007 Travel story: Thun & Mürren (SWITZERLAND) 2014

007 Travel story: Thun & Mürren (SWITZERLAND) 2014

November 3, 2014 0 By 007 Travelers

In order to read our Switzerland 007 Travel story from day 1, please click here.
There you can read about our time in Geneva.

We have spent also two days in Bern. In order to read about Bern day 1/2, click here, and for Bern day 2/2, click here.

Wednesday 16 July 2014

This day we traveled to Thun and to the Alps!

A new beautiful day had begun in fabulous Schweizerhof Bern! Friendly and polite people welcomed us to breakfast in Jack´s Brasserie. We had a most wonderful continental breakfast!

We met again Anja Ullmann, we had the most luxurious time in Hotel Schweizerhof Bern!

Hotel´s concierge escorted us to the train station and helped us with the luggage. The hotel has such a perfect service! Everything works!

The location of the hotel is ideal, only one minute walk to train station. We took a train to Thun, which is a really nice and beautiful place, with a 007 connection, of course.
The duration of the train trip was 22 minutes from Bern to Thun, and without the Swiss Pass the price would have been 12,76 EUR / adult, and 6,38 EUR / child.

Thun Railway station


Thun is a city and municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants (around 90,000 in the agglomeration), as of 31 December 2013.
It is located where the River Aare flows out of Lake Thun (Thunersee), 30 km south of Bern. Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.

We visited the Rathausplatz (town hall) which is 9 minutes away walk from the Thun railway station. From the Rathausplatz you can see the Thun Castle, which looks great!

Thun Castle (German: Schloss Thun) is a castle in the city of Thun, in the Swiss canton of Bern. It was built in the 12th century, today houses the Thun Castle museum, and is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.

The castle museum is housed in the five floors of the tower, and includes cultural and historic displays showing the development of the region over some 4,000 years. It is open daily between February and October, and on Sundays only for the rest of the year. The great hall is used for concerts or plays, and can be hired for private events. See more information here.

If you want to visit the castle, walk to address Schlossberg 2, it is only 200 meters away from the Rathausplatz. The castle is open 10.00 – 17.00 and a family ticket is 13,00 EUR.

In the John Gardner‘s 007 book “Never Send Flowers” (1993), Bond remembers Thun’s Rathausplatz, before they reach the actual place…


“Within ten minutes, they were settled into her three-year-old white Porsche, which was in need of a wash, and heading out of Berne on route six, following the river Aare to Thun, the lovely old town which always reminded Bond of the Frankenstein story. If you stand in the small Town Hall Square – the Rathausplatz – in Thun, and look up beyond the Rathaus itself, you can see the great castle looming above you, and the whole view is reminiscent of every Frankenstein movie ever made”

John Gardner: “Never Send Flowers

We found restaurant Steinmann, which was lovely. We had ice creams! The ice creams were 10,80 CHF each but worth their price.

“Black Forest”

Our original plan was to travel by train to Interlaken Ost, but the bus station was right there next to the train station, and the bus was just about to leave and Swiss Passes were valid on busses also, so we decided to travel by bus, and were lucky to do that, since the views were gorgeous!

On our way to Interlaken we saw a boat called Berner Oberland, which is also one alternative to travel from Thun to Interlaken. It sails along the Lake Thun (Thunersee).

In Interlaken Ost we changed to train, this time heading to Lauterbrunnen. This journey took only seven minutes. In Lauterbrunnen we had to change into a post bus, which took us to Stechelberg, and one more transportation vehicle was needed before we reached Mürren.

Stechelberg´s cable car station is actually a filming location for Bond movie “On Her Majesty´s Secret Service” (1969), starring George Lazenby. Here Irma Bunt (Ilse Steppat) says farewell to Blofeld‘s “Angels of Death”, when they leave from Piz Gloria.

Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC
Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

From Stechelberg you have to take Cable car in order to reach Mürren. From the cable car station Mürren Schilthornbahn, we had only one minute walk to our hotel, so long travel day was finally over and we had reached our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Alpenruh
Stars: 3 ***
Address: Hinter der Egg
Check in: 14.00 – 21.00
Check out: 08.00 – 11.00.
Wi-Fi: Free
Room type: Superior Double room with sofa-extra bed with balcony and view to the mountains of the Bernese Oberland.
Attention: In winter you can experience JAMES BOND 007 – New Year’s evening

007 Connection: 007 Theme hotel with Bond dinner. In addition, 007 Company EON Productions had their Accounts Office in Hotel Alpenruh during filming Piz Gloria parts of the 007 movie “On Her Majesty´s Secret Service” (1969), starring George Lazenby as James Bond 007.

Urs and Melanie Brotschi

Thank you for co-operation:
Urs and Melanie Brotschi
Hotel Alpenruh & Schilthorn Cableway Ltd.

We met the Hotel Manager Urs and his wife Melanie, they are really nice people!
We talked about the hotel´s history and James Bond. See the interview of Urs here and our hotel introduction here.

Relax in comfortable hotel rooms with magnificent views of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau.

All rooms have a shower and WC, direct-dial telephone, stereo system, minibar and of course cable-TV. Free Wi-Fi can be received in every room of this hotel. New dimming curtains in the rooms and the exquisite quietness in our mountain resort let you sleep late and relax!

Hotel sauna is open every day.

We had an excellent James Bond dinner, the menu was great!

“Diamonds are Forever”
“Quantum of Solace”
“From Russia with Love”

See our restaurant introduction here.

After the perfect Bond dinner we went out for walking to explore village of Mürren. We knew that there are some Bond related hotels in the area.

Hotel Blumental was the home of Swiss
ski experts during filming of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969).

Hotel Bellevue was one of the hotels where the stuntmen and technicians of “OHMSS” (1969) stayed during the filming.

In Hotel Alpenruh you can choose to eat the breakfast either in hotel´s breakfast buffet or in 3 km altitude, in Schilthorn´s revolving 007 restaurant.

Guess what we decided! See the answer when the 007 Travel story continues here.

Book a room here

***Chalet Hotel Alpenruh
CH-3825 Mürren
+41 33 856 88 00 (Tel.)
+41 33 856 88 88 (Fax)

See our video of Hotel Alpenruh

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