We left the Way of St. James late yesterday in Spiez, and traveled by three trains and a cable car to the village of Mürren high up and across the Lauterbrunnen valley from three famous peaks: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Our hope is that the weather will be clear because the plan is to take a luftseilbahn to the top of the Schilthorn.
The morning was not as clear as yesterday, but not too bad. It is definitely worth a trip up the mountain.
For James Bond fans, the Schilthorn is the site of the 6th Bond movie “In Her Majesties Secret Service”, with the revolving restaurant atop “Piz Gloria” presented as Blofeld’s mountain lair. The restaurant now serves a James Bond Brunch, complete with 007’s favorite Champaign,
and the bar serves a Martini, Shaken Not Stirred.
Sadly, this has now become a pilgrimage destination for those confused as to the identity of “St. James”, for in addition to the restaurant we find a “Walk of Fame”, an interactive “Bond World” Museum and a whole lot of other cheesy Bond stuff.
And this is just a small taste of the Bond attractions.
Now, we are big 007 fans (especially as portrayed by Sean Connery and Daniel Craig), but this strikes us as absurd: here we stand on one of the highest summits in the region, with a 360* vista of over two hundred peaks (on a clear day), a near perfect conception of the Swiss Alps, and people are here for Hollywood? We head back down the mountain to find some redemption at the bierstubli!
But at the cable car station halfway down, Reid gets a wild hair: he wants to experience the Adventure Walk! So we get off at the Birg station, and while Mark enjoys the vistas from the terrace, Reid hangs it out over the cliff.
Reid did crawl through this tunnel, but since Mark chose to stay behind and enjoy the view, there was no one to record it.
Eventually we complete the decent to town. The whole trip we have been looking out for that elusive alpine flower, The Edelweiss.
Today was our best chance of seeing one, but no luck. So back to our room to rest our feet and soak in the view!
6 thoughts on “Day 13: Mürren – A Rest Day In The Alps”
No way I would step on that glass floor or crawl thru that wire tunnel… did you get queezy at all Reid?
No, not really. A little weird at first, but then everything settled in.
Gorgeous mtn photos. Too bad about the Bondsploitation attractions.
Awesome mountain vistas. What a wonderful adventure!
Loving your posts and travels/travails. The swiss alos are incredible. Had the joy of driving over the St. Goddards Pass on an incredibly clear day when they were shining like jewels. Enjoy your journey!
The climb up the Zaragoza Steps should be a snap after this trip! So impressed with your path and the sights you have chosen. So incredible!