Engelberg and Mt Hahnen, 2602m (8537 ft), less than an hour’s drive from Luzern/Lucerne. Photo by Simon Koopmann.
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 (look for the red flower graphics on the map); 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.
Engelberg area map. Summer walking trails are marked with red lines, mountain hiking trails with red dash lines, mountain bike routes in yellow.
Switzerland Tourist Office ski map of Engelberg
Engelberg sits in a valley at an altitude of 1, 020 m (3, 346 ft). It’s barely an hour’s drive from Luzern and 90 minutes from Zurich, or 2 hours by train or 2 hours drive from Airport Kloten.
Engelberg lake. Photo by Roland Zumbuhl.