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Proposal in the Swiss Alps

01.28.2019

During our 2 week trip to France and Switzerland, we had certain stops planned out while others we decided on the fly. One of the planned stops was in Murren. I wrote about Murren a little bit in The Beauty of Switzerland but I was feeling sick on our first attempt up the mountain so we decided to try again a day later.

I was feeling so much better that following day so we headed back up the mountain on the cable cars and walked through the beautiful town. Then we continued our journey up the mountain.

The Schilthorn

Our goal was to go see the famous Schilthorn summit, where (fun fact) the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was filmed. Nick had been there a few times before on work trips and had been telling me for the prior few years about how amazing the view was from the Schilthorn.

When we got inside after a few gondola rides, I noticed that everything was Bond themed. Even the bathrooms…which talked to you when you flushed. Strange but intriguing.

There is also a Bond themed restaurant that actually spins 360° while you eat. 

I had the 007 Burger and fries, pictured below.

Bond Burger

I am not going to lie, I was not the biggest fan of the burger. The 007 stamp was pretty neat but did not make up for the lack taste. Nick seemed to enjoy his so maybe it was just me. Thankfully I also had a salad, which was much better.

After eating and enjoying the rotating view, we decided to head outside.

The view was absolutely breathtaking. It looked just like all of the photos I had seen…only better.

Schilthorn Piz Gloria Overlook
Panorama of Swiss Alps

I mean, it truly felt as if I was looking at a postcard. We walked out to the overlook and the view was just as breathtaking. The shadows cast over the mountains were just unreal. It all looked like something you would see in movies. Except it was reality.

We took a few photos of some other tourists and then they took a few photos of  us.

Schilthorn Overlook

We continued walking further out on the cliff where there was a path but no rails and some signs basically saying to continue walking at your own risk.

We like to live life on the edge but not the literal edge…because that would be just darned crazy. The path was wide enough that I felt safe (in all seriousness, sometimes I am a nervous nellie and sometimes I’m ballsy AF) so we continued until we found a nice sitting area. The views were simply incredible from here.

Enjoying the Schilthorn
Gorgeous View of the Swiss Alps

I remember telling Nick that this was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life. And that was saying a lot as we just were staying in the gorgeous town of Wengen, as I wrote about in the last post!

I literally could have just sat there looking at the beautiful view for hours. Nick fumbled with trying to set up a camera to take a selfie from a far while I watched more tourists start venturing down to the spot where we were at. It was a bummer, as we were enjoying the spot to ourselves. Nevertheless, I understood others wanting to get an awesome view, too. So we took a few more photos before walking back up to the “safer” area by the overlook.

Beautiful view of the Swiss Alps

We made our way back up to the Schilthorn and decided to go to a more secluded spot a bit below the summit to get another glimpse of the mountain.

I was just staring off into the hillside underneath some sunshine (it was a bit chilly) while Nick went closer to the edge of the railing to get a better look at the mountains.

An Epic Proposal

He told me to come over near where he was to get a better view and I, a cold Tiffany, reluctantly agreed since it truly was a stunning view. I figured that I would probably remember the view more than being cold (hindsight: I remember both but it was still so worth it.) 

Nick then bent down and opened his backpack and pulled out…a bottle of Coke. He asked if I wanted any. I said, “Uh, I’m good…thanks.” I was half confused and half in a shock as he continued to dig further in his backpack and he pulled out a ring.

It was a gorgeous Halo style ring that was perfect in every way. He asked if I would marry him and spend the rest of my life with him.

I kind of stood there for a minute…just so happy and in awe of the perfect moment. He said, “Well, is that a yes?”

I said, “Yes, of course!!”

The moment was just beyond amazing and we took some pretty cool photos with the mountains in the background.

Engagement Ring Swiss Alps

We had been dating for over 3.5 years at that point and while I was expecting it at some point in the near future, it was more perfect than I could have ever imagined it. The view of the Swiss Alps in the background was just beyond spectacular. It was truly an amazing moment and made the trip the most memorable trip I’ve ever had.

Engagement Swiss Alps
Swiss Alps Engagement Photo

After a good while, we put the ring back in the box. I mistakenly told Nick a while back that I was a size 7, not thinking much of it. Turns out a 7 was wayyyy too big so having that bad boy extremely loose while walking over grates that are hundreds of feet above ground? Probably not the best idea.

Instead of heading back down the mountain, we wanted to celebrate by doing something cool.

What is cool, you ask?

The Thrill Walk!

Yes, you read correctly. The mid-station, Birg, has a Thrill Walk as a fun attraction. As the ring was safety tucked back in Nick’s backpack, we decided to get adventurous!

Birg Overlook

 

First, we both walked a steel tightrope. This was so fun and it was entertaining watching others walk across it, as well. Then we went in this crazy steel tunnel! 

Nick was actually pretty nervous, which was unlike him. But he did it, nevertheless, and had a blast!

Thrill Walk Birg
Thrill Walk
Thrill Walk Bridge
Thrill Walk Tube

We actually went back and did both again before helping another tourist gain the courage to do it himself!

There was also a skyline walk that we then did, which was also pretty amazing. The Thrill Walk overall was was such an exhilarating adventure and looking back, it was a perfect end to our day on the mountain.

Down The Mountain, We Go…

At this point, it was about 5:00pm and we still needed to head back down the mountain and catch a train back to Wengen! We were heading to Thun, Switzerland that evening and daylight was running out.

We took a few more engagement selfies and then caught a gondola down to Murren.

Swiss Alps Photo

The gondolas are a neat contraption. Probably kind of terrifying if you are afraid of heights or claustrophobic…as they pack as many people in as they can. We got in relatively early so stood toward the front so that we could get a cool view on the ride down.

Once we made it back down to Murren, we walked through the town and saw some beautiful flowers in Murren. They were so colorful and a cheery end to our amazing day!

Flowers

We made our way to the train station and headed back toward Wengen.

This was certainly the best day out of our entire trip but we still had quite a few more days ahead of us in Thun, Bern, and Lucerne! 

The epic trip continues…

5 Comments

  • LISA

    02.04.2019 at 1:42 pm

    Congrats on the engagement! Your photos are beautiful! Wishing you guys all the best in the coming new chapter of your life together <3

    1. Tiffany N

      02.04.2019 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Lisa!! I truly appreciate that! We are in the wedding planning phase right now, which is so much fun! 🙂

  • Sierra

    02.10.2019 at 11:23 am

    Congratulations on the engagement! I absolutely loved your post and it looked so incredibly beautiful there. Definitely on my bucket list as one of the places I want to go to one day, great pics:) Will have to start planning my next adventure lol.

    1. Tiffany N

      02.10.2019 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you, Sierra! Switzerland is absolutely gorgeous and you will definitely LOVE it!! 🙂

  • All About Love – 6 Amazing Love Stories – Karen Monica

    02.27.2019 at 12:28 am

    […] Nick also brought something else: a ring. He had been planning to propose in the most magnificent way and was planning to do so in a specific spot on the trip. One week into the trip, Nick took me up to the Schilthorn – Piz Gloria mountain. It was the most incredible place that I had ever seen. I wrote about this day and how phenomenal it was here: Proposal in the Swiss Alps. […]

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