Although it was small by American standards, the room was
comfortable, featuring a private balcony and bath and free wi-fi. A/C isn’t
needed—just open windows. Public spaces in the hotel are filled with interesting antiques,
but our room had modern furnishings—clean lines to fit small spaces. There was a
large banquet room and two dining rooms with reserved tables for all guests
(same table each evening). Included dinner at the hotel was a massive five-course affair
(salad, soup, cheese, fish, and dessert, for example), with great service and
beautiful table settings.
|Approaching Schlithorn and the restaurant from a gondola
The next morning I woke to sounds of birds singing, the perfect start to our outdoor excursion to Schlithorn for breakfast at the world’s first revolving mountain restaurant, Piz (Peak) Gloria. We met Romy Thommen, our guide from Jungfrau Region Marketing, at 6:45 a.m. for a ride on the large cable car to Grutschalp (4875 feet elevation). We then took the train to Murren and changed to a gondola at Brig, which we rode up to Schilthorn. Thank goodness we had Romy to show the way.
The restaurant was started in 1968, but developers ran out
of money and needed investors. Luckily, Hollywood came calling—looking for a location
for the James Bond movie, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” The movie people
finished the restaurant in 1969, blew it up, and then rebuilt it. It’s now a
popular tourist attraction that uses the number 007 in many ways to get
visitors’ attention. A video from the
movie shows scenes of actors skiing down Schlithorn from its 10,000 foot peak.
|Piz Gloria, revolving restaurant on the peak
After breakfast, we bundled up and walked outdoors onto the terrace to see a spectacular 360 degree panorama of the alpine scenery. Patches of snow and ice remained—it wasn’t quite summer—but overall we had remarkable views of the mountainous region.
|Larry enjoyed the view from the terrace.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier
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