Murren Switzerland hiker

Sport Chalet Murren Switzerland
Sport Chalet in Murren

Our home based is situated in the center of the quaint alpine village of Murren. The smallish rooms have south-facing spectacular views to the Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau mountains.

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Brockell briddle yoga teacher
Trip organization and yoga will be taught by Brockell Briddle. Click here for more information about Brockell.


Backpacker Magazine Murren
May 2010 issue of BACKPACKER Magazine The World's BEST Hike goes through our little village of Murren.

Swiss chalet
Typical private home.


Schilthorn telescope Murren Switzerland
Schilthorn telescope.

Flaga in Murren Switzerland

Flags outside the youth hostel in Gimmelwald.

Eiger Tadasana
Eiger Tadasana.

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Switzerland June, 2018 TBD

Hiking & Yoga in the Swiss Alps
Prices from $1389 double accommodation.

"The scenery from Grutschalp to Murren becomes continuously wilder, more astonishing. The passengers rise involuntarily from their seats and, intoxicated with wonder, seek to assimilate the undreamt-of, magnificent spectacle..."

Written in the late 1800's by a Swiss railway inventor, those words are every bit as true today. Murren is spectacular, stunning, extraordinary! All superlatives apply!

BACKPACKER Magazine Editor's Choice for 2010
Chosen by the magazines's editors as the World's BEST hike the Via Alpina, Switzerland goes through our little village of Murren. Our daily hikes will use some of the same trails featured here. The editor comments "Your first view of the Eiger massif will spoil you for the rest of your hiking days."

This picturesque alpine village perched on a south-facing ledge over the Lauterbrunnen Valley offers the finest views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks that dominate the Berner Oberland.Village of Murren Switzerland

Inhabited for over 700 years, car-free and boasting a population of 350, Murren is the highest year-round inhabited village in the Berner Oberland. Filled with bakeries, cafes and folks with walking sticks, Murren offers alpine charm, pure mountain air, one of the quietest places on the planet, clearly marked walking paths through wildflower-laden meadows and Swiss cow pastures, past plunging waterfalls and views, views, views!!

 

hiking in Murren SwitzerlandMurren is listed as one of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, in the 2003 New York Times bestselling book of the same name written by Patricia Shultz. "Stupendous scenery and the world's most dramatically sited revolving restaurant" are the words she chose to describe this tiny mountain village location for our yoga retreat.

Sudhakar Ken McRae Kripalu Yoga teacher

 





The early morning hatha yoga class will feature an invigorating pranayama component, postures selected to stretch out hamstrings, calf and quadricep muscles, as well as a series of twists to loosen the spine. Our intention for the morning practice will be to get our bodies ready to explore the trails that give access to the wonders of the Berner Oberland.

Archer Pose The late afternoon yoga practice will be designed to balance out the activities of the day.

The Hatha Yoga style of practicing accommodates all levels of flexibility, strength and experience. Beginners are welcome.

Each evening we will gather for a meal and close the day together with an evening stoll to take in the fresh mountain air. Murren has been described by some as the quietest place on earth.


Climate

The unique climate of the Swiss Alps makes mock of long-term weather predictions. Typical June weather is highly variable. In the same day one might expect to need suncreen and a rainjacket, shorts and a wool sweater. In June 03, 04, 05, 06 & 08 we experienced warm, sunny days in the high 70's and cool evenings in the low 50's. However, we were prepared for rain, as well as the extremes of snow and night-time temperatures as low as the high 30's. current weather


Accommodation

Our homebase will be the centrally located Sportchalet which arguably offers the finest views in all of Murren. The south-facing balconies provide magnificent unobstructed views of the snow-covered Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau glacial peaks. room in Sport ChaletThe pleasant, meticulously clean chalet accommodates up to 50 people in sunny and cheerful double rooms with very nice hall baths. Limited single supplements are available.

view from Sport Chalet murren switzerlandAll meals are provided at the chalet in the hearty Swiss tradition. Vegetarian options will be available. On hiking days, a sandwich buffet will be spread after breakfast so we can prepare our sandwiches just as we like them. Beer and wine are available at dinner for an extra charge.


Included

Excursions

Murren is a walker's paradise! A unique combination of cablecars, funiculars and trains create a boundless variety of experiences ranging from scenic strolls on level walking paths to challenging hikes up the side of the numerous mountain peaks. Each participant will receive a pass for unlimited travel on all the transport facilities in the area.hiking trail murren switzerlandhiking trial murren switzerland

 

 

 

A trip to Murren would not be complete without a visit to the Schilthorn. Brought to world attention when it was chosen as the site for filming dramatic scenes fromJames Bond the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the Schilthorn summit (at 9,804 ft) offers a thrilling 360 Piz Gloria Murren Switzerlanddegree panoramic view of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, green meadows spotted with alpine villages and an occasional hang-glider silently soaring past.

 

 

Another day we will enjoy a relaxing boat trip on Lake Brienz, situated in theBoat foothills of the Alps. Docking in Interlaken, which means "between the lakes" the ship will stop for us explore the quaint village of Iseltwald, to see the magnificant waterfalls in Geissbach, and to visit the town of Brienz, famous for woodcarving.

The exceptionally spectacular Trummelbach Falls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley drain the melt from the mighty Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau glaciers. Inside the mountain and accessed by a lift, they are the only interior falls in Europe open to the public. Pulsing and pounding through narrow chutes at a rate of 20,000 liters per second, they provide a humbling glimpse of nature's power.Lauterbrunnen water falls





After visiting the falls (and perhaps enjoying a cappuchino and pastry in the nearby cafe) we'll walk alongside the icy gray river past the famous Staubach Falls, that inspired Goethe in 1779 and still descend over the sheer cliff face, to pleasant Lauterbrunnen.

Another day we'll walk the Wildflower Trail through meadow after meadow carpeted with the most amazing display of alpine wildflowers, many of which are protected. In mid-June the wildflowers are at their peak! This is Julie Andrews - aka Maria vonTrapp - country beckoning us to twirl and sing, "The hills are alive..."

Along the way, we'll stop at the "kase-hut", the cheese making house, to watch the villagers make cheese the same way it has been done for centuries past.

Murren has a great Sporszentrum sports complex with a beautiful indoor pool which you can use to your heart's desire with the Goldcard Pass, which is included with your trip.

Transportation by mountain railway, funicular, cablecar, boat and local bus is provided for all excursions. Admission fees are included in the cost of the program.

Not included

Murren offers an assortment of outdoor activities. Para-gliding, mountain bike rental, tennis and squash can all be arranged at an extra charge. The Sportzentrum has a hot tub and sauna which can be reserved at a discounted rate with your Goldcard pass. A variety of health and wellness services including massage, shiatsu and cranial sacral balancing are also available. Services may vary from year to year. Appointments may be scheduled upon arrival.

Airfare to Switzerland and ground transportation to Murren are not included.

Sample Daily Schedule

6:30-8:00am Hatha Yoga postures & pranayama
8:00-9:00am Breakfast
9:30am-1:00pm Adventure - hiking
1:00-2:30pm Lunch
2:30-5:00pm Adventure - hiking
5:30-7:00pm Hatha Yoga
7:00 Dinner
8:30-9:30 Group stroll to take the mountain air

Some Comments from 2008 Trip Participants:

Yoga Group 2008 Murren SwitzerlandWow! Well organized, unforgettable experience. Every moment is stamped in my heart and will be treasured. Rhonda, Pasadena, TX

I absolutely loved this yoga vacation! The mountains, waterfalls, wildflowers and people were truly amazing! ... Please book this program again.

Terry, New Bloomfield, MO


Fantastic, special, beautiful and Lfe-changing.
Mary,Houston, TX

My first group experience with strangers, in a fabulous place. Having a schedule Jeff in Murren Switzerlandwith plenty of variety, including free time, made sure we did not miss anything. The Sport Chalet was the perfect location to base all operations (very nice hosts and food). It was fun experiencing yoga taught by someone different. I am a beginner. I have made lifetime friends and memories... The program was perfect.
Jeff, Shepherdstown, WV


Best venue I have attended for yoga. Nice place to stay and enjoy. Yoga practice applied for beginners and experienced yogis. Nice gift for all. Great group activities and days off for individual experiences.
Tom, Boonsboro, MD


Ton Carla Murren Switzerland

Being in the presence of such majesty and the power of nature opened my spirit to the oneness we share with all beings. The mountains with their everchanging light the waterfalls tumbling power and healing energy and the wildflowers - delicate strong and free made my heart sing with the joy of being completely alive in each moment.
Carla, Boonsboro, MD

It was so nice to come to a place that was at the same time foreign yet just like home. I loved hearing German and Swiss German and French again. I will come back to Switzerland someday.
Rebecca, Columbia MO


Some Comments from 2006 Trip Participants:

Kripalu yoga group 2006
Very impressive, professional, well organized program. Precise cueing (verbal cues). Grateful for consideration of everyones varied level of yoga. Food and accommodations excellent. Good ratio of hikes, relaxation and yoga. Also permission to do as little or as much as you like. Terrific role models. Wonderful examples for novice "want-to-be's".
Anne, Norwich, Ontario

view from Sport Chalet murren switzerland
Wonderful program. Excellent organization. Very good excursions. Accommodations were clean and comfortable. The best views from your room in the world. The best air in the world.
Gunilla, Columbia, MO

Great organization to accommodate all! Full program and time to relax or not. Always an activity to enjoy the great outdoors. Sigrid, Clifton, NJ

I had an awesome time! There was a good balance of yoga & activities. The places that were chosen showed the best of what the area had to offer.
Kelly, Montreal, PQ

hiking trail murren switzerlandThere were so many wonderful experiences in the program it is difficult to focus on all of it at once. I liked sharing meals together. Both of you are friendly and easy with us. I would certainly always remember the experience as very special.
Linda, Orlando, FL

Stimulating! Although I was probably the least experienced in the practice of yoga, I found the classes excellent in terms of following directions of movement, especially breathing!! The hiking was beautiful, and the hikes just right in terms of length and difficulty when led by the program directors.
Berny, Wanaque, NJ

Some Comments from 2005 Trip Participants:

kripalu yoga group 2005Excellent! Wonderful, peaceful experience. I do feel transformed after this trip. Shamira, Toronto, Canada.

I loved everything -- the yoga really helped my flexibility and strength; the hikes -- all so wonderful and varied; the millions of wildflowers -- so vibrant and exhuberant; the power of the waterfalls. Learning to just BE in the moment!
Ingrid, Madison, WI

goddess warrior yoga poseA terrific combination of yoga, breathing and exploration of an idyllic alpine community.
Donna, Madison, WI

Very exhilarating! Elly, New Brunswick, Canada

I loved the schedule. Great allowance of time to do stuff. Not too much in one day, yet wonderful plans to do lots. Marvelous! Karene, Columbia, MO

Ahhhh... The location for this location is incredibly delicious! I can't wait to return. Vielen Danke to Ken & Kathleen.
Donna, Texarkana, TX

Blissful immersion in Swiss culture. Considerate, warm, caring leaders made me feel a part of a holistic, spiritual experience. Anne, Winnepeg, Canada

A great week in all respects. June, NYC, NY

Some Comments from 2004 Trip Participants:

The trip was the absolute best of my entire life and I cannot wait to do it again next year! I loved the yoga and all the extra trimmings!!!! Are we going to Corfu next year?
Donna, Texarkana, TX

In Switzerland I discovered heaven on earth with the "Yoga in the Swiss Alps" program. This trip touched my heart and soul -- and my body. Life really is perfect!
Ann, Columbia, MO

Murren is a holy site... the weather changing from moment to moment. A journey to remember. Bob, SLC, UT

Everything was wonderful -- no worries. It is such an incredible experience to float through beauty feeling suspended in time. Kelly, Charlottesville, VA

The Switzerland experience was like being on a cloud above the world. Total peace and serenity. You both make everything so nurturing for the body and mind. Murren: majestic mountains, neat tidy gardens, beautiful cows, neat tidy trains, very comfortable accommodations, very good food, and a very interesting and fun group of people. My biggest problem is deciding which weeks I can spend with you next summer!!! I would love to go back to Tuscany and Switzerland and go to Corfu too! Kathy, Boca Raton, FL

It is an especially spectacular place. I would love to come back.
Charlene, Phoenix, AZ

A safe way to be a tourist -- with nice people, well-organized touring and enough free time for individual interests. The balance of yoga with the rest of the program was good. Sarah, SLC, UT