Begin in Interlaken by taking the BOB (Bernese Oberland Bahn) to the village of Lauterbrunnen about 25-minutes down the line. It’s a good idea to go early, especially during high season, because the BOB is the same train used by travelers going to the Jungfrau Also, an early start promises more sightseeing time during the journey.
Lauterbrunnen is the gateway to a valley of the same name. The narrow, hanging canyon is one the deepest in the
Depart the train at Lauterbrunnen Station for a short walk to a cable car across the street. James Bond fans may recognize the area from the movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Bond went to the next level of the journey by horse-drawn sled, but a funicular was the usual mode of transportation at the time. Today, the aerial tramway has replaced the funicular which scales a vertical forested wall to arrive at a narrow-gauge railway.
Skimming along the mountain ledge toward Murren, the miniature train eases past a curtain of tree-lined inclines on one side and open expanses of verdant plateau on the other.
It’s not uncommon to slow or stop along the way for a stray cow or sheep to make its way across the tracks.
At an altitude of nearly 5,500 feet, Murren is not accessible to the public by road. With no automobile traffic in the village, walk through town to reach the next portion of the adventure. The stroll is relatively level, and there are plenty of places en route to rest and have something to eat or drink.
Along the way, there are fabulous mountain views of the
At the opposite end of the village the elevation to the Schilthorn and the Piz Gloria increases to nearly 10,000 feet.
Piz Gloria, the panoramic, 360-degree revolving restaurant at the crest of the Schilthorn, was used as a set in the 1969 James Bond adventure. When weather conditions are good, there is no better top-of-the-world sensation than the span of mountaintops that chisel the sky around the Schilthorn. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict the weather based upon conditions below in either Murren or
The snail-paced rotation of the restaurant can be disconcerting at first, but when outside elements are less than ideal, it’s a great refuge to savor a bite to eat or a warm drink. Bond fans will enjoy the number “007” on the windows that pay tribute to the British secret agent.
To enjoy the Schilthorn trip to the fullest, take a different route for the return. After the descent to Murren, another cable car floats gracefully over a dramatic cliff to the
Shortly after passing over the edge of the plateau,
At Stechelberg more than 70 waterfalls await your viewing pleasure. It’s a bold new dimension in aquatic art which is especially breathtaking if you are lucky enough to ride through the valley following a heavy rain.
From Stechelberg, postal bus service, which also included with a rail pass, will take you back to Lauterbrunnen. Just follow the rainbows as Mother Nature works her omnipotent magic throughout the valley.
The BOB train awaits in Lauterbrunnen for the return trip to
Get off the boat at Thun for a short train ride back to
Trains, cable cars, buses and boats all combined with breathtaking panoramas that have been conveniently packaged into a single, pocket-sized rail pass.
Regardless of your level of travel, be it novice or veteran, the Swiss Travel System is truly a “moving” experience.
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