When our friends come to visit us in August, my husband and I decided to took them to the picturesque village of Mürren and 2,970 m high summit Schithorn in Berner Oberland (Bernese Oberland). With its majestic mountains, charming little villages, and unspoiled nature is one of my favourite regions of Switzerland.
Our trip began with the scenic drive to the Lauterbrunnen Valley via Brünig Pass, a 1,008m high pass connecting central Switzerland with the Berner Oberland. On our way, we’ve made a quick stop at the viewing point overlooking the Lake Lungern (Lungerersee). After few obligatory pictures of this beautiful lake, we’ve jumped back into car and drove to Stechelberg. We parked our car, bought our tickets and boarded first of many aerial lifts we’ve rode that day.
After quick ascent in two rather packed cable cars, we’ve reached Mürren, idyllic alpine village located on the side of a cliff high above Lauterbrunnen valley at the altitude of 1,638 m. We’ve strolled through the village, admiring the gorgeous scenery. The views to the mountain peaks and glaciers were breathtaking.
Because the webcams at Mürren cable car station showed Schilthorn was covered with thick layer of clouds, we decided to go for a lunch before ascending to the summit. We hoped by the time we would filled our bellies, the sky would gradually clear and allowed us to witness the breathtaking scenery. As it turned out, that didn’t happen.
After having delicious rösti at one of the Mürren’s restaurants, we’ve continued with our ascent to Schilthorn. We took the cable car to the mid-station Birg at the 2,677 m altitude where we’ve faced our fear of heights at two of its attractions: a observation deck over the vertical abyss called Skyline Walk and Thrill Walk, a cliff path with sections with glass-bottomed floor, rope bridge and a tunnel. While the male part of our group conquered most of those sections, we ladies rather just observed them.
After the adrenaline filled walk, we caught the cable car to Schilthorn. Unfortunately, the sky did not clear out. We’ve received few rays of sunshine from high above, but where we should see the panorama of the magnificent Alps, all we could see was the infinitive white fog.
Schilthorn is not only place where you can admire panoramic views of the Alps, but it is also famous for being the principal filming location of one of the movies from the James Bond franchise. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was filmed here in 1960s and the legacy of 007 is still very much present. The whole floor of the building is turned into exhibition dedicated to the James Bond move. Bond World, as the exhibition is called, introduces you to the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service movie and 007 franchise through the different panels, videos and games – interactive rides that made you feel like you’re the famous agent.
When you’re having fun, time flies and too soon it was time to leave. Descent back to the Stechelberg was much quicker than the ascent. In half an hour we were back in the valley. We’ve paid parking fee and were ready to return back home to Lucerne. But, almost as soon as we left the Stechelberg, we fell into the massive traffic jam. According to the traffic news on radio was the road between Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken closed for all traffic until further notice. We didn’t want to wait in the traffic jam, so we stopped by the Trummelbach Falls. Unfortunately, we were too late to visit. The access to the waterfalls was already closed. Instead of exploring waterfalls, we stopped for a drink at the restaurant by the entrance.
After drinks at the restaurant, we returned back to our car. The road was supposedly already open, but the traffic jam was still there. After moving with the snail-pace for app. 40 minutes, we’ve reached the place where we were able to park our car. We left it there and stroll through the streets of Lauterbrunnen to the Staubbach Falls.
With its height of 300 meters is Staubbach waterfall the third highest waterfall in Switzerland. During summer months you can walk to the rock balcony carved into the rock under the waterfall. We hiked this path and definitely got the idea where this waterfall got its name. The dropping water sprayed and swirled in all direction as the dust (Staub = dust).
By the time we returned back from the waterfalls, the road finally cleared and we were able to finally leave Lauterbrunnen valley. Tired, but happy for the great day we’ve spent together, we returned back home to Lucerne.