Woke up to my new alarm clock, the cows in the field next door with their bells clinking at 6 am. No problem being up so early today, the weather couldn’t be more perfect and there are mountains to climb! After a fairly decent (free) buffet breakfast at the hotel, we zoom off to catch to 8:55 am cable car in Stechelberg. Cost is 25% reduced, but still 74 Swiss francs per person, for a round trip ride to the Schilthorn, when departing before 9 am. The large cable car running up the mountain holds approx 75 people… so it was us & a huge busload of Chinese tourists!
The ride takes us through Gimmelwald:
And finally Schilthorn:
On the top of the mountain, at 2970 meters (that’s approx 10,000 ft), you find a large building called Piz-Gloria. The structure was originally built in 1968 for the James Bond film 007: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Today, it serves as a viewing platform, and revolving restaurant.
Be careful, 007 still roams the place.
The view is spectacular. A photo simply cannot capture the depth and grandeur of the 360 degree view. Surrounding you are the Eiger, Jungfrau, Monch, and Schilthorn – some of the tallest mountains in Europe.
It’s not a fake background, I swear!