Winter Mountain Choices Around Lucerne

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Dec 24th, 2013, 03:37 PM
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Winter Mountain Choices Around Lucerne

We will have 2 days in Lucerne in January. It's not a lot of time and I know going up the mountains will be very weather dependent so I'm hoping for a bit of luck!

We would like to go up one of the surrounding mountains to get a view of the alps. A friend who lived in Switzerland for a while suggested Mt. Titlis. I was wondering if other people had any suggestions on how the view there would compare with Mt. Rigi or Pilatus in the WINTER. If we decide to go up to Mt. Titlis, how much time do you think we would budget up there? It seems like we can go in the glacier cave and take in the beautiful scenery... but not much to do after that? Just wanted to get a good idea of what to expect since it's quite expensive to go up these mountains. Thanks!
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Dec 25th, 2013, 06:42 AM
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Go only to the mountains if the weather is fine, otherwise you will see nothing!
Titlis has the best panorama, mainly to the Bernese Alps.
Neither at Titlis, nor at Pilatus, you can do a lot.
The http://www.titlis.ch/en/activities website mentions a few winter activities. Be aware that hiking is only possible at Truebsee (5775ft) and not at Titlis (9950ft).
The same is true for Pilatus: the winter activities mentioned under http://www.pilatus.ch/en/pilatus-active/winter/ cannot be done at the top of the mountain (6950ft), but down at Fraekmuentegg (4600ft).
Rigi is not a single peak like Titlis and Pilatus, but a 8km long crest with several railway stations, hotels and restaurants, linked by hiking trails. http://www.rigi.ch/Home-en
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Dec 25th, 2013, 04:21 PM
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Go to Youtube and have a look. Search for "View from..." and enter the names Titles, Rigi, Pilatus - allow for snow instead of summer views - on a good sunny days the views from all three are fabulous.

I wouldn't want to split hairs over which peak shows what portion of the surrounding and the more distant alps since you don't know the difference, you just want great wintery mountain views and that's what you'll get.

So - fingers crossed for the weather, and google the three to know exactly how long it takes and what your options are to go up and come back down for each, then decide.
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Dec 25th, 2013, 06:00 PM
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Sorry, that should have been Titlis
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