The holiday and winter sports resort of Mürren lies on a sunny terrace 700 m/2,297ft above the Lauterbrunnen valley, with magnificent views of the Jungfrau massif.
First mentioned in the records in 1257, Mürren developed during the 19th C. into a popular resort, particularly favored by the British. The Mürrenbahn (narrow-gauge railroad) was opened in 1891, the Allmendhubelbahn (funicular) in 1912.
Mürren is traffic-free. Only vehicles from the hotels and shops are allowed on the narrow streets of this rustic chalet village. Access is from Lauterbrunnen by funicular (6.5km/4mi) to Grütschalp (1,490 m/4,889ft) and from there by the narrow-gauge railroad (5.5km/3mi), or from Stechelberg by cableway (the Schilthornbahn to Gimmelwald (1,367 m/4,485ft) and Mürren.
Wengen, situated on the rocky plateau opposite is also accessible by cableway. The biggest amateur race in the world, the "Inferno Race", started by the British, still takes place here annually.
The British made this resort, lying at the foot of the Schilthorn, famous for sport. The revolving restaurant "Piz Gloria" was inspired by a James Bond film.