Schilthorn: An Expensive Yet Unforgettable Day
Activity: Schilthorn summit and breakfast. How to Get There: Take the gondola up from valley station of the Schilthorn aerial cableway in Stechelberg. Takes about 30 min to get to the top. Cost: RT base of the mountain to the top (3 gondolas) CHF 105 for 16+. CHF 8 to add brunch at the base of the mountain, CHF 20 to add it at the top. Ages 5-16 are CHF 52.5, under 6 free! Hours: 7:55 am to 3:25 pm. Get there before 8:55 for a discount on your ticket.
I am all about cheap travel. However there are some attractions you MUST see if you make it all the way to a certain location. We did this on our Schilthorn Day in Switzerland! Most people go up the lift, see the top, and then go back down devoting about 2 hours to the expensive excursion. When we book something pricey, we do our best to milk the attraction so that our money stretches further. We planned a full day of adventuring on our way down the mountain and it was the most memorable day of our 3-week trip. We were exhausted by the end but mentally rejuvenated. We will look back on this day as one of those magical travel days that we can reminisce on during more mundane days of parenting.
We began our day by getting to the lift early (not early enough to score the before 8:55 AM 11 CHF discount thanks to toddler tantrums) and buying our passes. We added breakfast to our ticket from the ticket booth because it’s cheaper to buy it at the base of the mountain than the top. We then ascended 4 different lifts with spectacular mountain scenery. We alighted at the top and were greeted with panoramic snowy mountain views in the middle of summer.
We then turned to an even more glorious view: an overladen breakfast buffet. We feasted on Swiss cheese, European pastries, various meats, fruits, and eggs in a glass rotating restaurant allowing us to eat and view simultaneously. The James Bond franchise used this lift as their filming location for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, so the entire place is Bond themed down to the bathrooms. According to Alex, the urinals encourage you to “aim like James!” Once we had eaten our fill, we perused the interactive Bond museum and danced a bit to the live Alpine band.
We treated these tickets as a Swiss Mountain theme park ticket. See the rest of the itinerary to milk your expensive ticket for all it’s worth!