Monday, May 4, 2015

europe trip 2014, day 5

While planning our trip, Murren was the spot we were most excited about. The main goal was to see the Alps, and this was the stop on our itinerary to do just that. There is something so cool about a mountain village that doesn’t even have access by car. From Interlaken, we had to take a train to Lauterbrunnen, then a cable car up to Grutschalp (which don’t be confused about it being a rail, there is only a cable car now), and finally jump on another rail strictly for getting to Winteregg and Murren.  Being situated on the side of the Schilthorn, it had amazing views of the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau, and many other “horns” that I cannot remember. Other than checking into the Hotel Eiger, we had no other plans today except to frolic around like it’s the freaking Sound of Music. We found Hotel Eiger from a blog post, and knew we had to stay there. After being greeted by a very friendly staff, we were then blown away by the view from our balcony. It was one of the most amazing things I had ever seen.

We then took our time strolling through town and snapped a few more pictures...imagine that.

We ended up at the station for the cable car ride up the Schilthorn. We hadn't planned on going to the top (and I have no idea why not), but I bought some last minute tickets to the top even though they were around 100 Euro. It’s usually not like me to swing for a random purchase like that. As the cable car made its way up the mountain, we encountered a bit of clouds that completely blocked out everything. Just a few moments later…we got above the clouds and it opened up to the most beautiful view I had ever scene. Everyone in the cable car pretty much gasped at the same time. I don’t even know how to describe it, and I am not sure I could even do it justice. We don’t even think the pictures do it justice. This is just one moment that you have to experience yourself. 

At the top is the Piz Gloria observation deck along with the James Bond 007 Museum and restaurant. I am not a Bond fan, but the museum was very cool. The rotating restaurant was a nice touch too, and allowed us to see 360 degrees while chowing down on a 007 burger. 

The rotating restaurant.

As the sun began to set and it began to get chilly, we made our way back down to Murren. It took us all about 2 minutes to decide where we were going to eat dinner, and that would be on our magical balcony. We had a view, cocktail supplies, and room service. What more could we possibly need? We just sat there and talked for hours, which is one of our favorite things to do. 

Playing around with the camera at night, I took some really long exposure shots

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