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Mount Titlis – A day trip in Summer

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Mount Titlis is one amongst the most popular tourist attractions of the Swiss Alps. It is accessible from a small town known as Engelberg. Engelberg is in close proximity to Lucerne. Hence, many people stay in Lucerne while visiting Titlis.Engelberg is accessible by road and train. From Engelberg one needs to take the cable car to the top of Mt. Titlis. From Engelberg till the summit of Mt. Titlis, there are total four stops/levels in the cable car route namely Gerschnialp , Trübsee , Stand and Klein Titlis (the summit). The cable cars, or gondolas (as they are rightly known) are small in size. One cable car can take up to 6 people.

(Cable Car)

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How to reach Mount Titlis from Lucerne

By road : From Lucerne it takes around 40 minutes to reach Engelberg . The distance is around 35 kilometres. And from there the cable car.

By Train : The train journey from Lucerne Bahnhof till Engelberg Station is around 50 minutes. From the train station there is either a 10-12 minutes walk or a 5 minutes bus ride to the cable car station.

Pricing

The cost of cable car round trip from Engelberg to Titlis is 92 CHF per person. The cost of ice flyer is not included in this. It costs 12 CHF extra. There is a reduction of 50% in the ticket price, if you have a Swiss travel pass, General Pass or SBB half fare card. But this reduction is applicable only to the cable car price and not the ice flyer price. The tickets for the cable car journey are available at the cable car station. You can buy the tickets for the Ice Flyer either at the cable car station or at the summit near the Ice Flyer.

Things to do on Mount Titlis

Glacier cave: A glacier cave is constructed near the entrance of Mt. Titlis.But it just like any real glacier cave. One can take a stroll through the ice cave. It’s a nice experience.

Cliff walk: There is a suspension bridge connecting two points of the mountain. It is the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Walking through the bridge you can have a beautiful and picturesque 360 degrees view of the Swiss Alps. The scenery from the Cliff walk is breathtaking

Glacier Walk: It’s a comparatively flat plateau stretch where one can walk on the snow. It’s a very pleasurable experience.

Ice Flyer : It’s a huge chairlift that takes you from one point to the other. As the name suggests it flies/glides over the snow and the mountains. The chairlift is open and the ice flyer is an awesome and a mind-blowing experience.

Sledding/Snow Fun: There is a whole  area allotted to snow fun. One can take a sledge made of plastic or a tube to slide down the snowy slope. It is so much fun. The only undesired part is bringing the sledge again uphill.

(Snow Fun Area)

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These are not the only activities. There are a lot of other seasonal activities one can indulge in there. For the summers there are many hiking trails available en route the summit. You can also take a boat ride at the lake near Trubsee. There are also many camp fire spots available in summers. And for the winters Titles is like heaven for Ski lovers 🙂

Where to eat

There are a lot of restaurants at Mount Titlis and so one need not worry. One can find restaurants at the summit, Stand, Trubsee and at the base (i.e. near the cable car station/ valley station) as well.

Specially for Indians

There is a restaurant on Mount Titlis (I think it was at Trubsee cable car level) that serves an Indian Buffet. I don’t remember the name. I have not tried the food there but I saw many Indians and others as well dining there.
This is not all. At the foot of the mountain i.e near Engelberg Cable car station there is an Indian fast food joint. One can get samosas, vada pav, idli sambar, pav bhaji and a few more dishes there. But the icing on the cake is the adrak wali chai (ginger tea)
“Thandi thandi wadiyo mein adrak wali chai ka mazaa hi kuch aur hota hai”. Every indian who likes tea would agree to it.

Wait!!! it is not over yet. It was just the gluttony part. There is also the Bollywood dhamaka. At the summit, just near the entrance there is a full size cut out of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in their Dil Wale Dulhaniye Le jayenge- Mehendi Lga ke Rakhna song attire. Yes you read it correctly 🙂 🙂

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Apart from all the activities mentioned above we did a few other things as well. We got down at the Trubsee level and explored the beautiful Trubsee lake. We spent almost an hour and a half wandering around the Trubsee lake. It is a beautiful spot. I felt that I could spend hours doing nothing else but absorbing the beauty of the surroundings. It was such a serene and calm experience away from the crowd of the summit.

(Lake at Trubsee)

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We had visited Mount Titlis in the month of September this year. Even though the climate was wonderful but we were a bit disappointed. Majority of the snow had melted. The mountain peaks were covered in lesser amount of snow. Even the snow at Titlis was very muddy at some places. My suggestion would be to visit the place before mid of August if you are planning a summer trip.

But nonetheless, something good always arisesNear the Trubsee lake, there was a stream full of water from the melted glacier ice. It was a great experience seeing the water falling from the mountains and forming various streams. We also tasted the water. They say that water from the glaciers is sweet in taste, And indeed yes, it was sweet. I was fun chasing the course of the stream backwards to the foot of the mountain.

(Stream from the melted glacier)

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Another advise is to start early in the morning. In summers the activities on the summit as well as at Lake at Trubsee would require at least 5 hours if you want to have fun at a relaxed pace and devour as mush of the magnificent beauty as possible

All in all the trip to Titlis was a wonderful experience. The natural beauty of Mount Titlis and the surroundingd is phenomenal 🙂

Mount Titlis should be on the to do list if planning a trip to Switzerland

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