Titlis Glacier

Here’s a great outing to beat the summer heat and get some great views without the work. We went to Titlis, a glacier reached from Engelberg valley, southwest of Luzern. It takes a series of gondolas to get to the top, including the world’s first revolving aerial cableway. At the top, there are a few restaurants (the pizzeria was better than average), a glacier cave (slightly scary for toddlers), and a large area of glacier snow to play in, while you take in the views. If you also want to hike, there are several trails at Trübsee, the halfway point, including the Knörrliweg. I thought it was much more beautiful and fun than Pilatus, the other tall peak in the Luzern area.
Location:   Central Switzerland
Address: Titlisbahn – Schnistrasse 12, 6390 Engelberg CH
Car: 1hr10 from Zurich
Train: 1hr50 from Zurich
Trail: short walk on glacier
Condition: snow
Skill: easy
Open: year round, weather dependent
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Getting Here

By car: Drive to Engelberg and follow signs to Titlisbahn. Park in the metered lot next to the base station.

By transit: Take a train to Engelberg, then a bus to Titlisbahn.

Impressions

The arrival in Engelberg valley is spectacular before you even go up the gondola.

At the base station. You’ll take a series of cable cars from there to the top.

At the top, there is restaurant, an ice tunnel in the glacier, and a big area on the glacier where you can walk around.

When we went, there was an area set aside for kids, with snowball scoops, a snowman target, and shovels for snow digging. The snow was very wet and slushy, so bring your rain gear to keep the kids from getting too wet. Our 3yr old had so much fun we could barely pull him off the mountain.

Gorgeous views all around.

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