007 Travelers Interview: Hotel Schweizerhof Bern / Nathalie Stöckli and Anja Ullmann

007 Travelers Interview: Hotel Schweizerhof Bern / Nathalie Stöckli and Anja Ullmann

August 21, 2014 0 By 007 Travelers
Nathalie Stöckli & Anja Ullmann

007 Travelers visited Hotel Schweizerhof Bern, and met
Nathalie Stöckli and Anja Ullmann. We asked them about their work, about James Bond and traveling, about filming of Bond movie in their hotel and about Bern´s main tourist attractions.

Who: Nathalie Stöckli (PR & Communications Manager)  and Anja Ullmann (Director of Sales and Marketing)
Where: Hotel Schweizerhof, Bern, Switzerland
When: 15 July 2014
007 Connection: Parts of 007 movie “On Her Majesty´s Secret Service” (1969), starring George Lazenby, has been filmed  in Hotel Schweizerhof Bern.

1. How long have you worked in Hotel Schweizerhof Bern?
Nathalie: I have started working at the hotel in summer 2013.
Anja: I joined the hotel in December 2012.

2. Some parts of 007 movie “On Her Majesty´s Secret Service” (1969) has been filmed here. Tell us about it.
N: There is one scene in the movie where James Bond stands on the balcony of the office of the lawyer Gumbold where he had sneaked in before to get information about Blofeld. This part was filmed on the balcony of our hotel.   
A: We know that the elevator scene was filmed in the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern.

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

3. Who is your favourite James Bond actor? (leading male role)   
A: It is a very difficult question. My favourite is the last one with Daniel Craig.
N: I am going backwards in the chronology, I prefer Sean Connery.

4. The best Bond movie?  
 N: It is “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969). And I think it is because of the identification with the scenes and the settings here.
 A: From my perspective, it is the last one. The newest one: Skyfall (2012).

5. Which is the best place where you have traveled so far?  
N: That’s difficult to answer, I have done a lot of traveling, and I have a lot of favorite places but the counrty that I’m most attached to is Italy, especially the region of Naples.
A: It is Japan, Tokyo. I´ve been there because in this year (2014) we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Japan.

6. Which is the place where you would like to visit but have not yet been?
N: South America, but if only one place, it is Peru.
A: Some Nordic countries, so maybe your country (Finland) some day and would like to stay there for some days.
7. How many tourists visit your city (per year)?
N: We had a new record last year (2013) regarding the number of overnights in Bern.
A: The city had 709‘000 overnights.

8. Which are your main tourist attractions in Bern? 
N: One of the most known attractions is the BearPark – the relationship between the city of Bern and its symbol has a long-standing tradition. Berne is considered a cultural stronghold and is home to some of the most significant museums and galleries in Switzerland like for example the Paul Klee Center. The whole old town is an attraction. It was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and with some six kilometres of arcades, Bern offers visitors the chance to window-shop along one of the longest covered promenades in Europe.

A: The Clock Tower (Zytglogge), the Rose Garden, the Albert Einstein house as well as the Albert Einstein museum and not to forget the many fountains that are everywhere in the city to be discovered.

9. Do you co-operate somehow with Bern Tourism?
A: Yes, we have a very strong relationship and we have an excellent co-operation.

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