Having had our fill of a late brunch. We were ready to explore Mürren. It can be best labelled as a village, and most of the people here are tourists, or Swiss from other districts. Most were here for the hike. For such a small town like this, there are plenty of places which you can hike to, depending on your level of fitness and experience. You could even take the gondolas towards the mountains — Schilthorn.
Mürren can best be described as the focal point. If the point of your holiday is to hike the nearby areas, this would be a good place to stay. High up in the mountains, fresh air and nice views. Our family’s fitness levels aren’t coordinated, so we have to go by the weakest link. Hence the lack of any strenuous outdoor activities.
“All you need to keep in mind is the timetable for the Schilthornbarn, every half an hour.”
Tip: Time your excursion according to the timetable of the gondola.
With everything working like clockwork, we have about an hour to spend at Mürren. Which is just more than enough to explore the small village and to take some really nice photos.
Even if hiking is not your cup of tea, Mürren has a sports centre to cater to all your other needs. You can even swim there!
“Anyone ready for a hike?”
“No.” came the unison reply.
The hike to Gimmelwald from Mürren takes half an hour. By gondola, it’s 5 minutes.
Looks like nobody wants to hike down towards Gimmelwald, so we will just take the gondola.
This is an even smaller village, with less to see. Except for the locals and one of the most interesting concept, a honest shop. More on that later.
Gimmelwald will probably take up half an hour.
Gimmelwald is mostly hotels and guesthouses. And a sprinkling of the locals. From the pictures above, most of the people here have a traditional job, usually related to the surroundings. Bell making, carpentry and maybe milk production.
“Let me show you something,” I said.
“I present to you the world’s most honest shop.”
This is a souvenir shop and there’s no shopkeeper. No one takes care of the shop except to stock it up. The prices are labelled clearly and there’s a collecting bowl at the entrance. On certain days, fresh fruits and produce are sold outside the shop. All you need to do is to pick and then pay. If you don’t want to pay it’s still fine, although I’m not sure what that says about your conscience though. Or do you really have one?
Tip: The things sold inside the honest shop are weighed towards the expensive.
(to be continued)