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Published: June 21st 2017
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Today was our big day for a trip up to the top of Mt. Titlis to be in the snow and see the amazing views. Luckily we woke to a spectacularly beautiful morning with clear blue skies.
Firstly we had a delicious breakfast at the hotel. It was the usual Swiss style continental breakfast with lots of breads, rolls, cheese and meats. There was also perfectly cooked boiled eggs, somehow kept warm in a warmer, but still runny – not sure how they managed that. We ate breakfast looking at the spectacular view of the bridge and river in the early sunlight.
We walked across to Lucerne station and caught the train to Engelberg, which was free with our Tell Pass. It was a lovely train ride, including a rather long tunnel. The scenery once we left the tunnel was amazing. It was if we had landed in a Christmas card! There was just snow everywhere, we never get to see things like this in Australia.
Once we arrived at Engelberg we purchased our tickets for the cable cars up to the top of Titlis. With the Tell Pass, instead of paying the full price of €86 per person
return, we only paid €32.50 each – a massive saving.
Firstly we boarded a six person gondola for the trip to 20 minute trip to Trübsee. Luckily it wasn't too busy, so the four of us had one to ourselves. The views from the gondola were beautiful as we climbed higher and higher. After we got off the six person gondola, we then boarded an 80 person gondola to Stand. Again spectacular views of skiers and people far below in the snowy landscape. At Stand, we boarded the final leg of our trip, the 80 person Rotair that rotates a full 360 degrees during the climb. This was also a five minute ride and the views were quite simply stupendous, better than I have ever seen.
Upon arriving at Titlis, we headed first for the Glacier Cave. This was an very cold, interesting experience. The cave is around 150 metres long and apparently 20 metres under the glacier. The ice is incredibly thick and the light a weird shade of blue.
We then wandered around looking at the available restaurants. There was a self service restaurant and a full service restaurant with amazing views of the surrounding snow and ice. I
went in and asked them to reserve a table for us for a little later in the day.
Next was our walk over the Titlis Cliff Walk which is apparently the highest suspension bridge in Europe. It stretches for 150 metres to the summit and sways gently in the breeze. Very scary but incredible all at the same time. At the end of the Cliff Walk was the station for our final activity which was a ride on the Ice Flyer – a chairlift whisking us across the glacier. It was totally freezing, apparently minus 12 degrees, while we were riding. Again, the scenery was unbelievable.
We returned to the comfortable warmth of the Panorama Restaurant where we ate local sausages and potatoes with a lovely bottle of red wine. This was all enjoyed with the most astounding views outside the picture windows.
We then reversed the journey to return to Lucerne. Once we got off the train it was close to dusk so we walked over the river to see the Lowendenkmal (Lion Monument). What a beautiful sculpture it is – the lion has such a sad face. On the way back to the hotel Gary and I did some
shopping for the Swiss watch that he wanted to take home.
We finished the day with dinner at a local Italian restaurant called Da Ernesto just along the riverfront. I ate a delicious Saltimbocca a la Romana.
I think that this was the best day of our entire holiday, certainly the most beautiful.
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