Mount Titlis: Bollywood’s favourite Swiss mountain

The Alpine Pass Route’s Mount Titlis: Bollywood’s Favourite Mountain

 
You won’t see this mountain's name up in lights next to the likes of the Wetterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau, Monch and the Blumisalphorn, but there is a good chance, thanks to Bollywood, more people have seen Mount Titlis than any of the other famous peaks that attract people to Switzerland’s Alpine Pass Route.
 
Scenes from many Bollywood films are shot at Engelberg, the starting point for the Alpine Pass Route walk, and the area is consequently very popular with Indian tourists. The 3238m Mount Titlis in the heart of Central Switzerland’s Uri Alps, may not have the historic significance of neighbouring peaks in the Bernese Oberland like Jungfrau (4166m), Schreckhorn (4080m) or the Eiger (3970m). It may not even have the postcard looks of the Matterhorn (4478m), but it makes up for that with its picturesque location above the pretty village of Engelberg.
 
Engelberg (1000 m) in Canton Obwalden in Central Switzerland. View onto the resort with the Benedictine Abbey founded in the 12th century. Image courtesy of Switzerland Tourism.
 
Located just under 3 hours by train from Zurich, this classic region is home to first class skiing and snowboarding in the winter, while in the summer the walking trails past high mountain lakes and over alpine passes are endless. Engelberg is home to a 12th century Abbey with the biggest church organ in Switzerland.  From the village you can access the Titlis and Rotair cableway right up to the glacier, and since 2012, the highest suspension bridge in Europe, built on the cliffs of the mountain at an altitude of 3000m and 98m in length, will offer commanding views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. If you’re considering the challenging graded Alpine Pass Route, be it guided or self guided, why not consider adding an extra day to your trip to enjoy the glorious surrounds of Engelberg.
 
If you like a bit of Bollywood song and dance, you may appreciate this highlight from the classic 1995 movie, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
 
The Alpine Pass Route is one of the most famous walks in the European Alps, and our head guide Jon Millen’s favourite walk in Europe. The Alpine Pass Route is a self guided trip with UTracks that follows the most spectacular central section between Engelberg above Lake Luzern and Lauenen above Gstaad.
 

 
Have you hiked the Via Alpina route? Share your experience in the comment section below.
 
 
Mt Titlis, Bollywood, Switzerland, Swiss Hiking, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

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