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Mürren

Mürren
View on the way from Mürren to Gimmelwald
The cable car to Schilthorn

Mürren is a traditional Walser mountain village in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,413 ft.) above sea level and unreachable by public road. Tourism is popular through the summer and winter; the village features a view of the three towering mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Mürren has a population of just 450, but has 2,000 hotel beds.

Mürren has its own school and two churches, one Reformed and one Roman Catholic.

Contents

  • Transport 1
  • Recreation 2
  • Politics 3
  • Hotels 4
  • History 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Transport

Mürren Station, the terminus of the Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren

Mürren station is the terminus of the Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren, which consists of a aerial tramway and connecting narrow gauge railway, and connects Mürren to Lauterbrunnen.

A series of four Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) and fled four of Blofeld's henchmen in a car driven by his girlfriend Tracy (Diana Rigg). There is an additional cable car that runs directly from Mürren to Stechelberg, but this is provided solely for the movement of freight and used for public transportation in times or revision of the regular cable car.

Mürren is also the lower terminus of the Allmendhubelbahn funicular.

Mürren Railway Station during winter

Recreation

There are a total of 52 km (32 mi) of ski runs with 14 ski lifts (six cable cars, seven chair lifts, three railways, and two drag lifts). There is also off-piste skiing, but guiding is often needed and should be used.

Within the village there is a large sports center with a 25 m swimming pool, sports hall, fitness room, café, information centre and other facilities. There is a large skating rink which is sometimes used for curling competitions as well as a specific curling rink that in the summer is a tennis court. The ice rink is turned into a mini-golf course during the summer months. In the summer there are also tennis courts near to the sportschalet.

Politics

Mürren is situated within the canton of Bern, in the district of Interlaken and belongs to the political commune of Lauterbrunnen, together with the districts of Wengen, Isenfluh, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen. Also, the parish covers the entire valley.

Hotels

There are quite a few hotels in Mürren, including Hotel Alpenblick, Hotel Alpenruh, Alpina, Hotel Bellevue, Hotel Blumental, Hotel Edelweiss, Hotel Eiger, Eiger Guesthouse, Hotel Jungfrau, Hotel Regina and Sportschalet.

History

Mürren has its roots as a farming village. With the beginning of tourism – both winter and summer – it has grown in size and wealth. The winter sports particularly have been an important part of Mürren's history since the first British winter tourists arrived in 1911. During the First World War wounded prisoners of war stayed here pending repatriation and played a role in developing winter sports. In 1924 the Kandahar Ski Club was set up by Sir Arnold Lunn (whose statue stands outside the rail station) and eight other British skiers. The club takes its name from the Roberts of Kandahar Challenge Cup, first run in (1911). This, the world's senior challenge cup for downhill ski-racing, was presented by Lord Roberts, who, in the Second Anglo-Afghan War, won the decisive Battle of Kandahar.[1]

In 1928 the Inferno ski race was set up, and continues to this day. The International Inferno Race, comprising cross-country, giant slalom and downhill races, is the longest (15.8 km, 9.8 mi) and largest amateur ski race in the world.[2]

References

  1. ^ [2]
  2. ^ International Inferno Race Website

External links

  • Schilthorn.ch
  • Official website Mürren
  • Live Webcam at Schilthorn

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