Niks is a travel bird, who has the ambition to explore the globe. He shares some of the offbeat travel destinations in India.
Switzerland is indeed a heaven on Earth. It's a world-class dream destination for travel enthusiasts across the globe. It's the ideal place for honeymoon couples. As we entered Switzerland, I was thrilled by the sight of the Alps covered with snow. After visiting some sensational sights like the Rhine falls, The Lion Monument, Lucerne city and the cruise at the Lake Lucerne, we were heading towards the most-awaited and thrilling journey towards the base of Mount Titlis. Switzerland's beauty is portrayed in many Indian films. This beauty touched the heart of every Indian through the Hit films of Bollywood that have been shot at this chilling location.
The currency of Switzerland is Swiss Franc, abbreviation - CHF. Euros are accepted in some places but you will get the change in CHF.
Heavenly Divine Titlis
From Lucerne city, you can board a train that takes you to Engelberg.
Engelberg is a heavenly delightful place surrounded by the Alps. We had a stay in a hotel at Engelberg.
I loved the astounding view of the Alps through the windows of my hotel room. I became a big fan of Engelberg as everything about this place is so admiring. Indeed, Nature at its best. There's a walking distance of around 10 to 15 minutes from the Engelberg railway station to the Titlis valley station. Here starts the fun journey. Now you have to get into an 8 seater cable car that takes you up the mountain. As we entered the car, I saw the alpine trees passing downwards. The scene changed from green to white as we reached the snow-clad region of the mountain. Now it was like all the green meadows were hiding beneath the clouds and all the snow-clad part of the mountain was rising through the clouds. The cable car arrived at the mid-station called "Trubsee" and we entered into a revolving cable car which is called The TITLIS ROTAIR, that took us to the top of Titlis. It takes you about 3,020 meters above sea-level!
What an infrastructure at such a great altitude! By reaching the top I was stunned by the beauty of snow-covered mountain peaks surrounded by the dense clouds. It was a dream come true moment to see the snowfall. I could see the snowflakes falling on my jacket. It reminded me of the movie "Frozen"
How to get there
Bern Airport - Lucerne - Engelberg
Zurich Airport - Lucerne - Engelberg
The best mode of transport from Zurich to Engelberg is Train. You have to change the train at Lucerne and then head towards Engelberg. You can also consider a bus or car.
You can get a Train from Bern to Engelberg. The journey includes one train change. However, if you want to drive then it will be the cheaper and quickest way to get to Engelberg.
If you are from Mumbai, set your watch about 3 to 3.5 hours backward as per the Swiss time.
If you are from NewYork, set your watch about 6 hours ahead as per the Swiss time.
This doesn't matter when you are at Titlis because nature's magic makes you forget the time, day and date.
Titlis has snow throughout the whole year. At such a high altitude you must wear heavy jackets as well as thermal wear. The temperature rarely rises more than 3 degrees. Most of the time it is below zero degrees.
After clicking pictures of the snow-filled mesmerizing heaven, we started walking towards the Ice Grotto. Ice Grotto is a long walk inside the Glacier caves. Its quite chilling inside. The surface is slippery. so it is recommended to hold the railings while walking. walking through these blue caves with the lights was a divine experience. I got a clear idea about how the igloos looked from inside.
Titlis Cliff Walk
We were coming closer to yet another thrilling experience, "Titlis Cliff Walk". It's the highest suspension bridge in Europe! It's about 100 meters long and one meter wide. Crossing this bridge is not as easy as the other activities on Titlis. The depths below this bridge are amazeballs. Get an amazing view of the mountains full of snow as you walk 3041 meters above the sea level.
Next was the "Ice Flyer". Ice Flyer is a chairlift that takes you to the glacier park. I was stunned by the view of the glaciers when I looked down. This chair was 3000 meters above the sea level and below me, was the world dressed in clouds and snow, as if it's the "Ice Age" era. The flyer is closed if the climate gets unfavorable for it to operate or when the maintenance work of the cableways is going on. I was lucky. A few members of our group were hesitating to go at first but as they saw our faces lightened up by the sight of snow they decided to go. The Ice Flyer is a very safe and secure ride. It was eye-catching, heart-pounding, breath taking and mind-blowing ride.
We arrived at the most dynamic part of the Titlis - The Glacier Park. It offers all types of snow activities depending upon the weather conditions. Summertime is the best one. Adventure loving beings love this place.
There is a wide range of snow gliding activities. Snowtubing is a fun-filled recreation. You have to sit on a rubber tube that slides you down the slope full of snow. The tube rotates while sliding down. This exciting ride bounces at the bumps, it twirls but it is safe just like all the other rides on Titlis.
Restaurants and Bar:
Titlis offers a variety of food and drinks. Providing all kinds of facilities at such a high altitude is quite striking. I must say, "Indeed a marvelous creation". After we enjoyed the rides we went to the Movenpick ice cream bar. Having ice - cream at a height more than 3000 meters, another great experience! There were ice creams of different flavors. We had our meal at Trubsee - the midway station of the cable cars. The meal was delicious. The cherry on the cake at Titlis is that You get a splendid view of the mountains while you eat food at restaurants or bars.
Here are some restaurants and bars at Titlis and Trubsee :
*Titlis Panorama Restaurant
*Self- Service Panorama Restaurant
*Movenpick Ice Cream Bar
*Titlis Snack Bar
*Trubsee Bar and Lounge
*Trubsee Self - Service
Plus, there are many restaurants and bars at Engelberg which offers good food.
Other Swiss Attractions:
Here are some of the tourist destinations in Switzerland that I visited:
1`Jungfrajoch - Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe is the Highest Railway Station in Europe. The Ice Palace at the top of the Europe is wonderful. This place is as beautiful as Mt.Titlis. It's about 3,466 meters above sea level!
2`Rhine falls - The Largest waterfall in Europe. Very Spectacular!
3` Chapel Bridge - It is located in Lucerne City. This is a covered wooden pedestrian Bridge built in the medieval era and was rebuilt in 1993.
4`The Lion Monument - This monument is carved on solid rock. This is the popular and largely visited place.
5` Trummelbach falls - Look at the glacier waterfalls from Inside of the mountains.
6` Lucerne City - This is a happening city with musicians playing music on the crowded streets. This is one of the places where you can buy swiss watches, knives, and chocolates.
7`Lake Lucerne Cruise - Take a Cruise at Lake Lucerne and enjoy the sight of the swans while chilling with a glass of wine. Soothing experience!
This is the video which contains photos of the popular locations in Switzerland
All you travel freaks, witness the Nature's Bliss and Serenity in Switzerland. The memories of Mount Titlis gives me GooseBumps as I begin imagining myself being a Bird and flying over the Alps in my Dreams.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Niks
Niks (author) from India on February 15, 2020:
Thanks, Devika. Mount Titlis is truly a winter paradise. Do visit it. Its beauty makes travellers speechless. I would like to visit it again and again.
Suchismita Pradhan from India on February 03, 2020:
Switzerland is always there in my bucketlist.Hope some day I will make it.I enjoyed the virtual tour to the wonderland through your article..Thanks for sharing.
Niks (author) from India on February 03, 2020:
Thank you so much, keep commenting. Yeah, Switzerland is an awesome location for all the tourists across the world.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 03, 2020:
It is an adventure to visit Mount Titlis. You explained in detail and Switzerland is fantastic place to visit.
Mahesh Chandra Gaur on January 20, 2020:
Switzerland is really a heaven in Europe, in fact, entire Europe is a beautiful place to visit. You have given a very good and detailed account of your journey. Keep sharing such beautiful experiences.
Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on January 17, 2020:
A wonderful article where you explained and shared all your experience with easy language.
Niks (author) from India on November 03, 2019:
I would love to visit Gornergrat. Thank you, Matt.
I Love Entire Europe and Switzerland is my dream destination.
Robert Clarke from UK on November 02, 2019:
Not done Titlis before but I recently went to the Gornergrat area and it was fantastic! I love Switzerland.
Bhushan Kummar from Mumbai on October 30, 2019:
The article is as beautiful as the place itself. Though I have seen Switzerland in Hindi films but never knew so much about the this beautiful country. Yash Chopra would have been proud of You Niks with such a beautiful description.
Roshan on October 28, 2019:
Keep travelling and writing it's inspiring.
Niks (author) from India on October 27, 2019:
Gald to hear from you. Yes, I m looking forward to come up with lots of helpful articles for travel freaks and for those who want to take a break from their regular routine. Thanks, Swapnil.
Niks (author) from India on October 27, 2019:
thanks a lot, Surya. coming with more articles that will be helpful for travelers like you. Definitely plan to visit Switzerland, its indeed a heavenly place.
Swapnil Ghosh from Kolkata on October 26, 2019:
A very detailed articles including all the steps from A to Z. Beautifully explained. Will surely be of help.
Surya Sashank Rasinkar on October 26, 2019:
Switzerland has been always in my bucket list to visit.
But this article gave me a clear way where to go and what to visit in precise
Niks (author) from India on October 26, 2019:
yes Cliff walk is indeed very interesting. for me, Its the most thrilling walk on any pedestrian bridge in my whole travel memories so far. Thank you, I will keep writing more.
Niks (author) from India on October 26, 2019:
Thanks for the comments, Murali Sir. You have got many interesting articles. I will definitely read them.
Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on October 26, 2019:
Hi Niks, Chilling brilliance of Titlis is amazing. Nice article describing travel tips and route details. Well constructed elements and good read. Best wishes.
Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on October 25, 2019:
A great read. Glacier Park, Ice Flyer, Ice Grotto have attracted me a lot. Cliff walk sounds interesting.
Tess from Hawaii on October 25, 2019:
I'm hoping to visit Switzerland next year. Thanks for sharing these fun ideas.
Liz Westwood from UK on October 25, 2019:
Your article brings back great memories as I recall visiting some of the places on your list many years ago. This is a fascinating account of your trip and it has a lot of helpful information in it for anyone planning a similar trip.
Suchismita Pradhan from India on October 25, 2019: