Mount Titlis, Travel Information and Pictures

 

Access to the mountain
Greatly to Switzerland’s credit, you can visit Mount Titlis in a wheelchair without notifying the authorities in advance. All cable car stations have a lift; the only place you need to give prior notice of your intention to visit is the Glacier Cave.

Getting There
Titlis is geographically about the centre of Switzerland. It is the only snow paradise to be reached within one and a half hours from Lucerne, Zurich, Basel and Berne. Continue the journey from Engelberg with 3 different cable cars to Mount Titlis (3'020 m / 10'000 ft).
Bergbahnen Engelberg-Truebsee-Titlis (BET AG for short) is the official name under which the Titlis railways operate. In December 1992 Rotair was officially opened as the world’s first revolving aerial cable car. During the last 600 metres of the flight the car turns through 360° to give everyone a panoramic view of the breathtaking landscape. At Klein-Titlis visitors can enjoy the Panorama Restaurant, observation hall and sun terrace for a stunning view of the Bernese Oberland, the Uri Alps and as far as Lake Lucerne. (Many of these images feature in the pictures below.)

Titlis Tourist Information
Engelberg Tourist Centre is at 3 Klosterstrasse and is open 08.00-17.30 every day in winter, and every day except Sunday in summer. They can help you with travel information and accommodation reservations, as well as selling you lift tickets, maps and souvenirs.

It might not look it in all the pictures, most of which were taken in summer, but Titlis is a good ski resort for all the family, and caters to all tastes. There are 82 km (over 50 miles) of ski slopes for downhill skiing or snowboarding on blue, black and red runs, served by 14 lifts to ensure hassle-free skiing.
There is a world of magic to be found in and around the Titlis Glacier. Visitors venture up to 15m below the glacier surface surrounded by walls of glistening ice, in the Glacier Ice Cave (pictured). You can access this illuminated small cave from inside the Klein Titlis cable car station. Also in the photos is the glacier chair lift, ICE Flyer, which takes you over the glacier itself, and you can look down into the crevasses below. Groups of 10 or more can book a guided 2.5 hour hike on the glacier in the morning, and in the afternoon abseil down one of the fissures (3 hours).

If you want to experience Titlis mountain in peace and quiet after the day trippers have departed down the valley, you can book one of the 37 rooms in the Berghotel Truebsee (Truebsee Alpine Lodge), located halfway between Engelberg and the summit and only accessible by cable car, which closes at 4.30pm. Your room price includes a 4-course evening meal and breakfast buffet. If you are spending a day on the mountain but you don’t want to stay, there are plenty of options for eating. At Truebsee Alpine Lodge there is a self-service restaurant, open all day for snacks like soup and salad or pasta and pizza, and a sun terrace with tables for eating outside in good weather. For those wanting an alcoholic drink with their food, the Truebsee Bar and Lounge serves hot and cold drinks alongside club sandwiches, spare ribs and steak tartare. Then there is an Italian table service restaurant called Lago Torbido at the middle station (Truebsee) of the TITLIS Express.

Some History
Mount Titlis was probably first climbed as early as 1739, and certainly there is a written record of four men reaching the summit in 1744. Now, those of a strong disposition can undertake the Titlis Cliff Walk, a 300 feet long pedestrian walkway - in fact the world’s highest (and scariest) suspension bridge – 450 metres above the glacier and 3,000 metres above sea level (see pictures). The bridge was completed in 2012 in five months and cost £1m to build. It is only 3 feet wide, so the Cliff Walk could get rather crowded, although vertigo and gusts of wind up to 200 km an hour may reduce the numbers willing to give it a try!
Mount Titlis is, believe it or not, the star of many Bollywood movies, and this is why large numbers of tourists from India visit the mountain and the pretty village of Engelberg in the valley below, which is where many of the films by Yash Chopra are shot. One such film was ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, made about 20 years ago in Hindi and starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. There is even a cinema poster life-size cut-out of them in the open air restaurant near the summit, with which you can pose for selfies!

Other pictures
Also to be seen in the photos below are: the Mt Titlis telecommunications tower (carrying point to point microwave radio links and vhf/uhf repeaters.); the Restaurant Alpstübli (at Titlis top station, 3 restaurants and a bar under one roof); alpine flowers; and several views down the mountain to the valley below, and of neighbouring mountain tops.
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