Engelberg Travel Guide
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9 Highlights Engelberg
- The Titlis (3239 m above sea level) is located south of Engelberg. It can be reached in less than half an hour by cable car from Engelberg.
- The Titlis glacier also offers winter adventures in summer.
- The glacier lake Trübsee (1764 m above sea level) attracts especially families for summer fun.
- World Cup ski jumping regularly takes place in Engelberg on the weekend before Christmas
- Brunni (1850 m above sea level) is a sunny mountainous area north of Engelberg. Especially popular are the Brunni Härzlisee and the Brunnihüttli.
- In Brunni, people hike in summer and in winter it turns into a sunny winter sports area.
- 82 kilometers of slopes are offered by the skiing area at Titlis, 8.5 kilometers of slopes are offered at Brunni
- the longest downhill run in the Titlis ski area stretches over 12 kilometers and 2000 meters of altitude.
- Engelberg is only 43 minutes away from Lucerne by train
Excursion destinations Engelberg
Only 43 minutes by train separate the alpine village of Engelberg from Lucerne. Today Engelberg is a popular excursion and tourist destination.
Titlis south of Engelberg
In the south of Engelberg, the three-thousand-meter Titlis and its glacier are reached via the Rotair gondola lift. Summer and winter alike, a wide variety of activities are possible on the Titlis and at the glacier lake Trübsee.
Journey from Engelberg
From Engelberg you can reach the Titlis mountain station in 22 minutes. Even the journey with the Titlis Rotair mountain railroad is an experience in itself: it turns around itself during the journey. This gives every guest the opportunity to experience all sides of the glacier. The Ice Flyer chairlift takes you directly to the glacier.
Titlis Cliff Walk
From the top station of the Ice Flyer you can directly reach the Titlis Cliff Walk. This is a suspension bridge that allows you to walk above the glacier at an altitude of 3,041 meters.
You can reach the Glacier Grotto from the top station of the Rotair cable car. It leads ten meters below the surface of the glacier. The passage is 150 meters long. The ice in the cave is up to 5,000 years old, and the temperature is a constant minus 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Glacial Lake Trübsee
The glacier lake Trübsee is especially popular with families. They come here not only for swimming, hiking and fishing. Around the lake, the Trübsee Adventure Park, the Smuggler & Mule Trail and the Zipline Trübsee Flyer offer additional fun.
The Brunni north of Engelberg
The Brunni in the north of Engelberg is reached via the cable car to the Rustis midway station at 1600 meters above sea level. Here there is a summer toboggan run and a children's playground. If you take the chairlift from Rustis, it will take you to the Brunni Härzlisee. Here you can also find the Brunnihüttli of the Swiss Alpine Club. The Brunni with its southern slopes is also called Engelberg's sunny side
Directions from Engelberg
From Engelberg you first take the cable car to Ristis. Here you change to the chair lift to the Brunnihütte. The Härzli lake is right next to the mountain station. It is also easily accessible as a hiking destination from Engelberg or Ristis
Brunni Härzlisee with tickle trail
The Härzlisee is idyllically situated at Brunni at 1.861 m above sea level. It got its name because its shape reminds of a heart. Families like to walk around it and enjoy the mountain panorama during the leisurely hike. Around the lake there are five fireplaces with seats. Here you can barbecue yourself. If you don't want to do that, there are two huts with catering at the Härzli lake: Brunnihüttli and Chruiter Hüttli.
Next to the small mountain lake there is a so-called tickle path. This barefoot path is 220 meters long. Pebbles, sand, wood chips and water massage the feet. It begins and ends at the herb hut (Chruiter Hüttli) and is open from June to October. In addition to the tickle trail, a barefoot hiking trail has also been created that leads to the Hüttismatt above Ristis.
The Härzli lake was artificially created and serves as a water reservoir. It provides the water that is needed in winter for snowmaking on the ski slopes.
Bannalp and Lake Bannalp
The Bannalpsee is a reservoir at 1586 m above sea level, located in the north of the mountain range. You can reach it on hiking routes like the Walenpfad, which connect Brunni and Bannalp. The mountain routes via Rot Grätli and Rugghubelhütte to Engelberg (or vice versa) also lead past Bannalpsee. The Bannalp itself is a pre-Alpine high valley. It lies at 1600 to 2800 m.a.s.l. near Oberrickenbach Wolfenschiessen.
Swiss Activities Tips Engelberg
We have collected these insider tips for you during our research.
In Engelberg, a free bus runs to the mountain railroad stations and the Engelberg train station. You can get on at various bus stops. This way your vacation without a car will be completely stress-free. The bus runs in several lines and short intervals both in summer and winter.
The Bannalp as a pre-Alpine high valley is rather quiet and still an insider tip for those seeking relaxation in summer as well as in winter
Lake Trübsee at the Titlis middle station is a paradise for active families. The Zypline, the Adventure Park with Jump Tower and Trampoline offer lots of fun. The smuggler's path around the lake (3.4 km) is especially suitable for smaller children. You can also walk it with a stroller. At the last station (Säumerlager) you will find several picnic areas
Around Engelberg you have a lot of possibilities to be active all year round. Some activities you can even do all year round.
Some activities you can do all year round:
- Bettlerstock climbing garden
- Paragliding at Brunni
Bettlerstock climbing garden near Engelberg
The Bettlerstock climbing garden (2100 m above sea level) can be reached from the top station of the Brunni chairlift. It takes about 30 minutes to get there via the white-blue marked hiking trail. The climbing garden has two routes, both of which are open from January to December
The south route with a 70 meter high pillar made of rough limestone is considered very difficult. However, it warms up quickly even in winter when exposed to sunlight. The west route is easier with a height of 20-25 meters.
Paragliding at Brunni
There are three take-off points for paragliding at Brunni. They can be reached via the aerial cableway and the chairlift. Due to the Titlis massif, the Engelberg valley is sheltered from the wind. Therefore, weather and flying conditions are excellent here on an above-average number of days
Summer activities in Engelberg include
- Hiking and mountain walking
- Trübsee Adventure and Smugglers & Muleteers
- Zipline Trübsee Flyer
- Summer toboggan run with alpine playground at Brunni
- Mountain biking, Trotti Bike or Devil Bike
- Via ferrata, climbing gardens, climbing stick Graustock
- Rowing and kayaking on Lake Trübsee
Hiking and mountain walking in Engelberg
In summer, the area around Engelberg is a huge hiking area. A new barefoot hiking trail has been laid out at Brunni on the stretch between Hüttismatt ob Ristis and Härzlisee. It contains eleven spots that have been set up for barefoot walking. However, you will still need hiking boots for the connecting stretches. The walking time is 30-45 minutes.
On and around the Titlis, in addition to four official hiking trails, 20 official mountain trails are listed. Their length varies from one to almost nine hours. The path from the Ristis mountain station to the Brunnihütte at the Härzlisee is one of the easy hikes. You can even walk it with a stroller
A particularly difficult hike, on the other hand, is the glacier ascent from Trübsee to the Titlis summit. It is best to do the tour with a mountain guide. Crampons and ice axe are required.
Trübsee Adventure and Smugglers & Muleteers
You'll find the Trübsee Adventure at the middle station of the Titlis Achter gondola lift. Until mid-October, activities such as BagJump, Trampoline2Bag, bouncy castle, slackline and Bike Pump Track take place here. Guides are available to assist you in the Adventure Park.
The Smugglers & Muleteers Adventure World at Lake Trübsee can be walked through in about an hour. It includes a smugglers' playground, a muleteers' camp with barbecue area and riddles to be solved on the way around Lake Trübsee. The comfortable trail is also passable with strollers or wheelchairs.
Zipline Trübsee Flyer
The 500 m long zipline takes you from Berghaus Trübsee down to the lake in the afternoon. You are strapped in and climb 40 meters in altitude. Flying once costs CHF 12.
Summer toboggan run with Globi's Alpine playground at Brunni
The 660 m long summer toboggan run in Ristis is open daily on dry days from spring to autumn. The entry point is at the Berglodge Ristis. The toboggan run circles the 3000 m2 alpine playground. Children from the age of eight may ride alone, younger children need an escort of at least 12 years old.
In Globi's alpine playground there are for the children for example:
- a Murmeli tunnel slide and two other slides
- a small rope park
- a trampoline
- a climbing wall
- three seesaws
- three swings
- an alpine hut and a milking cow
- Globi's wild water world with pumps and tilts
- two carousels and a climbing carousel
- a large climbing and balancing landscape
Within the playground you will find three fireplaces with ten seats each. Wood is available. Globi is the mascot of Brunni Engelberg. Globi figures are present at Brunni as helpers for the children.
Swimming, rowing and kayaking near Engelberg
Lake Trübsee and Lake Brunni Härzli invite you to swim, row and kayak. At the boathouse Trübsee you can get helmets and life jackets. Here you can also book a guide. So you can go kayaking on the lake and enjoy the mountain scenery. Don't forget your swimsuit and a change of underwear.
Mountain biking, Trotti Bike or Devil Bike
Mountain bike tours are very popular on the Titlis as well as in the Brunni area Mountain bikes are rented in Engelberg.
- Mountain bike rental Engelberg village
- Mountain bike rental Engelberg Titlis
- E-mountainbike rent Engelberg village
- E-Moutainbike rent Engelberg Titlis
At Titlis, the mountain bike may be transported by mountain railroad. There are at least fifteen tours of varying difficulty here. The tours are rideable from June to October
At Brunni you can do some tours by mountain bike, but also by bike or an e-bike. The approach from Engelberg to Rigidalalp via Ristis is easy. This route is available as an asphalt road. From Rigidalalp a partly difficult gravel road continues. The last part before the Brunni hut becomes very steep. The Brunni gondola lift takes folded bikes. With the chairlift, however, no transport of bikes is possible.
Four popular tours:
- 4-Lakes Tour Engelberg: Engelberg-Trübsee-Jochpass-Engstlenalp-Tannalp-Melchsee-Frutt, 32 km in length, difficult, 920 meters in altitude
- Arnialp-Engelberg: 6 km length, easy, 343 vertical meters
- Brunni Hut Trail: Brunni Hütte SAC-Engelberg, 13.3 km, moderate, 862 vertical meters
- Stäfeli Trail: Brunni Hütte SAC-Engelberg, 9 km, moderate, 394 vertical meters
On the Titlis you can also ride downhill with the Trotti-Bike (mixture between bike and Trottinette). Helmets are compulsory, the helmets will be lent with the bike. You can rent scooters at the intermediate station Gerschnialp or at the restaurant Untertrübsee. After the ride you return them at the valley station of the TITLIS mountain railroads. The ride is 3.5 km long and covers 260 meters in altitude. Trottibikes are rented daily (only in dry weather) between May and October.
A Devil Bike or Monster Bike has extra wide tires and goes down faster. You can rent them for the stretch from Jochpass to Trübsee. The ride takes 15 min and overcomes 410 meters in altitude
Via ferrata, climbing gardens, boulder spots
Around Engelberg you will find 8 climbing gardens, 6 via ferratas, various bouldering spots and countless alpine climbing routes.
A partly difficult via ferrata is the Klettersteig Graustock on the Titlis. It starts at the Berghaus Jochpass at 2222 meters above sea level and takes you to the 2661 meter high summit of the Graustock. From here you have a good view of the Titlis. The via ferrata is only accessible in summer until about October, after which the wire ropes are removed.
The Klettergarten Äbnet is very suitable for families and beginners.
For bouldering there are 15 boulders with 170 routes in the Surenental. Climbing is also possible in the Sportingpark and the Seilpark Engelberg. The Rope Park is located at the valley station of the Fürenalp.
Difficulty level for climbing gardens, via ferrata and bouldering routes around Engelberg
|Leitistein||3c to 5b|
|Graustock||4c to 7a|
|Wissberg||4c to 7a|
|Brunnihütte||4a to 5c|
|Schlänggen||6a to 8b|
|Äbnet||4a to 5c|
|Laucherenstock||4c to 7a|
|Ruchstock||6a to 7a|
|Titlis south face||6a to 7a|
|Bettlerstock||4a to 7a|
|Sättelistock||5c to 7a|
|Schlossberg||5c to 7a|
|Boulder routes in the Surenental||4a to 8b|
The via ferratas Fürenwand and Brunnistöckli were rated with a different scale.
The Klettersteig Brunnistöckli is rated with a difficulty of K2 (easy) on the scale from K1 to K5. It is suitable for beginners and families and includes a suspension bridge as a highlight: 1.4 km in length, 171 meters in altitude, 1:10 h. Above this via ferrata begins the Klettersteig Rigidalstock, rated K3 as moderately difficult.
The Klettersteig Fürenwand is rated K4 to K5 (difficult) on this scale. Beginners should only climb here with a mountain guide: 6.2 km in length, 775 meters in altitude, 4:40 hrs.
Since there are different levels of difficulty in climbing, this conversion table from Bergzeit is helpful.
The climbing equipment can be rented in Engelberg in the village center or at the valley station of the Titlis Xpress.
The ski area on the Titlis lies at altitudes between 1003 and 3020 meters above sea level, and on the Brunni between 1050 and 2040 meters above sea level.
Acrivities in the ski resorts:
- Skiing and snowboarding (on Titlis until the end of May), Globis Winterland Klostermatte and Yetipark on Brunni
- Sledging, slide park Trübsee, TitlisSnowXPark
- Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking
- Avalanche Training Center and SnowEpic on the Titlis
Skiing and snowboarding, Klostermatte and Yetipark
In winter you can use over 82 kilometers of slopes on the Titlis. In some parts it is even possible to ski until the end of May. The longest run goes over twelve kilometers and 2,000 meters of altitude down to Engelberg. For children and the inexperienced, there are about 23.5 kilometers of easy runs on the lower slopes around Untertrübsee, Gerschnialp and Trübsee.
Difficulty of the 82 kilometers of slopes on the Titlis
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At the Brunni the 2 km from Klostermatte are easy. The Klostermatte is also the leading ski practice area in Central Switzerland. The Yetipark is located behind the Restaurant Ristis. It is a practice area for skiing and sledding for children.
Difficulty of the 8.5 km of slopes at Brunni
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You can also rent the necessary ski and snowboard equipment conveniently on site.
- Ski and equipment rental Engelberg village
- Ski and equipment rental Engelberg valley station
- Snowboard and equipment rental Engelberg valley station
- Snowboard and equipment rental Engelberg village
Tobogganing, Trübsee slide park, TitlisSnowXPark
On the Titlis, a 3.5 km-long toboggan run leads down 250 meters in altitude. Starting at the Gerschnialp, it leads through the snow-covered Gerschniwald and ends in Engelberg.
At Brunni you can start your tobogganing tour directly at the Brunnihütte. Two toboggan runs lead from here 2.5 km down to the Ristis. The route via Rinderbüel is easier to ski.
In the Yeti children's park you can rent classic toboggans, skigibles and airboards incl. pads and helmets. You can also rent toboggans at the top station of the chairlift at the Brunnihütte.
The slide park Trübsee is also used with balancer, snowtube or Zipfelbob and in the neighboring SnowXPark you can try one of the six e-snowmobiles.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking
From Engelberg cross-country skiing is possible on several trails in the valley. On the Titlis, the Gerschnialp trail is a popular cross-country skiing tour. It is eight kilometers long and is classified as an easy to medium tour. At Furggelenstock, two Brunni cross-country trails are popular, each taking about 3.5 hours to complete. They are six and nine kilometers long respectively.
There are two official and avalanche-safe snowshoe trails at Brunni: Schönenboden-Trail Brunni: from Berglodge Ristis to Ristis, 3.5 km, 2 hours, 170 vertical meters Riedalp trail: from Ristis via Ruchweg and Riedalp back to Ristis, 2.9 km, 1:30 hours, 130 vertical meters There are also two official snowshoe trails on Titlis:
- Gerschnialp-Untertrübsee trail: parallel to the cross-country ski trail, the trail is well marked, 4.2 km, 1:20 hours, 138 vertical meters
- Obertrübsee trail: from Berghotel Trübsee in the direction of Engelberg, Älplerseil and back, arrival and departure are via the TITLIS-Xpress cable car between Engelberg and Trübsee, 5.5 km, 2 to 2.5 hours, 252 vertical meters
You can rent snowshoes in Engelberg at the valley station Titlis and in the village.
The summer hiking trails can often be used in winter as well. These include in any case the hiking trails between Ristis and Brunnihütte as well as Ristis and Engelberg. On the Titlis and around Engelberg there are winter hiking trails on about 50 kilometers.
Special winter hiking trails at Brunni and Titlis
- Panorama trail Rigidalalp with view of Titlis and Hahnen: 3 km, 1 hour, 265 meters altitude difference
- Schneetandliweg Brunni: from Berglodge Ristis along the pink trail signs to Ried and back to Ristis mountain station, 2.4 km, 0:45 hour, 130 vertical meters
- Gerschnialp-Untertrübsee: from Hotel Bänklialp to Gerschnialp and down to Untertrübsee, 4.2 km, 1:45 hours, 304 vertical meters ascent, 57 vertical meters descent
- Trübsee circular trail: from the middle station of the TITLIS Xpress cable car along the pink signposts, 3.2 km, 1 hour, 28 meters of altitude gain
Avalanche Training Center at Titlis
In winter, an avalanche training camp is offered free of charge at Trübsee. On Schlächtismatt (Trübsee), participants can practice searching with an avalanche transceiver under realistic conditions
There is always something going on in Engelberg. In the current event calendar the different events around Engelberg are listed.
Night skiing on the Klostermatte, night sledding and a night cross-country skiing: the evening atmosphere is unforgettable. Mountain railroads and huts are of course open for this. You can also go snowshoeing, snow tubing or winter hiking.
On Trübsee the regular Trübsee Saturday Night Event is already legendary. Between Christmas and Easter it takes place every Saturday evening. The cable cars between Engelberg and Trübsee then travel in convoy, always 12 gondolas in a row. The Trübsee slide park opens, as does the Lago Torbido restaurant, the Fonduestübli and the Trübsee Bar.
Whether Mafia Dinner at the Hotel Terrace, Early-Bird, game watching, StrongMan Run by Fisherman's friend or the annual concert of the music society: there is always something to experience in Engelberg.
For overnight stays in Engelberg you can find several hotels and guesthouses, but also vacation apartments. Even a religious hotel can be found in Engelberg. The Hotel St. Josefshaus is located in the village center of Engelberg and is owned by the Benedictine monastery.
How about an overnight stay in a yurt including a hot outdoor bath? Yurt Mountain offers overnight accommodations for one to two people in a yurt. This includes a breakfast basket and dinner if desired. In winter, fondue or raclette is also served.
The Berglodge Ristis is only accessible by cable car from Engelberg to Ristis. The big advantage: it is located in the middle of the hiking and skiing area Brunni at 1600 m.a.s.l. You can admire the beautiful view of the Titlis and the rest of the surrounding mountains in the morning or at sunset. The ski and toboggan slopes as well as the Yeti park for children are in the immediate vicinity of the lodge. In summer you have to walk only a few steps to the summer toboggan run and the children's playground. The via ferratas also start in the immediate vicinity. The lodge is primarily suitable as group accommodation. There are 2 four-bed rooms, 3 five-bed rooms and two dormitories with shared bathrooms. In the evening the restaurant is opened exclusively for overnight guests or registered groups
Besides the restaurants in the village of Engelberg, almost every hotel has its own restaurant. In addition, you will find some mountain huts on the Titlis and on the Brunni, which mostly offer smaller meals as catering on the mountain
Brunnihüttli at the Härzli lake of Brunni
The Brunnihüttli is reached directly by chairlift. It has a large outdoor terrace. Here you can also spend the night. It is closed during the maintenance times of the Brunni lifts, but the shelter is always open. It belongs to the Swiss Alpine Club and offers 32 sleeping places In winter, this is the center of winter sports, especially since winter sports equipment is also available for rent. A sledding trail starts right at the hut. In the other months you can hike here, go around the Härzli lake or walk the tickle trail. Not far from the hut there is also a starting point for paragliders in winter. In summer, several high-altitude trails and climbing tours start here
Chruiter Hüttli (herb hut) at Lake Härzli
The Kräuter Hütte is also located at Lake Härzli. It is open daily in summer from 08:30 to 17:00. At the snack stand you can get snacks and drinks (cold and hot). Sausage and bread for grilling are also sold here. Climbing sets can be rented here
Alpstübli at Trübsee Titlis
The Alpstübli is located directly at the Trübsee and has a large sun terrace. Here you will primarily find Swiss specialties, but also homemade cake. This is especially popular. The Alpstübli opens in summer until 17:15. During the rest of the year it is generally closed. In winter, however, you can get a homemade cheese fondue in the Chässtübli.
Engelberg is centrally located in Switzerland. The place is easily accessible from everywhere, whether by public transport or with your own car.
Arrival by public transport
The journey to Engelberg takes about 43 minutes on the Zentralbahn from Lucerne. From Zurich it takes about an hour longer by train. A nice variant is the combination of ship and bus or train. For this you take a boat from Lucerne to Beckenried. From there you take the bus 311 to Stans. From Stans you take the train/bus to Engelberg.
Within Engelberg there is a free bus that takes you to all valley stations of the railroads or to the train station. It is called Dorf Express, but six other bus lines also take you there for free in winter and summer. Here you can find the current timetable.
Arrival by car
If you are coming by car, it will take you about one hour and ten minutes from Zurich via Lucerne on the A4, A14 and A2. Leave the freeway at the Stans exit and continue on the cantonal road. Parking spaces are available in Engelberg for a fee.