Breakfast at 10,000 feet

Our final morning in Murren, we decided to have a special breakfast at the Schilthorn above our little mountain town.  Baby girl was exhausted before we even left the room.

Here is the map again so you can see where Murren and the Schilthorn are for reference.

We had to take another cable car to reach the top where the restaurant is.  This restaurant and area are even more special because they were featured in a James Bond movie in the late 60’s.  In the building at the top they not only have a restaurant and gift shop, but there is also “Bond World” dedicated to the filming of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”

The Schilthorn restaurant from below.
We enjoyed our champagne breakfast at 10,000 ft.

Breakfast was great and the views were stunning.  The restaurant rotates 360 degrees so you really get the full panorama while you’re up there.  After lingering over coffee and croissants at breakfast we took more time to take in the views and explore the James Bond exhibit before heading back down the mountain.

We stopped again at the station at Birg which is between Murren and the Schilthorn.   More beautiful photo ops and scenery all around.

Looking down at Murren from Birg.

Laron practicing his National Geographic wildlife photography.

Back down in Murren we still had gorgeous weather and the whole afternoon.  So we started wandering from Murren down to Gimmelwald to check it out.  As far as the different towns were concerned I thought Murren was a wonderful place to stay.  Wengen seemed to be a little more established/commercialized.  Gimmelwald seemed much more quiet and didn’t have as many restaurants or shops.  Murren was right in the middle, didn’t feel overrun with tourists but still had plenty of restaurants and amenities to keep you happy.

Swiss bunnies with their own little house complete with miniature Swiss flag!
Dad trying out the Ergo.

We hiked down to Gimmelwald but opted to take the cable car back up.

A paraglider taking off.

That wraps up our adventures in Switzerland!  We had a wonderful time relaxing, hiking, and taking in the magnificent views.  We loved being able to drive fairly short distances to each place.  It really let us explore different areas and parts of Switzerland without making us feel like we spent half our vacation in the car.  And for the record we did find an authentic cowbell which now resides in our living room.  Ellie (our dog) is not a fan.

Until next time!

Kleine Scheidegg

Our next morning in Murren, we decided to set out on what Rick Steves describes as his favorite hike in the area (it had to be good).  We got an early start with a leisurely 45 minute stroll from our village to Grutschalp where we would catch the cable car down to the bottom of the valley.

Little Miss enjoying her morning nap underneath the mountains.
Clear view of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.

We took one cable car down to Lauterbrunnen, then a train from there to Wengen, and the another cable car up to Mannlichen.  These names and descriptions are hard to picture, so here’s a map of the area so you can kind of follow our path.

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The cable car we took up to Mannlichen was packed.  Not much room for a nervous mom scared of heights with a baby that was getting a little fussy.  While we were in there the pressure of the altitude made our pre-packaged sandwiches pop, startling everyone in the car…oops!  When we got out, we were surrounded by blue skies and gorgeous scenery.

The cable car station at Mannlichen.
Ready to start out.
Snow in July!

We hiked about halfway before stopping for a picnic.  We had a great view of these famous mountains and were able to find a secluded place for just the three of us to eat lunch on top of the world.  Even tough we were only eating pre-made sandwiches and juice, it was one of the dining experiences we’ve had.

Picture time from our picnic stop.

 The clouds really roll in in the afternoon, so eventually we got up to finish our hike.

Sky reflecting perfectly in the water.

 We paused again at the Kleine Scheidegg for a glass of wine and to hunt for authentic cow bells like the ones the cows wear on the mountains.  No such luck.  But we did encounter a 9 month old St. Bernard puppy named Scarlet, she was a cutie!  While we made it to our destination we still had to get back down to Wengen.  So we hiked a little further to Wengenalp before taking the train the rest of the way.

The views we had on this hike were surreal.  It is amazing to be amongst these massive mountains and secluded villages.  Pictures can not do it justice but it is definitely one of the most beautiful places we’ve been in Europe.

One last look at the cable car up before heading back to Murren for a lovely dinner in the rain.  It was pouring by the time we got back so we ran to the closest restaurant we could find.  Luckily they had very good italian food :).  One more day left in the mountains, and we were in  for a special agent breakfast…

Murren

Murren was our final destination in Switzerland.  It is a tiny mountain village that has to be reached by cable car.  It sits in the Lauterbrunnen Valley just outside of Interlaken.  We parked our car at the bottom of the valley in Stechelberg and then loaded up our bags onto the cable car, and up we went!  Our hotel was a cute little alpine lodge, and unbeknownst to us, it was recommended by Rick Steves, hooray!

On our way to lunch before the hike.

 We made a stop at a nearby restaurant for some rosti which is a delicious swiss version on hash browns with cheese.  SO good!  Next we made our way to a little train to take us up to the next village higher to start our hike back down.

They really do live here!  Although he was missing his miniature keg of brandy around his neck.
The Monch peeking through the clouds.
The Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau (hiding behind the clouds a bit).
Beautiful scenery on our hike.

Way-ward cow on the path.

We hiked down to a town nearby Murren, then caught the train back before the weather turned south.

Hiking buddies.

 While we were walking back through Murren, we spied some wing suit divers ready to jump off the mountain.  I can’t imagine why people would want to do this, but Hubby thinks it looks really fun.

Successful day one!  These villages are so idyllic.  You can’t ask for better scenery and it is so relaxing to be up away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.