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How to Spend 1 Day in Engelberg Switzerland

Last Updated on March 11, 2024 by Darla Uhl

Spending one day in Engelberg, Switzerland offers an immersive experience in the stunning Swiss Alps and outdoor adventures amidst the captivating landscapes in Canton Obwalden. Engelberg, a popular mountain town in Central Switzerland, visited by many tourists due to its proximity to Lucerne, provides a perfect blend of traditional alpine charm and contemporary comforts. Whether you’re exploring the scenic beauty of Fürenalp, ascending Titlis for breathtaking views, or unwinding by the tranquil shores of Lake Trübsee, Engelberg promises an unforgettable day amidst the splendor of the Swiss Alps.

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Engelberg is a high valley situated 25 kilometers south of Lake Lucerne at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level. It is encircled by numerous stunning peaks, and from the summit of Titlis, one can enjoy a magnificent view of the Swiss Alps. Although Engelberg marks the end of the valley, hikers will find endless possibilities for exploration. Trails lead over Jochpass to Engstlenalp and Melchsee-Frutt, or across the Surenen Pass to Lake of Uri and the Reuss, offering picturesque landscapes and unforgettable experiences.

Engelberg is a charming alpine town surrounded by high mountain peaks, complete with excellent hotels and restaurants. I have been to Engelberg several times and I can guarantee that it’s a fantastic destination. And I can highly recommend that you spend at least 1 day in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Here are five of the top hikes to do in one day in Engelberg, Switzerland to make the most of it:

Whether you visit Engelberg in the summer or in the winter, you won’t be disappointed. I suggest visiting Engelberg on a good day since most activities here are outdoors. One day is not likely to be enough here since there are so many things to do.

Whether you’re looking for a 1-day itinerary or a list of things to do in Engelberg, this article is for you. Here are a few ideas for how you can spend one day in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Engelberg 1 Day Itinerary: What can you do?

1.  Start Your Day With a Cozy Breakfast

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If you can’t grab breakfast from your hotel or apartment, there are several options in the Engelberg:

  • Bäckerei Konditorei Café Dossenbach Engelberg (Dorfstrasse 3, 6390 Engelberg) – For a delightful breakfast experience in Engelberg, consider visiting this charming bakery where you can enjoy delicious treats like croissants, eggs on sourdough bread, Butterzopf, and Pain au Chocolat, along with friendly service and a cozy atmosphere.
  • The Tea Room (Dorfstrasse 29, 6390 Engelberg) – This cozy spot is perfect for a delightful breakfast, offering friendly service, a charming ambiance, and a tempting array of sweet and savory treats that will keep you coming back for more.

After enjoying breakfast, consider strolling to your hike’s starting point. If you have an Engelberg Guest Card, make sure you bring it to avail of deals for rental equipment, ski service, activities, cable cars, shopping, and more. In winter, you can also use the guest card to use the cross-country skiing network in Engelberg for free.


2. Head up to Mount Titlis

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I suggest heading to Mount Titlis directly after breakfast to beat the crowds, especially as tourists from Lucerne start arriving later in the day. If you’re already in Engelberg and the weather is good with clear visibility, it’s worth making the trip to the top to enjoy the stunning views.

You will begin by riding the gondolas and then the Titlis Rotair, a revolving cable car. As soon as you reach the summit, you get to enjoy amazing views of mountains and glaciers. Head over to the Titlis Cliff Walk, a suspension bridge offering stunning vistas of the Swiss Alps. And don’t forget to explore the Glacier Cave after, but be careful of the slippery floor. You have the option to enjoy your lunch here or head down to Lake Trübsee for a scenic lunch by the water.

If you want to read more about Mount Titlis, you can check out the 10 Best Things to Do in Titlis Switzerland.


3.  Pick a Hike that Suits You Best

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Having spent several days in Engelberg last year, we took on various hikes. Among our destinations, I liked Mount Titlis, Lake Trübsee, and Fürenalp the most. My recommendations are based on my last trip to Engelberg.

After visiting Mount Titlis, I suggest that you embark on a hike. In Engelberg, there are plenty of beautiful areas to explore, but my absolute favorite hikes were around Lake Trübsee and in Fürenalp. It’s incredibly stunning, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. Fürenalp is a hidden gem that goes unnoticed.

Here is a list of the best hikes in Engelberg:

  • Lake Trübsee Circular Hike (easy) – Visitors can choose from a variety of well-marked trails, catering to all skill levels, and offering stunning vistas of the lake’s crystal-clear turquoise waters, set against a backdrop of lush meadows, rugged mountains, and a distant glacier. This picturesque setting makes Lake Trübsee an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to immerse themselves in nature’s beauty, with additional attractions such as themed trails and playgrounds, ensuring a memorable experience for families and adventurers alike.
  • Fürenalp Grotzli Hike (easy) – Fürenalp, situated at a lofty elevation of 1,850 meters above sea level, is easily accessible via cable car from Engelberg, Switzerland, and is encircled by towering peaks such as Engelberger Rotstock, Blackenstock, Uri-Rotstock, and Ruchstock. From this vantage point, hikers can marvel at the breathtaking vistas of Gross Spannort, Chli Spannort, and Titlis across the valley, making Fürenalp a beloved summer hiking destination in Engelberg.
  • Brunni Trail (easy) – The Brunni Trail panoramic round walk offers educational insights through flowering alp pastures, showcasing unique views of Titlis and nearby peaks. Starting at the Ristis summit terminus of the Brunni cableway, this family-friendly 7 km hike features interpretation panels, a “Globi’s Treasure Hunt” game, and a refreshing stop at Brunnihütte refuge for Swiss specialties before descending back to Ristis for the return journey to Engelberg via cableway and bus.
  • Panorama Trail Rigidalp (moderate, winter) – The Ristis – Rigidalalp – Brunnihütte Panorama Trail offers a delightful winter walk on Engelberg’s sunny side, boasting stunning views of the Titlis and the Hahnen. Beginning at the Brunni Valley station, accessible via a free bus service from Engelberg railway station, the well-groomed winter hiking trail gently ascends towards Rigidalalp, where hikers can enjoy tempting treats and panoramic views before reaching the SAC Brunni mountain hut, where they can relax on the large terrace with a cup of coffee and a view of the Titlis to conclude their hiking adventure.
  • Four Lakes Trail (moderate) – Embark on the Four Lakes Trail, starting from the upper terminus of the Melchsee-Frutt aerial cableway, where you’ll encounter Lake Melch (Melchsee) with its charming chapel, followed by serene Lake Tannen (Tannensee) and picturesque Lake Engstlen (Engstlensee). After a refreshing stop at the Joch Pass refuge, the trail descends to Lake Trüb (Trübsee), offering rowing boat rentals, before concluding with a visit to the renowned Untertrübsee restaurant for their famous meringues on the way down to Engelberg. You can also do this the other way around and start from Engelberg.

Several other hikes are accessible in the area, but these are the top ones I suggest. Some routes are used for skiing and snowboarding in winter, so the trails will be different. In case you want to check out more hikes, you can visit https://www.engelberg.ch/en/summer/hiking for more information.


4. Enjoy a Pleasant Walk around Engelberg

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Engelberg is known for its long tradition as a place to relax and connect with nature. It’s a typical mountain village with good facilities, lots of outdoor activities, and plenty of places to stay. I suggest taking a walk around the village and maybe visiting either the Valley Museum and/or the Engelberg Monastery while you’re there.

  • Valley Museum Engelberg (Dorfstrasse 6, 6390 Engelberg) – Explore the rich history and culture of Engelberg at the Valley Museum. Discover fascinating exhibits showcasing the traditions, customs, and daily life of the region throughout the ages. Perfect for gaining insights into the heritage of this charming alpine village.
  • Engelberg Abbey (Benediktinerkloster 1, 6390 Engelberg) – Delve into centuries of spiritual history at the Engelberg Monastery. Tour the historic place, admire the stunning architecture, and learn about the monastery’s significance in the development of Engelberg.

Recommended Hotels in Engelberg, Switzerland

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Engelberg offers a variety of hotels to suit different budgets. I recommend spending at least one night here, especially in the summer when you can receive the Guest Card.

If you need help selecting a hotel in Engelberg, here are some recommendations:

  • Kempinski Palace Engelberg (5-star) – This luxurious hotel boasts top-notch amenities, including a spa and wellness center, indoor pool, business facilities, and a kids’ club. The exceptional service and child-friendly atmosphere make it a fantastic choice for families. There are plenty of other restaurants in the vicinity to choose from as an alternative.
  • Bellevue-Terminus – Urban Lifestyle Hotel (4-star) – Right in the heart of Engelberg, next to the train station, you’ll find lovely rooms with charming decorations, a helpful staff, and a wonderful breakfast buffet.
  • Alpenclub – This boutique hotel offers a fantastic Alpine and Swiss ambiance, a convenient location near the train station, a wonderful restaurant, and generously spacious rooms.
  • H+ Hotel & SPA Engelberg (4-star) – Centrally located in Engelberg, this 4-star hotel boasts clean, comfortable rooms, a swimming pool, and a delectable breakfast buffet at an excellent price.
  • Hotel Schweizerhof (3-star) – The Schweizerhof, housed in a century-old building, provides modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, a sauna, and fitness facilities. A free ski bus is conveniently nearby, offering access to the ski area, and it’s located just a short walk from Engelberg train station, making it a great value choice.

How to Spend 1 Day in Engelberg in Winter

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If you come in winter, here are the things you can do in Engelberg on a 1-day trip:

  1. Skiing and snowboarding – The best way to spend a day in Engelberg during winter is by skiing or snowboarding. Engelberg Titlis is the largest ski resort in Central Switzerland, offering 82 km of ski slopes suitable for all levels (50% snow guaranteed). With the TITLIS Glacier reaching over 3000 meters, skiing and snowboarding are available from October to May.
  2. Cross-country skiing – There are 5 cross-country ski trails in Engelberg and you can use it for free if you carry the Engelberg Guest Card.
  3. Sledding – Sledding, with its longstanding tradition in Engelberg, offers fun for the whole family, with sledding routes available on Gerschnialp, Brunni, and Fürenalp. Enjoy the thrill of speeding down the former bob run, now transformed into a family-friendly sledding track, or explore other snow-covered routes on Brunni, with even a special slide available for the youngest children at Yetipark.
  4. Snowshoeing and winter hiking – Winter hiking and snowshoeing is a fantastic way to explore winter landscapes in Engelberg. With over 70 km of well-prepared trails winding through snow-covered forests and offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps, it is an ideal outdoor activity to enjoy the beauty of winter, especially for those who do not ski.

Some summer hiking trails are also available in winter.


How to Get to Engelberg

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If you’re arriving from abroad, I suggest choosing Zurich Airport to reach Switzerland—it’s closer and simpler; from Zurich, you can hop on trains to Engelberg.

To get to Engelberg, you can check out the following pages:


Summary: 1 Day in Engelberg, Switzerland

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Engelberg may not be as large as Lucerne or Zurich, but it certainly is extremely charming. Engelberg is a fantastic mountain resort that offers an array of hiking trails, panoramic views, skiing opportunities, and various outdoor activities.

Given this, I strongly suggest planning your visit when the weather is favorable, as it will not be as enjoyable during bad weather conditions.

If you want to swap one of the ideas above, there are plenty of other activities to choose from in Engelberg. You can also go biking, explore the cheese trail, try climbing, go trail running, fish, play golf, visit the rope park, ride a scooter bike, go swimming, and more. You have lots of options besides hiking.

Enjoy your trip to Engelberg!

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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.