Like James Bond
Much is exactly the same as in the James Bond film “On Her Majesty's Secret Service” from 1969: The Stair Railing. The terrace And of course the phenomenal view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
The Piz Gloria restaurant on the Schornthorn 3.000 meter was the original location for the Bond film with Georg Lazeby, Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas as villain Bloefeld and a small museum. And the stuntmen of that time, I am told, are still skiing with 70. Even WLAN is called 007.
Martini workshops and stunt deposits
The Piz Gloria is now a 360-grade revolving restaurant that can accommodate up to 320 to 400 people, which can be hired by groups - from a minimum of 5.000 francs. Exclusively, this is only possible in the evening, as the restaurant and gondola during the day to 17 or 18 clock for normal guests and skiers are open.
On request, the restaurant will also be happy to organize evenings with martini workshops and stunts. At the Bond-Burger there was nothing to complain about. The only drawback of the location is the accessibility: To get to Schilthorn, you have to change the gondola three times, only one group can travel per route: For larger groups, it can be quite complicated.
Miracle of Bern Reloaded
Easier, but no less original, it can be there to stay right in the valley. The Belvédère Strandhotel and Restaurant Spiez Thunersee hosted 1954, the German national soccer team, before and after the legendary World Cup final, which went down in history as the wonder of Bern. The hotel also has a small exhibition on the theme and sells merchandising products. It can also rewrite the original world champion menu from 1954. Unfortunately, I could not test it, but took a quick look into the kitchen.
The hotel used to have a Michelin star, but today the focus is more on conference guests: the hotel has 36 rooms (prices starting from 200 francs / night depending on the season) and 5 meeting rooms for up to 100 people - nice view over the Thuner Lake included. There, the hotel also has a boat that once belonged to Prince Rainer of Monaco. For football events, however, the Stockhorn Arena in nearby Thun offers: It is the home of the 1. FC Thun, Arena Thun AG, however, also offers them for sports events, but also banquets and seminars - from 5000 francs per day.
Wellness in the Palmengarten
If you travel from Spiez by boat to Merligen on the opposite side of the lake, you will be taken directly to the luxurious 5 star hotel Beatus, which offers 75 rooms in 11 categories (356 francs per night and room) and 3 meeting rooms and is a partner of the Thnuer Sea Festival: the Empiresaal maximum of 90 people, the library for up to 40 persons and the Beau-Suite for a maximum of 12 persons. The Beatus is thus primarily an exclusive meeting clientele, but is primarily a hotel for holidaymakers:
The centerpiece of the hotel is the 2000qm large wellness area with a large outdoor pool of 35 grad directly at the lake as well as a small saunapark, which even in the winter to the jump into the Thuner lake, which is embedded in a very beautiful palm garden. The only drawback: The facility is a kind of public spa also available to visitors from outside the hotel, which serves their refinancing, but is still not even over Saturday.
After all, there is a small sauna for hotel guests as well as a SPA area with excellent massages by medically trained staff. Highly recommended is also the food, which I was allowed to enjoy in the gourmet restaurant Le Be Air. Especially for a 5 star house, director Peter Mennig personally looks after his guests, which gives the house a personal atmosphere.
The Japanese Crown Prince in the outdoor Mecca
Interlaken itself is also internationally known as an outdoor mecca. Suppliers like Basecamp implement the outdoor idea for groups, but in a risk-free version, like BasecampChef Renato Merz explains. The companies, he concluded, are all about entertaining their employees
Even in winter, however, mass tourism is noticeable in Interlaken, which is also evident in the gastronomy. There are beautiful hotels like Lindner's Grand Hotel Beau Rivage, where the Japanese Crown Prince recently stayed. Unfortunately, many hotels are a bit old-fashioned - as is the large conference center, whose rooms are designed in the 80 style - apart from the historical rooms from the year 1902.
Meeten with historical charm
Especially in the Beau Rivage shows how beautiful the historic charm of a building. The Grand Hotel has 101 rooms, including 4 suites and 9 junior suites, from 199 francs in a single and 299 francs in a double room. In addition, there are 12 functional meeting rooms partly up in a separate building for up to 70 persons with appropriate technical equipment - Business package from 99 francs, Alliclusive package from 130 francs, food additionally. The highlight of the event rooms is the banquet hall La Belle Epoque for up to 200 people.
There is also a small but beautiful SPA area with an indoor pool and two saunas. The food in the summer restaurant L'Ambiance and the fireplace restaurant Le Bonne Fourchette is also extremely good. I was really impressed by the almost familiar, yet professional way of dealing with management and employees. On request, the hotel can also organize various activities such as wine making, action painting, sculpturing, raft or igloo construction - in cooperation with Basecamp, among others.
Hotel from 1323
Diagonally opposite the Beau Rivage is the cheaper 4-star hotel Interlaken with 61 rooms, the oldest hotel in the region, it was first mentioned in a document 1323. Today, the old walls and vaults are partially exposed again, which offers a delightful mix of modern design and historic cosiness in the entrance area. The same applies to the stylish rooms from 100 francs / night and the 5 seminar rooms. The Gerichtsäli is for a maximum of 20, the Rococo Hall for a maximum of 70 persons. The large, bright pavilion in the middle is divided into three parts and suitable for a maximum of 100 persons. The conference packages start at 79 Francs per day / person.
The restaurant of the hotel should have a good reputation in the region, unfortunately, were working holidays, so I could not test it. The breakfast with his package from the package and the Asian to the guests tailor-made Reistopf no high quality requirements. After all, there is fresh fruit.
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