Part Two of our Alpine Adventure
As we discussed yesterday, the charming village of Murren makes the ideal home base for exploring the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps. Since the main industry of the town is tourism, there is no lack of hotels, and we recommend the Eiger Guesthouse.
The Eiger Guesthouse sits at an elevation of over 5400 feet and faces some of the most stunning scenery Switzerland has to offer. It is located across from the train station and on the other side of town from the cableway station. Don’t worry, when we say other side of town, we mean a 10 minute walk – Murren is small. The owners Ema and Nat, and their staff are some the friendliest people you will meet. Need ideas for things to do? They are happy to recommend the best trails, figure out cable car schedules, or help you with anything else you need in Murren.
Though the hotel is old (it was formerly the Bellevue Hotel and shows up in our Swiss Hotels Guide –1935) the rooms have been recently refurbished. They are spacious and come with comfortable beds, a nice, clean bathroom and view that will make you think you are on the very top of the world. After a deep sleep (you are probably tired since you have been hiking around the mountains) you will wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains.
Breakfast here is included in your room rate, which is a good thing because there are not many other breakfast options in town, and you will need to fill up before you hit the trails or slopes. They provide meats, cheeses, bread, yogurt, pastries, cereal, juice and coffee for breakfast in the restaurant downstairs, and the tables out front allow you to dine al fresco in the Alpine air before you start your day. The restaurant also serves up lunch and dinner, and does not disappoint, and it tastes especially good after a day of tromping around the Alps. We recommend the raclette and the schnitzel, but really, you can’t go wrong. The bar serves up a selection of Swiss beers that will slake your thirst after a summer’s day spent hiking or warm your bones after hitting the slopes.