Engelberg is a charming little resort village located a short distance away from the Swiss town of Lucerne. I mainly wanted to visit to catch a glimpse of the mountain scenery which the area is famous for, so I headed off to the Lucerne train station and paid just under 9 CHF for the one hour journey.
The ride was pleasant with lots to see from the large, spotless observation windows next to my seat. The train was clean, the seating was comfortable and I felt that the views alone were worth much more than the price I paid for the ticket! Soon enough, I arrived at the Engelberg stop and I rushed off in a hurry to see the Swiss countryside for the very first time.
Engelberg is very popular during the Winter months, as it receives an influx of skiiers for the various alpine activities which the village has to offer. I visited during the Fall, so I saw the colourful leaves on the trees, as well as the fresh dusting of snow of the mountainous peaks which towered over the small community.
While Winter is the best for experiencing the mountains, I had a really great time visiting Mount Titlis. This is one of the best day trips to make, and the easiest way to get the tickets is to purchase them right at the train station for 86 CHF. Although the price isn't cheap, the stunning vistas which await at Mount Titlis are beyond worthy.
Other points of interest are the alpine cycling and walking trails. Some visitors may prefer to get up close and personal to nature and there are many provisions made for the outgoing tourist.
Another aspect of Engelberg which I adored were the quaint homes which dotted the hillsides as far as the eyes could see. They were constructed in obvious Swiss architectural designs and it was all too easy to imagine them covered in snow during the Winter months. I took endless photos as each house really seemed to try its best to stand apart from the others.
Engelberg turned out to be a truly picturesque Swiss village, and the fact that it's surrounded by the Alps only heightened its appeal. I saw paragliders swaying on the wind high above the village, cows milling around in fields and several small blue lakes glittering from the morning sun. It was perfect introduction to the Swiss countryside, and I'll cherish each and every memory.