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Piz Gloria

360°-Restaurant Piz Gloria Schilthorn, 3825 Mürren, Switzerland
| +41 33 826 00 07
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Paragliding off the Piz Gloria Lauterbrunnen  Switzerland
A Mountaintop Lair Lauterbrunnen  Switzerland
Paragliding off the Piz Gloria Mürren  Switzerland
A Mountaintop Lair Mürren  Switzerland

Paragliding off the Piz Gloria

Outside the Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant atop the 9,744-foot Schilthorn that featured prominently in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, workers have built a new observation deck with 360° panoramic views of the Alps. You can easily fill your camera card here alone, but to really capture the scenery, sign up for a tandem paragliding flight with Airtime Paragliding. You need no experience—just a willingness to run during take off and follow the guide’s easy instructions for landing. In between, you’ll drift for as long as an hour over dazzling ridges and forests as you glide from the top of the Schilthorn back down to Stechelberg. Expect to see chamois (a native species of goatlike antelope) running along the slopes, glittering waterfalls, and the entire Lauterbrunnen Valley stretching out between your toes.

To learn more about outdoor adventure activities in the Jungfrau Region / Schilthorn, visit here.

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A Mountaintop Lair

Although George Lazenby's On Her Majesty's Secret Service may be an acquired taste for Bond-o-philes, scenes from the 1969 film shot in Switzerland at Blofeld's mountaintop research institute are some of the franchise's most iconic images. They were filmed at the top of Schilthorn in the Bernese Alps, specifically at Piz Gloria. The site for filming was a revolving restaurant then under construction and partially completed with funds from the Bond production company. Today, the restaurant is so Bond-themed that it could be the closest you can come to a Bond theme park. There's a Bond exhibit/museum next to the restaurant called Bond World 007 that offers two virtual rides (a helicopter ride and a snowmobile one) plus a lot of museum-quality Bond memorabilia on the walls. The restaurant's famous Bond-themed brunch/breakfast features cold champagne and martinis shaken, not stirred, of course.

Check out the In Pursuit of 007 itinerary, created by Shelby Donley of Camelback Odyssey Travel, on AFAR Journeys.