Titlis, Switzerland | October 7, 2017
Few places in the world inspire jaw-dropping moments. Titlis—a mountain in the Swiss Alps—is one of those places. If you ever want some of the best views witnessable, add a spot like Titlis to your bucket list. At nearly 11,000 feet (over 3,000 meters) above sea level, Titlis is one of the most massive mountains in Switzerland and is accessible in stages by a rotating cable car. At the steep price of 92CHF (~$93), you will experience an unforgettable Swiss Alp mountain adventure.
The cable car ride to the peak starts in Engelberg, less than an hour south of Lucerne. We geared up with scarves, gloves, and beanies, paid our fare, and hopped on the first cable car. From the second I got on the cable car, I immediately saw the views that made it worth spending every single Swiss Franc.
After you get to the top of the first stage, there is a lake atop a plateau where you can have a barbecue or rent a boat. In a little while, I will tell you a bit about our "boat rental" experience where we could have died or been arrested.
At the peak, we were met with the out-of-this-world views promised by every blogger, travel book, and brochure. There, we were able to see a glacier cave and a suspension bridge. Known, as the Titlis Cliff Walk, this suspension bridge is the highest in Europe and spans the distance of 320 feet (98 meters). If you get the opportunity to check out, don't be the jerk who jumps up and down and rocks the bridge to taunt people. I almost threw the guy off the bridge who did that—not cool.
So after we walked the bridge—holding our breaths and watching every step we made—we made it to the outlook point where we gazed upon the endless mountains that faced us from the south. It was positively breathtaking. Although I tried to capture those moments with my camera, no picture can accurately do it justice.
As I mentioned earlier, I have a quick story, and I would be derelict in my blogging duties if I failed to mention it. After our descent from the peak, we went back to the plateau and decided at the last minute we would check out the lake real quick. There was a family BBQing, and I was taking pictures. Next thing I notice, I see my friends pouring out melted snow from a small rowboat and then hopping in it. Naturally, I did as well. So there we were four fully grown men—one of our buddies is 6'7"—who borrowed a rowboat and were now in the middle of a lake where the temperature was below freezing. Well, it was admittedly slightly terrifying, but breathtaking, and it couldn't have been a more impressive landscape.
- Before you take a trip to Titlis, go to their website to look at the live camera of the weather. The weather can change drastically from day to day, and you don't want to go on a day (or at a time) when there is a blizzard.
- Bring some shoes or boots that are meant for the snow; it can get a bit slippery up there with all that snow and ice.
- Don't take a rowboat without permission