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James Bond's Greatest Travel Moments

by Matthew Link


Thrilling mountain passes riddle Switzerland like, well, holes in Swiss cheese. One of the highest (7,846 feet) and most spectacular is the 20-mile Furka Pass between Gletsch and Andermatt, which cuts through the Alps in the south-central part of the country. It takes two and a half scenic hours to drive it, though one imagines that it took 007 quite a bit less time in his Aston Martin DB5, with which he trailed Goldfinger and Oddjob in the 1964 movie Goldfinger. It was at a lookout southwest of the town of Realp where Bond (played by Connery) dodged Tilly Masterson's bullet, which was aimed at Goldfinger below. (She was trying to exact revenge for the villain's suffocation of her sister with gold paint earlier in the film—naturally.) After a day of intense driving, we suggest unwinding at a family-run chalet, the Hotel Drei Könige und Post, in Andermatt. It's very Swiss, with wood-beamed ceilings, an outdoor patio restaurant serving local specialties, and rooms with balconies to drink in the cinematic vistas. Even better if you're with your one Bond girl (or guy).

Hotel Drei Könige und Post
Tel: 41 41 887 0001
Doubles from $130

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