Birg Skyline and Thrill Walk │A short cable car ride from the village of Mürren, transports visitors up to one of summits of the Bernese Alps. Birg, at 2,684 meters high, conveniently connects Mürren and Schilthorn. I can only imagine how amazing this part of the world must look in winter, but I am thrilled that we got to see it during the summer. The contrast between the green valleys and the snowy peaks was just incredible!
We paused our journey up to the top of Schilthorn with a short stop at Birg. We had seen signs of “an experience” to check out here. It looked interesting, so even though we were running low on time, we exited the building to check it out.
The Skyline Walk platform is an extension of the existing Birg Terrace. The structure basically consists of steel and glass structure, and has a steel walkway. Since this glass platform is situated over a sheer drop, it offers simultaneously stunning and exhilarating panoramic views! Its transparent nature allows the Skyline Walkway to provide unrestricted viewing of the surrounding beauty.
From the terrace at Birg the Thrill Walk leads down to the vertical drops of the breathtaking rock massif. A steel structure, about 200 meters in length and closely hugging the mountain, passes underneath the observation deck and the cable car and ends below the station. The cliff walk contains a variety of different segments and creates an interplay of air, railings and glass. Since we were running low on time – and also didn’t want to risk taking the stroller on this steel walkway – Justin ad Eli made there way back to the cable car gate. We knew when the next car was coming, but I was eager to do the walk and get some pictures. I RAN down the steel staircase, and along most of the Thrill Way. YES – I RAN!! When I got halfway, I stopped to walk and appreciate the views for a couple of minutes. I am so happy that I did this because the views were incredible, and being able to look down and see the sheer drop below me was a wonderful opportunity!
We had a beautiful view of Jungfrau from the Skyline Walk platform (above). When we bent down and looked through the glass below the railing, we could line up all of the mountains with drawings on the glass. This is a great addition to any viewing desk. Sometimes you feel like you just don’t know exactly what you are looking at. Sure, it looks amazing, but it is still nice to know what you are looking at, and also how high it is. As you can see, Jungfrau is 4,158 meters high!
As we stood on the Skyline walk platform, we could see the Thrill Walk below us! In the image below you can see how certain parts of the walk have “extra thrill” sections. There is a path that you can take across a metal wire. There is, off course, a secure netting below the wire, but its still looked very exhilarating! When I saw this I knew that I had to go down there! The fact that I was wearing completely inappropriate shoes didn’t bother me one bit. It could have been worse – at least I wasn’t wearing high heels! haha
What a great idea to get out and check out the Birg Skyline and Thrill Walk. Ironically, stopping here meant that the end of our day was quite a “thrilling” race down from Schilthorn to Lauterbrunnen. But more on that in an upcoming post!
We hope that you enjoyed seeing these pictures as much as we take joy in looking back at them.