This private guided tour immerses you in our two favorite villages in the Swiss Alps, Mürren and Zermatt. Mürren is a walker’s paradise, small and slow-paced, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, cows, flowers and trails. It’s the home of the Eiger and Jungfrau, the stars of the Bernese Oberland, and it’s the perfect place to get away from it all and relax. Zermatt is lively and thrumming with energy, dominated by the nearly unbelievable Matterhorn, and boasting some of the very best hotels in the Alps. If you want a stunning, rejuvenating trip to the Alps, you won’t find a better combination than Mürren and Zermatt.
Your private guide will lead you on hidden trails to powerful viewpoints, and pamper you with every detail. You’ll have a great 4-star hotel each night, wonderful food, memorable hikes, and no decisions to make. One of the many joys of staying put for a few days is getting to know a place. You unpack at your hotel and leave it be for awhile. Explore the hidden corners. On this trip, we will wake up, exhale, explore for a bit, come home, relax, enjoy a great dinner together, get a good sleep. Then we’ll do it again.
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 a memorable journey in itself, convenient and quick. You’ll meet your guide and talk about your tour before settling in for our welcome dinner.
Mürren – One of our favorite hikes starts in town, and gently meanders up the hills to the pastoral setting at Spielboden. Here you 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 Rotstock hut, a quiet alpine hut at Bogangen with views up to the Schilthorn. Stop for a drink and enjoy this beautiful corner of the Alps. 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.
One of our favorite hikes leads 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. You’ll have a chance to check out the town, take a short walk around Zermatt, or enjoy the wonderful pool and spa before settling in for our welcome dinner at the very friendly Hotel Europe.
There’s also time for a great half-day hike today, and the walk from Zermatt up to Zmutt is hard to beat. Zmutt is a cluster of 400 year old barns, formerly used only in summer for a month or so while the cattle grazed nearby. Today there is a wonderful restaurant tucked amid the blackened huts, with the Matterhorn overhead. It’s a great destination for a shorter hike.
Zermatt – We like to get off the beaten path in Zermatt, and the Trift valley is ideal for quiet trails and sweeping views. There are no cable cars into the side valley, and it’s relatively easy to leave the crowds behind on one of the many trails on this side of town.
Take a secret trail to a favorite viewpoint high above town, 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, you have a range of choices up to the wide ridge of Gornergrat, 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 you, and behind that, Dom, Monte Rosa, the Breithorn, and the Matterhorn form a spectacular backdrop. There are lots of options for longer or shorter hikes today. Enjoy a final celebratory dinner at your hotel tonight.
depart – After breakfast at your hotel, leave at any time for your post-trip destinations.
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