Surprising Swiss Alps and Summits

Surprising Swiss Alps and Summits

Surprising Swiss Alps and Summits 

 

Engelberg, Zurich and Grindelwald are absolute Swiss delights. Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn are an absolute must dos. Swiss travel Pass Flex is an absolute must have for a glitch-free travel.

Mt Pilatus

Mountain of Dragons overlooks Lucerne as you take a ferry from Lake Lucerne and get on to the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to Pilatus as you descend your way back in the aerial cable way or gondola lifts via Dragon ride connecting Kriens to Pilatus Kulm while you are atop Dragon’s Den on Dragon’s path. Mass tourism in Mt. Pilatus includes the “Golden Round trip” which begins from Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad via boat and at the top of 7000ft of Mt. Pilatus amidst the vistas of the summits and back to Lucerne.

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“Silver round trip” involves getting to Alpnachstad via train. Pilatus is fully covered by the Swiss travel pass. Rail holidays, self-guided package, escorted and customised itinerary options are available here. A visit to Rope Park, rock trails and Summer Toboggan run. The Golden pass line which involves scenic trip via train to the scenic routes from from Lucerne to Interlaken to Montreux is relatively close to Zurich and Geneva and is ideal for plane travellers and because of regular trains.

Mt Titlis

An ideal trip to the idyllic Mt. Titlis in complete Swiss flair in Central Switzerland from Lucerne, Zurich, Basel or Berne to Engelberg is covered by the Swiss travel pass and involves a trip to the crevasses of Glacier Park via “Ice Flyer” Chairlift via snow tubes, Roundtrip to Glacier Grotto, Gondola ride in Titlis Xpress will lead you to the chalet at the Titlis valley intermediate station. Titlis Cliff Walk suspension foot bridge, Glacier Ice Cave, the first of its kind revolving Rotair in Kleintitlis offers a round trip in an aerial cable car offers a visual spectacle of the loftiest peak of Switzerland at 10,000 feet from Engelberg to Titlis.

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Skiing, trot biking, kayaking, free rides, sledge rides, snowmobile excursions, funicular railway rides and snowboarding is open year-round as is snow tubing down slide is rightly called Fun lift. A visit to Mountain lake and Snow park Trusbee on a rowing boat is a must do in the list. Restaurant with sun terraces are a common sight. Alplermagronen lunch and Felsenputzer steak, coffee schnapps, mulled wine Apero are must eats. Swiss cheese is a must try.

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Mt Santis

The Nordic cross-country tour across Mt. Santis in the moors and wood chips of Schwagalp is perfect for winter hiking trails, ski lift, sledding, Alpine ski trips, lantern trails, Nordic walking, full moon trips, mountain bike outings, sleigh and carriage rides, gondola rides, theme trails and snow shoe hiking. It is also a popular summer destination for touring the Alps and hiking. Being the highest in the Alpstein massif it guarantees a 360 degree view of Austria, Germany, France, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The aerial cable car tramway is the most commutable automobile in the Alpstein region. Lake Constance is the landmark of the hamlet of Schwagalp Mt. Santis.

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Due to extreme weather conditions in the High Bernese Alps one can get high altitude mountain sickness and vertigo. Veal marinated with wine called saltimbocca with Risotto, Fondue and raclette are the must eats. The Appenzall cheese culture of the snow draped Mt Santis is captivating. The Alpine show cheese dairy, the Schwagalp Santis Nature Exploration park, Geological Stone Park are must visits. The ridge hike from Mt Santis to Mt Altmann that is from Appenzellerland and Toggenburg which is called The Lisen Ridge trail is for the out and out adventure fanatics. A drive from Basel, Bern or Zurich to Schwagalp with a Swiss half fare card is the most ideal way to get to the Swiss heritage hamlet.   

Uri Canton

This Swiss canton Uri in the Ruess River valley is filled with glaciers and uneven terrain with rarefied views of lake Uri and less populace. The mountain passes and steep sided valleys give open access to adjacent cantons via open air cable cars is best to trek around at late spring. Whey drink called molke, smoked beef and Swiss pork are must eats. Alpine butter is a must try.

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The well signposted hiking trail of Swiss path with a Swiss pass from the end of Lake Lucerne comprises of BauenTellsplatteIsletenSisikonBrunnen en route. Get to know about the founding member of Swiss Confederation. The Round tour of Lake Lucerne and the trip to St. Gotthard line pass which is a masterpiece of Railway engineering from Lucerne to Bellinzona, chapel of Tellsplatte and Tellskapelle, Sittlisalp cable car holidays are also must dos on the list.

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