THE Melissa Freitas visited the city of Lucerne, Switzerland, and separated the best tips of what to know on a trip through the region
If you are planning a trip to Switzerland, without a doubt, you must know at least one of the wonderful mountains of this country. On my last trip, I stayed in Lucerne, in the hotel Grand Hotel National Luzern. During my stay in the city I decided to get to know the Mount Titlis on a round trip, which is entirely possible because Lucerne it is only 36 km from Engelberg and the train journey has stunning views.
The tour starts with train journey from Lucerne to Engelberg which has spectacular views of the alps, it is impossible to close your eyes, the route is really impressive. When you arrive at Engelberg train station, just wait for the Titlis official bus, it will take you to the mountain boarding point. The journey is short, about 1 km, and it is totally possible to do it on foot, but if it is winter I recommend taking a bus due to the low temperatures.
In the first minutes of going up on the cable car, it is already possible to get an idea of how beautiful the place is, the view from the village is incredible. The first stop is at the Trübsee station, which is 1,800 meters high, if you are traveling with children this is the perfect place to get off and enjoy lighter snow sports, such as snow tubing and others. The second stop is at the Stand station, which has a restaurant with a beautiful view of the Alps, and some ski routes, if it's lunch time, stopping there can be a good option, but don't worry if you have less time, at the top of the mountain there are also restaurants.
At the Stand station you can board the Titlis Rotair, which is the first cable car swivel in the world, it makes a 360° turn so you can enjoy incredible views from all angles of the Alps. The tip is to be one of the first to board, because that way you stay close to the glass and get more visibility. When you disembark at the last stop, Klein Titlis, you will come across an incredible structure, it is really impressive how they managed to build such a huge complex at 3,000 meters high.
The mountain has several attractions, the Glacier Cave is one of them and has about 150 meters of route and descends 20 meters below the surface of the glacier. The temperature inside the cave is around -1.5°C, and the place is really interesting. Another must-see attraction is the Titlis Cliff Walk, the highest suspension bridge in europe, which stands at an altitude of 3,041 meters, is 150 steps of pure emotion as it moves as you walk.
When leaving the suspension bridge, be sure to get off the Ice Flyer cable car, which was my favorite attraction on the mountain, it takes you from the top of Titlis to Glacier Park, I did the entire route and I loved it, don't miss it. By this point in the day you will probably be literally frozen and wanting to warm up, I recommend you head back to Klein Titlis station and head to the second floor where the mountain restaurant is. I loved having lunch there, because the views are wonderful, but it's hard to get a seat by the window, but if you can, relax and enjoy the view.
It is worth mentioning that the mountain has parking, and that the first hour is free. However, from the second hour onwards the price is fixed and costs 5 CHF per day, I recommend you pay as soon as you arrive as the lines are usually full at night. It is also possible to buy tickets at the box office directly on site, the opening hours of the box office are from 08:00 to 17:00.
If you have a pass through Lucerne or around the region, be sure to discover the Mount Titlis, the tour is really a must, and if you have more than one day, another famous tour in the Lucerne region is the climb to Mount Pilatus, which is also worth a visit.
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