Weather forecast was not looking good today. After one full week of heatwave we could see temperature dropping and according to forecast, we would have cloudy days with rain until Thursday. Not looking good for mountain excursion and definitely crossed out Jungfraujoch for today. I didn’t want to pay the exorbitant fee going up and then saw nothing. Our Plan B was to go up to Schiltorn and visit Lauterbrunnen village.
There was no self service ticket machine in Grund, only a ticket office. The sales lady was very friendly and she showed us webcam live of Jungfraujoch which was not looking good and the forecast on that area. She also advised us the route to Schiltorn via Lauterbrunnen which would be cheaper.
Arriving in Lauterbrunnen, there was actually 2 routes to go to Schiltorn (1) bus to stechelberg and then cable ride to Murren and then cable ride to Birg and continue Schiltorn or (2) cable ride to Grutschalp, train ride to Murren and continue cable ride to Birg and Schiltorn.
The first ticket office we saw when we stepped out from the train was the ticket office to Grutschalp so we decided to just take the Grutschalp route😅 Grutschalp route was more expensive but probably the fastest because of the cable car.
In total going up to Schiltorn required 3 cable rides and we would pass 2 interesting places Murren and Birg. To me it was the journey to Schiltorn which made it even more interesting than just Schiltorn itself.
Cable ride to Gruschalp
From Grutschalp we were taking the train passing Winteregg which also looked beautiful. The train journey itself was already very interesting, passing so many beautiful view
Murren is a charming village with magnificent views and no traffic noise. It is perched on a shelf of Alpine pasture forming a balcony overlooking the steep cleft of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Murren is also a great place for hiking in summer and in winter there is skiing for all levels. Murren is the highest altitude ski resort in the Bernese Oberland and faces a series of giant peaks carved out of rock or ice: from left to right the view encompasses the Eiger, the Monch, the Jungfrau, the Breithorn and the Gspaltenhorn range.
This beautiful village is completely car free. From Murren a cable car takes its breathtaking ride up to the Mt. Schilthorn summit. We had to walk some more to reach the cable ride to Schiltorn. It was a nice walk to see more of Murren. We made many stops on the way to the cable car because view around Murren was too beautiful.
There was another ride to Almendhubel flower park which features a large playground but too bad we didn’t have time to visit.
It started to rain as we reached the cable car so we had to hurry. I hope it would be more sunny when we got up there.
We finally reached Schiltorn, 2970m above ground. Schiltorn featured a panoramic revolving restaurant at the summit, Piz Gloria was featured in the 1969 James Bond movie on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. A black ski run featured in the film starts at the summit and leads down to the Engetal below Birg. Piz Gloria restaurant revolves a full 360 degrees in 55 minutes, slightly faster than the minute hand of a clock.
In a clear day from Schiltorn, you can see Titlis, along Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to Mont Blanc and into the Black Forest.
Before we explored further kiddos told us that they were hungry, so we had lunch first their cafe inside. There was a path outside where you could walk to observation tower and to small viewing area.
Inside we have small theatre playing James bond movie featuring Schiltorn and there is also a special area dedicated for that movie.
Don’t miss checking out the ladies toilet. When you wash your hand you can hear James Bond whispering to you to get a nightcap in his room 🤣
Birg Thrill Walk
We spent few hours in Schiltorn before finally descending down to Birg to try the thrill walk.We took turn in doing the walk because Achita didn’t want to walk further and wanted to just rest. The thrill walk actually excited the adults more than the kids. I ended up doing the thrill walk twice with Fabio and then with Hubby 😅
The glass walk in Birg was somewhat similar to the glass walk in Tianmen mountain China which I went last year, also with cable ride.
Satisfied playing in Birg we went down back to Murren and had a lunch picnic there
From Murren we returned to Lauterbrunnen and strolled around the city and walked up to the waterfall before it started raining and we hurried back to train station.
Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks. With its 72 thundering waterfalls, secluded valleys, colorful alpine meadows and lonely mountain inns, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland.It is also one of the most stunning regions in Switzerland with a picturesque valley and a quintessential Swiss-style village.
We had a full day well spent and as we walked back to our air Bnb in Grindelwald we saw a very nice rainbow 🥰