll keep reading your blog and happy hiking to you 🙂

    1. Hi Heloisa! Sorry for the delay in my response, I got all your messages. As I mentioned in my other response, both the Männlichen and Mürren trails are likely to have snow in late May, but it totally depends on the weather. You might find my spring guide for the Berner Oberland helpful: https://swissfamilyfun.com/spring-berner-oberland-switzerland/

    1. I don’t know if camping is specifically allowed along the trail, but wild camping is allowed in some areas if you follow the rules. This document (a PDF) explains those rules: https://www.ticino.ch/dam/jcr:65ec8a47-1717-4db5-ae56-6012f22fc663 I would suspect that this is not a great place for wild camping because it is through alpine areas used for cow grazing. But you could ask at the tourist office and they may be able to put you in contact with the dairy farmers that work that land so you could get permission.

  13. Excellent post though I missed one piece of info: how long does the hike proper (Grütschalp to Allmendhubel) take?

    1. Sorry about that. The trail from Grütschalp to Allmendhubel is about 4.8km and takes about 1h50 to walk.

  14. Hello!

    I’ll be doing this hike tomorrow, could you please tell me if this is stroller friendly?
    I have an tous terrain stroller and would like to do this trail with my baby.

    Thanks in advance to your reply

    1. Sorry for my late reply, I’m just seeing this. As you may have found out, that trail is not suitable for strollers. Hope you found an alternative.

  15. Hi there, the trail looks beautiful. I was just wondering if this trail, and trail similar to this such as northface trail (Allmenhubel – Schiltalp – Murren) is open this april? since i realized most of the trails in switzerland are still closed. thank you!

    1. It just depends on the snow melt. It will likely still have snow in April and might be more of a winter walk. Even if there’s no snow the trail likely won’t be cleaned up for summer season until June, meaning it could have lots of debris. But you could take a look. I’d ask at the Murren tourist office for info when you get there. They usually have good info about which trails are passable.

    1. Absolutely! It has fantastic mountain views almost the whole trail, just a bit in the forest.

  16. This trail looks stunning! 2 silly questions, wondering if you could help:
    1. Is it possible to do the trail starting at Allmendhubel and then heading towards Grutschalp? Or do the “Mountain View Trail” signs only point in one direction?
    2. Are there any toilets at all along the trail? I’m thinking of bringing my 70 year old mother along, who would be incredibly shy about having to go near the trail. 🙂
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Angeline. You can definitely hike the opposite direction, so Allmendhubel to Grutschalp. No problem at all. There are no toilets along the trail, just at the beginning and end. There are forested areas on the second half, nearer Grutschalp, so you could find some privacy if you needed to. I’m not sure how sporty your mother is, some 70yr olds are very active and fit so I make no assumptions. But please remember this is a mountain trail, so a narrow dirt trail, lots of up and down, with lots of rocks and tree roots to walk over. Just so your expectations are correct before setting out. I hope you have a good time.

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