When James Bond flies across the skies to hunt the villains of this world, the true star of the film is often the countryside forming the backdrop. Many of the scenes we still vividly remember were shot amidst the Alps, showing us beautiful panoramas or sleepy mountain villages – true Highlights that are well worth a visit, even in real life. Come visit the Alps and discover the James Bond locations now!
As the only four-thousander in the Eastern Alps, the Piz Bernina (4,048 m) is also the highest peak in the canton of Graubünden. It belongs to the Bernina group and forms the border between Italy and Switzerland. Experienced mountaineers with suitable equipment will be delighted here. Several routes lead to its summit, the most aesthetic and popular is the Biancograd, the easiest route leads over the Spallagrat.
James Bond was also impressed by the spectacular scenery of the Bernina group, when he fled in front of his pursuers in 1985, "In the face of death" on the skid of a snowmobile.
Road Cycling Highlight
The Furkapass is one of the most impressive and beautiful passes in the Alps. Those who make it up here will be rewarded at 2429m with a unique mountain panorama and a view of the Rhone glacier. Already in Roman times, the pass was committed, a street was first in 1866.
In 1964, some film scenes of the James Bond film "Goldfinger" with Sean Connery as Bond were filmed on the Furkapass. The scenes in Switzerland are now regarded as classics of Bond history and were therefore cited in later films.
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The former hunting lodge of the Hohenlohe family Schillingsfürst is the ideal place for a stopover after a hike around the picturesque Altausseer See in the Salzkammergut. With a view of the lake you can enjoy specialties from the region (strudel!) (Open from 11 am on weekends if the weather is suitable).
In 2015, shooting took place at the Jagdhaus for the James Bond movie "Specter". In the film, the secret agent meets Mr. White and learns about the crook shortly before his death important information. The hut stops exceptionally.
The Schilthorn is 2970 meters high and thus the highest peak of the Bernese foothills, including breathtaking views. A moderate and a difficult path lead from two sides to the summit. Here is a revolving restaurant and a mountain station, several successive cable cars lead from Stechelberg to the summit (rides every 30 minutes from Stechelberg, from 7.55 to 15.55 clock).
In 1969, parts of the James Bond film "Her Majesty's Secret Service" were filmed, and local mountain guides and ski instructors acted as stuntmen. The last part of the aerial cableway had not been completed until then for financial reasons. The production company "Eon Productions" saw in the summit the "Piz Gloria" from the novel by Ian Fleming and financed the completion of the railway. For this she was able to determine the interior of the summit restaurant and the color of the gondolas.
The Verzasca dam is located at the entrance of the Verzasca Valley, an original and scenic valley two kilometers above Lake Maggiore in the canton of Ticino. The view from the 220 meter high dam wall is an absolute highlight and can be combined with a hike around the Lago di Vogorno.
Director Ian Sharp staged the opening scene of "Goldeneye" with an incredible bungee jump. In the famous scene Pierce Brosnan alias 007 shot an anchor on the roof of a building and then flew 200 meters into the depths. Incidentally, between Easter and October, James Bond can do the same: in the middle of the dam is the highest stationary bungee facility in the world.
The Ice Q is a gourmet restaurant at 3,048 meters above sea level on the summit of Gaislachkogl (open daily from 9 am to 4 pm). The panorama of the surrounding 3,000-meter peaks of the Ötztal Alps is incomparable, and you can often see as far as Germany and Italy.
From Sölden there are marked hiking trails to the restaurant, from where it is only a few minutes to the summit. If you like, you can hike through the Gaislachkar to the Gaislacher See (2.704m) or the Gaislach Almen.
For the James Bond movie "Specter" some scenes were filmed with Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux in the gourmet restaurant, in the plot a futuristic clinic in which a wild chase begins.
Mountain Biking Highlight
The ski jump in the Dolomite town of Cortina d'Ampezzo was built for the 1956 Winter Olympics. These should actually have taken place in 1944, but did not take place because of the war events. They were the first Olympic Games to be televised. In addition, mountain hunters transported snow on trucks or shoulders to the slopes as a result of the lack of snow over kilometers.
In 1981, Roger Moore then made a rapid chase on skis (the hill down!) And motorcycles as 007 "In Deadly Mission". In the chic one piece, of course.
Mountaineering Highlight (Segment)
The Tällistock in the Bernese Oberland was the first via ferrata in Switzerland. Even today, it is one of the longest and most spectacular via ferrata in Switzerland with a length of 600 meters. The Tällibahn leads to Berghaus Tälli, where the well-secured trail starts.
The via ferrata surrounds the little committed Tällistock. Here, James Bond staged a spectacular stunt in "Goldeneye" in 1995. In the film, however, the scene played in Siberia.