How to find destination in Murren

unduhan-32Hikers should hot-foot it to Murren in the Swiss Alps this summer. If you do, this walking-only village (cars are banned) located high in the Swiss mountains offers all the thrills and spills any adrenaline junkie would love.

Though the resort is famed as one of the world’s leading winter sports resorts (note the Inferno downhill ski race) visit in the summer to join the Thrill Walk.

Get the cable car

Start by heading up to Birg, from Murren in a cable car. There you will find a breath-taking view of Switzerland’s three famous mountains: the Eiger (3970m), the Monch (4099m) and the Jungfrau (4158m). Legend has it that the centre Monc (monk) stands there to protect the Jungfrau (young maiden) from the towering Eiger (ogre). Tell this tale to fellow travellers over a glass of wine and plate of locally-sourced cheese and bread, available from the on-site restaurant then take a selfie as you watch the clouds come down.

Thrill(ing) Walk

Switzerland’s mountains seem to be made for ramblers. But Murren has it all. They have created the Thrill Walk which starts 2970m high. The glass bridge atop the 200m steel structure down the side of the mountain invites participants to look down as they walk across its side. Be aware, creative architects have enhanced the experience by encouraging people to walk some parts with only a wire rope to steady themselves, or a glass bridge to enhance the experience. There is, of course, a protective net – but don’t imagine you’ll be looking down too much.

Shaken, not stirred

Murren locals are proud of their James Bond roots. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) was filmed in Murren and famously shows 007 (played by George Lazenby) swishing down the mountains as he escapes assassins trying to stop him uncovering activities in Blofeld’s research laboratory. In testament, you will find most WiFi passwords in Murren contain a Bond-themed code, with a wink and a smile from a local employee.

But best of all, the revolving Piz Gloria restaurant in Schilthorn, built especially for the film as Blofeld’s lair, still exists. As well as dining at the restaurant, you can pop into the Bond World 007 centre – just one floor below. Head on an undercover mission in the simulated chopper or learn a bit more about 007’s roots. It’s great for children, and if they are being honest, adults too!

Note: The Piz Gloria serve a ‘Bond Brunch’ from 8am to 2pm for £23 per person, including a glass of prosecco or non-alcoholic Rimus. Make sure you visit on a clear day to take full advantage of the view.

 

Hold on, for dear life

Murren has become a hot spot for adrenaline junkies looking for their next thrill. Untouched and beautiful, those in the know look no further than Murren. The mountains have become a popular spot for mountain bikers and base jumpers – who can be spotted on the Via Ferratafrom Murren, starting at 1800m, leading steeply downwards to Gimmenwald.