Photo. View towards the surrounding Alps from the top of Mount Titilis in Switzerland.
This was the day for suspense thrill in Switzerland. Encompassing part of the Alps that run through Europe, Switzerland is a very mountainous country with 208 mountains over 3,000m high and 24 over 4,000m, and we were going to one of these mountain, Mount Titlis.
We started the day with a 40-minute coach ride from Zurich in pursuit of the Swiss Alps. First stop was at Astrid Chappel by a lake, and then we continued our journey to the historical city Lucerne. Once in Lucerne we spent about an hour and a half exploring. We began by walking the Kapellbrücke, meaning Chapel Bridge, which is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. It expands across the Reuss River in the center. On our crossing we admired the paintings along the interior of the roof.
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Finally we reached the Lion of Lucerne Monument. This ion of Lucerne monument is carved into the stone dating back to the 1820’s. It’s meant to commemorate the fallen Swiss guards of the French Revolution. It was mentioned by Mark Twain in his travel book A Tramp Abroad. The 10 metres long sculpture of a dying lion into the rock face in 1820 to commemorate Swiss soldiers who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. For Narnia fans, it often evokes Aslan at the stone table. In general we found Luzerne beautiful with covered bridges, sunny plazas, candy-coloured houses and waterfront promenades.
So we jumped on the bus again and headed to Engelberg, a small alpine town surrounded by snow capped mountain tops. We started our ascending from the mountain resort of Engelberg. On our way up to the heights we admired the panoramic views of the Swiss Alps from a rotating cable car. Being surrounded by the Swiss alps was both breathtaking and frightening all at once. We knew there are taller tops, but this moment feelt like being we were on top of the world.
Finallly on the summit, we stepped into new action. On arriving at the summit, the route leads you through the glacier cave via an underground tunnel and on to the viewing platform at the south wall window. The Titlis Cliff Walk is just one metre wide and over 100 metres long. The views into the abyss below are breathtaking! To cross the bridge, you'll need nerves as strong as the steel cables from which it hangs, and to walk through the Glacier Cave you need to be free from Claustrophobia, and fly high on the Ice Flyer.
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Stein Morten Lund, 24th November 2019
Titlis is a mountain of the Uri Alps, located on the border between the cantons of Obwalden and Bern. At 3,238 metres (10,623 ft) above sea level, it is the highest summit of the range north of the Susten Pass, between the Bernese Oberland and Central Switzerland. It is mainly accessed from Engelberg (OW) on the north side and is famous as the site of the world's first rotating cable car. The cable car system connects Engelberg (996 m (3,268 ft)) to the summit of Klein Titlis (3,028 m (9,934 ft)) through the three stages of Gerschnialp (1,262 m (4,140 ft)), Trübsee (1,796 m (5,892 ft)) and Stand (2,428 m (7,966 ft)). The last part of cable car leads above the glacier. At Klein Titlis, it is possible to visit an illuminated glacier cave from an entrance within the cable-car station, which also includes shops and restaurants. The Titlis Cliff Walk, the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe, opened in December 2012, giving views across the Alps (source: Wikipedia).
Switzerland is a landlocked country in Western Europe, it shares a land border with Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France. The capital of Switzerland is Bern, while the largest city is Zürich. For over 190 years Switzerland has been a neutral country during wartimes. Switzerland has 4 official languages: Swiss German which is spoken by over two thirds of the population, French, Italian, and Romansh.
The population of Switzerland is nearly eight million (7,996,026) as of July 2013.
There are more than 1500 lakes in Switzerland containing around 6% of Europe's fresh water stocks. The largest of these lakes are Lake Geneva, Lake Constance and Lake Maggiore.
With a high quality of life, the Swiss cities of Zürich, Geneva and Bern regularly rank in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world.
Encompassing part of the Alps that run through Europe, Switzerland is a very mountainous country with 208 mountains over 3,000m high and 24 over 4,000m. The highest is Monte Rosa at 4,634 m (15,203 ft), however the Matterhorn (4,478 m or 14,692 ft) is the most famous.