Getting from Lausanne to Murren is not easy

July 24th ~ Lausanne to Murren, Switzerland

Traveling via rail from Lausanne to Murren (going past Lake Geneva)

Traveling via rail from Lausanne to Murren (going past Lake Geneva)

OK, it is not really difficult to get from Lausanne to Murren, but it does require several connections, some of which are very short and it helps if someone points you in the right direction. 

Here is what our schedule looked like:

Multiple connections to get from Lausanne to Murren

Multiple connections to get from Lausanne to Murren

The section from Montreux to Zweisimmen was on one of the special scenic trains – The Golden Pass, also known as the Chocolate Train. I’m not sure why it got that name, because I certainly was not served any chocolates 😦

Golden Pass

Golden Pass Railway

But the scenery certainly did not disappoint!

Green valleys, brilliant blue lakes, church steeple

Green valleys, brilliant blue lakes, church steeple

Tim enjoying the view

Tim enjoying the view

Vineyards cover many steep slopes along the lake

Vineyards cover many steep slopes along the lake

Horses grazing below us. What a perfect pasture for them.

Horses grazing below us. What a perfect pasture for them.

Wild flowers cover the meadows

Wild flowers cover the meadows

There was often quite a bit of glare on the train windows, so getting a decent picture was challenging...

There was often quite a bit of glare on the train windows, so getting a decent picture was challenging…

Church steeples dot the countryside

Church steeples dot the countryside

Route from Interlaken-Ost to Murren

Route from Interlaken-Ost to Lauterbrunnen

The last part of the trip was especially fun, as to get up to where we were staying in Murren, we had to take a cable car and then a tiny cog train. They take your luggage in Lauterbrunnen and put it in a wagon that hangs below the cable car, and the same wagon is then pulled behind the train. You collect your luggage again when you arrive in Murren. In our case, our hotel was just across the street. We were met by a porter from our hotel who whisk away our two large bags, and the next thing we knew they had been delivered to our room, even before we arrived!

Taking the cable car up the mountain

Taking the cable car up the mountain (windows on cable car were smudged so lousy picture)

The final lap of our journey.

The final lap of our journey.

Our hotel room did not have a view, but it was large, clean, delightfully furnished and very comfortable and well located for our three night stay here in the Bernese Overland area.

Our hotel room at the Hotel Eiger in Murren

Our hotel room at the Hotel Eiger in Murren

Overnight: Hotel Eiger, Murren

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for Swiss efficiency and well staffed train cars and stations. We found it easy and convenient at each transfer as there was always a staff member readily available to point us in the right direction for our next train or tram. Although I was a little unsure about the close connections, everything worked smoothly and without a hitch.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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22 Responses to Getting from Lausanne to Murren is not easy

  1. Tim dressed well… pink or magenta always looks good against blue. 🙂 From the picture of you taking a picture, it looks like you are getting it. Old photographer’s tip. Just press the lens up against the last. Keeps out glare and ambient light from inside.

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  2. salpal1 says:

    more wonderful photos, glare, smudges or no. So beautiful, how will you ever bear to come home? 🙂

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  3. Terry says:

    Was at Murren in 2003 and there was a Funicular up, not the cable car. Is the Funicular no longer available? It was so fun. We had a great 4 days there and is on the list of the few places to return to spend more time at. Have fun.

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    • Terry, we had to take the cable car to get to the small cog train. There were several different ways up the mountain. A couple days later we went to the valley to see the waterfalls and took a different cable car up that deposited us at the opposite end of town. I found this article that explains that the funicular was replaced in 2006.

      “Today the existence of the funicular is threatened because of some landslides on the slope. In some places the tracks are distorded ! There is a plan to replace the funicular with an aerial cable way !

      A solution must be agreed upon by the end of 2006.

      Three options are being examined :

      – a new surface funicular instead of the present one (CHF 29 Millions),

      – a new underground funicular on another site (CHF 47 Millions),

      – an aerial cable car on the same site as the present funicular (CHF 20 Millions)… The top station would be the same Grütsch station.
      It means that the extraordinary machine which presently takes charge of the freight transshipment between the funicular and the Grütsch – Mürren train will be retained for the pallet transshipment between the aerial cable car and the train !

      The company Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen – Mürren (BLM) is for the aerial cable car solution, which is the less expensive. The Lauterbrunnen Town Council and the people of Mürren are for the rebuilt of the funicular but this solution is too expensive for BLM.

      The Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren (BLM) was opened in 1891 and has been dismantled on Friday April 25, 2006 after 115 years! On Friday December 15th, 2006, was the opening of the new aerial cable car on the same site as the present funicular. The top station is the same Grütschalp station.”

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      • Terry says:

        Thank you for the information, I can see with all the weather there how the funicular could be threatened. Have a wonderful time up there. Are you going to visit the rotating restaurant above town that was in a James Bond movie? Quite a nice place to visit and have a snack and beverage as it rotates for the scenery. And the T…… (cannot rember the name) falls in the valley are spectacular. Enjoy

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      • Terry, we got to the top of the mountain, in fact twice, but the weather did not cooperate very well. And I agree, Trummelbach Falls were very interesting. Just working on that write up now.

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  4. Gorgeous scenery. I think Switzerland must be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. You manages to get some great shots through the train window.
    Alison

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    • Alison, thank you and I have to agree that Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries. We are pushing 100 countries visited now, and it is right up there at the top for scenic beauty. We are particularly biased when it comes to mountains.

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  5. That must be an amazing train journey looking through the beautiful views that Switzerland can offer! 🙂

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  6. Your travels are such a lovely trip down “Memory Lane” for me! We had lunch in Montreux and then got the Golden Pass train to Interlaken and on to Luzern. It’s another wonderful rail trip to do and like the Bernina is a scheduled rail service. We were so lucky as we got to ride in one of the old fashioned Pullman wagons – really was like travelling in a bygone era. On another occasion we went to Murren for lunch though we didn’t stay there overnight. The little train that trundles along the ridge to Murren was a big highlight for me and we had a memorable lunch on the little terrace looking across to the Eiger. Afterwards we went across to Wengen though have yet to do the Jungfraujoch rail trip. Looks like you’re having a great trip! 🙂

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  7. I learned about holding the camera against the window on my train trip from Anchorage to Fairbanks last spring. What a difference. Still not the same as shooting from an open window. Beautiful photos as always. Those mountains call to me. –Curt

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  8. ardysez says:

    All the photos are beautiful but I love the one of you on the train with your camera taking a photo, plus reflection…I don’t know why, but it tickled my fancy…probably because I’m the photo taker and that would be me in the same situation! Thank you.

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