Day 13 – On top of the world
9 April 2015
Off to the Swiss Alps today. We had a pretty decent breakfast, which made up for the lack of Wi-Fi at the hotel. We were to climb to the top of Mt Titlis, 10,000 feet above sea level, to get a good view of the Swiss Alps. There were still plenty of snow and so we were told to layer up.
We reached the town of Engelberg around 9am and made our way to ride the cable car up the mountain. It took three cars in 35 mins to get up the mountain. The last car rotated so you got a good view of the mountains around, well… the ride was quite squashy with all the skiers going up the mountain. The view was amazing! The sky was clear, not a cloud was there to hinder us from seeing the Swiss Alps in its full glory! It wasn’t as cold up there as we expected since the sun was out.
Before heading out in the snow, Wifey and I checked out the ice cave first. It was a long tunnel made of ice and you get to see some ice sculptures inside. It wasn’t really particularly interesting. You also had to be careful walking on the ice as it could get a little slippery and there was nothing to hold onto.
Walking out in the snow at the top of the mountain, we were just in awe of the view, a live Windows wallpaper in front of us. Was happy that it wasn’t snowing either. It was the perfect day to see the mountains. Of course I had to take photos of the Swiss Alps, in every direction you can get an amazing shot. We walked on a suspended footbridge which led us to the other side of the mountain, more jaw-dropping views to see.
An hour and a half later we went back inside to have something to eat. There was only one restaurant on top of the mountain. We shared a plate of pasta together. I probably wouldn’t recommend the dish to anyone :S. After a few more photos it was time to head back down.
We drove back to Lucerne where we picked up the rest of the tour group who didn’t go up the mountain and made our way to our next stop, Interlaken. It was a town situated between two lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The town was small, very touristy. There were a lot of little shops around. We asked Clarisse whether the lakes where easy to get to as I wanted to take some photos and she said it was quite far to walk and we didn’t have enough time to see it :(. A bit of a shame since that is what the town was known for and we couldn’t see it. We just walked around and saw a park which acted as a landing strip for paragliders. Since we still had some Swiss francs with us and we were leaving Switzerland in the morning, we used up all our coins here. We bought two bottles of mineral water and a slushy :).
Our last stop for the day was another town called Lausanne, still part of Switzerland and was located on the banks of Lake Geneva. It was a French speaking town since we were close to the France border. We stayed at the Novotel Hotel, dinner was not included tonight and we couldn’t be bothered eating out so we got room service instead. We paid 30 for a burger! It was ridiculous! Wasn’t the best burger we tasted either.
As lovely as Switzerland was (The Swiss Alps in particular), we were quite happy that it was our last day there, plus we were off to France next and we couldn’t wait for that :).