About Engelberg, Switzerland
Close to Zurich, dramatic scenery, a town dating back to medieval times and some fantastic, high and challenging skiing, Engelberg is an ideal destination for a fun weekend on the slopes.
82 km of ski area
3030 m Peak Altitude
1:20 hrs from Airport
1050 m resort altitude
Engelberg, Obwalden ApartmentsCHF 175,000 - 1,200,000
An exciting renovation of an existing building in a quiet and private area outside the centre of Engelberg.Renovation
"When it comes to weekendable resorts, Engelberg is one of Switzerland's finest offerings. It's difficult to find a resort that suits everyone, and the lack of easier slopes might put some off, but the fantastic scenery, restaurant filled centre and great variety of challenging pistes will make it ideal for others. Add in a monastery from the 1100s with its own cheese factory and you have a winner in my book!" - Rob Keddy
Famously named after the 12th century Benedictine monastry that still stands to this day, Engelberg is one of Switzerland's great weekendable resorts. Located just 80 minutes from Zurich airport, an hour from Zug and 40 minutes from Lucerne, the resort is perfect for getting a good few days skiing in before returning to reality.
The village does resemble more of a town than your typical Swiss mountain resort, however most won't see this as too much of a problem. While a few concrete and less attractive buildings are present, historic chalets, Victorian hotels, a cobbled, car-free street and stunning scenery help create a more desirable feel to the place.
Engelberg has a relatively lively nightlife with some good times to be had at the Yucatan and the Chalet. However Engelberg's main evening attraction is its restaurant scene which includes around fifty different options to choose from. On offer is everything from traditional Swiss, French and Italian to more unconventional Chinese, Mexican and even Indian.
While Engelberg has a relatively small ski area (around 82km) it really is a case of quality over quantity in these dramatic surroundings. The resort claims 70% of its terrain to be snow sure and there are plenty of shady pistes above 2000m which will always have snow in the season. The area has two main sectors, the Titlis-Stand and Jochpass, which are moslty linked by modern lifts and high capacity cable cars.
The majority of the slopes are suited to experts highlighted by some truly epic off-pisting. There are also a couple of great vertical runs with the 1000m Laub and 2000m Gatliberg which takes you back down below the treeline. Despite this there are still a number of cruising runs for intermediates as well as some fun reds and blues on the Jochpass side. Lower down the Gerschnialp slopes have a good beginner area, so while it might not be huge, there is at least something for everyone.
The mountain also has a number of great restaurants to enjoy and refuel in after the challenging slopes. The Skihutte Stand is a popular favourite while the Alplerbeizli Rigidal offers classic Swiss dishes and great views.
Engelberg's weekend appeal isn't just for skiing, as summer offers an equal amount of attractions for its year-round visitors. At the very least, the cable cars still run to the top of the Titlis providing absolutely stunning scenery, which is worth a trip in itself. The Benedictine monastry also has its own cheese factory and the resort has a decent amount of shops to explore.
Like all Alpine resorts, Engelberg has a number of great hiking and biking trails to enjoy the fresh mountain air while surrounded by wild flowers and incredible views. One of these routes takes you past Lake Trubsee, which also provides the oppotunity for kayaking and rowing. For the more adventurous summer visitor there are a number of steep rock faces to climb as well as the opportunity to bungee jump.
For relaxation there are a few spas in the resort, the Oasis at the H+ and the Hotel Waldegg in particular are very pleasant, as well as a more active version at the Eienwaldli rock pool. In case you want a change of scenery, an hourly train to the famous Lake Lucerne takes just 40 minutes, making it an easy day trip.
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