Arriving in Murren is dramatic: after an easy direct flight from Miami to Zürich, and a beautiful train ride away from the cities, past the lakes, and into the mountainous Bernese Oberland, you transfer to a small train in Interlaken to further travel up between the mountain ranges, then onto a cable car, which rapidly transports you up into the clouds -- and into another world. When you have fresh jet lag, this journey seems particularly surreal!
Although many hotels in Murren have views of the mountains, the Edelweiss is on the edge of the cliff and looks directly down into the valley – the view is incredible, if not a little dizzying. When the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains in front of us were obscured by the rapidly changing weather, we felt as though we were hanging in the clouds!
Great breakfast, with the same view through the panoramic windows of the breakfast room. We only took advantage of the half-board dinner at their restaurant one night because we didn’t want to be locked into a specific dinner hour – and wish that we had done it more, because it was so good! After trying out the Stagerstubli down the street, where I had possibly the worst fondu ever, and an overpriced mediocre restaurant down in Lauterbrunnen, we realized that being tied to a schedule for dinner was worth it when we had our last dinner at the Edelweiss. We arrived to a reserved table hand-labeled with our name, waitstaff that gave us individual attention, and a delicious three course meal.
Interestingly enough, since our room was directly over the lounge that had the internet access, we could access the wireless signal directly from our room.
The rooms were comfy with modern amenities, with a door to a small balcony roomy enough for a tiny table and chairs. I noticed that the single rooms on the valley side did not have balconies, but they had large windows with the same amazing view. The only complaint I had is that beds were very narrow (two singles were pushed together to make a double as is typically European) and I could feel the springs through the mattress. However, the sheets were very soft with wonderful down pillows and duvets. Very welcome in the cold mountains where even in August it was down in the low 40’s at night.
The weather was not that great when we were there, mostly rainy and cloudy, so we spent a rainy day hiking down to Gimmelwald and taking the cable car down to the Lauterbrunnen valley. The next day we woke to a clear view of mountains in front of us reflecting the rising sun, and when we were at breakfast our hosts advised us not to waste any time getting up to the Schilthorn summit before the weather changed again. During and after an amazing cable car ride, we were rewarded by an incredible and crystal clear panoramic view of the Alps all around us – but it did not last long, and by the time we had decided to start hiking down, it was already snowing heavily (which meant that we had to take the cable car down again). Because of the weather, we decided to cut our trip short by one day, but the hotel staff only charged us half of the rate for our unused day, which we thought was very fair.
Wish we could have lucked out with better weather, as there were so many more hikes we wanted to do. But the Edelweiss was the best place to take full advantage of the unique drop-dead gorgeous views to be had in Murren.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome The congenial Hotel Edelweiss is conveniently located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland in Murren. It offers breathtaking views of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountain scenery. Guests of our 3-star superior Hotel also appreciate the perfect location close to ski slopes and hiking trails. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Edelweiss Hotel Murren