Two Days in Lucerne were a great experience. Switzerland is synonymous with Lucerne. It is a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Lucerne in the centre of Switzerland. The nearest airports are Zurich (68 km) and Basel (104 km). Lucerne is connected by trains to …
General Reflections on Switzerland: Switzerland is a favoured destination for Indian travellers. I visited Switzerland twice. The first time it was …
We were in Lucerne and were on our way to the Lion Monument. On the way, we came upon the beautiful Church of St. Leodegar. It is also called the Hof Church. Originally built in 735, the present structure was erected in 1633. It is easily identifiable by its twin towers.
The church is one of the landmarks of Lucerne, Switzerland. It can be reached by a short walk from Chapel Bridge (600 metres). This part of the town has many small souvenir shops and restaurants. …
Mount Titlis is a great tourist spot in Switzerland. The Bollywood blockbuster DDLJ was shot in Engelberg and other parts of Switzerland. The area has hence become popular with Indian tourists. Mount Titlis on Swiss Alps has snow all the year round. It goes up to around 3,200 m and if the weather is good offers superb view of the distant mountains.
Getting to Mount Titlis
There was intermittent drizzle when we reached Lucerne on a Friday afternoon. But next day morning, there was bright sunshine. So we went to the Tourist Office at Lucerne railway station and bought our tickets to Titlis. The tickets cost CHF 120 each. It is a combo ticket and includes the train fare from Lucerne to Engelberg, cable car ride to the top of Mount Titlis and the entry fee. Considering the cost, ensure that you have a clear day before making this trip as otherwise you will be sorely disappointed.
There are trains from Lucerne to Engelberg every 60 minutes, at 10 minutes past the hour. Our train was full of visitors from India. After travelling for some time, we had to transfer to a bus for rest of the journey. This was because track repairs were in progress on the route.
The first part of the ascent to Mount Titlis is by cable cars which can seat six persons. We were able to sit back and watch pretty green meadows as well as the snow-clad mountain. Near the top, we transferred to a revolving Rotair car. There was much jostling as people attempted to occupy vantage points.
Visitors must keep in mind that the last descent from Titlis to Engelbeg is at 4:50 pm.
The temperature at the top was zero deg C. (It was 18 deg. C in Lucerne.) We were well protected with trekking shoes, thermals, jackets, gloves, caps and sun glasses. Luckily for us, it was mostly sunny and there was no rain.
Sun glasses are necessary on the glacier as there is strong glare from the snow. We enjoyed our time on the glacier although there were some slippery spots on the snow.
Panorama Restaurant on Titlis offers spectacular views and serves pizzas, pasta and desserts. There is also a picnic spot where you can enjoy your packed lunch. But we preferred to go down to Engelberg Stand and have hot dogs and coffee.
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