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To the top of Schilthorn Mountain....
Leaving Trummelbach Falls we realized that we were fairly close to Schilthorn Mountain. It is one of the highest mountains in the area and was made more famous by being the shooting location for the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
When we decided to go to the top we had no idea how involved it would be to get there! We first took a bus, then a cable car to Murren, another cable car to Grimmelwald, another cable car to Brig, and then finally one more cable car to Schilthorn.
Schilthorn is 2,970metres (9,748 feet) high. By the way it was a rainy, cloudy day when we started on the bus. We had no visibility on any of the cable cars and by the time we got to the top, we could barely see 10 feet from the mountain. It was absolutely freezing and my husband was not dressed for the weather, having only a light jacket on. On top of that, it was very windy and snowing.
We did enjoy the snow for a little while before heading into the 360 degree revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria. In keeping with the 007 theme, my husband had the James Bond spaghetti and the restaurant really did revolve.
We started the long journey back down the mountain; this time getting off the cable car at Murren and walking a long way in the rain(!) to another train. A very long time later we arrived back at our own train station.
If you're lucky to have a clear day, you can see Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau Mountains fron Schilthorn. While we would have loved to have had better weather for our trip to Schilthorn, we still had a great time!
Schilthorn & Piz Gloria
Schilthorn is another must, when visiting Interlaken. Schilthorn is also called Piz Gloria since the James-Bond-movie "On her Majesty's Secret Service" was made there in 1968 and still today plenty of tourists mainly go up there in order to see the place where the movie was made. With a hight of 2970 meters Schilthorn is one of the most famous mountains of Switzerland and it offers a perfect 360 degree-panorama including Eiger, Moench, Jungfrau,Mont Blanc, the Lake Thun, Schyniggeplatte, the mountains around Bern and Fribourg and plenty of others.
In the souvenir-shop on ground-floor (USA:1st floor) you even have a section in the self-service-bar, decorated in 007-style , and of course the shops offer a wide range of 007-souvenirs !!
On 2nd floor you will find a revolving restaurant and there is a large platform behind the restaurant-building as well - the perfect place for your pictures !!
From that platform / terrace you may step down the mountain and walk down to Muerren, BUT it is ONLY possible and advisable for experienced and well-equipped hikers (or Paragliders, as you may see in my sporting-tips) !!
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Any trip to Interlaken would be incomplete without a visit to Jungfrau or Schilthorn. It’s an easy trip, just 30 minutes from Interlaken. And busses run frequently if you prefer to travel via public transportation. The easiest way to access the summit is by taking a ride on the gondola to the top, where you’ll be likely to find snow year round. The more adventurous can attempt to summit the mountain on foot. I strongly suggest getting off of the tram on the way down in Murren and hiking down to the bottom.
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The scene of the James Bond Film "On Her Majestys Secret Service", it is possible to travel to the summit building of the Schilthorn entirely by train and cable car from Interlaken.
Guided tours take people up to the to this way, which I thoroughly recomend becuase for some reason it is cheaper, you get helped around the confusing rail changes, and you get a free souvenir hat!
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