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Schilthorn / Piz Gloria

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Panorama taken from the top of the Schilthorn, a 2,970 metre high summit in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, above Mürren.  The summit provides a spectacular panorama, which spans from the Titlis, Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger, over the Bernese Alps and the Jura mountains up to the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest. In this panorama, you can see, among many others, Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger.

The building in the panorama is a panoramic revolving restaurant, named Piz Gloria, at the summit, which is where the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was set. A famous black ski run featured in the film starts at the summit and leads down to the Engetal below Birg. The restaurant revolves a full 360 degrees in 55 minutes.

Source of some of the content in this description from Wikipedia.

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This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Europe

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