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Piz Gloria – the revolving restaurant

Switzerland: part 3.

Overlooking the valley of Lauterbrunnen is the 2,970 m high summit of the Schilthorn. On top of the peak is a revolving restaurant called Piz Gloria, the world’s first revolving restaurant. The restaurant is the perfect way to take in the 360 degree view while escaping the painfully low temperatures and enjoying a meal. A full rotation will take 55 minutes. The Piz Gloria became well known after being used as the set for the 1969 James Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. A famous ski run featured in the movie starts at the summit of the Schilthorn.

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The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

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The incredible panoramic views from the Schilthorn include the Jura mountains, the Vosges mountains, the black forest and the huge wall made up of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch. On a clear day Mont Blanc can be seen too.

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The Birg cable car station in the distance

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The summit is reached by a series of four cable cars. This is called the Luftseilbahn Stechelberg-Mürren-Schilthorn which can be boarded from Stechelberg in the Lauterbrunnen valley but you will need to change cars multiple times. From Lauterbrunnen you can also take the Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren gauge railway and then board the cable car from Mürren. Mürren is a traditional mountain village with a population of just 450 but is a very popular destination for tourists and skiers. The International Inferno Race, which began in 1928 and still runs today, is the longest and largest amateur ski race in the world.  Unfortunately for me I can’t ski so I decided try my hand at tobogganing. It didn’t end well…

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The village of Mürren

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The Birg cable car station from below

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