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History of Mürren

A Swiss mountain resort with rich tradition

Mürren Tourismus
CH - 3825   Mürren
+41 33 856 86 86

The development of an alpine village

The history of the mountain village of Mürren goes back to the 13th century. It was then that the village was first mentioned in writing. Since then the car-free village has been transformed into a flourishing tourist destination. Various people, projects and actions have left their traces on the so-called "Bäziterrasse".

1257 First written mention of the village "Uf dr Muren"
1857 The Winteregg mountain community builds the "Silberhorn" inn
1870 The Grand Hotel and Kurhaus are built
1879 First heyday. It is good manners for aristocrats, politicians, painters and scholars to seek rest in Mürren
1891 The Mürrenbahn is opened
1910 The Mürrenbahn is put into operation even in winter. Spelterini crosses the Alps in a balloon for the first time
1912 The Allmendhubelbahn begins operation. And the ski club Mürren is founded
1922 Behind the Hotel Jungfrau Sir Arnold Lunn flags the first slalom race in the history of alpine skiing
1923 The British Women Ski Club in Mürren is founded
1924 Sir Arnold Lunn founds the Kandahar Ski Club in Mürren
1928 The Inferno race is launched. The race track from Schilthorn to Lauterbrunnen is 15.8 km long and has an altitude difference of 2150 m
1930 The first ski school in Switzerland is founded in Mürren
1931 The British Ski Federation organises the first Alpine World Championships in Mürren in slalom and downhill
1937 The first ski lift in the Bernese Oberland is opened on Schiltgrat
1957 Opening of the first Alpine Course Centre in Switzerland. Fred Dolder crosses the Alps in a balloon
1962 Implementation of the first International Ballooning Weeks
1965 The first section of the Schilthorn Railway Stechelberg - Gimmelwald - Mürren is opened (Initiator Ernst Feuz)
1966 The Schilthorn cable car leads up to the summit. Length 6.9 km, difference in altitude 2103 m
1969 Inauguration of the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria, after the James Bond film "In Her Majesty's Secret Service" was shot on the summit
1983 Opening of the Alpine Sports Centre
1992 First Inferno half marathon Lauterbrunnen - Schilthorn
1993 50th Inferno ski race
1994 Mürren gets a branch of the Swiss Sports Museum
1998 1st Inferno Triathlon Thun - Schilthorn
2003 The Inferno race is held for the 60th time
2006 New opening of the aerial cableway Lauterbrunnen - Grütschalp (replacement of the funicular railway)
2008 First Amateur Inter-Club Ski World Championship
2012 Structural renovation and new construction of a wellness facility in the Alpine Sports Centre and 100 years of winter sports in Mürren
2013 Opening BOND WORLD 007, Schilthorn
2014 Opening of SKYLINE WALK on Birg and FLOWER PARK on Allmendhubel
2015 Opening 007 WALK OF FAME, Schilthorn
2016 Opening of THRILL WALK, Birg, snowmaking system partial ski area
20XX Renovation of the Schilthorn Cableway and buildings, direct connection Stechelberg - Mürren for guests

Recommended book: Kronleuchter vor der Jungfrau

The book contains a colourful and varied summary of the last 150 years in Mürren.
It is told through pictures, stories and anecdotes about Mürren's hoteliers, guests, farmers, railway investors and spa directors. Language: German

The book and various nostalgic posters can be purchased at the Tourist Information Office.

Mürren Tourismus
CH - 3825   Mürren
+41 33 856 86 86

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