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Mount Titlis | Home to world's first rotating cable car

Experience the thrill of Mount Titlis in the Swiss Alps! Explore classic attractions at the summit, including the glacier cave, where you can surround yourself with ancient ice. For the adventurous, dare to walk on the cliff walk, guaranteed to ge...

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5+ hours

VISITORS PER YEAR

1200000

EXPECTED WAIT TIME - STANDARD

0-30 mins (Peak), 0-30 mins (Off Peak)

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Did you know?

Mount Titlis has snow all year round.

Mount Titlis has Europe's highest suspension bridge, the Titlis Cliff Walk, providing thrilling views of the Alps and the drop below.

Scenes from one of Indian cinema's biggest hits, 'Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge,' were shot in the picturesque backdrop of Mount Titlis.




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Why is Mount Titlis a must-visit?

  • Revel in the stunning scenery: Picture yourself high up on Mount Titlis, more than 3,000 meters above sea level. You're surrounded by the stunning Swiss Alps, with snowy peaks and deep valleys stretching out as far as the eye can see. It's like being in a dream, with nature's beauty all around you.
  • Spot rare wildlife: Come and meet the amazing animals of Mount Titlis! Take a stroll along the mountain trails and keep your eyes peeled for adorable marmots, majestic ibexes, and graceful chamois. It's like stepping into their world, right in their natural habitat.
  • Experience the world famous Rotair: Ride the Mount Titlis' Rotair – the world's first rotating cable car! As you soar towards the summit, this one-of-a-kind transportation treats you to a full-circle view of the scenery all around.
  • Indulge in activities throughout the year: Whether you visit in summer or winter, there are plenty of things to do, including hiking, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and snowshoeing. The Titlis glacier park ensures that visitors can enjoy snow sports even in the summer months.
  • Soak in the culture: In addition to its natural wonders, Mount Titlis is a testimony to Swiss culture, and features a variety of restaurants serving delicious Swiss cuisine such as fondue (melted cheese served with bread), raclette (melted cheese scraped onto potatoes and pickles), rösti (shredded and fried potatoes), and Swiss chocolate. You can find traditional Swiss items such as Swiss watches, Swiss army knives, cowbells, embroidered textiles like handkerchiefs and tablecloths, alpine-themed trinkets etc. at the souvenir shops.

Geography of Mount Titlis

Mount Titlis features diverse terrain ranging from rocky outcrops to snow-capped peaks, reaching an elevation of 3,238 meters (10,623 feet). Its extensive glacier, the Titlis Glacier, covers an area of approximately 1.5 square kilometers, offering year-round opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and glacier trekking.

Titlis straddles the border between Obwalden and Bern, towering above the Engelberg valley. It's the highest point in Obwalden and the Engelberg valley. To the east, it overlooks the Grassen, where the cantonal boundaries of Obwalden, Bern, and Uri converge. The mountain divides the watersheds of the Aare and Reuss rivers. Its northern flank is adorned by the receding Titlis Glacier, while the south presents a rocky face above the Wenden Glacier. The east overlooks the Firnalpeligletscher.

History of Mount Titlis

Mount Titlis has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with evidence of human habitation found in nearby caves. Throughout history, Mount Titlis has been a site of pilgrimage, adventure, and natural wonder, and saw its name evolve from Tuttelsberg to Titlis over the centuries. The first ascent likely occurred in 1739, with documented success in 1744. Notably, in 1904, Joseph Kuster and Willi Amrhein made the first ski ascent. In 1967, a cable car to Klein Titlis was inaugurated, and in 2012, the thrilling Titlis Cliff Walk opened, offering visitors spectacular views.

Mount Titlis in pop culture

Mount Titlis in pop culture

Mount Titlis, located in central Switzerland, has made notable appearances in pop culture, particularly in Indian cinema. It has been a popular location for shooting Bollywood movies, largely due to its picturesque landscapes. One of the most popular movies shot here is Yash Raj Films' "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (1995).

This film not only immortalized Mount Titlis as the quintessential romantic backdrop but also cemented Switzerland’s image as the ultimate vacation paradise for middle-class Indians, who dream of experiencing the idyllic romance of the Swiss Alps. Today, a testament to the movie's enduring popularity and impact is the cutout of the movie's actors, Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, on Mount Titlis, serving as a nostalgic homage to the film and attracting fans to this cinematic landmark.

Myths & Legends about Mount Titlis

  • Mount Titlis is full of symbols, mysteries, and hints of mythical beings, which makes it even more fascinating. Legend has it that climbing the mountain was prohibited due to the belief that the ghost of Pontius Pilate, a Roman governor, resided in its lake; disturbing him would result in storms and thunderstorms.
  • Another legend goes like this: Fire-breathing flying dragons were said to inhabit the rocky crevices, and when a wandering farmer accidentally fell into one, the dragons sheltered him throughout the winter and safely released him afterward.

Frequently asked questions about Mount Titlis

How did Mount Titlis get its name, and what does it signify?

Mount Titlis is named after the German word "Teufelsberg," meaning "Devil's Mountain," possibly due to its imposing appearance.

What are the main attractions at Mount Titlis?

The main attractions at Mount Titlis include panoramic views of the Swiss Alps, the Titlis Rotair cable car, the Titlis Glacier Cave, Titlis Cliff Walk, Europe's highest suspension bridge; snow sports like skiing and snowboarding; hiking trails offering picturesque views; and various dining options showcasing Swiss cuisine.

Is the visit to Mount Titlis free?

No, visiting Mount Titlis typically requires purchasing tickets for activities such as cable car rides, access to attractions like the Glacier Cave, and participation in recreational activities such as skiing or snowboarding.

How do I book tickets to visit Mount Titlis?

You can book tickets to Mount Titlis either online or offline. However, the best way to purchase Mount Titlis tickets is online.

How much does it cost to visit Mount Titlis?

The starting price for Mount Titlis tickets is CHF 96. Depending on the experience chosen, the prices can go up to CHF 348.77.

How much time is needed to visit Mount Titlis?

The amount of time needed to visit Mount Titlis can vary depending on factors such as the activities you wish to do and how much time you want to spend enjoying the scenery. Generally, a full day excursion is recommended to fully experience Mount Titlis, including travel time to and from the mountain, enjoying the various attractions, and engaging in outdoor activities such as skiing or hiking. This could range from 6 to 8 hours or more.

What should I wear when visiting Mount Titlis?

When visiting Mount Titlis, wear layered clothing including moisture-wicking base layers, insulating layers like fleece, waterproof outerwear, sturdy waterproof boots, sun protection, and consider bringing extra clothing for changing weather conditions.

Are there picnic spots on Mount Titlis?

The Panorama terrace is an ideal spot for a picnic, and you can take your lunch there.

Is there a prayer room at Mount Titlis?

Yes, there is a tranquil space at the Titlis station that is open to all for prayer, devotion, meditation, contemplation, reflection, silent thought, or any spiritual activity.