The glacier at Mount Titlis provides skiing pleasure until the end of May. The Titlis Rotair cable car, which rotates around itself, makes the Titlis even more famous
8 Highlights at Mount Titlis
- Titlis glacier is located at 2766 meters above the cable car middle station Stand and close to Rotstöckli. It is also called the Galtiberg Glacier.
- The Rotair cable car rotates 360 degrees during its ride from Stand to the Klein-Titlis mountain station, offering every guest the full mountain panorama.
- The winter sports area on Titlis is one of the largest within Central Switzerland. It is located at an altitude of 1003 to 3020 m above sea level.
- 70 km of slopes and 18 lifts provide skiing and snowboarding fun around Mount Titlis.
- 12 km long is the longest ski run. It leads down to the village and overcomes 2000 meters in altitude.
- The Titlis Cliff Walk is a 100 m long path over a suspension bridge that connects the top station of the Ice-Flyer glacier chairlift with the viewing platform. It runs 500 m above the abyss at 3041 m above sea level.
- A 5000 year old glacier grotto below the mountain station is 150 m long and open daily.
- Around Mount Titlis there are a variety of activities in every season. It is also a hiker's paradise.
- At Bärghuis Jochpass the via ferrata Graustock starts at 2222 m above sea level. It leads to the summit of the Graustock at 2662 m above sea level
Above Engelberg, the Titlis is well accessible by cable cars in several stages. Guests travel to the glacier in less than half an hour. On the glacier skiing and snowboarding are possible in the period from October to the end of May.
Sights at Mount Titlis
Mount Titlis has a permanent glacier. The Titlisbahn takes visitors up to 3020 meters above sea level and even the approach is an experience. The glacier is called the Galtiberg Glacier or Titlis Glacier.
For families, Lake Trübsee is a popular destination not only in summer, as it offers a variety of leisure activities all year round.
The most famous sights at Titlis:
Titlis Cliff Walk
There has been a suspension bridge on the Titlis since 2012. At this time, it is the highest suspension bridge in Europe. At an altitude of 3041 meters above sea level, the Titlis Cliff Walk takes you over a swinging rope construction above a 500-meter-deep abyss. It connects the viewing platform with the top station of the glacier chairlift Ice-Flyer over a length of about 100 meters.
The suspension bridge weighs a total of 30 tons and is intended to bring guests even closer to the mountain world on the Titlis. The opening of the new suspension bridge coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Engelberg - Gerschnialp cable car.
To get to the bridge, a path leads from the top station through an underground mountain tunnel to the viewing platform near the south wall window. This tunnel is 140 m long. The suspension bridge is a swinging rope construction that can withstand temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of up to 200 km/h. The bridge's sides are one meter wide.
On the sides, the one-meter-wide suspension bridge is secured by a man-high wire mesh fence.
Glacier Grotto on Mount Titlis
The glacier grotto or glacier cave can be reached from the first level of Mount Titlis mountain station via a tunnel.
Ten meters deep, the grotto's 150-meter-long passage leads below the surface of the glacier. The ice in the cave is up to 5000 years old. The temperature here is constantly minus 1.5 degrees Celsius. The glacier cave is open daily all year round, and the visit is free of charge.
Viewpoint Stotzig Egg
A hike to the Stotzig Egg takes about 40 min. From the Titlis summit station, the secured glacier trail leads to the Stotzig Egg lookout point.
The glacier trail is located at 3020 m above sea level and is considered a moderately difficult hike. From the viewpoint there is a view over the peaks of the Central Swiss Alps. In good weather conditions, views as far as the Bernese Oberland and the Valais mountains are possible. You can also see as far as the Black Forest here in good weather.
The hike can be done all year round. However, the opening depends on the snow and weather conditions.
Note: Part of the hiking route is on the ski slope in the winter months from October to May.
The alp Ober Trübsee is reached in 9 min with the Achter gondola from Engelberg. The Trübsee is a mountain lake at just under 1800 m above sea level. It is situated in the middle of a plateau where a variety of leisure activities are offered.
You can swim in the lake and around the lake there are four barbecue sites with firewood. Benches invite you to enjoy the view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
Activities on Mount Titlis
On Mount Titlis there is snow all year round. The activities in summer (May to October) differ to a large extent from the winter activities.
The most popular summer activities at Mount Titlis include:
- Hiking and mountain walking on Mount Titlis
- Climbing stick Graustock
There are a large number of hiking trails on the Titlis. They range from easy and leisurely hikes to demanding trekking tours. The longest hiking trail goes over 21 km, the longest mountain hiking trail over 24 km. Glacier tours in midsummer are increasingly difficult due to glacier retreat and you should therefore only undertake them with a mountain guide.
The activities on Mount Titlis are very diverse in winter and additional ski and drag lifts facilitate access to the mountain. Most winter attractions are open from December to April.
The most popular winter activities at Titlis include:
- Skiing and snowboarding (until the end of May)
- Tobogganing on the Titlis
- Cross-country skiing and winter hiking
- Avalanche Training Center
For children, a variety of adventurous activities are available at Trübsee. Smugglers and muleteers keep children busy with tasks around the lake, Trübsee Adventure offers sporting activities such as jumping on jumping cushions with and without a trampoline or in a bouncy castle. The Zipline Trübsee Flyer is a paid zipline that can be used from the age of eight. It is also in operation in winter. In addition, a slide park is set up there for the winter. The ski slopes around Trübsee are very suitable for beginners. The SnowXPark is particularly popular, where you can speed through the snow on the Snow Mobile.
Hiking on Mount Titlis
On and around Mount Titlis there are 4 official hiking trails and 20 official mountain trails, varying in duration from one to just under nine hours.
Easy hike from Engelberg train station - waterfall
From the train station the trail leads along the spa park to the monastery. From there along the cemetery, over the Klostermatte to St. Anna and after the bridge along the Schweizerhausstrasse to the waterfall. After the waterfall the path goes to the valley station of the Fürenalp cable car. A free sports bus takes hikers back to the village. Otherwise, it goes on the Professorenweg back to the train station. This tour is also good to walk in winter.
- 4.8 km
- 1:15 hrs.
- 82 meters of ascent
Difficult mountain hike from Trübsee top station - Mount Titlis summit
This glacier tour is done with crampons and ice axe; inexperienced climbers are secured by the rope of the mountain guide. The hike begins in Trübsee with a well-maintained trail in a southeasterly direction to the Stand viewpoint and over easy rock steps to the Unter Rotegg lift station.
Here, to the south, is the entrance to the Titlis glacier (can be icy in late summer). The snowcats level a solid track on the glacier in summer. Along the lift and above the toboggan area the path leads to the Ice-Flyer station and from Stotzig Egg as a leveled pedestrian route towards the top station. The transition point to the west ridge is open (largely free of snow) and can be walked on a zigzag trail without any problems. After a shallow hollow, wire ropes help you to master the last steep part to the Titlis summit. The way back is via the Westgrad trail to the mountain station.
Mountain biking on Mount Titlis
On Mount Titlis there is a wide range of tours with the mountain bike of varying difficulty. The mountain bike can be transported with the mountain railroads. The tours are rideable from June to October.
Some examples of tours:
The Jochpass trail (easy):
This is a flow trail from the Jochpass to Trübsee and is suitable for both experienced bikers and beginners, as the stages can be ridden at different speeds.
- 4.5 km
- 20 min
- 440 meters of altitude descent
Trudy-Trail from Jochpass to Trübsee (demanding)
1km, 210hm): The trail does not contain any rough steps and jumps, but several difficult passages, obstacles and steep wall curves. Perfect for downhill connoisseurs.
- 200 meters of descent
Hells Bells Trail from Jochpass to Engstlenalp (moderately difficult):
The trail is comfortably one meter wide, but has some challenges.
- 2 km
- 285 meters of descent
The 4-lake tour Engelberg-Trübsee-Jochpass-Engstlenalp-Tannalp-Melchsee-Frutt (demanding)
The Titlis XPress takes you by mountain bike to Trübsee. Here the tour starts and leads first uphill to the Jochpass. From there over the Engstlenalp and the Tannalp to Melchsee-Frutt. From here it's all downhill to Sarnen.
- 32 km
- 920 meters of altitude descent
On a flow trail, a mountain bike can be ridden smoothly (flow) along the entire route. In downhill, an exclusively downhill route is ridden as fast as possible.
At the Titlis valley station next to Titlis Rent you will find a bike washing facility. At the Jochpass valley station there is a Schlauchomat with different tube sizes for bikes as well as a tool and compressed air station.
Via ferrata on the Titlis: Graustock
The Graustock via ferrata starts at the Bärghuis (mountain lodge) Jochpass at 2222 meters above sea level and leads to the 2662-meter-high summit of the Graustock with a view of the Titlis.
The via ferrata is considered a moderately difficult tour. You can reach the car-free Jochpass with the TITLIS gondola from Engelberg to Trübsee and further with the Jochpass chairlift. A signpost at the Jochpass shows you the way, which is marked white-blue-white in the further course.
On the via ferrata, which alternates between steep mountain paths and challenging climbing passages, 475 meters of altitude are conquered in about 4.5 hours. Over the 700 m high north face of the Graustock you can overlook the Engelberg valley. From the summit cross the view goes to the mountain Titlis and the places Spannort, Rigi and Pilatus, with clear view up to the Bernese Alps (Wetterhörner, Schreckhorn and Finsteraarhorn).
Stages of the ascent (about three hours)
- 20 meters of altitude to the first ascent, along the southeast ridge of Graustock
- along the wire rope to the point Rot Nollen at 2309 m a.s.l.
- 60 vertical meters to the second rocky ascent
- along the wire ropes steeply over rocks and grass to the Schafberg at 2522 meters above sea level
- via marked path with scree and stone slabs to the steepest ascent (particularly demanding)
- to the rocky ridge, which is then overcome by means of wire ropes, and to the summit cross (2661 meters above sea level)
Stages of the descent (about 1.5 hours):
- over the ridge along the wire ropes to the big cairn
- descend on the right towards the south until the step and the passage to the Schaftal valley
- follow the white-blue-white marked path up to the point 2324 m
- now follow the white-red-white marked path to the Jochpass
Very important for this tour is the observation of the weather. Above the karst areas, snow bridges can collapse when stepping on rock cracks and large snow cornices may hang over the ridge in early summer. Poor visibility could cause problems especially on the descent.
The via ferrata is open from the beginning of June to the end of October, over the winter the wire ropes are dismantled. The necessary via ferrata equipment can be rented. It is available at Bärghuis Jochpass or at Titlis Rent at the valley station.
Skiing and snowboarding
From the Titlis glacier down to Engelberg, about 12 km are reserved for the longest downhill run. It overcomes 2000 meters in altitude along the way.
In the entire Engelberg-Titlis ski area there are 82 kilometers of slopes. In the period from December to April almost all slopes are snow-sure. On the glacier skiing and snowboarding is possible in the period from October to the end of May.
Some of the slopes and downhill routes are:
- Rotegg downhill route (very steep)
- Ski slope Stand - Rindertitlis
- Piste on the Titlis glacier (moderately difficult)
- Piste Jochpass -Trübsee
- Piste Ice Flyer (medium difficulty)
- Particularly easy runs can be found on the lower slopes around Untertrübsee, Gerschnialp and Trübsee.
More than half of the total distance are medium-difficulty slopes. The difficulty of the 82 kilometers of pistes breaks down like this:
- 23.5 km easy (29%)
- 45.5 km medium (55%)
- 13.0 km difficult (16%)
At Stand and Jochpass the slopes go through high alpine terrain. At Gerschnialp the slopes are rather gentle and from Trübsee to Engelberg the slopes go over alpine meadows and through the forest. Over the Trübsee the four-seater chairlift Trübsee-Hopper connects the slopes.
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Cross-country skiing on the Titlis is possible on several trails that start in the valley from Engelberg. On the mountain, the Gerschnialp trail is a popular cross-country skiing tour.
The Gerschnialp trail is 8 km long and is classified as an easy to medium tour. It leads through the wintry Gerschni forest. Short, intense climbs and flat passages alternate on the tour between Gerschnialp and Untertrübsee. The route moves at an altitude between 1262 and 1300 m above sea level and can be skied classically or as skating.
In skating, the leg kick is made using the skating stride. This technique allows faster movement compared to the classic style of cross-country skiing. The Gerschialp trail is open daily during the winter season from December to March.
The trail can be reached by taking the funicular from the Titlis valley station to Gerschnialp. The cross-country trail starts not far from the Gerschnialp mountain station, a shuttle bus bridges the distance to the trail. At the end of the cross-country trail, the funicular from Untertrübsee leads back to the valley. The cross-country skiing takes about 2:15 hours and overcomes 107 meters in altitude.
35 further cross-country skiing trail kilometers are available in the valley from Engelberg.
Winter hiking on Mount Titlis
Various winter hikes are possible on the cleared slopes on the Titlis. On the Titlis and around Engelberg there are winter hiking trails of around 50 km.
The glacier park is open in summer and its use is free of charge. The sliding fun takes place with various sliding devices: Snake Gliss, Balancer or Zipfelbob are used by visitors on the Snowtoy track to go down the slope. The Magic-Carpet conveyor belt then takes them back to the starting point in a short time.
On the Snake Gliss, several toboggans are linked together and steered by an expert. Up to ten toboggans can be connected behind each other (up to 10 toboggans per snake).
A Snake Bobsled can be ridden without prior training even by young children from about three years old. Special grooves on the otherwise smooth underside and the low center of gravity ensure that the Zipfelbob rides true to track and does not tip over. The grab handle helps the rider steer.
In snowtubing, participants slide down the slope on a tire. There are all variants for this: sitting, lying, forward or backward. The tires also turn around their own axis without losing track. In winter, snowtubing and the other sliding devices are offered in the slide park at Trübsee.
Avalanche Training Center Titlis
Avalanche training is offered free of charge in winter at Trübsee. On Schlächtismatt (Trübsee) you can practice searching with the avalanche transceiver (LVS) under realistic conditions. The first 15 minutes after being buried by an avalanche are crucial to save the life of a buried victim. An avalanche transceiver is a useful aid in this process. In the training center you practice the use of the device.
The Avalanche Training Center contains ten avalanche transceivers distributed over an area of 100x100 meters. Each avalanche transceiver has a probe surface of 40 x 60 cm.
The search is carried out with an avalanche transceiver and a probe. If a probe encounters an active transmitter, the transceiver indicates the hit. At the same time, it is displayed on the control center of the Avalanche Training Center. In this control center, the transceivers are also switched on by radio in advance for the exercise.
The handling of this training unit is simple. To increase the level of difficulty, an expert mode is available.
How an avalanche transceiver works:
Each transceiver can be set to transmit or search mode. Tourers or freeriders (off-piste skiers or snowboarders) each wear an avalanche transceiver set to transmit on their body. Those searching for a buried subject set their transceiver to search. The range is 20-60 m.
Avalanche beacon, avalanche probe and avalanche shovel are part of the standard equipment. Training in the correct use of these can save lives.
Mountain railroads on Mount Titlis
A funicular runs from Engelberg to Gerschnialp. Via Gerschnialp and Trübsee, gondola and aerial cable cars float up to the Stand station. From there, the journey continues with the "Rotair" aerial cableway cabin. It rotates 360 degrees during the ride and therefore offers an all-round panorama at 3020 meters above sea level on Klein-Titlis. The chairlift Ice-Flyer goes directly to the glacier park.
Travel times of the TITLIS cable cars: from 8:50 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. continuously, last descent to Engelberg 5:00 p.m.. The journey time from Engelberg to the Titlis mountain station is half an hour.
There are a total of 25 transport facilities on the Titlis.
The mountain railroads at Mount Titlis include:
- TITLIS Xpress Engelberg - Trübsee (eight-seater gondola lift) from Engelberg to Trübsee
- TITLIS Xpress Trübsee - Stand (eight-seater gondola lift) from Trübsee to Stand
- Rotair Stand - TITLIS (rotating round gondolas) from Stand to Klein Titlis
- Ice Flyer (chairlift)
- Glacier Ski Lift (T-bar lift)
- Engelberg - Gerschnialp (funicular)
- Älplerseil Untertrübsee - Trübsee (eight-person gondola lift)
- Rindertitlis - Laubersgrat (chairlift)
- Trübsee - Jochpass (quad high-speed chairlift)
- Engstlenalp - Jochpass (six-person high-speed chairlift)
- Gerschnialp-Trübsee (Angel Eyes) (78-seater aerial cableway)
Mountain railroads to Titlis Kulm:
The Achter-Gondelbahnen TITLIS Xpress take all of 16 min from Engelberg (1003 m a.s.l.) to Stand (2428 m a.s.l.), traveling the 4.7-kilometer route at speeds of up to 6 m/s. The middle station is Trübsee.
From Stand, the Rotair gondola runs to Klein Titlis at 3028 m.a.s.l. These gondolas have been in use here since November 15, 2014. Each gondola rotates completely around itself. Entry and exit have been simplified by omitting a center console. The mirrored windows make the cabin resemble a glass sphere. A large Swiss cross can be seen below. The Rotair gondola lift runs for about five minutes.
Ice Flyer is the name of the chairlift, which holds up to six people at a time. It takes guests to the glaciers in summer and to the ski slopes in winter. The glaciers over which the chairlift floats are up to twenty meters deep. The chairlift, built in 1999, climbs 178 meters in altitude over a length of 680 meters and takes about 2.5 minutes to do so. Up to 900 people are transported per hour. The Ice Flyer takes you from the top station of the Titlis cable car directly to the glacier park. In winter, the chairlift leads directly to the ski slopes at the summit.
The Glacier Ski Lift is a T-bar lift built in 2004. It covers 235 meters of altitude in 4:40 min over a length of 775 m. The T-bar lift reaches a speed of 3 m/s. It can transport up to 1200 skiers per hour. It can carry up to 1200 people per hour.
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Chairlifts on Mount Titlis
The Rindertitlis - Laubersgrat chairlift has covers, rises 1183 meters and climbs 385 meters in altitude. The chairlift dates back to 1996.
The Quad high-speed chairlift Trübsee - Jochpass was built in 2005 and can be coupled. It runs with covers and overcomes the 438 meters of altitude difference on a distance of 1464 m at a speed of 5 m/s. The whole distance is covered in 5:20 min. The chairlift operates in the summer and winter season, but not between the seasonal periods.
The Engstlenalp - Jochpass lift is a six-seater chairlift, which was put into operation in 2019. It is detachable and equipped with covers and heated seats. It travels from the bottom station (1954 m above sea level) to the top station (2214 m above sea level) in 4:30 min at 5 m/s during the seasonal periods. On a distance of 1244 m it overcomes 260 meters of altitude.
Events and activities on Mount Titlis
Some events take place regularly on Mount Titlis. These include, for example, the CandleLight Dinner in the Panorama Restaurant. Other events such as the Mountain Trophy are held once a year.
SnowEpic is a sport that involves rolling over snow-covered mountains on highly upgraded mountain bikes. So far it has taken place around Engelberg and Titlis in the form of festivals, where the trails involved are closed to snowboarders and skiers. It is driven over a kind of cross-country route.
Titlis Mountain Trophy
Those who enjoy hiking have the opportunity to climb 2200 meters in altitude together from Engelberg to Titlis Kulm in mid-August. The hike takes about six hours and includes lunch at the Panorama Restaurant on the Titlis as well as the cable car ride down to the valley.
Alpenglow on the summit
On August 1, the Swiss National Day is celebrated on the Titlis with alpenglow and alphorn sounds. A joint mountain tour to the summit cross of the Gross Titlis is part of it.
Ski tests Trübsee and Stand
Ski tests of well-known ski brands take place from time to time at the Stand station and in the store at the Trübsee station. They are free of charge.
Mountain restaurants on Mount Titlis
On the Titlis there are a total of 17 restaurants, bars and snack bars, which are arranged on an overview page according to the mountains and railroad accesses.
Panorama Restaurant Titlis
The Panorama Restaurant Titlis is located at 3020 meters above sea level near the top station. Open daily until 4:30 pm, the restaurant is barrier-free and offers free Wi-Fi. Swiss cuisine is served. Once a month, a candlelight dinner with fondue chinoise is held here.
The Titlis Imbiss opens in suitable weather for snacks or bratwurst, hot coffee or beer on the terrace.
Panorama Self Service
The Panorama Self Service has international cuisine on weekends (daily during the winter season) with dishes from the grill, plates of the day and freshly cooked soups.
Mövenpick Ice Cream Bar
The Mövenpick Ice Cream Bar offers 12 ice cream specialties daily, freshly baked waffles, hot drinks or Asian noodle soups.
Ski Hut Stand
The Skihütte Stand is a quaint restaurant with service, offering regional specialties and wines accompanied by country music. Inside, three tiled stoves warm you, and deck chairs can be used on the terrace. This restaurant is open daily from the beginning of December to the beginning of May.
The Bärghuis Jochpass stands at 2222 m above sea level, directly on the ski slope. In summer it opens daily from mid-June to mid-October.
The Gerschnialp Inn can accommodate up to 180 people and opens daily in summer as early as the end of April.
Climate at Mount Titlis
The highest point of Mount Titlis is at 3238 m above sea level, the Titlis Cliff Walk is at 3104 m above sea level. This altitude is not without danger for ill or inexperienced high altitude hikers. Already above 1900 m above sea level, the first symptoms of mountain sickness begin in 20% of people.
It starts with headache and malaise and should not be underestimated. Later, loss of appetite and sleep disturbances can be added. To prevent it, the only thing that helps is to gain altitude as slowly as possible. If symptoms appear, you should rather stop strenuous activities and slowly make your way down.
The glacier is gradually melting due to global warming.
The average daily highs are 14 to 16 °C at about 1900 m above sea level on the Titlis from June to August, with daytime highs around 25 °C quite possible in August. Nights here have temperatures averaging 6-7 °C, with particularly cold nights reaching 0 °C even in August. In winter even -20 °C are reached.
Precipitation amounts rarely reach more than 50 mm per day here at Titlis, wind speeds only exceed 28 km/h in the winter months.
Location and arrival
The 3239 meters high mountain Titlis belongs to the mountain group of the Uri Alps. The journey is possible from Engelberg with the Titlis-Bahn.
There are three parking spaces at the bottom station of the cable car (Gerschnistrasse 12 in Engelberg). The parking fee is 5 CHF per day. In Engelberg there are more parking possibilities.
Arrival by car
By car you need about 1:10 hours from Zurich via Lucerne on the A4, A14 and A2. Leave the freeway at the exit for Stans. Then follow the cantonal road to Engelberg.
Arrival by public transport
The journey to Engelberg takes 43 minutes on the Zentralbahn from Lucerne. From Zurich it takes about an hour longer by train. You change trains in Lucerne and take the Zentralbahn from there to Engelberg.
You can also combine your journey with a boat trip on Lake Lucerne. From Lucerne the boat goes to Beckenried. From there the bus 311 goes to Stans. From Stans there is a train as well as a bus to the train station in Engelberg. The free shuttle bus Dorf-Express runs between Engelberg train station and Titlis valley station. The walk takes about 10 min.
Six other bus lines take passengers in Engelberg to the train station and to the valley stations of the mountain railroads free of charge.