Murren via Ferrata – World’s Scariest Hike

The Murren via Ferrata is one of the most terrifying, but exciting hikes I have ever done in my entire life. If you’re in Switzerland, then you absolutely must add this to the list.

A Via Ferrata isn’t your typical hike, but it is something every hiker must do. A mix between hiking and climbing, this is an adrenaline rush like no other. Hanging 2000ft above the valley floor below might not be for everyone but it is a must do adventure if you’re in Switzerland.

If you’re not scared of heights and want to take your hiking adventures to the next level, add the Murren via Ferrata in Grimelwald to your list this summer!

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Quick Facts about The Murren via Ferrata

  • Distance: Less than 3km
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Best travel time: Anytime, but maybe avoid weekends if you want it to be quiet
  • Difficulty: Extreme exposure, not for the faint hearted!
  • Parking: The end of the Lauterbrunnen valley

High Points of The Murren via Ferrata

  • Genuinely one of the most adventurous things I’ve ever done
  • Insane view over the valley below
  • Unreal experience to be able to tick off
  • Murren and Grimelwald are beautiful little towns

Low Points of The Murren via Ferrata


In all it’s secret glory

How to get to The Murren via Ferrata

Located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, this is easy to get to hike. It’ll just require a cable car and a short hike to get to.

Drive through the Lauterbrunnen Valley and park at the Schilthornbahn where you’ll get the cable car up to Grimelwald.

Then from Grimelwald you’ll catch the cable car to Murren.

From Murren, walk through the town, and across the road from Intersport where the official starting point of this Via Ferrata starts through a small wooden gate and a tunnel. If you get lost, just ask in any shop and they’ll direct you.

If you need a Via Ferrata kit, you can rent them in Intersport for £20 and then bring them back after you’ve used them.

Here’s the link to the AllTrails guide I used.

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My Experience of Murren to Grimelwald Via Ferrata

My first Via Ferrata, which I wouldn’t really recommend doing, but if you’re going to learn. It’s by jumping into the deep end, right?

Well this isn’t a technical Via Ferrata, as it doesn’t really involve much climbing. But it does expose you to some serious heights. Which if you’re not used too, this can be a wild experience floating 2000ft above the valley floor below.

There are a series of bridges along the route, and these are potentially the more scarier bits. If there are any scary bits when you’re pumped full of adrenaline.

The bridges bounce, wobble and sway with the wind and with the weight and movement of others, so this adds another element to the already adventurous hike.

All being said, it is one of my most memorable days during my van trip into Europe and would strongly advise anyone to take on this Via Ferrata if you’re looking for a step up from hiking.

If you’ve any questions about Murren Via Ferrata then drop them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help.

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