My free-handed climb up to the 10,000 foot summit of Mt. Titlis would have impressed even the most skilled mountain climbers!
Had it happened.
As it turned out, it didn’t. We took the direct railway from Lucerne (you can read about Lucerne here), and once we arrived in Engelberg we bought our tickets for the cable cars that would take us up to the summit. I was under a time constraint, what can I say?
It’s true. We had taken the trip from Lucerne to Engelberg the week before, but were told at the ticket counter that due to wind the cable cars were shut down. “No one goes up mountain this day” the woman told us in broken English. So, we decided to go back to Lucerne and wait out the weather. We made an impromptu trip to Interlaken (read about my hanggliding adventure here!) and then came back to Engelberg to take a last shot at Mt. Titlis before having to move on.
This day, we were in luck. We excitedly boarded the cable cars, which are huge and in a constant rotation of going up and coming down the mountain side. So you can come and go at your own leisure, as the lines to board are short and fast paced. Other than my ears popping, it was a completely comfortable ride, if you dismiss the fact that I’m not a fan of heights!
The ride to the top takes maybe thirty minutes, but the views are stunning as you move from green grass, to sheer rock faces, and then over snow and glaciers. The temperature does drop a bit, so be sure to check the weather for the day you’re going and dress appropriately.
The Cliff Walk offers absolutely stunning views! The grated metal beneath your feet allows you to see thousands of feet below you, and proves to be pretty exhilarating. This should come at no surprise, as it’s the tallest suspension bridge in all of Europe.
It’s from the Cliff Walk that you can spot the “Mt, Titlis Buddha” – a smaller peak that (you guessed it) resembles a statue of Buddha. It is said that it brings good luck to any traveler that lays eyes on it.
There are places to sled and a glacier cave to walk through, a chocolate shop and a photo studio. You can easily spend several hours up on the summit. While you’re out frolicking, please be aware of the many marked signs, as there are roped off areas tourists aren’t supposed to go. Crevasses covered by blankets of snow, sheer drop offs, and sharp declines with icy surfaces pose danger even to those familiar with the area.
I won’t say whether or not I walked past that sign to get this shot. But I will say Mt. Titlis provides a plethora of stunning photo-ops. Be sure to check out the official website here for a list of all the attractions at it’s summit, ticket prices and discounts. If you want to stand among the Alps, this is where you need to be.
Have you been here? Headed here? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment in the section below!
I think it’s funny that you said you’re afraid of heights and yet you did this crazy hike and walked across an incredibly high suspension bridge. I am loving this blog because I have never been to crazy places like this but this inspires me to get out there and try something new! Keep up the adventures!
Well ya know what they say, the best things are on the other side of fear! Gotta get on with it! Haha check out my hang gliding adventure if ya like!
Wow that looks like an amazing trip. The pictures you took are great, you’ve seen some amazing views!
Thanks Katie! Yes I’ve been both blessed and lucky to have seen some of the things I’ve seen! I want the same for everyone else as well! Perhaps checking out this post may help some with their planning!
Wow, it looks like an amazing place to visit. My wife and I just finished a trip to Switzerland no more than a week ago and I hadn’t even heard of Mt. Titlis! Too bad, it looks awesome. I was awed to discover how many peaks over the 4000 meter mark Switzerland had in general, the scenery just floored me the entire trip. We’ve already raved to all of our friends about our trip and several are now planning their own, I’ll be sure to share this post so they add this to their schedule!
You know in my experience it never fails that no matter how much research I do for a trip, there’s always something that I miss! So happy you went and loved it though! Switzerland is by far one of my favorite European countries, the landscape is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing my post, super appreciate it and hope it can be helpful! I have one on Interlaken and Lucerne as well!
I absolutely love your post! Very interesting pictures and story. Looks liKe a very beautiful place to visit. I don’t travel much but if I ever do this will be one of the first on my list. Thank you for sharing your adventure!
It really is phenomenal! Thanks for stopping by!
Amazing photos and congratulations! One day I will be there haha, I want to travel the world and want to include Mt. Titlis to my bucket list 🙂
Thanks and I hope you do!!