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Titlis ‘Lighthouse’ planned for Swiss mountain top

Model of new tower on Klein Titlis

The Titlis is a popular tourist destination in central Switzerland. with up to 2,000 visitors a day. 

(Source: Herzog & De Meuron)

Plans have been presented to upgrade a popular tourist destination on a mountain top in central Switzerland.

As part of the CHF100 million ($100 million) project on the Titlis, a building made of steel and glass will be added to the existing tower for technical installations on 3,028 metres (9,934 feet) altitude.

A new roof terrace on the summit station of the cable car will also be built as well as escalators taking visitors directly to a nearby glacier, according to the operatorsexternal link.

“We have the ambition to combine practical purposes and aesthetics here on the Titlis,” said Pierre de Meuron of the renowned Swiss architecture firm, Herzog & De Meuronexternal link., at a presentation on Monday.

It’s expected to take up to six years to conclude the project.

Currently about one million tourists travel to the Titlis every year.

The existing installations on Klein Titlis were opened in 1967. A cable car system connects the resort of Engelberg – about 35km (22 miles) south of Lucerne – with the summit of Klein Titlis.

Six years ago, the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe was inaugurated, giving a view across the Alps.

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