Overview

Hike from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen to Mürren

Wengen (1301m) – Lauterbrunnen (802m) – Mürren (1638m)

The hike from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen to Mürren is a medium intense hike on the Via Alpina and takes about 4 hours to complete. It’s 11km long and takes you 499 meters downhill and 836 meters uphill. The hike offers stunning views of the Lauterbrunnen valley, impressive sights of the Jungfrau, and ends in the picturesque village of Mürren.

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View of Lauterbrunnen valley and village, Switzerland. Waterfalls and snowy mountain peaks.
View of Lauterbrunnen valley and village, Switzerland. Waterfalls and snowy mountain peaks.

Our experience hiking the Via Alpina from Wengen to Mürren

We hiked on the Via Alpina from Wengen to Mürren in June 2020. This is one of our favorite hikes on the Via Alpina. We hiked in the tracks of J.R.R. Tolkien in Lauterbrunnen valley and enjoyed unforgettable views of the Jungfrau. We discovered the picturesque village Mürren and met 007 on Piz Gloria. Read more about our hike on the Via Alpina from Wengen to Mürren below.

Goodbye Wengen, hello Lauterbrunnen valley

Leaving Wengen is never easy! The view from Hotel Schönegg to mount Jungfrau and the afternoons on the hotel’s sunny terrace will be missed! A little bit sad we packed our backpacks and hit the Via Alpina hiking trail. At the exit of the village, Lauterbrunnen valley lay to our feet and all the sadness was gone: What a view! Goodbye Wengen, hello Lauterbrunnen valley!

A collection of pictures from the hike on the Via Alpina from Wengen to Mürren, Switzerland.
Impressions from our hike on the Via Alpina from Wengen to Mürren

Lauterbrunnen valley – Home of Lord of the Rings

Waterfalls, trees, and snowy mountain peaks – it’s quite obvious why the 19-year-old J.R.R. Tolkien found his inspiration for Lord of the Rings in Lauterbrunnen valley when he visited Switzerland back in 1911. Enchanted by the beautiful landscape we hiked along the path next to Wengernalp train to Lauterbrunnen. Time for a coffee break!

Profile picture of Solène Stucker, co-founder of Hike&Dine
Solène’s Dine Pairing

Hike&Dine: Dine at Hotel Regina in Mürren

“The dining room of this Art Deco hotel struck me. Through the high windows, I watched the last sunbeams of the day caress the mountains on the other side of the valley. What happened in the halls of Hotel Regina over the last century? I discarded the thought and ordered another glass of Champagne.”  

It was a hot summer day and we knew that the hike to Mürren would be steep. We filled our bottles with water and attacked the 960 meters uphill. To most parts, the trail leads through a forest. The shade of the trees protected us from the sun. Still, this ascent was a challenge and we had to take breaks many times.

Solène hiking on Via Alpina to Mürren. In the background mount Jungfrau.
Solène hiking on Via Alpina to Mürren. In the background mount Jungfrau.

Finally, we reached Winteregg. The gravel road from there to Mürren was an easy walk. We savoured the stunning views to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. For the last hour, we hiked close to the tracks of the Mürren railway with its beautiful Belle Epoque train wagons. What a joy it was to hike on this trail on this lovely summer day!

Panoramic view from the balcony in Hotel Edelweiss in Mürren to mount Jungfrau & Kleine Scheidegg
Panoramic view from the balcony in Hotel Edelweiss in Mürren to mount Jungfrau & Kleine Scheidegg

5 hours after we left Wengen we arrived in the village of Mürren. We have never seen a village like it. The buildings along the main street look like they are waiting in a row to jump from the cliff. The biggest challenge for me was the balcony in our hotel (Hotel Edelweiss). I still don’t understand how Solène could sit out there. I got dizzy from only looking at her while she floating “in the air” and having a glass of wine.

Video of the hike from Wengen via Lauterbrunnen to Mürren

Do you want to see what awaits you on your hike from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen to Mürren? We shot a video for you so you can get a first impression of this beautiful hiking trail.

Hiking from Wengen via Lauterbrunnen to Mürren on the Via Alpina in Switzerland

More impressions from our hike from Wengen to Mürren in pictures and video

Check out this interactive Pinterest pin with images and videos of the hike from Wengen via Lauterbrunnen to Mürren. We created this so you can get an idea of the hiking trail and the wonderful panoramic views on our trek to Mürren. We hope it’s useful!


Hike&Dine Tip

Piz Gloria: On her Majesty’s Secret Service

If you are in Mürren visit Schilthorn. The views of mount Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are truly among the best in Switzerland. The panoramic restaurant with the iconic name Piz Gloria was built in the 1960s. The building was named after a fictional mountain peak in the James Bond movie “on her majesty’s secret service” (1969) in which it served as the headquarters for 007’s arch enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Today there is a James Bond exposition (Bond world) and cinema where key scenes from the movie are shown. Visitors can learn more about the film shooting on Piz Gloria and Mürren. I had a blast up there and loved the moment when you get in the cable car and hear the theme of the James Bond movie.

View from the balcony in Hotel Edelweiss in Mürren to mount Jungfrau & Kleine Scheidegg
Romantic evening in Mürren with views to the Jungfrau and Kleine Scheidegg.
Practical Information

Prepare your hike on the Via Alpina from Wengen to Mürren

Get to Wengen or Mürren by train and cable car from anywhere in Switzerland. Look up trains and cable cars directly on the site of the Swiss National Railway (SBB) by typing in the starting point and Wengen or Mürren as the destination.

Mürren is a car-free village. Park your car in Lauterbrunnen or Stechelberg and use public transport to get to Mürren. You can find more information on how to get there by car here.

Send your extra luggage from Wengen to Mürren. No need to carry everything. Go to the train station in Wengen and they transport the bags to Mürren train station on the next day.

For hikers who don’t want to climb up the 960 meters, there is a shortcut. Take the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp. Or turn this hike into a panoramic train ride from Grütschalp to Mürren.

We found the most spectacular hotel balconies in Hotel Edelweiss. You can find more information and make a reservation here.

Lord of the Rings and locations in Switzerland: A side-by-side comparison can be found here.

Be James Bond: Make sure you visit Piz Gloria on Schilthorn. You can buy a ticket in advance and – to get in the mood – watch the trailer from “On her majesty’s secret service” here.

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