Danube Christmas Day 14

26 December 2015 Saturday

We arrived Zurich at day break. Stepping out of the railway station… very cooling morning Sun

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Our Hotel is about 300m away from the railway station. it was uphill and very difficult climb with luggage. Checked in and leisurely we strolled back to the railway station.

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At Zurich Railway station…

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We bought our ticket to Mt Titlis.

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It was very scenic ride to Engelberg.

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We arrived at Engelberg around noon. Temperature zero degree C.

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Our Pictures

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Stepping out of Engelberg Station, we loved this very picturesque little town.

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A short walk on a snowy path towards the Cable car Station.

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Leisure lifestyle….

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Pictures Around the Cable Car Center

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A little stream beside the walk path…. very relaxing and enjoyable sight.

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Looking towards… the golden colored alps glittered in the Sun ….

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Vertical and Horizontal Pictures…

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The cable car carried us through pine forest and then into vast snowy mountain slope.

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As we scaled new height…. we had a good glimpse of Engelberg.

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The Alps look majestic …

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We came to the end of first section of cable car. Looking up the skiing center. The build up is very complex.

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The area was packed with skiers.

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A short walk out of the building…onto the ski lane.

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We board the Rotair and headed for the submit.

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Looking back, we could see the area was crowded with hundreds of skiers.

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It was an icy theme park at the summit. We started with Glacier Cave.

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Some statistics of glacier cave.

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Everything was bluish inside the 150m cave. It was simple stroll inside the icy tunnel.

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Emerging from Glacier Cave, we found snowy mountain towering around us.SAMSUNG CSC

 

A long climb up to the Titlis cliff walk.

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where the climb ended….

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Our pictures….

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Looking back…. this is not really walking on cliff…. we were walking on suspension bridge with hundreds of meter of empty space below.

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After Cliff walk, we headed for ice flyer….

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The chair lift carried us to the true summit of Titlis. Looking back, I thought it really looked scary. It gave me a feeling of life on a string.

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Heading to the top of the world….

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Looking up…  life is so tiny.

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Top of the world…

Such a feeling is coming over me
There is wonder in ‘most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
And I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream…..

 

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Looking down on the neighboring peaks….

I’m on the top of the world looking down on creation
And the only explanation I can find….

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This is a true skier paradise…

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.and we were impressed by these uphill skier….

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A lone skier with the spirit of El Condor Pasa…

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Heading back to mid hill interchange. Happy selfie….

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Suddenly, we spotted two parachutists…. descending from heaven and gliding in the evening sun.

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The mid hill interchange looked blue and relatively empty now….

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On the last stretch of cable car ride to Engelberg…

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approaching the cable car ground station.

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Outside the station…..

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Satisfied skiers were leaving ….

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One more picture before we left for Lucerne.

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It was dark when we arrived at Lucerne. Stepping out of the Railway station… Hotel Monopol look exceptional outstanding in the yellow light.

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The area around Lucerne railway station was lighted with Christmas aura.

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We crossed the Reuss River Via Seebrücke Luzern. The bridge was like a Jewel box …. and an unique experience walking within an enclosure of lights.

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The way bridges are aligned across Reuss was pretty unique.

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Crossing Reuss, it was a short walk to the Chapel Bridge and the Lucerne Water Tower.  Chapel Bridge is a wooden bridge that runs diagonally across Reuss. A construction since 1333 (Restored after fire breakout in the nineties).

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Our Pictures

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Rathaussteg Bridge topped with Christmas Lighting….

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The River water was fairly calm … Jesuit Church had a nice reflection.

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The aroma from street food…. initiated our hunger.

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We recall seeing Restaurant Mostrose.

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Simple soup and Pizza topped with my lovely Rocket…. wonderful hot food on a cold winter night.

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After Dinner, we strolled a long the River bank… Elegance in the staggering dark Reuss water.

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It was an hour of train ride to Zurich. Bahnhof at night.

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Christmas light outside Bahnhof.

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A short walk from Bahnhof, we came across Monument of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi… educationist who said…. learning by Head, Hand and Heart.

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The Limmat River bank was nicely lighted up… I especially like the trees of lighted crystal balls.

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It was long trip to Mount Titlis and return.

Lovely Engelberg and Lovely Lucerne. A cool experience on top of Mount Titlis.

It was a very enjoyable day in Switzerland….

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