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Piz Gloria: the world's highest revolving restaurant

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Jungfrau, German for 'virgin', is the highest peak of a mountain massif of the same name in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, overlooking Grindelwald. The other peaks are Eiger and Mönch.

Mürren is a traditional mountain village. At 1650 metres it is not reachable by public road. Transportation is provided by four cable cars on what is the longest such ride in Switzerland. It has spectacular views of the three mountains and is popular year round. The village has a school and two churches.

On the Schilthorn near Mürren is Piz Gloria, the world's highest revolving restaurant. The aerial station and restaurant were built by Bernese architect Konrad Wolf. Construction units were prefabricated and the outer skin of the all-round glass upper floor is aluminium-designed wooden plates. The turning mechanism has a 12-metre core and takes almost an hour to complete one rotation.

Piz Gloria was enlarged in the 1990s, but its 1960s character has been retained. It was used as a location for the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Blofeld's hideout in the novel brought notoriety to Piz Gloria.

The 400-seat restaurant is not inexpensive but it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Three hundred and sixty degree views give you the three big mountains, along the Bernese Alps to Mont-Blanc and as far as Germany's Black Forest. You will see over 200 mountain peaks and countless glaciers and lakes.

You can start the day with a Bond champagne breakfast or enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner and of course they serve a mean martini — shaken, not stirred.

Piz Gloria is cool in summer and snug in winter.


Switzerland's Jungfrau region.


A Schilthorn Cableway return trip to the top of the mountain from Stechelberg costs $90 for adults and $45 for children.

Prices quoted correct at 19.04.2007.

More information

Schilthorn Cableway
Hoeheweg 2
CH-3800 Interlaken
Ph: 0041 33 82 60 007

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