One of the many things I love about Switzerland is that there’s always somewhere new to explore whether that be a city whose streets you’ve yet to wander, a lake that you haven’t yet cruised on, or a mountain that you’re yet to conquer.
For a mountain lover like me, there are endless choices as Switzerland has more than 10,000 named mountains. 10,000!!
And thanks to Switzerland’s compact size, many of these mountains can be easily reached from the major cities, too.
Take Mt. Titlis, for example. The valley cable car station to Mt. Titlis is just 45 minutes from Lucerne so it’s super-easy to get to and, as well as incredible views, there is lots to see and do there – which makes me wonder, why haven’t I ever been here?
Like I said, there is always something new to discover whether you’re planning your first visit to Switzerland or your 20th.
I met today’s guest, Peter Niederberger, at a recent Switzerland Tourism event in Melbourne, Australia, and invited him to tell us all about Mt. Titlis and the village of Engelberg.
Peter is the Overseas Sales Manager for Mt. Titlis and has spent most of his life in the Engelberg valley. He is passionate about this little part of Switzerland and has lots of great information – and some local secrets – to share with us today.
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Peter Niederberger was born in Engelberg and has spent most of his life in the Engelberg Valley. He loves sharing his love of nature and outdoor sports with his family in this beautiful part of Switzerland.
Peter is the Overseas Sales Manager for TITLIS.
In this episode you’ll discover:
- Things to do at Engelberg and Mt. Titlis
- How to get to there and prepare for your trip
- How long to allow for an excursion to Mt. Titlis
- Why should you visit Mount Titlis
- Operating dates of Mt. Titlis cableway
- Useful tips for planning a visit to Mt. Titlis
- Best spots for skiing
- Secret tips from Peter
Places and activities mentioned in this episode
>> Engelberg – a small town at the end of the Engelberg valley in central Switzerland, Engelberg is known as a year-round resort. It offers something for everyone thanks to its historic sites, natural wonders and outdoor sports activities including skiing. One of Engelberg’s most well-known sites is its 12th century Benedictine Monastery.
>> Alpine Cheese Trail – the Engelberg region is home to seven alpine cheese dairies, all of which can be reached on foot. It’s possible to visit all of them on a multi-day, 47-kilometre long hike, or choose one of two to visit in a single day. Find out more about the Alpine Cheese Trail > here.
>> Farmer’s cable cars – another unique way to travel around Engelberg Valley is on the Buiräbähnli, or farmer’s cable cars. These rustic cable cars were originally built to transport farmers between the town and their farms up on the mountains but today visitors can enjoy a ride in them, too.
>> Via Ferratas – Engelberg is home to no less than five via ferratas, as well as eight climbing gardens and numerous alpine climbing routes, making it the ideal destination for adventures sports lovers.
>> Mt. Titlis – the ‘home’ mountain of Engelberg, Mt. Titlis offers the highest viewpoint in central Switzerland. The Titlis glacier, the only one in the region accessible to the public, has year-round snow. There are many activities to enjoy at Mt. Titlis including a Glacier Cave, the Titlis Cliff Walk suspension bridge and snow activities. Mt. Titlis is also a very popular destination for skiers as it offers the longest ski season in the Alps.
>> Trübsee – Trübsee is an intermediate stop on the cable car route between Engelberg and the summit of Mt. Titlis. Here you’ll find an alpine lake and lots of fun activities for kids including a trampoline, a bag jump and and adventure playground. There are also some wonderful hiking trails that start and/or finish at Trübsee. One that Peter recommends is the Waterfall Trail. You can even stay the night at the Trübsee Alpine Lodge.
>> Marmot Trail (hike to Engstlenalp) – another of Peter’s favourite hikes is the Murmeliwanderung, or Marmot Trail. The hike starts and finishes at Trübsee and takes you to Engstlenalp where another spectacular alpine lake awaits. Along the way you may spot marmots, chamoix or ibex. The hike takes five hours (including a cable car ride) but is classified as easy. More info > here.
There is plenty of information to help you plan your visit to the region on the official websites Engelberg.ch and Titlis.ch.
You can also read our detailed guide to How to visit to Mt. Titlis and our guide to 18 of the best things to do in Engelberg. They include information on getting to Engelberg by train and car from Lucerne and Zurich, as well as day tour options from Zurich.
Good to know: Holders of a Swiss Travel Pass get 50% off the Mt. Titlis ticket price, whilst Tell Pass holders can visit Mt. Titlis for free. Visitors who don’t hold one of these travel passes can buy their cable car tickets here.
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