MY FIRST SWISS ALPS EXPERIENCE

Location: Mt. Titlis, Switzerland

Outfit: Puff Jacket (Uniqlo) | Fleece Turtleneck (Uniqlo) | Heavy Duty Heattech Pants (Uniqlo) | Gloves (Uniqlo) | Boots (Palladium)

Just like that, we have come to the end of my Switzerland-related posts. Being in Switzerland for a week and traveling with the Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines, they definitely gave us the best “Swiss escape” and made us fall in love with Heidi’s homeland even more. I realized that this is also the first time that I really gave an in-depth post about a trip. I would usually not blog about it until 5-9 months later (lol)—or worse, I wouldn’t even blog about it at all. Haha! Yup, bloggers have lazy days too. For this particular trip, I published around 9 blog entries! Not because I’m required to, but because I genuinely love Switzerland and I want to encourage you guys to come here someday. After all, Switzerland isn’t called the best country in the world for nothing.

I am ending this series of Swiss blog posts by sharing with you my trip to the Swiss Alps. Switzerland is known for many things and one of them is the region of Alpine mountain ranges that lie in this beautiful country. Around 65% of Switzerland is covered by Alps and here you can find the highest peaks and glaciers. Switzerland has a bunch of Swiss Alps: you have Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Dom, Weisshorn and so much more. Although the likes of Mount Pilatus and the Matterhorn are the more popular ones, Mt. Titlis seemed to be the most feasible. Mount Titlis is also famously known for having only one season all year round, and that’s winter! From Zurich HB (Main Station), we took a train to Lucerne. From Lucerne, we took a bus ride to Engelberg, a small alpine town in central Switzerland.

To get to the summit of Mt. Titlis, you need to go through three stages. The first stage is a mini cable car ride wherein you can see the whole town of Engelberg and its surrounding mountains. After a scenic ride, you have to ride the second cable car—this is where it all sinks in. From here, you will be able to see the ski area and a stunning view of the Apline vistas. The last cable car which will take you to the summit is the most exciting one. They call it the Titlis Rotair— which is the world’s first revolving cable car, it turns 360 degrees, offering different views without having to move around yourself towards the better views of the summit. Here, you get to see everything.

Upon reaching the top of Mt. Titlis, it is now up to you how you want to spend your time there. The first thing that we did was go out and experience the snow. We traveled around mid-November and the wind was very strong, it was almost as if like the cold snow was piercing through my face. Make sure you have a mask or a snap-on scarf to cover your mouth and nose. After that, we went inside for some hot chocolate and rösti—the perfect Swiss comfort food. It would’ve been amazing if they had raclette or cheese fondue.

A ticket to go up Mt. Titlis costs around 138 Swiss Francs (around 7,000 pesos). Yes, it can get a little expensive in Switzerland. But that being said, Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places on earth—and beauty has a price! At 3,020 metres above sea level, Mt. Titlis is the highest peak in central Switzerland region and a snow paradise that is visually beautiful. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can walk through the Titlis Cliff Walk, Europe’s highest elevation suspension bridge. If you’re pretty chill, you can explore the beautiful Glacier Cave for a different kind of Swiss Alps experience. The temperature inside remains -1.5°C the whole year round. The Glacier Cave is a tunnel cored through a part of the Titlis glacier, 20 meters below its surface and 150 meters long. For a complete Swiss Alps experience, you can do snow tubing at the Glacier Park or ride the Ice Flyer (a chair lift that connects the summit to the Titlis Glacier Snow Park). Doing this will cost you an additional 12 Swiss Francs (around 600 pesos). If you want to try skiing, it will cost you an additional 55 Swiss Francs (almost 3,000 pesos).

Seeing the Swiss Alps is definitely something everyone should do at least once. Even though we were only here for a few hours, it’s an experience I will never forget. Next time I come here, I will make sure to stay in one the cozy cabins/hotels in the small town! Maybe next time I can finally tick off Matterhorn from my bucket list! I also apologize for this photo-heavy post. Even though my fingers were so numb from the cold, I couldn’t help but snap tons of photos!

Now, are you ready for your Swiss Alps escape?

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Tickets to the summit of Mt. Titlis are available online or from the ticket desk at the valley station in Engelberg. However, we purchased our tickets at the Zürich HB (Main Station), we asked helped at the tourist information center and got our tickets from there.

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Since I spent 3 weeks in Europe, I made sure to mix and match my outfits and repeat a few pieces. However, I had to bring an entirely different set of clothes just for my trip to the Swiss Alps. I pretty much bought everything from Uniqlo (where else can you buy winter gear in Manila?). I wore a heattech long sleeved v-neck, heattech leggings, a fleece turtleneck, gloves a pair of heavy-duty pants, a snap-on scarf (which was so useful as you need to keep your mouth and nose protected from the snow), a puff jacket and a pair of boots from Palladium. You might need to wear more layers if you feel like as it can get really cold in the summit!

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