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Help to confirm my Schilthorn Memories

HI, I visited the revolving restaurant 30 years ago.
I am going back in Feb 24, as I just loved it and this is my bucket list trip.
My memory(we went with locals), was we started on a very narrow little train- very steep. Got to a little place and husband had a beer out the front then got on cable car and then another cable car to top. Does this sound right?
I want to include that train as it had great memories- I can always send pic of that beer and place he is sitting infront of. We will enter Switzerland from Dijon, what is best town to stay in if we get train from Dijon,(is there one!?) so we can access this Schilthorn trip.
thank you Heather- New Zealand.

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The little steep train will have been the Grütschalp Funicular. This unfortunately does no longer exist. You know have a cable car. The train from Grütschalp to Mürren still runs but by next year will have new trains, so nothing will be like you remember.

Dijon has a train station so you can basically travel from there to any place in Switzerland. Given that February is ski season getting accommodation up in the mountain resorts may be difficult. You could maybe stay in Interlaken. Use www.sbb.ch to find out train times and prices. You can't book februari yet, so just look up times and prices for a date a couple of months from now to have an idea what is available.

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Hi, thank you so much for confirming that. What a shame, my baby boy was 1 then now a man of 31 that is how I remember the timeline. LOL. So from Murren is it two Gondolas up to restaurant still? Will still go and take the same picture I took up there 30 years ago- minus a Pushchair and Minus Husband Number 1!
Husband 2 will be there- a far better Man. Thanks again for taking your time I do appreciate it.
I am going to go through all the questions people have asked on different matters on this Forum as lots of really good answers here.
Heather.

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The Schilthorn cable car should be still pretty much the way it was then. But that is about to change too. They are building a new cable car, and as a result the stations in Stechelberg and Mürren are currently big building sites.

You can read more about the whole Schilthorn renewal here:

https://schilthornbahn20xx.ch/#

But Februari next year the Schilthorn summit should still be pretty much as you remember it. They are first replacing the lower sections. You will be able to take that picture you want.

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heather,

As the previous reply mentioned, that will be ski season so the area will probably be busy. Booking rooms well in advance would be prudent.

Since the main focus of your visit is to visit Piz Gloria and the Schilthorn, staying close would be a benefit. Staying either in Lauterbrunnen or Mürren would be ideal. There are some good hotels in both towns and if you stay in Mürren, you'll be closer to th Schilthorn.

Travel from Dijon to Lauterbrunnen will be a bit of a long day by train, but not unreasonable. That trip will be at least 4H:50M with four changes, depending on which departure you choose. You can see all the rail solutions on the Bahn.de website. One point to note is that Interlaken has both a "west" and an "east" rail stations. For the transfer to the Berneroberlandbahn for the short 20 minute trip to Lauterbrunnen, you'll need to disembark at the east (Ost) station.

When you arrive in Lauterbrunnen, it's very easy to get to Mürren and then to the Schilthorn. There's a cable car right across from the Lauterbrunnen rail station. Take that to Grütschalp and then connect with the small BLM mountain railway, which will take you to Mürren. The whole trip only takes a few minutes. You'll have to walk to the other end of Mürren to connect with the Schilthornbahn cable cars (it's not far). One other point to mention..... there are two routes you can use to reach Mürren and you'll need to specify the "BLM" route when you buy your tickets.

From Mürren the first cable car segment will take you to Birg, where you'll transfer to another car for the final segment to Piz Gloria and the revolving restaurant. They did a significant renovation a few years ago to highlight the James Bond history of the facility. You may enjoy reading this - https://ananova.news/one-time-james-bond-lazenby-turns-up-for-films-50th-bash/ . If you'd like to have a preview of that stunning scenery set to the music of the movie, have a look at this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7l90zRL5x0 .

If you have access to a copy of the Rick Steves Switzerland guidebook, there are good suggestions there for lodgings in all the communities in that area. The guidebook is available in both printed and E-book versions but if considering an E-book be sure to check to see how current it is. Many people on the forum prefer to stay in Mürren as it's in the mountains rather than the valley (better views). I prefer to stay in Lauterbrunnen as it's the transportation hub for the area and therefore more efficient to get to either side of the valley. If you're also considering a visit to the Jungfraujoch, that might be something to consider when choosing a location.

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Thanks to all for this really good info, wouldn't get there otherwise. Busy planning now. So looking forward to it. Heather.

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I don't know if the beer was around 30 years ago, but sounds like Schwarz Monch at Pension Gimmelwald down in Gimmelwald :)

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Schwarzmonch wouldn't have been around 30 years ago. Switzerland then was still bound to the beer cartel. Al those special beers are a recent phenomenon.

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Heather,

You may also find this website of interest - https://showmethejourney.com/travel-info-and-tips/bob-berner-oberland-bahn-bernese-oberland-railway/ .

You'll be taking the Berner Oberland-Bahn from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen, so this will give you an idea what the trains look like. As I recall, there's a small digital display on the outside of each coach which shows the end destination for that coach. Be sure to get on the one going to Lauterbrunnen, or you'll end up in Grindelwald (not where you want to be).