Engelberg

Ski Resort in Switzerland

Introduction

Engelberg (mountain of angel) is a village resort and a municipality in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland. Besides the village of Engelberg, the municipality also includes the settlements of Grafenort, Obermatt and Schwand.

It has been popular with visitors as a major mountain resort in Central Switzerland. Engelberg is visited today as much for skiing for its Alpine character. It is popular for both summer and winter tourism. The nearest large city is Lucerne. Engelberg is a true winter wonderland with the season lasting from October until May. With 14 winter walking trails, 30km of cross-country trails, snow bikes and snowmobiles at SnowXPark, and the fun Titlis Glacier Park there is something for everyone.

Engelberg is located 25 km south of Lake Lucerne in a wide mountain valley at an altitude of around 1000 meters. At 3,239 meters, Titlis mountain with its glacier, and Hahnen mountain at 2,600 meters, are towering over the surrounding peaks. In the winter they make sure that there will be snow far into the spring season. One of the top 10 ski regions in Switzerland, Engelberg is also known for its diverse ski and freeride area. In the summer, on the other hand, it’s all about hiking, mountaineering, climbing, biking, and playing golf.

The town of Engelberg is appealing because of its distinct and rustic character. The Benedictine monastery was founded in 1120 and has a great impact on the life of the village, even today. Monks still live, work and teach there. The homes left over from the Belle Epoque are also witnesses of that time period. In combination with the pleasant Swiss flair, the special architecture lends the village its very own charm.

Engelberg info card

Resort Altitude1020m
Highest Lift3020m
Total Piste82km
Longest Run12km
Directions of SlopesN, E, S
Total Lifts27
Gondolas/Cable cars9
Chairlifts7
Drag Lifts11
Snow Parks1

Engelberg-Titlis Tourist office
Tourist Center
Klosterstrasse 3
CH-6390 Engelberg
Tel: +41 (0)41 639 77 77
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.engelberg.ch


Best time to visit Engelberg

The tourist office claims 41km of snow sure runs, thanks to 8km of pistes on the glacier and an extra 33km covered by snow cannons. With lifts opening in October most years, and running well into May, the area tends to be excellent shape throughout the season.


Engelberg Village

Just big enough to feel like a town, Engelberg is a quiet mixture of wooden chalets sitting among large Edwardian buildings.

The railway reaches into the centre of town, good for most hotels. By car or on foot it's an easy place to navigate, with little traffic. You can explore the town in a horse drawn carriage with a sheep skin over your knees or browse the cobbled pedestrian streets towards the monastery, founded in 1120, which dominates the town. There's a church with an onion-domed spire, gardens and a building where cheese is produced and sold, as well as extensive monastic quarters and working buildings with impressive interiors, which can be visited; you can find out as much as you might want to know about making cheese while you're there. The other defining feature of Engelberg is the architecture: grand old hotels from the early days of tourism, and unexpected details like the tiny funicular from the edge of town to the 'terrace', a sunny, level strolling area with views over town.

Back in the centre of town the shopping area is adequate, with all the essentials including sports shops and a smattering of bakeries and cafes, as well as bars. The large Co-op and Migro supermarkets in the centre are also useful for provisions. The Co-op has an excellent self-service restaurant; only open until early evening but without question an unexpected star attraction in Engelberg, for quality, range and price. Opposite the station, the Okay shop on the corner of the Bellevue Hotel, is the place for telemark and snowboarding gear, along with backcountry equipment and an internet café. This is where the 'real' riders hang.


Engelberg Ski Resort

Engelberg Titlis boasts 82 kilometres of runs, making it one of the largest ski areas in Central Switzerland and, thanks to the Titlis Glacier, a place where top conditions are almost guaranteed.

Advanced skiers are particularly well catered for on the exhilarating slopes around Brunni, Titlis and Jochstock. The gondola from the valley carries skiers up to Trübsee, which in turn provides access to Titlis and Jochstock. On the way to Titlis, you also have the option of disembarking at the Stand mountain station and enjoying the red-marked groomers back down to Trübsee. However, you should not pass up the chance of an unforgettable trip with the revolving Rotair Bahn up to the head of the glacier. From there, you can take to several red-marked runs equipped with surface lifts. There is also an ungroomed route back down to the runs at Stand.

If you take the lift up to Jochstock instead, a variety of excellent red-marked trails awaits, with run no. 8 receiving an honourable mention here. There are two blue-marked runs on the Engstenalp, though this area is without doubt the place to be for freestyle skiers, with a terrain park and air bag jump to explore.

Brunni is located across the valley from the Titlis area. Although there are fewer runs here, it’s still well worth a visit, and the long blue runs are particularly great for beginners. And if you feel too unsure to take to the mountain, then there are several practice lifts to help you find your feet in the valley.

Engelberg Titlis is also widely viewed as a mecca for freeride skiing. Routes like Laub down towards the village or Galtiberg to Engelberg are some of the best backcountry routes that Switzerland has to offer. There are always new, spectacular lines to discover off-piste, meaning that Engelberg Titlis usually has freeride fans returning time and again.


Skiing in Engelberg

There are ski resorts on both sides of the town, with Titlis, Jochpass and Bannalp on one side and Brunni on the other.

Red run skiers and snowboarders are the best served in the Titlis area, with shorter pistes up on the glacier – well worth the lift commute for the views and excellent snow. More intermediate skiing can be found between Stand and Trubsee, and down from the Jochstock at 2564m.

Families will love roaming the 6 blues and red of the Bannalp area and the easy skiing at Gerschnialp which has a beginner’s area up at 1300m. This is also the place for cross country skiers, with 12km of glorious trails in and out of the forest. There are 35km of XC trails here in total, with evening tours available.

On the other side of the town, the Brunni area has 7km of sunny skiing, including the seriously scenic Schonegg slope for experts and the Brunnihutte blue. Little learners are looked after in the Yeti Park with its magic carpets. Nearer the base, the blue Klostermatte piste usually stays open late for night skiing.

If you’re an experienced freerider, set your sights on the Big 5. These are the finest powder descents in the area - Laub, Steinberg, Steintäli, Sulz and Galtiberg - and they can be accessed without having to take of your skis or snowboard. Ski tourers have the High 5 to conquer: Titlis, Brisen, Salistock, Ruchstock and the Urner Haute Route.


Engelberg Apres Ski

Yucatan’s got one of the biggest après ski scenes here, with drinks, music and dancing on tables once the slopes close. Chalet at the TITLIS Talstation has DJ’s and bands playing from 3pm and Hoheneck Bar’s live music starts up the party atmosphere on the main street. For something really cool… the Igloo Bar serves all kinds of tipples with deckchairs looking out over the peaks.

From fondue at the Alpenclub to curries at the Spice Bazaar and pizzas at Al Monastero – there are plenty of options when it comes to eating in Engelberg. Yucatan has a groovy dining room and a cracking burger menu. For food with a view, head up to 3020m where the Panorama-Restaurant has an ice cream bar serving fresh waffles for pudding.

When the eating and drinking is done, set off on a sled from Gerschnialp where there’s a 3.5km forest trail or head up to the Titlis glacier park for snowtubing and snake gliss. The snowXpark has a fleet of snowmobiles to whizz around on. Daytrips to Lake Lucerne are easily doable via the Zentralbahn, and as well as shopping in the town, you can visit the monastery and cheese factory.

 

Transportation - Get In


By Plane

The closest major international airport is Zurich (100km) just 1 hour 20 minutes by road or around 2 hours by rail from the resort.

Zurich airport - 101 km / 1 hour 20 minutes
Berne airport - 137 km / 1 hour 55 minutes


By Train

Engelberg is easily reached in comfort by rail from Zurich airport to Lucerne, with hourly direct connections from the airport to Lucerne and a direct hourly service from Lucerne to Engelberg. The rail journey from the airport takes just over 2 hours including a 15 minute interval at Lucerne allowing ample time to change to Zentralbahn line from Lucerne direct to the centre of the village;

To search train timetables and to book rail transfers online go to Swiss Railways (SBB).


By Car

Engelberg is easily reached by car as it's just 20 kilometres from the nearest motorway exit to the village. Follow motorways from all directions to Lucerne, then the A2 south towards the Gotthard. Leave the A2 at the Stans-Süd exit (16 kms after Lucerne) and follow signs for Engelberg (a further 20 kms by good road).  The main lift station and a large carpark are on the right before you reach town and the centre of town is partly pedestrianised.

 

Transportation - Get Around


By Bus 

Engelberg has a network of local buses that ferry passengers to and from the city’s main stops. All the attractions are well connected. Travel on these local buses is free of charge.


By Cable Cars

Cable Cars are especially popular when visiting Mount Titlis. Apart from Titlis, visitors to Brunni and Fürenalp too are accessible by cable cars.

Accommodation & Hotels


Property Location: Located in Engelberg, Hotel Edelweiss is minutes from Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg and Engelberg Abbey. This family-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Alpines Solebad Hotel Waldegg and Titlis Glacier.

Rooms: Stay in one of 43 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: After a day on the slopes, enjoy recreational amenities including a spa tub and a sauna. Additional amenities at this Beaux Arts hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage.

Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Hotel Edelweiss. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
    • Great view
  • HOTEL EDELWEISS SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and Vibe.


Rustic-style 3-star hotel with 12 rooms enjoys an idyllic, sunny and quiet location on the edge of the village, offering superb panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great view
    • Good management
    • City centre is hard to reach
    • Very quiet
  • HOTEL GARNI HOSTATT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 4% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, breakfast and service.


Property Location: A stay at Spannort Hotel & Restaurant places you in the heart of Engelberg, walking distance from Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg and Engelberg Abbey. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Titlis Glacier and Alpines Solebad Hotel Waldegg.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 20 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: After a day on the slopes, enjoy recreational amenities, which include a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Dining: You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Spannort Hotel & Restaurant, or stop in at a snack bar/deli. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. Limited parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Stylish hotel
    • Nice building
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
  • SPANNORT HOTEL & RESTAURANT SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 91. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Property Location: A stay at Engelberg places you in the heart of Engelberg, walking distance from Engelberg Abbey and Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg. This hotel is within close proximity of Titlis Glacier and Alpines Solebad Hotel Waldegg.

Rooms: Stay in one of 21 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Conveniences include phones and safes, and you can also request cribs/infant beds (complimentary).

Amenities: Take in the views from a terrace and make use of amenities such as tour/ticket assistance. Dining Satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: This hotel has 4 meeting rooms available for events.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Clean rooms
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • ENGELBERG TRAIL HOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 17% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Property Location: A stay at Hotel Bellevue-Terminus places you in the heart of Engelberg, walking distance from Titlis Glacier and Engelberg-Titlis Ski Resort. This boutique hotel is within close proximity of Engelberg Abbey and Fuerenalp Cable Car.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 42 guestrooms featuring iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and cable programming provide entertainment. Partially open bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Enjoy recreation amenities such as a nightclub or take in the view from a terrace. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and wedding services.

Dining: Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Meet other guests and eat at a complimentary reception. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Engelberg? This hotel has 6458 square feet (600 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • New rooms
    • Modern Hotel
    • Train station is close
    • Comfortable beds
  • HOTEL BELLEVUE-TERMINUS SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 20% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.


Property Location: Located in Engelberg, Hotel Waldegg is in a rural location, minutes from Alpines Solebad Hotel Waldegg, and close to Titlis Glacier. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg and Engelberg-Titlis Ski Resort.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 60 guestrooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and multilingual staff. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge, and free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great view
    • Great menu
    • Friendly service
    • Spacious rooms
  • HOTEL WALDEGG SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 90, this hotel is one of the top 11% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and food.


Property Location: Located in Engelberg, Belmont is in the mountains and minutes from Titlis Glacier and Engelberg-Titlis Ski Resort. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Engelberg Abbey and Fuerenalp Cable Car.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 22 individually decorated guestrooms. Your Select Comfort bed comes with down comforters. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and a television in a common area.

Dining: Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held daily. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Train station is close
    • Clean rooms
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • HOTEL BELMONT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 88, this hotel is one of the top 14% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.


Property Location: With a stay at H+ Hotel Sonnwendhof Engelberg in Engelberg, you'll be minutes from Titlis Glacier and Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg. This hotel is within close proximity of Engelberg-Titlis Ski Resort and Alpines Solebad Hotel Waldegg.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 28 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Take in the views from a rooftop terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Additional amenities at this hotel include an arcade/game room, ski storage, and tour/ticket assistance.

Dining: Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is included.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Train station is close
    • Friendly service
    • Near city centre
    • Clean rooms
  • H+ HOTEL SONNWENDHOF ENGELBERG SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its location, rooms and service.


  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Impressive bathroom
    • Great menu
  • ALPENCLUB SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its rooms, food and service.


The 3-star Hotel Central offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Engelberg. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night's sleep. All the necessary facilities, including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, family room, restaurant, are at hand. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer additional bathroom, additional toilet, mirror, internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms to ensure a restful night. The hotel's peaceful atmosphere extends to its recreational facilities which include golf course (within 3 km), skiing, tennis courts, games room. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Engelberg, Hotel Central will make you feel instantly at home.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Train station is close
    • Spacious rooms
    • Modern Hotel
    • New rooms
  • HOTEL CENTRAL SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 85. Guests recommend it because of its location, service and breakfast.

Ski Area

Engelberg’s skiing takes place on both sides of the valley, served by two separate lift systems.

Brunni

Brunni is reached from the eastern edge of town by cable car - convenient for many central hotels - but has just a handful of runs served by old lifts; for gentle sunny skiing or tree skiing on bad weather days it's ideal though limited in extent with a maximum altitude of just 2040 metres. The major ski region on the Trubsee/Titlis side of the valley, is reached from the base station, two minutes from town centre by a free shuttle bus or by a (level) fifteen-minute walk. This disjointed start is mirrored halfway up the mountain at Trubsee, where the lift system splits.

Trubsee

The Trubsee - a lake at 1,800 metres above a rocky escarpment - is traversed by chairlift in both directions to prevent the need for a lengthy pole-push. The high point to the west is the Jochstock, 2,564 metres, reached by two more chairs and giving access to predominantly red runs, well above the tree line. Also to this side, descending from the lake plateau, are red and blue back-to-village runs which pass a major cross country ski circuit and modest beginner/snowtube area halfway down, at the foot of the escarpment, before continuing through trees to the base station. Continuing directly upwards from Trubsee, the summit of the Klein Titlis is reached by two consecutive cable car rides.

The top lift - the Rotair - features the world's first rotating cabins (or at least, the floors rotate), giving everyone within sight of a window a 360-degree view on each trip. All the routes on both the top and middle sections are red runs, with the exception of one black piste and several huge off piste routes, some of them on the Titlis glacier. For strong intermediate and advanced skiers, the high pistes are the main area of interest in good weather while the off piste routes are big enough, and pass through sufficiently challenging terrain to make them a major undertaking, leaving the piste far behind.

The Laub

Halfway between the summit and Trubsee at around two and a half thousand metres is the traverse that leads from the top of the Rindertitlis chairlift to the start of the Laub, Engelberg's most famous off piste run: it's as though God took a huge, broad valley floor and tipped it up to give a perfect, constant thirty-five degree pitch for 1,200 vertical north-facing metres, as wide as several football fields, unimpeded by rock or vegetation and frequently covered in powder snow. 'Yeah baby', to use the technical term!

But to those in the know, the Laub is just the tip of the iceberg, the tourist route. The aim of Engelberg's powder hunters is to experience every one of the even longer, infinitely more varied descents from the very top. If you have any off piste pretensions, then whatever else you budget for when visiting Engelberg, a guide should be at the top of the list.


Engelberg Beginner Skiing

Both Gerschnialp and Untertrübsee have ideal flat terrain for beginners, easily reached from the base station and with a blue run back home to finish.

A total of six blue runs - 25 kilometres - are divided between here and Brunni, which has the perfect long descent for capable beginners, from the Brunnihutte back to town. With few people heading for this side, it's an ideal area to find your feet, scoring maximum points for forest charm and with adequate uplift.

On the opposite side, the lack of blue runs above Trubsee, other than the isolated ones from the Jochpass, mean beginners and early intermediates can only get the high mountain experience and views over Engelberg by riding both up and down the Stand and Klein Titlis cable cars. Despite this layout the resort probably has at least as much to offer beginners as stronger intermediates in the context of a one-week ski holiday.


Engelberg Intermediate Skiing

Engelberg has 55 kilometers of red runs – around 60 % of the pisted terrain – available for intermediates.

A bonus for skiers at this level is the stunning view from high on the mountain and usually good snow conditions thanks to the northerly aspect of most of the pistes. But there are snags: from the top of the Klein Titlis to Stand involves tackling the one serious black run in resort; you could ski the top and descend by cable car but it's not an ideal option for most skiers.

Additionally, many of the red runs thoroughly deserve their category, so there's not much time to relax on the descent. Strong intermediates practicing their carving technique will find themselves traveling faster than a speeding bullet before they can say, 'nice wax job!'. Throw in the slightly disjointed lift layout and it becomes clear that this is not the ideal resort for intermediates, even if they plan to attempt some off piste - it's mostly too challenging (and probably terrifying) still to be learning deep snow technique.

Jochstock is the best area to ski laps on piste where broader, less steep runs and chairs rather than cable cars make this a more congenial area to cruise. It's high enough for good snow and gives the best, uninterrupted descent to the valley floor at the end of the day.

For families, Brunni is ideal though limited. Easily accessed from the town centre and small enough to make for simple navigation and meeting up, there's a variety of sunny skiing. Only the old lifts, including a drag lift to the very top, are a problem. In terms of extent, you won't want to spend more than a day or two on this side during the course of a week's holiday.


Engelberg Advanced & Expert Skiing

Judged by the official piste statistics, Engelberg has little to interest strong skiers, with just one black run in the Titlis area - a steep mogul field - which is also the only pisted route down from the upper area.

But the red runs that make up most of the rest of the skiing are at the steeper end of the scale, with no let-up across most of the Titlis and Jochstock areas. Skiing the length of either the Trubsee-Stand cable car or the two chairs between Jochstock and Alpstubli at the western end of the Trubsee gives a sustained descent of 600 and 800 vertical metres respectively but without significant opportunities to vary the route.

If you're doing laps, you soon realize the restrictions that the glaciated terrain imposes on piste building on these north-facing slopes. Engelberg's second black run is on Brunni, from the top lift, following the shoulder of the mountain before feeding into the main red run, but it's barely distinguishable, in terms of pitch or the challenge it poses, from many of the reds found in the main ski area and it's quite short.


Engelberg Snowboarding

Both Brunni and the Titlis areas are equally boarder-friendly in terms of terrain: outstanding off piste with few big traverses and generally few flats on the upper slopes either on or off piste.Lower down, the blue run back to the village from Untertrubsee is the main area where flat stretches are a problem.

For very accomplished, highly insured riders, there are some of the best cliffs to launch off in the Alps, as reflected by the current crop of wintersport photographers who make their home here each season. But most of the jumping takes place within the main terrain park at the bottom of the Jochpass Express chair. There are numerous jumps, rails, a half pipe and a quarter pipe; the park is updated and improved continually.

During the season a competitions and events diary is listed on www.terrainpark.ch where there's also a current photo gallery. Spring and summer freestyle camps are regularly held on the Titlis, run by www.iceripper.com since 1988. There are also 3 snowboard schools for park and freeride.

Ski lifts & pass

Engelberg’s ski lifts run from 8.30 a.m. to 4.50 p.m. With a big vertical difference between town and the highest lift station, it’s a lengthy process (even without any queues) to reach the top, via a minimum of four big lifts.


Engelberg Cable Cars & Ski Lifts

The first two stages, to Trubsee, have two lifts running in parallel for increased capacity. Other than beginners heading for Gerschnialp, everyone has to reach Trubsee before they can start to disperse across the mountain so there can be queues on weekend mornings and at noon when half-day tickets become available. With a total capacity of 15,000 people per hour, there's not usually a weekday problem.

The top cable car, complete with rotating floor, gives passengers a 360-degree panorama on the way up; the lowest-tech facilities - nine drag lifts - are mainly in beginner areas, supplemented by 2 magic carpets. The remaining lifts are an assortment of chairlifts, from 2-seater upwards. There is just one modern 6-seater, the Jochstock Express.


Engelberg Lift Passes

Ski passes are available from 1-14 days (successive days) with generous discounts for children aged 6-15 and young adults 16-19 years. Seniors aged 64 years and older get 20% discount Mondays - Fridays (public holidays excluded).

Hourly tickets

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CHF54.00 ($53.87)
CHF43.00 ($42.90)
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Day tickets

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Day ticket
CHF65.00 ($64.85)
CHF52.00 ($51.88)
CHF46.00 ($45.89)
CHF26.00 ($25.94)
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2 Days
CHF121.00 ($120.72)
CHF97.00 ($96.77)
CHF85.00 ($84.80)
CHF48.00 ($47.89)
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3 Days
CHF172.00 ($171.60)
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Activities & Things to do

There’s a very good range of activities which, combined with Engelberg’s spectacular setting, make it a good place for a non-skier.

Extensive winter walking paths and cross country skiing; superb sledding on Brunni and night sledding, winter hiking and snowshoeing on Gerschnialp and Furenalp. The guest card offers discounts for use of the indoor pool, tennis, skating and other activities at the sports centre. The Outventure Company, the Salomon Station and the Ski School all organise a range of activities including snowshoeing and igloo building.


Summer activites in Engelberg

Many glorious, well-marked hiking routes, some accessible by cable-car to save on the uphill walking. But also there are theme trails such as the Brunni Tickle Trail, a 220m route for bare feet over different materials to stimulate the circulation and boost the immune system; Alpine Flower Trails at the base of Titlis with information boards Marmot Trail from Trubsee to Jochpass in search of wildlife such as marmots, chamois and ibex.

Then there are many mountain biking trails that are fairly tough once off the valley floor. Alternatively, for less energetic thrill-seekers try ‘devil’ biking which is just a mad downhill rush from Jochpass to Trubsee, or’trotti’ biking – taking chunky, offroad scooters down from Gerschnialp station to Engelberg.

Climbing. . there’s no shortage of big, tricky rocks for experienced climbers but Engelberg has also organised various ‘Via Ferrata’, climbing routes of varied difficulty with fixed ropes, hanging bridges and rope ladders.

And then there’s paragliding from Brunni, Furenalp and Titlis, a rope park, glacier walking, summer toboggan runs on the Ristis (near Brunni) and nordic walking.

Restaurants & Nightlife


Engelberg Mountain Restaurants

There are 14-mountain restaurant throughout the area. The highest are at the Titlis station (3,028m): an a-la-carte restaurant with extensive wine and food menus and amazing views; a self service restaurant; a Mama Mia Pizzeria; and the Ofen Bar for coffee and drinks.

The Ritz, Gerschnialp and Jochpass offer accomodation as well as sun terraces and cosy restaurants for lunch, with Swiss menus featuring rosti, fondue, salads and soups as well as more elaborate dishes. There is a cafe and self-service restaurant at Trubsee and up the cable car at Stand, the Buurestube is another friendly place with typical Swiss dishes.

On Brunni, the Brunnihütte is a cosy restaurant in old Swiss style; at the head of the valley on Furenalp walkers and toboganners can refuel on an extensive menu on the terrace of of the Furenalp restaurant.

There are also several on-mountain spots for end of day drinks: from under a huge umbrella the Sternbar at Stand has great views and is well placed, half-way down the mountain, to get your après ski started. One stage lower, outside the Hotel Trübsee, Crash is a ski-through bar for service without even removing your skis or board. Back at valley level, 'The Chalet' by the base station has a DJ each day and live bands.


Engelberg Bars & Restaurants

With the monks up the road and a small number of visitors during the week, Engelberg is no party town, though there are exceptions to the rule. A good choice of restaurants cover all bases, with Italian, Chinese, Thai and Mexican menus as well as traditional Swiss menus and including half a dozen restaurants offering à la carte.


Engelberg Apres Ski

The Sternbar at Station Stand (2450m) overlooking the Titlis glacier is a popular apres ski venue for competent skiers, followed by over 1000m of descent to the valley and the Apres Ski "Chalet" bar at Titlis base station. The Yucatan, in the ground floor of the Bellevue Hotel, has a happy hour between 5 - 6pm, and a lively feel. It is alleged to sell more beer than any other bar in the whole of central Switzerland, which may tell you something about the bar, or possibly more about central Switzerland; there's also Tex Mex food and live music into the small hours. Other bars include the CC music bar and Disco, the Eden, the Bierlialp-Chäller nightclub and Spindle discobar. For quieter drinks try the old-style Dream-Life bar or the refined modern setting of the Wine Bar, smack in the centre, where you can stay on for dinner.


Engelberg Restaurants

The Alpenclub, near the monastery, serves Swiss food and folk music in an Alpine building dating from 1875. The oldest restaurant in town is the C17th Schweizerhaus, 10 minutes from the monastery and the perfect place for fondue.The Axel has a more upmarket French-Swiss menu. Spannort and Maro are also recommended.

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