The high-altitude cable car station has been transformed into a unique revolving platform restaurant with 360-degree views of the Swiss Alps skyline. Perched atop the Schilthorn, the Piz Gloria restaurant offers its diners unrivaled views of the Bernese Alps.
While Piz Gloria claims to be the world’s first revolving restaurant, that’s an extremely dubious claim, given that Seattle’s Space Needle opened in 1962 during the World’s Fair with a similar restaurant on top. However, Piz Gloria has already become famous for its connection with James Bond and unsurpassed views.
The restaurant is named after the 1963 James Bond novel and subsequent film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, in which Bond’s enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld lurks in the midst of mountain peaks. Today, Piz Gloria is alluding to the connection with the secret agent, offering visitors a special 007 Walk of Fame and an interactive exhibition called Bond World.
The restaurant is a popular tourist attraction as it rotates slowly and offers diners a view of 200 mountain peaks. There are very few places in the world where you can get such a panorama without being distracted from eating. And although the food at Piz Gloria is not very refined, and the prices are significantly inflated (the classic situation of many restaurants for tourists), the view from the window more than compensates for these moments, since you are in one of the most unusual restaurants in the world.
The Piz Gloria can be reached by cable car from Mürren. The cable car ride takes 32 minutes (including a transfer at the middle station) and offers views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, which have received UNESCO World Heritage status.
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