Titlis (3,238 m) is a mountain in the Urner Alps of Switzerland. It is located in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland, overlooking Engelberg and is famous as the site of the world’s first revolving cable car. The cable car system connects Engelberg to the top through four principal stages (Gerschnialp, Trübsee, Stand and Kleintitlis (3,020 m).

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The last part of cable car way leads above the glacier. In Kleintitlis, it is possible to visit a glacier cave.

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At 3020 metres (10’000 feet) above sea level, the Titlis mountain is the highest excursion and view point – and the only glacier in Central Switzerland, too. The majestic panorama from the revolving cablecar Rotair is a unique experience not to be missed.

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Getting there

By train, Engelberg is reached by the LSE (Luzern Stans Engelberg) rail line, which goes (you guessed it) from Luzern via Stans to Engelberg. It’s a roughly 10 minute walk from the rail station to the lifts, although in peak season there’s a free shuttle bus doing the rounds. The “Snow and Rail” tickets from the SBB include, as always, return train travel and a day’s lift pass.

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By car, it’s a short drive South from Luzern, through Stans and up the spectacular Engelberg valley. There’s plenty of parking close to the lifts.

From Zurich by train, you need a change in Luzern, with a total time of around 2h20m. Connection time in Luzern is rather long, and as the trains are only every hour, there are inevitable waits at both Engelberg and Luzern on the way back. Even from the base of the lifts it’s still quite a trek up to the runs, with a gondola to Gerschnialp and then to Trübsee, followed by either a cable car or a chairlift before you can hit the slopes.

By car from Zurich, it’s a relatively easy run through Luzern and Stans to Engelberg (at least, it was an easy run at the time of research, taking about 1h20 from Zurich).