[This is the third of three postings on our all-day bus tour from Zurich to Lucerne and Mt Titlis on May 11, 2012. See The Road to Lucerne for the first posting and Sight-seeing Lucerne in less than an hour for the second posting.]
It was a pleasant ride through the Swiss countryside to Engelberg. We encountered some interesting buildings, several waterfalls and lots of hang gliders on the way. After 45 minutes our bus stopped in a huge parking lot at the foot of Mt Titlis.
Mt Titlis is a tad over 10,000 feet high and is the highest mountain in the Central Swiss Alps. There are three different cable systems to get to the top and then there is a fourth system, a ski lift called the Ice Flyer, that takes you over the glacier at the top. There is snow all year-round on the top of Mt Titlis.
The first system consisted of gondolas that fit four people comfortably. We jumped in an empty car and four more followed us. We were not comfortable. Thankfully, the ride did not take long. A third of the way up the mountain we transferred to a second system containing large cars that held 40 people each. When it is crowded you can only see the view right in front of you. Then two-thirds up the mountain we transferred to another system, the famous Mt Titlis Rotair cars, the only ski lift in the world that rotates as you go up, giving you a 360 degree view no matter how crowded it is.
What a day! We all agreed that our tour guide did an excellent job keeping us informed and organized during the day.
We drove back to Lucerne, picked up the couple who chose Mt Rigi, and then rode back to Zurich, arriving shortly before 7:00pm. We then shopped for awhile at the train station before hopping on a train back to the airport where we had dinner before hitching a ride on the shuttle back to our hotel. And soon we were sleeping and dreaming about the last two days.
Yesterday we saw Zurich. Today we saw Switzerland!