Need an adrenaline fix?
Stunning views to go with it?
Then head off to the "Thrill Walk."
So what is the "Thrill Walk?"
It's a 200-meter steel and plexiglass cliff walkway, that starts nearly 3000 meters high and has been built to curl and wind around a near-vertical rock face of the Schilthorn mountain.
It starts with a series of steep steel steps (about 70-100) that lead to a walkway made up of several sections of challenging "Thrill Walk."
One section has 20 metres of glass bottom floor showing a heart-stopping long long way down to the snow and rocks below.
For more thrills take a stroll along the 9 metre steel tight-rope section, which fortunately is surrounded by netting, but nevertheless is absolutely terrifying to us wimpy types.
If that's not enough, another section is a wire cylinder suspended in mid-air to crawl through.
Built with Swiss precision engineering it is very safe, with a coward's narrow path alongside the challenging sections for those scaredy-cats like me!
BUT the views!
What about the views?
We traveled in February when there was an abundance of snow and the views were absolutely picture postcard stunning.
A 360-degree view of over 200 mountain peaks in the area. They just went on and on forever.
We had coffee in Murren village before going on the Thrill Walk and the locals told us about the legend of the three major peaks we would see. In the middle is the Monch (monk) 4099 meters, who is there to look after the Jungfrau (young maiden) 4158 meters on one side, and protect her from the gigantic Eiger (ogre) 3970 meters on the other side. A stunning view which ever way you looked.
Photo off a poster at Birg
Where is the Thrill Walk? Travel tips
It's in the middle of the Bernese Alps in Switzerland near Murren. It's about 4 hours by train and cable cars from Zurich, and about 5 hours from Geneva. Head to Interlaken and take the train to Lauterbrunnen (very scenic train trips too, of course!) There are two options from there involving several cable car rides to get you to the Schilthorn peak.
Our favorite route involves a cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grutschlap, then the quaint narrow-gauge train that winds around the mountain to the very picturesque, alpine, car-free village of Murren. Stroll through the pretty village, maybe stopping for coffee and apple strudel along the way, to the cable car that goes to the summit of Schilthorn and get off at the midway station at Birg where the Thrill Walk starts. There is a big deck area and a couple of casual eating areas.
What's the connection with James Bond?
Take the cable car up from Birg to the Schilthorn peak and you will find the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant. It was built especially for the James Bond film, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service,' as the enemy's Blofield's lair. The film was made in 1969 starring George Lazenby as 007.
There is also Bond World 007 interactive museum for everything James Bond and is great fun whether you're a James Bond fan or not. You can watch a couple of short films watching the scenes that were filmed on Schilthorn. There's a replica helicopter to pilot over the local mountains, and a bobsled to film your version of the getaway scene.
What else can we do for thrills? More travel tips.
For the true adrenaline junkies, there's base jumping and mountain biking, and in winter a huge range of ski slopes and the famous amateur Inferno Ski Race that's been raced since 1928.
In summer they hold the Inferno Triathlon, which races in the reverse direction of the ski race back up the mountain!
Traveling Around Switzerland
We highly recommend the Swiss Rail Pass. Great value and so convenient, but more about that later!