Bespangled with snow all year round the mount Titlis in central Switzerland is one of the favorite family day out with kids. A 45 minutes train from Lucerne to Engelberg and then a series of cable car rides will get one to the top of the mount Titlis.
We could not enjoy much during our first visit in the peak season of June. The mountain was jam-packed with tourists mostly Indians. So when one of our friends K showed an interest to visit in march we agreed instantly. Based out of Geneva, the train journey to Lucerne took us around three hours and another 45 minutes from Lucerne to Engelberg. We immersed ourselves into the picturesque vistas of vineyards, valleys, snowcapped mountains and the perpetual stretch of blue lakes.
On alighting at the Engelberg train station, we were greeted with a gush of pure fresh mountain air. We bought our gondola tickets from the counter at the station. One can also buy it directly at the cable car station. Tickets can be bought to one of the six stops from Engelberg to Titlis. There are hourly shuttles for pickup and drop to the gondola station which is ten minutes walk away.
Engelberg is an enchanting little alpine town. It is highly recommended that you choose to walk all the way to the gondola station. The charming streets lined with quaint little chalets will leave you awestruck.
The cable car station itself is located in a marvelous location. There is a river with turquoise currents dancing its way through the foot of the mountains. And a few restaurants around the cable car station. The one that caught our attention was the vada pav shop which was something unexpected (Vada pav is a favorite Indian snack especially of Mumbai)
Ride up with Changing Landscapes
We hopped onto one of the moving empty gondolas carefully not to fall. Note that the cable cars don’t stop for boarding they just slow down. As the cable car started to ascend the panorama of town widened like a green carpet with the red roofs and buildings sprinkled all over.
The terrain below the cable car was ever changing. The views of the town of Engelberg now seemed dwarfed by magnificent mountains and hills nestling it. The green meadows below the gondola wafted jingles of the cow bells.
Soon the landscape was washed white with snow and traces of dry vegetation.
We spotted some skiers racing downhill leaving behind crisscrossing trails on the slopes of the mountain.
We decided to stop at Trubsee on our way back and continued our journey to the Stand. Our next ride from Stand to the summit of Titlis was a much awaited five-minute trip. The gondola from Stand to Titlis is a Rotair gondola which revolves 360 deg. way up to the snow-covered peak of Titlis at 3,020 meters.
The ride up is an incredible experience with some of the stunning vistas of the snow-covered mountains. The ubiquitous blanket of snow over the undulating mountains was sometimes covered by a hazy veil of mist. It was as if the peaks played hide and seek with the dumbfound spectators.
The mountain station of Titlis has five floors with chocolate and souvenir shops and many restaurants. We always spend some time in the Panorama Restaurant which has some of the wonderful panoramic views of the glacier and rocky cliffs.
There is a lift you can use to access each of the floors. The ground floor leads you to a glacier cave, a 150-metre long walkway carved out of solid ice with an inside cave temperature of -1˚C to -1.5˚C.
A walk through the tunnel is fun. The tunnel well illuminated by blue light is dotted with caves and several ice sculptures along the way.
The other end of the tunnel leads to the Cliff Walk. A flight of stairs connecting to the bridge look like are suspended in air. The bridge itself is 3,041 meters above sea-level and 500 meters off the ground. A walk on the Europe’s highest suspension bridge is definitely a thrilling adventure and rewards with breathtaking vistas of the mountains and the abyss below.
At the end of the bridge is the Ice Flyer glacier chairlift station. The ice flyer sweeps through an amazing bed of glacier to snow park up on the glacier. Some of the crevasses are up to ten meters deep. The snow park hosts lots of snow activities from snow tubing to balancers. The park has a conveyer belt for a quick ascend back to the top of the park.
We trudged through the thick snow towards the sun terrace connecting the ground floor of the mountain station. Sometimes the snow would be ankle deep and slippery too.
We spent some time playing in the snow and taking pictures of the breathtaking sceneries.
Chhavi surprised with so much of snow had fun too. Our friend K was elated for it was his first time in the snow.
The mountain station had a cutout poster of popular Bollywood actors from DDLG movie to celebrate the Bollywood hits shooted in Switzerland.
On our way back we stopped at Trubsee which has a smaller snow park to Titlis. One can enjoy a ride over the balancers, and snow tubes similar to one at the summit.
After spending some time enjoying in Trubsee we descended to Engelberg and walked back to the station. Chhavi was already asleep, we too were exhausted and soon drifted off to sleep.
Switzerland is a traveler’s paradise with a plenitude of surreal locations where every vista you behold is sure to leave you spellbound. Check for more details on operating hours and the other information here before you plan your visit to Titlis.
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