Our first day in Switzerland didn’t get of to a great start, we had a day tour of mountain in the Swiss Alps booked and we managed to sleep in. So to begin with we were rushed, we had to get up, get dressed and eat before ordering an Uber to where our tour would depart. It looked like we were going to make it with some time to spare, that was until our Uber arrived. To begin with she arrived at the wrong address, she messaged me however it wasn’t English so that was no help. I don’t remember exactly but she managed to pick us up but that wan;t the end of our troubles with her.
We had 15 minutes to get to where the tour was starting and her GPS said it was a 15 minute drive however as we got closer she was asking us where to go. You’d think a local in Zurich would know where to go especially with a GPS, because we sure didn’t. About 5 minutes out we got a call from the tour company asking where we were and we explained we were on our way. Eventually we arrived and frantically tried to work out which bus was ours from the 5-10 that were there. It was such a relief when eventually found it and where in our seats, any later and we would of probably missed the tour.
It was a 2.5 hour drive from Zurich to the base of Mt Titlis in Engelberg. Along the way we stopped in Kussnacht, a village situated on the north shore of Lake Lucerne. Although it was very cold it was sunny with not a cloud in the sky. We also made one more stop in Lucerne, home to the chapel bridge and the lion monument which are both historical sights in Switzerland. We had about an hour to walk around Lucerne, we got something to eat, had a look in the world famous Harry’s Watch shop. I didn’t bring any gloves with me to Europe so i decided to buy a pair whilst in Lucerne which turned out to be a good decision despite losing them only hours later. As we left Lucerne we began to get amazing views of the countless snowcapped mountains that make up the Swiss Alps. It was only a short drive from Lucerne to the base of Mt Titlis were we got out to temperatures of -6 it was still sunny.
From the base we took a gondola cable cable car as we ascended to the midway station of the mountain. The higher we went the greater the view was, it was amazing, there was snow capped mountains as far as you could see in every direction. From the midway station we got a revolving cable car that took us the the main station 3020 metres above sea level and the views from up there were even better. We were so lucky that we had a clear day with no clouds, at the top it was even colder, -14 to be exact. On the second cable car we met another Australia who was staying in the alps for the whole winter to snowboard, he said that last week it was -20 degrees which is crazy. It was so clod at the top that to take a photo we had to take of our gloves and in the 10-20 seconds it took to take the photos your hands would become so numb it was difficult to put your gloves back on.
We spent an hour or so walking around the knee deep snow on the summit taking in the amazing views as some clouds slowly moved in. Being so high up felt incredible, it was such an amazing experience. There was a small slope at the top where slide down on boards, I crashed a few times resulting in a couple of bruises and snow everywhere making it feel even colder. Our time on the mountain was winding down and we had to make our way back down to our bus, as we did it was slowly getting darker and inevitably colder but once we got back to the bus it was warm. Our tour guide along the way was great, she was highly informative giving us lot’s of information of Switzerland and in particular Zurich. On the ride back she spoke less as some people slept in an attempt to kill time on the 2.5 hour drive ahead of us. I highly recommend a tour of a mountain in the Swiss Alps whether that be Mt Titlis or another one like Mt Pilatus, it is such an incredible experience and one that i will remember for a long time.