Schilthorn, Switzerland│ The Schilthorn is a 2,970 meter high summit in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. It overlooks the valley of Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland, and is the highest mountain in the range lying north of the Sefinenfurgge Pass. The Schilthorn lies above the village of Mürren, from where a cable car leads to its summit. If you have been following our blog posts this week, then you have virtually traveled with us from our Swiss Chalet, passed the Staubbach Falls, up the cable car to Grütschalp, along a mountain railway to Mürren, up another cable car to Birg, and then one more to Schilthorn. What a journey! And absolutely mind-blowing views EVERY SINGLE STEP of the way! The summit of Schilthorn has a panoramic view which spans from the Titlis, Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger, over the Bernese Alps and the Jura mountains up to the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest. Mont Blanc is also just visible in the distance.
There is a panoramic revolving restaurant, named Piz Gloria, at the summit, which is where the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was set. A black ski run featured in the film starts at the summit and leads down to the Engetal below Birg. The restaurant revolves a full 360 degrees in 55 minutes.
Another way to get to the top is to hike! The path follows along the myriad of small, but well-marked paths to the top. The hike to the top takes roughly 5 hours, from Gimmelwald, for a fit walker. THIS is now on my list of things to do if we ever find ourselves back in the Interlaken area of Switzerland. Then again, there are so many peaks to summit… how could we do the same one if wee ever went back! There are so many adventures to be had in Switzerland!