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How to find destination in Murren

unduhan-32Hikers should hot-foot it to Murren in the Swiss Alps this summer. If you do, this walking-only village (cars are banned) located high in the Swiss mountains offers all the thrills and spills any adrenaline junkie would love.

Though the resort is famed as one of the world’s leading winter sports resorts (note the Inferno downhill ski race) visit in the summer to join the Thrill Walk.

Get the cable car

Start by heading up to Birg, from Murren in a cable car. There you will find a breath-taking view of Switzerland’s three famous mountains: the Eiger (3970m), the Monch (4099m) and the Jungfrau (4158m). Legend has it that the centre Monc (monk) stands there to protect the Jungfrau (young maiden) from the towering Eiger (ogre). Tell this tale to fellow travellers over a glass of wine and plate of locally-sourced cheese and bread, available from the on-site restaurant then take a selfie as you watch the clouds come down.

Thrill(ing) Walk

Switzerland’s mountains seem to be made for ramblers. But Murren has it all. They have created the Thrill Walk which starts 2970m high. The glass bridge atop the 200m steel structure down the side of the mountain invites participants to look down as they walk across its side. Be aware, creative architects have enhanced the experience by encouraging people to walk some parts with only a wire rope to steady themselves, or a glass bridge to enhance the experience. There is, of course, a protective net – but don’t imagine you’ll be looking down too much.

Shaken, not stirred

Murren locals are proud of their James Bond roots. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) was filmed in Murren and famously shows 007 (played by George Lazenby) swishing down the mountains as he escapes assassins trying to stop him uncovering activities in Blofeld’s research laboratory. In testament, you will find most WiFi passwords in Murren contain a Bond-themed code, with a wink and a smile from a local employee.

But best of all, the revolving Piz Gloria restaurant in Schilthorn, built especially for the film as Blofeld’s lair, still exists. As well as dining at the restaurant, you can pop into the Bond World 007 centre – just one floor below. Head on an undercover mission in the simulated chopper or learn a bit more about 007’s roots. It’s great for children, and if they are being honest, adults too!

Note: The Piz Gloria serve a ‘Bond Brunch’ from 8am to 2pm for £23 per person, including a glass of prosecco or non-alcoholic Rimus. Make sure you visit on a clear day to take full advantage of the view.

 

Hold on, for dear life

Murren has become a hot spot for adrenaline junkies looking for their next thrill. Untouched and beautiful, those in the know look no further than Murren. The mountains have become a popular spot for mountain bikers and base jumpers – who can be spotted on the Via Ferratafrom Murren, starting at 1800m, leading steeply downwards to Gimmenwald.

What is the interesting travelling in Philadelphia

The great thing about Philadelphia is that downtown is less than 30 minutes from the airport. Add that it’s only around seven hours from the UK on a direct flight with Delta Air Lines, then the city definitely becomes viable for a long weekend.

It has all the buzz of New York, but is obviously smaller and that means you can walk everywhere. There’s lots to see including the birthplace of US independence, some great art museums and a unique submarine experience.

Independence National Historical Park

Start with the Constitutional Walking Tour. It has nothing to do with your health, but takes you around the Independence National Park area, the heart of historic Philadelphia. Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in 1753, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted in the late 18th century is the star attraction.

Philadelphia Independence Hall (c) Rupert Parker

Across the street is the Liberty Bell, originally in the steeple of Independence Hall, and paraded around the US for 25 years as a symbol of American independence. The park also contains the first US bank buildings and the 1775 Carpenters’ Hall, the venue for the First Continental Congress of the United Colonies of North America. At the opposite end is the modern interactive museum, the National Constitution Centre.

National Museum of American Jewish History

Just off Independence Mall is the only US museum dedicated exclusively to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience.

Philadelphia National Museum of American Jewish History (c) Rupert Parker

Four floors tell the story, starting with the first Jews who came from Brazil, escaping persecution by the Portuguese in 1654, through the migration of millions of immigrants from Europe in the late 19th century, to post WW2 stories of refugees from war-torn Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the Soviet Union.

The ground floor has stories of real people and their artefacts – including Steven Spielberg’s first camera, Irving Berlin’s piano and Even Einstein’s pipe.

Independence Seaport Museum

A short walk from here is the waterfront area along the Delaware River, Penn’s Landing, home to the Independence Seaport Museum. It tells the history of seafaring in Philadelphia, but moored outside are two vessels well worth a visit.