Before Christmas, when we had visited Go Outdoors in Kidderminster to buy some suitable winter clothing for our forthcoming trip, Sally and I bumped into someone who had lived in Wengen. She had said – ‘You really must visit the Rotating Restaurant at Shilthorn where they filmed the James Bond movie’ and as the day dawned bright and sunny we decided to give it a try. Well that is Sally and I decided – Mark was less than keen.
Sally had persuaded him up the mountain in the cable car yesterday and he found the whole experience somewhat disturbing. But Sally said cheerfully (and untruthfully) ‘Its okay we go by train’ – and suitably reassured he agreed.
Well I suppose there was a small amount of truth there – in that we started from Wengen train station going down hill to the valley bottom, then took another train before embarking on a long and steep cable car ride to the ski-ing village of Stechelberg, full of charming wooden chalets and very, very Swiss.
Above are photos of the pretty village of Strechelberg, and below the cable trip upwards towards Birg, which is part way up the mountain
This cable car took us as far as Birg where there was a lovely terrace with far reaching views and outdoor seating for the restaurants, which being a gloriously sunny day, were warm enough for us to sit out on even in January to await the cable car for the onward (and upwards) leg of our journey. Sally and I took photos from the viewing platform with its glass and grid floor, but Mark stayed firmly on the solid flooring.
Sally standing fearlessly on the glass floor over the abyss – the stock photo below show the glass floor projecting out, and the Fear Walk clinging to the mountain side beneath
But we then had to go onwards and upwards on the steepest part of the cable-car climb up the Shilthorn to the Piz Gloria Skyline Restaurant which rotates around its own axis every 45 minutes, gliding past more than two hundred mountain peaks, which on such a glorious sunny day made for a superb place to sit and eat lunch.
Below are some photos of the cable car ride to the top
And these are the view we enjoyed when we got there
We were lucky enough to find a table next to the window and Sally decided on a 007 Beefburger and 007 Martini Cocktail, which (even sans ice in the cocktail) came in at a cool forty euros – I have to admit being shaken – if not stirred – but it was worth it for the experience of seeing the wonderful scenery.
As the James Bond film used this as a location there were lots of photos opportunities to be had as well as the wonderful views.
Door to the Loos
Then we retraced our steps as that evening we were booked into the charming little chalet in the hotel grounds for Raclette which is a Swiss dish of melted cheese, and a barbecue.
As there were only three of us, and the hut needed to be booked for an entire party, we had been lucky enough to be able to tag onto a lovely group of folk from the north of Britain, who knew the hotel and area well visiting often – this year for the birthday of one of the ladies and it was her Birthday evening treat. Needless to say a convivial time was had by all round the open fire in the centre of the hut where we were able to grill cheese or meats to enjoy with our drinks. A most unusual and atmospheric experience.
I was whacked by the time we left at gone midnight so it was off to bed for me, but I think Sally and Mark were up till nearly four o’clock for a last night of lagers – well, a last Swiss night of lagers anyway!