Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Europe >
Jan 20, 2010 02:06 PM

Piz Gloria in Switzerland

With any luck the wife and I will spend next Christmas in Switzerland and one of our must-dos is a meal at Piz Gloria atop the Schilthorn outside of Murren. Any of you Hounds experience this rotating marvel?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I was there in June 2009. We ate lunch in the restaurant. It's a fun place to visit, but the food is nothing special. It's your typical hearty Swiss fare, and it's expensive compared to what you'd pay for something similar elsewhere. Count on about 30 CHF or more per person, which when compared to price of actually getting yourself up to the top of the mountain, isn't really too scary. The restaurant has an outer ring of tables that rotates, and an inner ring that does not. There are windows all around, and the views are incredible.

    It was pretty cold up there in June, so I'm sure it will be incredibly cold up there in December. Be sure to bring gloves/hats/scarves/etc. I don't know how long you plan to stay in the area, but it can be hit or miss whether you'll be able to see anything up at the top of the mountain. We stayed in Lauterbrunnen for a week, and more often than not, the skies were clear and sunny early in the morning, then it clouded up around lunchtime and stayed cloudy the rest of the day. It may be completely different in winter. The day we visited Piz Gloria started out clear, but by lunch time we were completely socked in, which was kind of cool, though not as cool as being able to see the surrounding mountains.

    Here are pictures of our meals... my husband had the "meat on a stick" plate, which I believe also came with a salad course. I had the chicken. They were both fine, but keep in mind that the main attraction of Piz Gloria is the site itself and the incredible views, and you won't be disappointed with your visit. Have a great time!

    1 Reply
    1. re: 2FlyingYorkies

      Thank you so much for the report.

      In all honesty, the food will most definitely be secondary if we visit Piz Gloria, and price, relatively speaking, is no object. You see, I'm a mad James Bond fan and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is may favorite 007 film. As you may know, that film was set right around Christmas and hence the reason we would like to go there at that time. A pity the restaurant isn't open for supper in the evening. I can only imagine how magical it would look atop the Schilthorn at night, particularly on a cloudless night.