A 2970 meter high summit of the Bernese Alps, Schilthorn is the highest of the Swiss Alps, lying north of the Sefinenfurgge Pass and overlooking the valley of Lauterbrunnen of Bernese Oberland. It lies above the village of Murren and the sole way of reaching it is by the cable car which starts from Murren. The route of reaching Murren through Stechelberg is more preferable as it lends better panoramic views. The views of deep ravines being crossed is simply mesmerizing from above. The second most touted routes are that of Interlaken to Mürren via Grütschalp. From the cable car termination point, the village is about 15 minutes on foot.
The mountain destination offers some heart melting 360-degree, 200-peak view from, the 2970m Schilthorn, best popular for the Skyline view platform or Piz Gloria revolving restaurant. The landmark still carries the mark of James Bond as a few of the shots of his famous movie; “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was shot there. There is a specific trail there dedicated to him where an interactive exhibition also takes place and delights the tourists who pose for secret agent style pictures and even relieve the adventurous moments in a helicopter and bob sled.
The Swiss mountain panorama view of the Swiss skyline composed of the Eiger, Munch and Jungfrau and 200 other summits is quite definitional and breathtaking from here. A noteworthy mountain trail reaches Kiental and then back to Mureen and is extremely popular with tourists. While on the way to Mureen, there is a station called Birg worth exploring. It has a terrace specially made for viewing purpose. And it literally hangs over the precipice. This makes it a very thrilling experience. The station also has a bistro for refreshments. Schilthorn can easily be toured within an hour or two and thus has no accommodation. One has to stay at Mureen. However, it’s a must visit place.