Mürren is totally car-free so the air is empty of noise and exhaust fumes. Taste buds can be sated at numerous restaurants and cafes, from Tham’s serving Asian cuisine to the wonderful Hotel Eiger restaurant with fish specialities and vegetarian options. Hip, vegan-friendly Café Liv serves homemade beetroot soup, cheesecake and deeply rich coffee in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. If you missed out on grabbing a souvenir on the mountain top stop by the Mürren branch of the Skyline shop to pick up your James Bond memorabilia.
For those looking to prolong their stay, Mürren has a surprisingly large number of hotels and hostels to choose from. The cosy three-star Hotel Alpenruh beside the cable car station provides light and airy rooms and a spa. For possibly more romantic, secluded accommodation there’s the 170-year-old Pension Suppenalp, lying one kilometre outside of the village; closer to the ski and sled slopes and surrounded by acres of floral meadows in the summer.
Finding your way to Bond heaven is pretty straightforward with Bern being the closest airport or hop on the hour-long train ride from the resort town of Interlaken, the main transport gateway to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Alps. From there it takes an hour to reach Mürren via a combination of train, bus and cable car, and Piz Gloria is another short cable-car ride away. For those wishing to drive, head for Stechelberg (about 18km from Interlaken) where you can park and continue to Mürren and Schilthorn via cable car. Bond creator Ian Fleming once admonished readers to “Never say ‘no’ to adventures”, so, however you choose to arrive at Schilthorn there’s no doubt the great author would approve. Visit Switzerland ◼
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© This article was first published in June-July 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.
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