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For the ultimate 360-degree panoramic view of the Swiss Skyline, a Schilthorn excursion is a must! From the summit, which has an altitude of 2970 metres, visitors get an extraordinary panorama of the of Jungfrau region with views of more than 200 mountain peaks including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.


Schilthorn Mountain
has also been made famous due to it being the location for the 007 Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and so is not to be missed by any Bond obsessed fans.


Whether you visit in winter or summer, have a full day or a few hours, a visit to Schilthorn is well worth it and, armed with all the information in this guide, you will have a brilliant time.


Schilthorn Piz Gloria summitIncredible views await you at Schilthorn Piz Gloria summit.



How to get to Schilthorn from Lauterbrunnen

The journey to the summit via the Schilthorn cable car is perhaps the main attraction!  To reach the top you must take a series of cable cars along the Schilthorn cableway which will have you gliding past sheer rock face and waterfalls, whilst the cable car cabins offer panoramic views of the numerous Swiss mountain peaks.


There are two different routes you can take to reach the summit.  Both routes are extremely scenic and it’s certainly worth considering going up one way and down the other.  


Regardless of which route you decide to take, you will first need to make your way to Lauterbrunnen either by train or car (details on this below) and then choose one of the following options to get from
Lauterbrunnen to Schilthorn.


Stechelberg via Mürren

For this route you will need to take the 141 bus which leaves from outside Lauterbrunnen train station to the Stechelberg cable car station.  The bus journey from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg takes approximately 12 minutes.


Buses leave Lauterbrunnen 5 and 35 minutes past the hour.  Alternatively, if you take this route in reverse, buses leave from Stechelberg 12 and 42 minutes past the hour.


Once you reach Stechelberg you’ll take the
Stechelberg to Schilthorn cable car.  The cable car leaves 25 and 55 minutes past the hour (Stechelberg to Schilthorn) or 3 and 33 minutes past the hour Schilthorn to Stechelberg.  The cable car to Schilthorn takes 37 minutes to reach the top.


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Lauterbrunnen via Mürren

If you would like to spend some time exploring Mürren, this is a great route to take.  From Lauterbrunnen you will take a cable car to Grütschalp and then from here take the train to Mürren.


The cable car from
Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp leaves approximately every 15 minutes.  This is the same for the reverse journey.  The cable car ride takes 7 minutes. You can find the Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp cable car station directly across the road from the train station.


Once you are in Mürren you then need to walk approximately 550 metres through the village to the
Mürren Schilthorn cable car which takes you up to Schilthorn.


The
cable car from Mürren to Schilthorn leaves 10 and 40 minutes past the hour or 33 and 3 minutes past the hour from Schilthorn to Mürren.  The cable car ride takes 17 minutes to reach the top.


Small group tour from Interlaken

If you'd rather have someone else make all the arrangements for you and you are staying in or near Interlaken, you can join a small group tour to Schilthorn from Interlaken.  The trip includes return transport between Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen and travel to the Schiltorn by Stechelberg cable car in one direction and train and cable car via Grutschalp in the other direction.


Click here for further details and prices


What is there to do at Schilthorn?

If the journey to the top of Schilthorn wasn’t worth it alone, there are also plenty of things to do and see at the three different stations.


Great news is that there are no individual entry fees to any of the attractions as your Schilthorn ticket price (see below) includes your transportation and access to all attractions.


Piz Gloria Schilthorn
- the Summit

At 2970 metres above sea level, Piz Gloria Schilthorn is the very top of the mountain. Here you will get fantastic 360° views of the Swiss Skyline including views of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, as well as Lakes Thun and Brienz.


As mentioned earlier, Schilthorn was the location where the 1960’s 007 Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was filmed.  As such you will find many Schilthorn James Bond inspired attractions at Piz Gloria.


Below are the various things you can see and do at Piz Gloria.


Over 200 mountain peaks can be viewed from Schilthorn Piz Gloria. Image courtesty of Schilthorn.Over 200 mountain peaks can be viewed from Schilthorn Piz Gloria. Image courtesy of Schilthorn.


Observation Deck

Here at 2970 metres high you will have fantastic views of over 200 mountain peaks from the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This is the perfect spot to view the peaks of the Swiss Alps particularly the spectacular Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.  On a clear day you can even see as far as Mont Blanc in France and the Black Forest in Germany.


Bond World Schilthorn

Bond World Schilthorn is a lot of fun for both Bond fans and others who may never have heard of the name Bond, James Bond that is.  The Schilthorn Bond World is an interactive exhibition which has a range of displays relating to the 1960s film.


At this James Bond Schilthorn attraction you can take a phone call intended for James Bond and hear his instructions for this next case, fly a helicopter simulator, chase after the bad guys on a bobsleigh whilst ducking gun shots, as well as check out a range of other Bond memorabilia.


007 Walk of Fame

Check out all the different display boards for the various cast and crew members from the 007 Schilthorn film.  These display boards contain a photo, signature, handprint and information about each person involved in the movie.  The display boards form a DIY tour you can take from the summit building to the viewing platform and back again.


Bond Cinema

At the Bond cinema you can watch scenes from the Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.  Whether you’re a Bond tragic or have never seen a movie before, now is your chance to watch scenes in the very location the movie was made in the 1960s.


360 Degree Restaurant

360 Degree Restaurant is the world’s first revolving mountain restaurant which is also themed around James Bond.  One revolution takes around 45 minutes and during this time you get fantastic views of the beautiful Swiss Alps.  


The
Schilthorn restaurant, which was called the “Piz Gloria” restaurant in the Bond film, serves up a range of great Bond themed dishes.


Birg - the Middle Station

The Birg Schilthorn Station - the middle station on Schilthorn - is almost 2,700 meters above sea level and 1,000 metres above the village of Mürren.  Below are the various things you can see and do at the Birg Station.


Birg Thrill WalkThe Thrill Walk at Birg station. Image courtesy of Schilthorn.


Skyline Observation Deck

From the Birg terrace walk out on the observation deck, which is constructed from steel, glass and with a grated floor. The observation deck takes you over the vertical abyss and provides more stunning views of the mountainous region.


Thrill Walk Birg

A great way to see the Swiss Alps from Schilthorn is by taking the Thrill Walk Birg.  The Birg Thrill Walk takes you along a 200 metre pathway which clings to the cliff face. For those that dare, there are also a few heart racing obstacles along the way such as walking over a tightrope or crawling through a clear tube.


Igloo Village

If you’re visiting during the Winter months come visit the Igloo Village.  Here you can enjoy a cheese fondue as well as see more Bond themed décor.


Birg - Grausseeli - Birg Hiking Trail

This is an easy 2-hour Schilthorn hike from Birg which goes over the Seewlifuhre and down to Grauseeli.  Make sure you make the most of the photo opportunity of the mountains reflecting in the lake.


Bistro Birg

Grab something to eat at Bistro Birg whilst enjoying the Swiss Skyline.  During the warmer months you can even sit on the terrace.


Mürren

The first stop enroute is great for those wanting to explore the village of Mürren or go sledding.  There are numerous shops to browse and cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal or a drink with spectacular views over the Lauterbrunnen valley.


Murren SwitzerlandMurren makes a pretty stop on your way to the Schilthorn. Image courtesy of Schilthorn.


Northface Hiking Trail

There are a few different Mürren hiking trails and the Northface trail is rated as a 2.5 medium difficulty hike.   Along this trail you will enjoy impressive views as well as the 12 informational panels along the trail which document the history of the mountains.


The Flower Trail

If you’re looking for an easy Schilthorn walk check out the Flower Trail.  This is a short walk which circles the Allemendhubel in around 20 minutes.    This is one of the great hikes from Mürren to take during the summer as you will discover up to 150 different mountain flowers.  This hike is suitable for all fitness levels and the path is even wide enough for a stroller. 


Mürren - Blumental - Allmendhubel Hike

This is a 1 hour and 15 minutes’ walk which takes you past gorgeous countryside and grazing cattle.


How much do
Schilthorn tickets cost?

The cost of a day trip to Schilthorn from Lauterbrunnen costs CHF 105 per adult and CHF 52.50 per child (children under 6 travel free).  Click here to buy tickets now.


However, there are various passes you can purchase where the entire trip is included, or you’ll receive a discount on the
Schilthorn price.  These can be excellent value if you plan on doing other mountain excursions in the Jungfrau region.


I’ve listed some of these passes and the associated discounted prices below:

 Pass type  Schilthorn excursion adult price*    
 Swiss Travel Pass  FOC  Click for more info  CLICK TO BUY
 Swiss Half Fare Card  CHF 52.50  Click for more info  CLICK TO BUY
 Regional Pass Berner Oberland  CHF 41.30  Click for more info  CLICK TO BUY
 Jungfrau Travel Pass  CHF 96.00  Click for more info  CLICK TO BUY
 Eurail Pass  CHF 78.80  Click for more info  CLICK TO BUY

 


Children up to 16 years of age that hold a Junior Card or Swiss Travel System family card travel for free when accompanied by a parent. All prices are subject to change without notice.

  

>> To get a free copy of my Interlaken region rail pass comparison sheet, click here. <<


What is included in the
Schilthorn ticket price?

Your Schilthorn ticket covers the various cable cars you’re required to take in order to reach the summit at Piz Gloria, as well as access to all the facilities mentioned above.


How do I validate my Schilthorn ticket?

If you have purchased your Schilthorn ticket online (click here to buy now), you should print out a copy of the voucher. The voucher/ticket does not need to be validated but should be presented to the ticket inspector on each cable car or at the ticket office when requested.


Please make sure the dates on your voucher correspond to the dates you are travelling.


Do I need a reservation for the Schilthorn cable cars or train?

You do not need a reservation for any of the cable cars, however if you wish to make a reservation for a certain cable car you can.  A reservation for a specific cable car is referred to as a boarding pass and must be purchased at least the day prior to your day trip.


A boarding pass costs an additional 5 CHF each way.


Schilthorn cablewayThe Schilthorn cableway offers a scenic view enroute to the summit. Image courtesy Switzerland Tourism.


How long does it take to get from Lauterbrunnen to Schilthorn?

Both routes from Lauterbrunnen to Schilthorn (via Stechelberg or Grütschalp) take around 1 hour.


How many cable cars per day operate to Schilthorn?

Between Stechelberg and Schilthorn there are two cable cars per hour starting from 7.25 am (bus from Lauterbrunnen starts at 7.05am).  During the period 29 June to 18 August the last cable car from Stechelberg to Schilthorn departs at 5.25pm (bus from Lauterbrunnen departs at 5.05pm).  For the remainder of the year the last cable car for Schilthorn departs at 4.25pm (bus from Lauterbrunnen departs at 4.05pm). 


For the return trip there are also two journeys per hour with the first departure from Schilthorn at 8.33am.  Between the period 29 June to 18 August the last departure is 6.55pm whereas the remainder of the year the last departure is 5.55pm.


For the journey to Schilthorn via Grütschalp, there are also two cable car/train trips to Schilthorn per hour starting from 7.01am.  During the period 29 June to 18 August the last journey departs Lauterbrunnen at 4.53pm.  For the remainder of the year the journey for Schilthorn departs at 3.53pm.  


For the return trip there are also two journeys per hour with the first departure from Schilthorn at 8.33am.  Between the period 29 June to 18 August the last departure is 6.55pm whereas the remainder of the year the last departure is 5.55pm.


See the full timetable here.


Do I have to start my trip to Schilthorn in Lauterbrunnen?

No. If it is more convenient, you can start your journey at any of the stations along the route including Stechelberg or Mürren.


Can I break my journey to Schilthorn?

Yes, it is possible to disembark at any of the stations along the way and re-join a later service on the same day. All passengers are required to disembark at each station anyway, so you are welcome to go and explore the surrounding area or board the next cable car and carry on with your journey.  


Should I do an excursion to Schilthorn or Jungfraujoch?

If you have limited time in Lauterbrunnen or the Jungfrau region and are wondering whether you should visit Schilthorn or Jungfraujoch, you should read this guide for more information on Jungfraujoch to help you make your decision.

 
Both mountains offer a unique experience and are highly recommended excursions.  


Useful information for your Schilthorn visit

For details on car parking and accommodation in Lauterbrunnen, read this article.

 
The Schilthorn is open year round except for the period 11 November to 6 December, 2019 when scheduled maintenance will take place on the cableway.


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