As most Bond fans know, Piz Gloria was used as the location for Blofeld’s headquarters for the 1969 film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Perched on top of the 10,000 ft Schilthorn mountain in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland, this location is even more popular today due to the publicity surrounding its use in the film, as well as being home to a revolving restaurant with spectacular views. In recent years the restaurant building has been enlarged to cater for the growing number of tourists, and the cable cars have been replaced or refurbished, but the location is still a wonderful place to visit, whether you’re a fan of 007 or not.
I have just uploaded some photos from this location to my website at Piz Gloria Pictures
The photographs were taken on various trips to Switzerland, between 1985 and 1991, when the cable car and restaurant buildings were still in their original state. The journey to Piz Gloria is almost as spectacular as the views from the summit of the Schilthorn. Arriving at the valley station Lauterbrünnen by narrow gauge train from Interlaken Ost, I immediately recognised it as the location where James Bond (George Lazenby) left the train on his own journey to Piz Gloria in ‘OHMSS’. Rather than take a sleigh ride to a helicopter as 007 did, we took the more normal route of funicular and mountain railway to the idyllic Alpine village of Mürren. After a short mile long stroll through this beautiful little town, we arrived at the cable car station of the ‘Luftseilbahn Stechelberg Mürren Schilthorn’ (LSMS). The red cable car was just descending into the station. After passing through the ticket gate we stepped into the cabin and awaited departure time. With a ringing of communication bells we were on our way, first to the middle station of Birg, and then lofted up to the breathtaking heights of the Schilthorn. An unforgettable journey to one of the most majestic viewpoints in the whole of the World.