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Walking on air

In January 1913, a cable car made its inaugural journey over a relatively low mountain ridge in the Swiss Alps between the neighbouring towns of Engelberg and Gerschnialp.

To celebrate this historic landmark event, a new landmark has been erected on the summit slopes of Mount Titlis at 3028m above sea level – in the form of Europe’s highest suspension bridge which spans a 500m deep abyss.

It may only be 1m wide but it is nearly 100m long, and offers you the chance to experience the mountains as few people see them.

This is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking viewpoints anywhere in the Alps, and is accessible to everyone, all year round. No crampons needed – just a head for heights (the bridge sways!) and a sense of adventure. (The admission fee to the bridge is included in the cost of the cable-car ticket - click here for full details.)

From the small village of Engelberg, you board the world’s first rotating cable car (exciting enough in itself) which climbs to the Klein Titlis glacier via Gerschnialp (1,262 m), Trübsee (1,796 m) and Stand (2,428 m). At Klein Titlis it is possible to visit an illuminated glacier cave from an entrance within the cable-car station, which also includes shops and restaurants.

However, the real highlight comes when you strike out across the bridge, a short walk away. On a sunny day in summer it’ll be exciting, but in snowy conditions in winter… you’ll be walking on air. Have you the nerve?

Posted: 23/01/2013 11:32:39 by | with 0 comments
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