When I first arrived in Gimmelwald Andreas spent time telling me about hikes, places to visit etc. He mentioned that everyone should have breakfast at the Schilthorn at least once. In this part of Switzerland there are two huge tourist attractions. Once is the Jungfraujock where you take a train high up into the alps. Carolyn, Emily and I did it last year. The other is the Schilthorn. High above Murren with great views of the Jungfrau area. Bother are frequented by large numbers of tour buses primarily with Asian tourists. I had decided that I would pass on doing the Schilthorn since I figured it was similar to the Jungfraujock that I had already seen. However, since all of Andreas recommendations have been so good I figured maybe I should give it a try. I researched and found out that if you go early (first cable car is 7:30) then there is a discount and the breakfast is free. Finally on Friday I decided it was time to give it a try. The weather was suppose to be pretty nice. I got up and headed out the door at 7:15 to catch the 7:30 cable car up. The sun was just starting to show on the high mountains.
I started in Gimmelwald, elevation 4485 ft. I caught the 7:25 cable car up to Murren, elevation 5374 ft. I thought I would be joined by throngs of Asian tourists. To my surprise there were just a few people on the cable car, mostly locals on their way to work. I switched to the cable car up to Birg the midpoint on the way to the top. The crowd was down to 4. Me, the cable car operator and a German couple. We head up to Birg, elevation 8783 ft. This photo is looking up at Birg from Murren.
At Birg the crowd of 3 switched to another cable car for the ride across and up to the Schilthorn, elevation 9744 ft. In a matter of 15 minutes I’d gone up 5259 ft.
I arrived at the Schilthorn at 8:00. It was quiet and beautiful.
I made my way up to the empty restaurant. A place set up for 300 but there were only 3 of us. It was a buffet breakfast, coffee, juice, cheese, meats, smoked salmon, bread, cereal, eggs, sausage, bacon. Very nice. The waiter came and asked if I want a glass of prosecco, what could I say…. Of course.
Unfortunately in my excitement to be there I didn’t take any pictures of the restaurant. However, at 8:15 the place started to spin. Not from the prosecco, literally it started to spin. The restaurant rotates 360 degrees every 60 minutes. And the views are unbelievable in every single degree. Here is a time lapse of the 90 minutes I was there.
The Schilthorn was a big part of the 1969 James Bond 007 movie In Her Majesty’s Service. There entire place is designed around showcasing the movie. Including cutouts of the actors.
The views were terrific.
Here I am with the restaurant in the background.
Looking back across at Birg, the station on the way up.
As I finished up enjoying the view and feeling very full from a 90 minute breakfast I watched as the cable car arrived filled with the tourists I had expected earlier.
But as I prepared to leave I thought to myself, what would James Bond do, take the easy cable car route down or something a bit more exciting?