Today we were exploring the heart of Switzerland, starting from its most ‘phenomenal’ destination Engelberg. At first, driving through tranquil lakes, traditional wooden homes, acres and acres of lush pastures, and snow-clad mountains for as far as we could look, Engelberg was “Wow” from every angle. And then we arrived at the hills of the alpine countryside, throbbing our hearts with a thrill rush. Entering Engelberg gave us the first-impression of this medieval city, flourishing with iconic landmarks, banking and finance corporates, and most importantly, chocolate and watch stores.
Engelberg from Lucerne, Interlaken, and Lake Trübsee
Lucerne to Engelberg 40 minutes by Car, and 60 minutes by Train
Interlaken to Engelberg 1.30 Hours by Car, and 3 Hours by Train
Lake Trübsee to Engelberg 40 minutes by Train
Even though, in a faraway land, we could see ourselves Skiing and hike through those magnanimous glacier mountains. And so, for our first trip, we decided to navigate the glacier mountains of Mount Titlis, the snow paradise of Switzerland. From what we noticed, a lot of tourists visit this Swiss Village only to, unearth the most-spoken about Titlis and the four lakes surrounding it. When we first arrived at the Titlis ticket counter, light drizzles were sprinkling all over the grey flooring on a June afternoon. After securing our tickets, we climbed our way up on the stairs leading to the air Tram hallway. Accompanied by a bunch of adorable puppies traveling with their human parents.
Before we knew, it was time for us to board the black tinted Tram equipped with an ‘enjoyable’ sofa seating. Next one hour was well-spent, floating in the air, above the ‘mystical’ pine forests and Swiss lakes, we had been reading about all along. (Trubsee is the most-important glacier lake of this region!) On and off, a small glimpse of Swiss cows and homes, from inside of our ‘Rotair’ cable car is what got us acquainted with the Swiss countryside. What was interesting though, was that we could also view the other cable cars roving on the parallel ropeways and each one of these vehicles displayed flags from different countries emitting a revolutionary message.
Cable Ride Price in Euro, and INR
Engelberg-Titlis: One Way (€ 62, ₹ 4500) | Return is €86 or ₹6300
Three days Hiking Pass Engelberg to Titlis for 1 Adult is €70 or ₹5200
Three days Biking Pass Engelberg to Titlis for 1 Adult is €61 or ₹4500
Appearing from the fog, and landing into the greenest dew-induced forests is a rare pleasure only, Mount Titlis route can offer. Which, has been in action since 1927, when the first cable car operated in this area. Fitted with an ‘effective’ car heating system, and a rotating axis, these cable cars are the best way to get a 360-degree view of the phenomenal Swiss panoramas. Which, gets better and better as you approach the deep glacier ice mountains steeped in the magical tales of snow.
As a matter of fact, last 5-minutes of this trip is when we ‘actually’ got close (like really close), to Titlis’s snow-cloaked peaks. The postcard-perfect snowscape ploddingly disappears, as the field of vision begins to notice the sleek yellow metallic pillars, resting against a red station drop-back. And here we were, 3000 meters above the ground level!