May 18, 2012 - 9:12 AM
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There are several ways to get up to and down from Murren from the valley. From Lauterbrunnen you can take the gondola up to Grutschalp, were you can catch an old train to Murren (a very scenic ride, that I recommend doing if you will be in Murren a few days). You can catch a bus from Lauterbrunen to Stechelberg and then take the gondola up to Murren via Gimmelwald. Or you can hike up and back. All of the transportation modes run daily and fairly regularly (every 20 min - 30 min or so) and begin fairly early 6 am or so to 10-11 pm or so. So, unless you are planning to to travel very early or late, these are very convenient efficient modes of getting around. From Murren down to Stechelberg (via Gimmelwald) takes about 10 minutes via gondola. There is a gondola directly from Stechelberg to Murren, but is now only used for delivering goods for the town or when the Schilthorn gondola is out of service. Hiking from Murren to Stechelberg is pretty easy, but it will take a couple of hours. Yes the trail from Murren to Gimmelwald is paved. Once through Gimmelwald it is still a wide gravelly road (suitable for vehicle traffic) until you cross the stream (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=46.541159,7.891379&hl=en&num=1&t=h&z=17), then it becomes a wooded hiking trail that isn't flat, but completely doable by any person in average shape. Here is a link to a trail map that is handed out at hotels and gondola stations. (http://www.gimmelwald.com/pics/gimmelwald/hikemap.jpg) The trail of interest is #17. This site also shows the trails, but if you click on the route on the left it has an animated icon that follows the route, pretty neat. http://www.muerren.ch/wanderplan/index_e.html
You are going to have a wonderful time. Please fell free to ask any additional questions.