Engelberg

Engelberg

Things to do - general

Engelberg

Engelberg-Titlis is the largest winter holiday destination in central Switzerland located 25 km south of Lake Lucerne (only 45 min by train) in a wide mountain valley.

One of the top 10 ski regions in Switzerland, Engelberg is also known for its diverse ski and freeride area.

Engelberg is not just a winter resort – it’s a winter paradise. The town offers such a variety of things to do that you will be tempted to extend your stay long enough to try everything. The two sides of the valley couldn’t be more different and they provide pure enjoyment to both athletes and those who like to take it slower.

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.

Season

October 13, 2018 – April 26, 2019

Ski area

Covering an altitude difference of 2,000 metres from the glacier to the village down below, this mountain is the perfect destination for skiers and snowboarders.

The longest downhill run in the TITLIS ski area covers more than 12 kilometres and an altitude of 2,000 metres. Boasting 82 kilometres of slopes, the Engelberg-TITLIS ski area offers plenty of variety. 82 kilometres is the total length of prepared slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding. The length of incline (to schuss downhill) is 55 kilometres.

Most pistes are snow-sure from December to April. Skiing is possible up on the glacier from October through until May. The lower-lying slopes around Trübsee, Gerschnialp and Untertrübsee play host to a selection of easier runs.

Accommodation

Engelberg offers a good selection of hotels and apartments and an efficient free shuttle bus service between the village and the ski lifts. The resort’s hotels are predominantly 3-star with just two 4-star hotels currently.

Off-piste

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.

Highlights

  • With the rotating Titlis Rotair gondola to the eternal ice and the spectacular suspension bridge Titlis Cliff Walk, the Ice-Flyer and the Glacier Grotto. Fun on the slopes – snow is guaranteed between October and May and a 12-km ski run from the Titlis down to the valley is one of the longest downhills in the Alpine region.
  • Freeriding and ski touring – spectacular downhill runs, such as Laub, Steinberg and Galtiberg make Engelberg the ultimate freeride heaven and for all those who don’t mind a bit of climbing, there are a number of fantastic ski tours.

Top Events

  • FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Engelberg – where the world’s ski jumping elite meets for the largest winter sport event in central Switzerland (December)
CountrySwitzerland
Languages spokenGerman & English
Currency usedCHF (Swiss Franc)
Transfer time

By train from:
Lucerne: 45min
Zurich airport: 1hr 45min (1 connection in Lucerne).

By car from:
Lucerne: 30min
Basel, Bern, Zurich: 1hr 30min

Free shuttle bus within Engelberg
The free shuttle bus will take you to all the cable car stations as well as the train station.

Resort altitude1,050m
Linked ski area

Engelberg-Titlis

Skiable area

82 km of runs
Beginner 25 km ; Intermediate 53 km ; Advanced 4 km
Longest run 12 km
Base: 1,050m
Summit: 3,020m
Number of ski lifts 24 (Cable cars 5, Funiculars 2 Gondolas 2 Chairlifts 7 Surface lifts 8)
3 toboggan runs (7 km)
35 km of cross-country ski trails

Number of lifts24

Video

Engelberg video

Trail maps

Engelberg-Titlis trail map

Engelberg - Titlis trail map

Location

Where to stay in Engelberg

TITLIS Resort

TITLIS Resort

Engelberg
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Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Activities

Titlis cliff walk

Elevation 3,020 meters. A 500 meter drop. 150 steps to the beating of your heart. Expect this kind of thrill when you do the Titlis Cliff Walk crossing the spectacular hanging bridge. Crossing this suspension bridge requires nerves as strong as the steel cables that support it.

The bridge spans from the south face at the peak of the mountain to the Ice Flyer chair lift station located on the glacier. The TITLIS Cliff Walk is Europe’s highest hanging bridge - registering another record for TITLIS.

The visit of TITLIS Cliff Walk is free of charge. Open daily (weather conditions permitting). You'll find the Cliff Walk next to the Ice Flyer Chairlift.

Titlis glacier cave

In the heart of the TITLIS Glacier, ringed by glittering ice walls, a whole new world opens to you. This impressive cave takes visitors through a 150 meter long tunnel down to 20 meter under the glacier's surface. Entrance is free.

Show cheese factory

This is the only cheese factory in Switzerland within the walls of a monastery, where you can watch cheese being produced by hand. Watch how four large vats of milk get transformed into the famous ‚Engelberger Klosterglocke’—a mild cheese pressed into the shape of a monastery bell. Thanks to this unique manufacturing process, the local cheese is produced all year round.

In the shop’s restaurant visitors can enjoy a variety of cheese platters, delicious fondues and several tasty desserts. To remind you of your visit, unique souvenirs and regional food specialties can also be purchased here.

Sledding

The wind in your hair, the snow beneath your runners, and the sun on your face – nowhere is sledding more fun than here in Engelberg! Try out our three different sled runs with a combined length of seven kilometres.

Airboarding

Our two sunny, 2.5 km sledge runs go from Brunni to Ristis guarantee also for airboarder hours of fun and frolics.

Airboard hire: Airboards are available for hire at CHF 18.00 per day (plus a deposit) from the Yeti-Park at Ristis. Please be aware that there is a limited number of airboards, so we recommend larger groups book in advance.

Additional information: Rental only possible with good snow conditions of the sledge runs

Igloo village

his igloo village is located most beautifully at the Trübsee. Located at an altitude of 1800 metres, this village makes you feel like the first human being in the mountains. No stray light keeps the stars from competing with the ice crystals for the best glitter. At daytimes, discover the new “snowXpark” with electric snowbikes and paragliding.

Cross country skiing

Engelberg has 35 kilometres of cross-country ski trails just waiting to be discovered. Whether you want to tackle longer trails down in the valley or enjoy a shorter trip up at Trübsee or Gerschnialp, the glorious mountain landscape around Engelberg turns every cross-country skiing jaunt into a truly unique experience! How about a tour under the starry skies? On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the trails are open from 6 to 9 p.m.