Engelberg is a charming village located in Central Switzerland, just one hour away from Lucerne. It is located at the foot of Mount Titlis and draws tourists for its perfect mix of culture and sports. Winter enthusiasts as well as friends of summer sports get their share in Engelberg, a village with many characteristics. The first revolving aerial cable-car in the world takes travelers from Engelberg to Mt. Titlis for many different leisure activities. Known among Swiss as a great ski area, Engelberg is also visited for its famous Benedictine Monastery. The Monastery Church with its organ (the largest in Switzerland) and the Monastery Library with its rich collection of historical volumes go back to the 12th century. The legend says that the voices of Angels (Angels = Engel in German) gave Engelberg its name. Listen well: you might hear them sing during your stay. Also a visit to the artisan cheese production at the monastery is well worth a visit.
Attractions and Activities
City Excursions in Engelberg
One of Switzerland's most popular excursion destinations, lovely Lucerne is only 60 minutes' travelling time from Engelberg. The city is renowned for its attractive townscape, historic Chapel Bridge and excellent shopping facilities.
Beautiful Berne is a 2 ½ hours rail trip from Engelberg. Switzerland’s capital is a city of medieval magic, listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Attractions include the famous clock tower, the bearpits– home to Berne's heraldic animals – and excellent shopping arcades.
Mountain Excursions in Engelberg
Engelberg is located at the foot of the Mount Titlis. A rotating cable-car takes tourists all the way up to Klein Titlis in 3,028 meters (9,930 ft.). This was the first revolving aerial cable-car in the world and it takes you to “heaven”. The Rotair cable-car operates all year long from 8:30 AM until 16:30 PM.
Summer Sports in Engelberg
Engelberg is a true paradise for climbers and hikers. More than 124 miles (200 km) of signposted trails invite tourists to explore this wonderful landscape.
Rope park “Flying Fox”
Have fun in the rope park “Flying Fox” where you can test your courage on 6 routes with different difficulties. Crossing a balance bridge or a tyrolean slide is not everyone’s cup of tea. Beginners can do the guided course with an Outventure guide and can even try the pendulum swing and 130 ft (40 m) abseiling.
If you left your bike at home, no problem at all: just rent one and ride on 14 routes (from easy till demanding). Make sure to stop now and then to take a break at a mountain hut or restaurant and taste the local specialties.
For once do not take the cable way from the Gerschnialp to the valley, but feel like a kid again and roll down on a scooter towards Engelberg while enjoying the scenery on the 15 minutes drive (2 miles/3.5 km).
Breath the fresh mountain air on 224 miles (360 km) hiking paths around Engelberg.
There is a special route among them: visit all 17 mountain restaurants and get a stamp each time in a special “Mountain Restaurants-Pass”. Once the pass is full (17 stamps) you get a nice Engelberg cup to take home as a souvenir. Another way to hike and probably a motivation kick for the children.
Engelberg is also one of the resorts where a special walking trail is marked (12.4 miles /20 km). Why not give this new sport a try: it is very healthy for the muscles, the heart and circulation and can be done by old and young.
Golf is also played in Engelberg. Swing your clubs on this Par 71 golf course, where 18 holes must be conquered on 3.4 miles (5.5 km).
If you are a climber, then the words “hanging bridges” or “hunter’s leg” do mean something to you and you are not afraid of a 400 ft (600 m) drop. Engelberg has become the via ferrata eldorado of Switzerland. Experience the various routes and an adrenalin kick is guaranteed.
Winter Sports in Engelberg
Snowy forests, white meadows and powder snow: relax and enjoy the cold time of the year.
The areas Titlis, Jochpass and Brunni are equipped with 24 transport facilities and guarantee a great ski/snowboard feeling on 51 miles (82 km) slopes.
The top of the Titlis is on 9908 ft (3020 m) and a breathtaking panorama is the prize before you descent to Engelberg, covering 6562 ft/2000 meters in altitude.
If you prefer the sunny side from Engelberg, ski in the Brunni ski area. An ideal place for beginners and families.
Snowboarders sure enjoy the Terrainpark on the Jochpass (on 7218 ft/2200 m), where jumps, rails and a wallrides are accessible. If there is enough snow, a long and a short kicker are prepared as well as the legendary quarterpipe.
If you like to take a walk, or better a snowshoe walk through the untouched winter landscape, put on your snowshoes and walk towards Gerschnialp. Just follow the blue boards “Global Trail” and you do not get lost.
Hike along the marked and numbered routes along the valley and wonderful mountain area on 30 miles (49 km) winter trails and discover the white winter paradise. This is a wonderful activity for families and friends and can be done in various areas of Engelberg.
Children as well as adults love the feeling of tobogganing down a mountain. Three tobogganing ways with various lengths guarantee a snowy feeling. Toboggans can be rented.
If you like to relax after a busy day, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, sit back under warm blankets and enjoy the winter wonderland of Engelberg.
Entertainment in Engelberg
After a long hiking day, relax your muscles in a refreshing whey bath in front of the Gerschni Alpine hut. Whey isn’t only a drink but has a healing effect as well. Your skin feels smooth and silky and you will feel like reborn afterwards.
Sporting Park Engelberg
For rainy days, the Sporting Park in Engelberg is the perfect spot to spend a few hours doing all kinds of sports: skating and curling on the ice rinks, tennis (outdoor and indoor courts), badminton and a climbing wall are available.
Link to current Engelberg events!
Shopping in Engelberg
Tourists can purchase a special treat: fresh dairy products made at the artisan cheese production of the Monastery Engelberg. See how cheese is made, have some samples and browse through the cheese shop.
Location and Maps
Situated in Central Switzerland, Engelberg can be reached within 1 hour by train from Lucerne, 2 hours from Zurich, 2 ½ hours from Berne and 4 ½ hours from Geneva. By car, it is located 65 miles (105 km) from the Zurich-Kloten airport (ZRH) and 186 miles (300 km) from the Geneva-Cointrin (GVA) airport.