While shrills and thrills are part of every Bond production, it is highly unlikely that pretty flower trails would ever make the cut. However, at the Schilthorn, the Swiss peak featured in the sixth Bond series, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (starring Australia’s very own George Lazenby), where the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria served as villain Blofeld’s headquarters, thrill walks and flower trails go hand in hand with the Bond action.
Bond World 007 and the 007 Walk of Fame opened in the summer 2015, where since opening, fans from around the world have been making their way over to completely immerse themselves in scenes from the iconic movie including an experience in a helicopter simulator in the original chassis of a decommissioned Air Glaciers Alouette III that flew to the Schilthorn on its very last flight.
However, all things Bond aside, that is not all on offer at the Schilthorn. With the best view of the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, and an unrivalled 360-degree panoramic view of more than 200 peaks in the region, visitors will have two more reasons to visit the region this summer.
Opening in July this year, the Thrill Walk in Birg will draw some attention from adrenaline seekers. A 200 meter long steel bridge will cling to the rock before swinging under the observation deck and below the Birg cable car station. The cliff path will include a variety of sections where one would need to traverse across, climb over or crawl through, including an eight-meter long tunnel area above a 250m drop for the intense mountain experience.
Also being re-introduced around the same time in July is the Flower Trail, a floral discovery trail that is currently undergoing a redesign to better showcase the 150 different alpine flowers in the area including gentians, cyclamen, Alpine roses and varieties of edelweiss. Suitable for visitors of all ages, this colourful trail would be a true feast for the senses and soul.
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