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Schilthorn is one of the highest peaks in the Jungfrau region and it is one of the best places to go for panoramic views of the Swiss Alps. While you are here, enjoy the view as you dine at Piz Gloria, learn a little James Bond history at Bond World, and add on the thrilling Cliff Walk in Birg.

This entire experience takes a half day, so you will still have plenty of time afterwards to explore Mürren, Gimmelwald, or another one of the area’s picturesque alpine villages.

In this article, learn how to get to Schilthorn and Birg, how much it will cost, with tips on to have the best experience. Plus, get suggestions on activities to do in and around Mürren and Gimmelwald after your visit to Schilthorn.

I do my best to keep the hours of operation and pricing up to date, however, these can change at any time. I recommend getting updated hours and pricing for your dates of travel. The link to the official website is provided when necessary.

IMPORTANT:  A new cable car system is currently being constructed from Stechelberg to Mürren to Schilthorn. It will be replacing the original cable car route. The original cable cars are still in operation, so you can still visit Schilthorn, but readers are reporting that the Birg Thrill Walk is closed and that the construction materials are taking away from the view at Schilthorn. This construction project is planned through 2026. Learn more here.

Facts About Schilthorn

At 2,970 meters (9,744 feet), Schilthorn is one of the tallest mountains in the Bernese Alps. From the peak, you can see Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger, as well as Titlis, Mont Blanc, and even the Vosges Mountains in France (on a clear day).

In 1969, Schilthorn was featured in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. While you are here, visit Bond World and dine in the same restaurant feature in the movie (Piz Gloria).

How to Get to Schilthorn

There are two ways to get to Schilthorn: on the cable car and on your own two feet.

Yes, you can hike all of the way up to the peak of Schilthorn. It’s a beast of a hike, but you’ll have bragging rights once you get to the top, since you did just hike up one of the tallest mountains in the region. However, the majority of people take the cable car, so let’s start with that first.

Cable Car to Schilthorn

The cable car starts in Stechelberg and ends at Schilthorn. Here is the order of the towns and stations from start to finish:

Stechelberg – Gimmelwald – Mürren – Birg – Schilthorn

You can get on at any of these locations and ride the cable car the remaining way to the top.

Cable cars leave every 30 minutes, starting around 7:55 am in Stechelberg. The final departure from Stechelberg is at 3:55 pm. The last cable car down from Schilthorn is at 4:55 pm. Here is the link to the timetable for updated hours.

Here is a map of Schilthorn, Birg, Mürren, Gimmelwald, and the Lauterbrunnen Valley, with the cable cars from Stechelberg to Schilthorn. 

Map Switzerland Schilthorn Birg

Listed below are the routes to Schilthorn from the top destinations in the Bernese Oberland. Simply find your starting town and follow the suggestions on how to get to Schilthorn.


Get on the cable car at Mürren. It takes 17 minutes to get to Schilthorn, with a quick transfer in Birg.

Total Time: 17 minutes
Cost: 85.60 CHF round trip

PRO TRAVEL TIP: When you arrive by cable car into a station, the next cable car will also be arriving at the same time. You will not have to wait to get onto the next cable car, unless there is a very long line.


Take the cable car to Mürren (5 minutes), transfer to the cable car to Birg, then transfer to the final cable car to Schilthorn.

Total Time: 27 minutes
Cost: CHF 85.60


From Stechelberg, you will ride 4 cable cars to get to Schilthorn. Take the cable car to Gimmelwald (5 minutes), transfer to the cable car to Mürren, transfer to the cable car to Birg, and finally, take the cable car to Schilthorn.

Total Time: 32 minutes
Cost: CHF 108 round trip


There are two ways to get to Schilthorn from Lauterbrunnen: via Grutschalp or via Stechelberg.

Via Grutschalp

Ride the cable car to Grutschalp. In Grutschalp, take the train to Mürren. It takes 23 minutes total to get to Mürren from Lauterbrunnen. Tickets are CHF 22.40 round trip.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Sit on the left side of the train for the best views.

Once in Mürren, it is a 10-minute walk to the cable car station. From Mürren, take the cable car to Birg and then continue on to Schilthorn.

Total Time: 50 minutes plus additional time waiting for the cable car in Mürren
Cost: CHF 108 round trip

Via Stechelberg

From Lauterbrunnen, ride bus 141 to Stechelberg. It takes 18 minutes to get to Stechelberg by bus and costs roughly CHF 3.

Once in Stechelberg, ride the series of cable cars to Schilthorn.

Total Time: 50 minutes, plus additional time waiting for the cable car in Stechelberg.
Cost: CHF 111

RECOMMENDED ROUTE: From Lauterbrunnen, make this a loop by traveling up to Schilthorn via Grutschalp and return to Lauterbrunnen via Stechelberg. Round trip tickets for this route cost CHF 108.


From Interlaken, you will take the train to Lauterbrunnen and then follow the route listed above.

From Interlaken, it is a 20-minute train ride to Lauterbrunnen. Round trip tickets cost CHF 15.20.

Once in Lauterbrunnen, ride the cable car to Grutschalp, ride the train to Mürren, and then take the cable cars to Schilthorn.

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes, plus additional time waiting for the cable car in Lauterbrunnen and Mürren.
Cost: CHF 130.40 round trip


From Grindelwald, ride the train to Lauterbrunnen and then follow the route listed above.

From Grindelwald, it is a 39-minute train ride to Lauterbrunnen. Round trip tickets cost CHF 18.

Total Time: 1.5 hours plus additional time waiting for the cable car in Lauterbrunnen and Mürren.
Cost:  CHF 126


From Wengen, ride the train to Lauterbrunnen and then follow the route listed above for Lauterbrunnen.

From Wengen, it is a 17-minute train ride to Lauterbrunnen. Round trip tickets cost CHF 13.60.

Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes, plus additional time waiting for the cable car in Lauterbrunnen and Mürren.
Cost: CHF 121.60

Schilthorn Cable Car

A view of the cable car, taken from the Birg Thrill Walk.

Discount with the Swiss Travel Pass

Until December 31, 2019, the entire round-trip route from Mürren and Stechelberg to Schilthorn was free with the Swiss Travel Pass. Beginning January 1, 2020, the Swiss Travel Pass will only give you a 50% discount on ticket prices.

Do You Need to Purchase Your Tickets in Advance?

That’s tricky to answer. We did this in mid-July and had no issues getting on the cable cars. They are first come, first serve, so if you get there and there is a line, you will simply have to wait your turn.

It’s important to know that midday, lines can be long, so you could have a wait of 30 to 60 minutes, or possibly even longer.

So, for the best experience, plan to be on one of the first cable cars of the day to avoid a wait in line or book a Schilthorn boarding pass.

Schilthorn Boarding Pass

If your schedule is such that you will be visiting Schilthorn midday, you can purchase a Boarding Pass. This pass gives you a guaranteed departure time. It costs an additional CHF 5. Purchase the Boarding Pass online on the Schilthorn website or at the Schilthorn cableway counters.

If you Have a Car

If you are touring Switzerland by car, the best place to park is at the large parking lot in Stechelberg. From here, ride the series of cable cars to Schilthorn. Click here for parking prices.

Useful Links

  • Here is the link for the official website for Schilthorn. 
  • Get updated ticket prices here. 
  • Check the timetable on the official Schilthorn website. 
  • If you are traveling from Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken, Grindelwald, or Wengen, you can also check train times and get updated pricing on the Jungfrau website. 

Schilthorn Switzerland

The Schilthorn viewing platform first thing in the morning

Hiking to Schilthorn

It is a tough, challenging hike up to Schilthorn. From Mürren, it is 13 km one way with 1700 meters of elevation gain. But the views along the way are unbelievable. Plus, it’s free, since you don’t have to pay to ride the cable car.

If you don’t like the idea of hiking up a massive mountain, you also have the option to hike down to Mürren from Schilthorn. It’s a steep, downhill walk so it will be very hard on your knees.

Things to Do on Schilthorn

So, now that you are here, what do you do?

Dine at Restaurant Piz Gloria

Restaurant Piz Gloria is the revolving restaurant that was featured in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It takes 45 minutes for the restaurant to do one complete revolution, and during this time, you get to enjoy the view as over 200 mountain peaks slowly drift by outside your window.

Dining at Piz Gloria

Piz Gloria Restaurant

Piz Gloria

Brunch is served daily until 2 pm and the food is very good. It costs CHF 120. 

If you don’t want a full brunch, you can also order off of the a la carte menu.

We rode the first cable car of the day from Mürren to Schilthorn to get a head start on the crowds. During the hour we spent at the restaurant, we almost had the entire place to ourselves. Schilthorn just doesn’t seem to get the same number of tourists as Jungfraujoch, which might be one of the reasons we enjoyed Schilthorn more.

Sitting at our table, enjoying the spectacular views, and having a leisurely brunch, was so much fun. You don’t have to start quite as early as we did, but I think that a 9 am arrival would be perfect to have a quiet brunch and explore Bond World and the viewpoints before the crowds arrive.

Skyline View Platform

From the viewing platform, enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the Alps. From the viewing platform, there is a lower trail, called the 007 Walk of Fame, where you can read about the actors and actresses who starred in the film as well as enjoy more of those stunning views of the Alps.

On top of Schilthorn

Schilthorn View

View from Schilthorn


Schilthorn View Switzerland

007 Walk of Fame

Bond World

In Bond World, get insights on the filming of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, see posters and memorabilia from other James Bond movies, and kids (and kids at heart) will love the interactive props and stunt displays.

Go to the Bathroom

Sounds like a strange recommendation, but trust me on this one. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but these just might be the most memorable toilets in Switzerland.

Piz Gloria Bathroom

Bond Cinema

This theater plays the most popular scenes from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Touch the Snow

New in 2020, visitors get access to the snowy slopes of Schilthorn. Similar to Jungfraujoch, you will now get to play in the snow year-round, even during the summer months.

How Long Does a Visit to Schilthorn last?

If you have brunch, visit Bond World and the cinema, and enjoy the views from the viewing platform, a visit here typically lasts 3 hours.

Birg Thrill Walk

Birg is the location of the cable car station between Mürren and Schilthorn. A visit here is quick and absolutely worth it. You can visit Birg before or after your visit to Piz Gloria. It is included in the ticket price to Schilthorn.

The main thing to do here is to walk the Birg Thrill Walk. A 200-meter metal and glass pathway clings to the cliffs at Birg. You can walk on a tightrope, stand on a glass floor, or climb through a metal mesh tube. The views are truly spectacular. You are now looking out over Mürren and the mighty mountains of Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger.

View from Birg

View from Birg


Birg Thrill Walk

Birg Thrill Walk


Tightrope Birg

Birg Tightrope

Birg Thrill Walk Glass Floor

While at Birg, you can also take in the view from the Skyline Walk or grab a bite to eat at Bistro Birg.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Cable cars leave every 30 minutes, which gives you just enough time to enjoy the view from the Skyline Walk and walk the Thrill Walk. If you move fast, you can do both of these and get back in line for the very next cable car.

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Tips to Have the Best Experience

Schilthorn and Birg are open year-round, except for brief periods in spring and autumn when the cable car closes for maintenance work. Check the timetable or the official Schilthorn website for details.

To avoid lines for the cable cars and for brunch at Piz Gloria, go early in the morning. Ideally, try to arrive to Piz Gloria by 9 am to avoid the crowds.

If you will be here after 9 am, consider purchasing the Boarding Pass and booking your table in advance for Piz Gloria.

Check weather conditions before you go. It is best to visit Schilthorn on a clear day so you can enjoy the view. You can also get a real time view from the webcam. 

Schilthorn is one of two alpine destinations that you can visit in the Jungfrau region. Even more popular is Jungfraujoch, which is located on the opposite side of the valley. If you can only visit one, which one is better…Schilthorn or Jungfraujoch? Get the full details here.

What to Do Next

If you visit Schilthorn in the morning, you will have the entire afternoon for another great activity. Here are some ideas for you.

Mürren Via Ferrata

The Mürren via ferrata is a 2.2 km journey, part via ferrata and part hiking trail. You’ll cling to a cliff, climb down steep ladders, walk on a tightrope and a suspension bridge, and (with a guide) zip line across a ravine.

Murren Via Ferrata

Northface Trail from Mürren

This trail has a little bit of everything…spectacular mountain views, small hamlets and chalets tucked away amidst the mountains, farms, flower-filled alpine meadows, and pastures filled with cows and their musical bells.

Walking the Northface Trail

If you are looking for a walk to do with kids, this is a great one to consider. The views change frequently and with a chance to get up close with cows and goats, this trail is good at keeping kids entertained.

The Northface trail is 7.4 km long and it takes about two and a half hours to hike the entire loop.

Lauterbrunnen Valley and Trummelbach Falls

Ride the cable car down to Stechelberg. From Stechelberg, walk along the valley floor of Lauterbrunnen, visiting waterfalls along the way. It’s a flat, easy walk and if you ever get tired, just hop on bus 141 for the rest of the way.

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Trummelbach Falls is not to be missed. Glacier melt from Mönch, Eiger, and Jungfrau drain into a cavern, forming a series of waterfalls located entirely within a mountain.

Ride the Allmendhubel Funicular

The Allmendhubel funicular starts in Mürren and ascends 500 meters up to a picturesque hamlet above Mürren. Once in Allmendhubel, you have gorgeous views over Mürren and the Swiss Alps.

There is a restaurant here as well as a playground for kids, so this makes a great spot to visit if you are traveling as a family.


The views are nice, but won’t quite compare to what you just saw at Birg and Schilthorn. However, it’s a great activity for families.

For more recommendations on where to stay, read our guide to Where to Stay in the Jungfrau Region. Learn where to stay for great views of the Swiss Alps and get recommendations whether you are looking for a budget hotel, luxury hotel, or if you are traveling as a family.

If you have any questions about visiting Schilthorn and Birg, let us know in the comment section below.

More Places to Go in Switzerland

JUNGFRAU REGION: If you are planning a trip to the Jungfrau region, check out our Guide to the Jungfrau Region, which includes maps and important travel planning information and our Jungfrau Itinerary, which has itinerary suggestions for one day to one week. We also have a separate article about the best things to do in the Jungfrau region. Get more information on where to stay in the Jungfrau region, how to visit Jungfraujoch, and how to add on the thrilling Mürren Via Ferrata to your visit.

JUNGFRAUJOCH: Jungfraujoch is one of the top experiences in Switzerland. Learn more in our article about How to Visit Jungfraujoch. For an epic day in the Jungfrau region, learn how to combine Jungfraujoch with the Eiger Trail.

ZERMATT: In Zermatt, don’t miss the hike from Gornergrat to Riffelberg. For more ideas on what to do, read our article Best Things to Do in Zermatt. For more alpine views, learn how to visit Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (and find out if it is worth it). 

LUCERNE: Learn how to spend one perfect day in Lucerne with a trip to Mt. Pilatus.

LUGANO: Lugano is located in southern Switzerland. This city is another great place to stay for day trips in Switzerland and you can easily day trip to Lake Como and Bellagio.

SWITZERLAND ITINERARY: If your visit to the Jungfrau region is part of a bigger trip to Switzerland, check out our Switzerland Itinerary, which has suggestions on what to do if you have 7 days, 14 days, or even longer.

ZÜRICH: For things to do on a quick visit, check out our article One Day in Zürich. 

Read all of our articles about Switzerland in our Switzerland Travel Guide.


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Comments 37

  1. Avatar for Maureen

    Hi Julie,

    Should Schilthorn and Birg be avoided in September due to construction? I think the website is saying that Piz Gloria is closed.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      If only Piz Gloria is closed and you can still get to the viewpoints, a visit to Schilthorn might be worth it. But I don’t know the status of construction equipment, etc and that could also impact the visit. If you can reach out to your hotel in the area, they may have a better understanding of the project and whether or not it will be worth it. Cheers, Julie

  2. Avatar for Ty

    Hi! Love your itineraries and recommendations. The boarding pass for CHF 5 is incremental to the price of a ticket from Murren to Schilthorn? We intend to leave from Murren on the first Gondala, do you happen to know the departure time for the first gondala? I have seen different times from my Google Maps, the website and the physical copy of the times.

    Thank you so much!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Ty. As for the cost and timetable, I recommend referring to the official website (other sources, like Google Maps, can be inaccurate). We update our content very frequently but even so, it is a good idea to double check the official website, just in case something has changed. Looking at the timetable, the first cable car to leave Murren and go to Schilthorn is at 7:40 am. Cheers, Julie

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  3. Avatar for Roger

    Hi, looking forward to doing the Piz Gloria visit and Via Ferrata too. I did want to check that I am not miscalculating but even though I know Switzerland is going to be expensive, on the SBB site, I priced the cable car ride from Murren to Schilthorn as 42.80 round trip with Half-Fare or Berner Oberland Pass. Is that right?

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      That sounds about right. Yes, the cable cars are expensive and to put it into perspective, you could pay 200 CHF to visit Jungfraujoch. Cheers, Julie

  4. Avatar for Jiths

    As mentioned in your blog, the 360° views were amazing at Schilthorn.

    But due to a series of unfortunate events we were unable to make it by 9am to the top (sadly that very important section in your blog about having the best experience didn’t properly register – it may be helpful to highlight that as a pro tip, actually). The whole excursion was a disaster. We visited yesterday (a Saturday, in mid April) & got to the ticket office at Stechelberg a bit before 10am. There were hundreds in the queue – tourists, skiers. We should have aborted the excursion but we couldn’t gauge the numbers properly from there. Our total time on the excursion from the point of buying the ticket to returning to the car park was 6hrs – 5hrs in queues with just an hour at the top at the viewpoint & Piz Gloria. After 2.5hrs standing in queue going up, we didn’t dare to stop for the Bond experience or the Birg Cliff walk thinking it would delay our descent & it was the right call. We spent almost the same amount of time in queues on the ride down.

    This place does not live up to the hype. The cableway system just cant handle the crowds. It’s terribly disorganised, crowd control was zero. Tour groups of over 20 thickly pushing their way to the front. Hundreds of skiers with their equipment. After the Jungfraujoch experience, which was very organised (despite the ridiculous amounts of people visiting there), this place/experience stands out starkly as one NOT to go to unless you have a very early start or a day to waste. It’s a good thing they are updating their cableway system. They sorely need it here.

    Sorry this comment is so negative. We’re really upset about losing a day in our itinerary by going to this place when we could have spent the day peacefully exploring Mürren.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Thank you for taking the time to write in. I sorry you had such a negative experience. Our visit was in the summer and during the time we were here (basically all morning) there were very few people here. And we stayed in Murren and frequently rode this cable car, even midday, and as there were some lines, were never really all that bad. Either this has become much more popular to do or crowds are much higher during ski season. Again, thank you for writing in. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Switzerland. Cheers, Julie

  5. Avatar for Sherie

    I saw mentioned in a video that there’s a hike from Birg to Grauseeli, through the Wasenegg ridge back to Murren, I haven’t seen this hike on any other sites so I’m wondering if this is a well known hike and a pretty walk to get from Birg to Murren?

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      It’s not that well known of a hike since a cable car connects those two points. It’s a challenging, steep walk, even in the downhill direction, from what I know. Right now, with the construction around Schilthorn and Birg, I’m not sure if the trail is open. Cheers, Julie

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  6. Avatar for Malinda

    Is there a hike that goes from Birg to Schilthorn? Is it open even with the construction going on? We are thinking about taking the cable car from Stechelburg to Birg, but wanted to hike from Birg to Schilthorn and then back down to Birg.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      I don’t think there is a hiking trail between Birg and Schilthorn and with the current construction, if there was a trail, I doubt it would be open. You can ride the cable car to Birg and see if there is a trail (and if it is open), and if not, then take the cable car the rest of the way to Schilthorn. Or, inquire at the cable car station in Stechelberg…the staff there will know the status of the hiking trails. Cheers, Julie

  7. Avatar for Amy

    My daughter and I went up to Schilthorn yesterday while my husband and son did the via ferrata. They are building a new cable car route all the way up to Schilthorn. Schilthorn, Birg and Murren are bustling with construction. We skipped the Thrill Walk because of all of the construction noise (and the Blast Zone warning signs) and the noise and equipment at Schilthorn put a damper on things as well. In Murren while walking from the train station to the gondola we had to step aside 8 times for mini dump trucks. It’s good they are putting in a new, modern gondola. I just wanted to give other readers a heads up on what to expect when coming to this area.

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