Schilthorn – in the shadow of the Jungfrau

Or, Bonding in the Swiss alps  Piz-Gloria093

If you are a James Bond fan, then Shilthorn is a destination you must visit. The 360 degree revolving restaurant served as Blofeld’s Alpine fortress in the 1969 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. It is a film that Shilthorn has embraced and through the years has added to via a new “007 Walk of Fame” last year on 31 July 2015. You can see a short video of the event here – Opening of the 007 Walk of Fame at Schilthorn

Located at nearly ten thousand feet above sea level in the Berner Oberland area of Switzerland’s Alp you can only get to Schilthorn via Cable Car from Mürren, or Stechelberg below.

I have visited Schilthorn a few times, usually in fall or winter – although the berg offers a fantastic ski run (called the ‘Inferno Run’!) and can become quite crowded in the area between Christmas and New Year. I arrived by train from Interlaken Ost, the eastern station that connected the valley via private railway (meaning anyone with a Eurorail pass needs to get a ticket at the station!).

The first couple of times I visited I  stayed overnight in the area, arriving at a quaint Swiss railway station, now sadly replaced by a more modern steel construct that shelters the passengers. From the station I walked pretty much across the street and rode a funicular (a rather steep one too!) up to the small village of Mürren, which has no cars whatsoever. Any deliveries that need to be made are down via an electric cart – think golf cart with a small flatbed to hold packages and such. Everything in this small town is within walking distance, and the cable car leading further up the alp is centrally located.

It was strange visiting Schilthorn, as I had recently viewed the Bond movie and was noticing where different scenes were filmed. From the Helicopter landing pad (which the Bond producers built as part of the agreement to use the site for filming, to the entrance hallway which still has Blofeld’s coat of arms on the wall, and, of course, the revolving restaurant itself. Although parts of Shilthorn were recreated in Pinewood Studios for interior shots, as much as possible was filmed on site.

For a sightseer, the views from Schilthorn are magnificent. You have the Eiger, the Jungfrau, and the Mönch alps surrounding you, and the view over the valley is magnificent.

For more information about Schilthorn, you can visit Schilthorn home page and for Mürren itself, try the Mürren and Vicinity information page.

You can also purchase the following items related to Switzerland in general and  “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” at Amazon –

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What’s your favorite James Bond film location?  Drop me a line and let me know!

Happy Travels!



The Days of the Armchair Traveler

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Back in the days before the World Wide Web,  I would sometimes plan my dream vacation, and being the detailed person I was, made use of the ever helpful Thomas Cook Continental Timetables that could tell me the best ways to get from Town A to Town B by rail.  Because when you’re on vacation, and on a bit of a budget, getting a Britrail and Europass was the way to go.

Of course, in today’s world the Thomas Cook guides are now online, for a fee, and with so many other free apps available (e.g. Rail Europe or Amtrak Forum), it has become rather obsolete to use a book size guide when you can have the same information on your smartphone or tablet.

Rail Passes are still available, but with the advent of the internet, you no longer have to purchase them via a travel agent, if you can even find one nowdays that still operates out of a storefront.  Now you simply go to and cut out the middleman.  And you can get your train pass direct for Great Britain by going to

Ah, but those days of dreaming are remembered fondly.  What’s your favorite app to get around Europe or North America with? Drop me a line and let me know.

#Happy Traveling!