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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!