Ask us for our two favorite villages in the Swiss Alps, and we will point you to Mürren and Zermatt. So different, yet both so memorable. Mürren is a tiny pastoral paradise, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, cows, flowers and trails. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all and relax. Zermatt is lively and thrumming with energy, dominated by the incomparable Matterhorn and boasting some of the best hotels in the Alps (which is saying a lot). We’ll lead you out on hidden trails to powerful viewpoints, and pamper you with a luxurious hotel for the evenings.
If you want a stunning, rejuvenating trip to the Alps, you won’t find a better combination than Mürren and Zermatt. One of the many joys of basing in one hotel for few days is getting to know that place. You unpack at your hotel and leave it be for awhile. Explore the hidden corners. Try the yogurt and Muesli one morning, the eggs and croissant the next. On this trip, we will wake up, exhale, explore for a bit, come home, relax, enjoy a great dinner together, and get a good sleep. Then we’ll do it again.
Our guided tours are all guaranteed… if you sign up, the trip is going. Our guides will choose the right trails and uncover the best viewpoints. Along the way, you can learn a bit about the culture, the flowers, and the history the Alps. They’ll let you know when it’s time to go and where you’re going to. No need to worry about anything. If you want to truly relax, hike on a flexible itinerary, and not think too much, this guided group Classic Peaks is just right.
Mürren – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to our meeting point in Mürren. The trip itself is incredibly scenic, and takes about 4 hours. Mürren is an idyllic, car-free village, perched atop a sheer 3000 ft. cliff above the waterfall-filled Lauterbrunnen valley (picture Yosemite with a Swiss village on top).
There is a train station in both the Zurich and Geneva airports, and transferring to Mürren will be an easy introduction to Swiss precision and friendliness. We’ll meet and talk about our tour before settling in for our welcome dinner at our wonderful 4-star home here in Murren.
Mürren – One of our favorite hikes starts in town, and gently meanders up the hills to the pastoral setting at Spielboden. Here we cross the Schiltbach stream, and start a steep and invigorating ascent to the local peak of Bryndli.
We’ll take our lunch enjoying birds-eye views of Mürren and the Lauterbrunnen valley, perhaps with a soaring golden eagle for company. From here the trail levels off, and becomes a relaxing stroll through flowery meadows to a quiet alpine hut at Bogangen. The trail back leads over a small ridge for more great views, before dropping back down to Mürren.
Mürren – The Upper Lauterbrunnen valley curls back beneath the white-capped Breithorn – considered by many to be the most perfect mountain in the region. It’s also a nature preserve, and contains many wonderful hiking trails.
We love to hike to the small farm at Obersteinberg, where the proprietors keep cows and make cheese by the same simple methods that have been used for centuries. This part of the valley also contains some of the area’s prettiest waterfalls. Dinner will be on your own tonight in Mürren.
Zermatt – After breakfast, we’ll take a morning transfer to Zermatt, the lively village at the base of the Matterhorn. It’s nice to start with a walking tour of the village that takes you past 400 year-old houses and into the history of this fascinating town.
The Hotel Europe is one of our favorite hotels in the Alps, with great food and views. Always memorable. You’ll have a chance to check out the town, take a short walk around Zermatt, or enjoy the some time at the hotel spa before settling in for our welcome dinner in Zermatt.
Zermatt – We like to get off the beaten path in Zermatt, and the Trift valley is ideal for quiet trails and sweeping views. If you’d like a big hike today, the views from the Hohbalmen ridge are truly unbeatable, your own private Matterhorn soaring above it all.
Or for a more moderate day, we can take a secret trail to a favorite viewpoint above town (not quite so high as Hohbalmen), then enjoy a refreshing stop at the Trift inn, known for their homemade ice tea made from local alpine herbs. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy exquisite food and great Matterhorn views from our hotel on the outskirts of town.
Zermatt – Taking quiet trails through fields and forest, we have a range of choices up to the wide ridge of Gornergrat. We’ll hike past marmots and small glacial lakes to what has to be one of the finest viewpoints in Europe.
The jumbled mass of the Gorner glacier stretches out before us, and behind that, Dom, Monte Rosa, the Breithorn, and the Matterhorn form a spectacular backdrop. After a visit to Gornergrat, return to town by cogwheel train for a final celebratory dinner.
depart – After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll say our good-byes and leave for our post-trip destinations.
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