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Piz Gloria

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Piz Gloria
Piz Gloria in 2020, with Blüemlisalp and Gspaltenhorn visible behind
General information
TypeRevolving restaurant
LocationSchilthorn, Bernese Oberland, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Opened1969; 52 years ago (1969)
Renovated1990
Height2,970 metres (9,740 ft)
Dimensions
Diameter15 metres (49 ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectKonrad Wolf
Other information
Seating capacity400 diners
Website
schilthorn.ch

Piz Gloria is a revolving restaurant at the 2,970 m (9,740 ft)-high summit of the Schilthorn near Mürren in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

Overview

The walkway
The walkway

The cable car station and the restaurant were designed by Bernese architect Konrad Wolf. The Piz Gloria restaurant claims to be the world's first revolving restaurant[1] although others already existed at the time of Piz Gloria's 1969 opening, such as the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, United States, which opened during the 1962 World's Fair.[2] Given the difficult topographic and climatic conditions, parts had to be prefabricated. The outer skin of the circular upper floor is of aluminium-cladded wooden panels. The roof originally was bare aluminium, but has since been coated. The rotative mechanism — a 12-metre-diameter (39 ft) core with a 3.0-metre (9.8 ft) annulus that completely rotates the upper floor in approximately an hour — allows every guest to have a view in turn. In 1990, the restaurant was enlarged to accommodate some 400 diners, while retaining its original architectural character.

Filming for On Her Majesty's Secret Service at Piz Gloria, 1968
Filming for On Her Majesty's Secret Service at Piz Gloria, 1968

The name Piz Gloria originated in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), in which it is the mountain-top hideout of the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld and contains an allergy clinic. In the story, the implied location is near St. Moritz, where Romansh is spoken — piz is a local Romansh term for a mountain peak. However, the real restaurant is located in the Bernese Oberland, where Romansh is not spoken.

The movie production team found the restaurant partly constructed and contributed financially to its completion in return for exclusive use for filming the movie (released in 1969), in which the building has a prominent role.[citation needed]

After filming was completed, the restaurant retained the Piz Gloria name of the film location, and currently acknowledges the film's significant contribution to its commercial reputation; the lower floor houses a James Bond exhibition containing memorabilia and film clips. In July 2015, a new and larger exhibition, called "007 Walk of Fame", was opened. George Lazenby and members of the film crew attended the launch.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 46°33′26″N 7°50′7″E / 46.55722°N 7.83528°E / 46.55722; 7.83528

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