Visiting Mount Titlis
06.24.2014 - 06.26.2014
After Interlaken, my Mom and I travelled East to Luzern (probably seen as Lucerne), Switzerland.
Day 1: Arrive and sight see around town
Luzern is situated around a lake and has a cute medieval feel to it, with cobblestoned lanes and little squares everywhere. The famous Chapel Bridge is the most known site in town. It was built in the 14th century and contains old paintings under the roof.
Another known site is the Lion Monument. This lion is carved into a cliff and is commemorating the Swiss soldiers who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution.
My mom and I also went on a Panorama-Yacht tour of the lake and got a nice view of all the mountains in the area.
Day 2: Mount Titlis
Day 2 in Luzern was very cloudy. Unfortunately, we had no days to spare and had to go up Mount Titlis today. Next time, we are going to leave an open schedule so we can go whenever the weather is right. Just like Jungfrau, even without the perfect weather, you can still appreciate how amazing it is to be on the top of the mountain…and in this case, the journey up to the top was the best part.
To get to the top there are 4 legs of the trip:
1) Travel from Luzern to Engelberg on train for 1 hour- Mom and I woke up at 5am to check the weather and we saw our best chance was getting on the 1st train out there at 7am
2) A gondola from Engelberg to Trubsee station for 20 min
3) A cable car to Stand Station for 10 min
4) Finally…a rotating gondola takes you tothe top at 3028 meters (9,934 feet) for another 10 min. That was the coolest part because you don't have to make sure you are in the right spot to see all the views!
Titlis is the only glacier in the region that is totally accessible. It was really cool to walk on top of it. The fun part was walking across the 3041 meter (9,977 feet) suspension bridge. It is Europe's highest suspension bridge and the cloudy day actually made it more eerie to walk across. I think we were walking through a cloud and all it looks like is that you are walking into the fog haha!
Also, funny part is that Indians loveeeee it here! I would say it was about 60% of Indians visiting Mount Titlis. I think one of their movies were filmed here. Mount Titlis even specifically caters for them by having an Indian restaurant up at top!
That night I had the last Swiss dish on my list: Fondue! We went to the Fondue house and got the full menu. It was awesome! And trust me…it was better than the Melting Pot :-P
I got the 3 course menu:
1) Cheese fondue with potatoes and bread
2) Bourguignonne - it's an oil that comes with beef and chicken with some veggies
3) Chocolate fondue
Mom got the Chinoise (I spelled that right by the way) fondue - it's an Asian meat broth and comes with chicken and beef. After we finished making all the meat, they gave us bowls to have it as soup!
After being in Switzerland for 5 days, on our last night I finally broke down. I told myself I was going to buy a Swiss army knife because all engineers should have one, but instead…I bought a Swiss watch. Oops!
Switzerland knows how to get you - so thankfully my Dad and sister weren't there because they are obsessed with watches! Overall, I loved Switzerland - I would love to come back to see the two mountains on clearer days. My only complaint is that this is the most expensive country. My mom and I tried to be cheap one day and went to McDonalds, but after the conversion I realized that we spent $30 for 2 meals! Crazy! But still, I think the food and the views make up for this.