During a one week swing through Switzerland two years ago, I took a bus from Interlaken to a train, to a tram which rose to an elevation of 10,000 feet amongst the jagged mountain peaks of the Swiss Alps.
My destination? A rotating restaurant on Schilthorn peak, which was built for the James Bond movie “Her Majesty's Secret Service.” It was there that I enjoyed my one and only lunch atop the Swiss Alps.
View of (from right to left): Jungfrau (4,158m), Monch (4,099m), and Eiger (3,970m) mountains from atop Schilthorn.
An Interlaken bus loaded with Skiiers and their equipment. The scene reminded me of the old Warren Miller ski videos I use to watch as a kid. At the time, I dreamed of skiing in Switzerland, and the irony of not skiing once I made it as an adult was not lost on me!
For those without a car, taking the train is one way to reach the tram to Schilthorn.
The rotating restaurant built atop Schilthorn (10,000 feet) was the scene of the James Bond movie “His Majesty's Secret Service.”
A warning sign greets skiers and snowboarders considering the off-piste (out of bounds) terrain atop Schilthorn.
The mountain peaks of the Swiss Alps extend as far as the eye can see.
For lunch, I ordered Spatzli Delight: mini dumplings with homemade cheese spaetzle, bacon, roasted onions, and pear slices. And hot coffee to drink. It was as delicious as it looks!
A look back at Schilthorn from the descending tram. It was mid-afternoon, and the sun was already heading toward the western horizon.
A ski lift as seen from above on the tram. The little people on skis below helped to give me a sense of scale.
On the way down from Schilthorn, I stopped midway to walk around a small ski village. There wasn't much to see except for a few small shops selling food to the skiers who rent condos up there.
Dave is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Go Backpacking and Feastio, a food blog. He's been to 65 countries and lived in Colombia and Peru. Originally from New York, Dave now calls Austin, TX home. Read the complete story of how he became a pro travel blogger.