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Hiking Switzerland: The Eiger and Jungfrau Glacier

The Eiger is made up of the stuff of legend. Here, an up close and personal look at the mountain.
  • Kelly Bastone and Shannon Davis hike from Wengernalp to Kleine Scheidegg with the Eiger, one of the most iconic peaks in the Alps, in full view.  (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Executive Editor Dennis Lewon poses in front of the Eiger. The first ascent of the Eiger is credited to Swiss guides Christian Almer and Peter Bohren and Irishman Charles Barrington in 1858. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Ever seen the 1975 Clint Eastwood spy flick called "The Eiger Sanction?" This is the hotel he stayed in before attempting his climb. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • The Jungfraubahn is an electric railway that runs from Kleine Scheidegg through the Eiger to Jungfraujoch, the highest rail station in Europe. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Contributing Editor John Harlin climbed the North Face of the Eiger in 2005. It was featured in the IMAX film, "The Alps." (Jonathan Dorn)
  • The Eiger is 13,025 feet tall. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • The Sphinx Observatory at Jungfraujoch, the highest rail station in Europe—and also Blowfeld's secret lair in the James Bond Film "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service." (Anthony Cerretani)
  • The Eiger, along with the Monch and the Jungfrau, is part of the Berner Trilogy. These names loosely translate to the Ogre, the Monk, and the Maiden. (Anthony Cerretani)
Kelly Bastone and Shannon Davis hike from Wengernalp to Kleine Scheidegg with the Eiger, one of the most iconic peaks in the Alps, in full view.  (Anthony Cerretani)
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Kelly Bastone and Shannon Davis hike from Wengernalp to Kleine Scheidegg with the Eiger, one of the most iconic peaks in the Alps, in full view. (Anthony Cerretani)

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The movie backdrop for Blofeld's secret mountain top lair was the revolving restaurant atop another mountain in the Berner Oberland, the Shilthorn. The Shilthorn is on the other side of the Lauterbrunnen valley.
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