The Best Place To Begin Your Alpine Journey In Switzerland

For those seeking an Alpine adventure, Engelberg serves as the beautiful gateway to Switzerland's unique wonders
Engelberg is central Switzerland's premier winter and summer holiday destination
Engelberg is central Switzerland's premier winter and summer holiday destinationShutterstock

With its breathtaking snow-capped peaks, shimmering lakes, picturesque old towns, thrilling adventure sports, and mouthwatering cuisine, Switzerland has something to offer every traveller, regardless of age or preference. And if you are embarking on an Alpine journey, start your adventure in Engelberg, the enchanting gateway to Switzerland's wonders. Situated just an hour's drive from Zurich and a 30-minute ride from Lucerne, Engelberg is central Switzerland's premier winter and summer holiday destination. This village, known for its renowned monastery, exudes a relaxed atmosphere and provides various indoor and outdoor leisure activities, trendy bars, boutique shops, and exhilarating mountain sports. Here is a to-do list to keep handy on your next trip to Engelberg.

Enroute Mt Titlis on gondola
Enroute Mt Titlis on gondolaShutterstock

Excursion to Mt Titlis

The impressive Mount Titlis peak, at an elevation of 3,238 meters above sea level, is accessed by the Titlis Rotair- the world's first rotating cable car. Visitors are treated to a 360-degree sweeping view of the grandeur of Titlis via an interconnected gondola system that joins the Engelberg village with Mount Titlis via three cable cars.

Titlis Glacier Cave
Titlis Glacier CaveShutterstock

Titlis Glacier Park

Part of the charm of Titlis Glacier Park is in getting there. You can zip down the snow toy runs, balancers, scooters, sledges and mini-bobs. Snow-tubing here is the ultimate sledging experience which will see you skimming the glistening snow as you hurtle down the piste on a rubber tyre. Sit back and enjoy the luxury of returning to the top of the magic carpet conveyor belt.

Engelberg village as seen from a trail
Engelberg village as seen from a trailKelvin Tan/Flickr

Titlis Cliff Walk

This spectacular suspension bridge that hangs from steel cables at 3,041 metres above sea level is 500 metres above the ground, one metre wide and over 100 metres long. You will have to put all your fears aside in exchange for the breathtaking views of the stunning snow-covered abyss below. Once you have completed the walk, you can tick off a box for walking through the highest suspension bridge in Europe.

Berge Dei Engelberg
Berge Dei Engelbergjoachim kohler/Wikimedia Commons

Titlis Glacier Cave

Walking through this dimly lit cave emitting a turquoise-blue glow gives you a feel of the shivering winter chill. It is an experience of a lifetime however, at 1.5 degrees, you are breathing out puffs of tiny white clouds, and you are touching and feeling ice as old as 5,000 years.

View of Mt Titlis from Engelberg
View of Mt Titlis from EngelbergWikimedia Commons

The Information


Indian citizens planning to visit Switzerland typically require a Schengen visa for short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Visit the official website of the Swiss embassy or consulate in India to understand the specific requirements for your visa application. This might include documentation, visa fees, and application forms.

Getting There

Fly into Zurich from any major international airport in India - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru. From Zurich Airport, a scenic train journey takes around 2 hours, passing through stunning landscapes. Alternatively, driving offers flexibility and picturesque views, with the journey taking approximately 1.5 hours. Buses also connect Engelberg to nearby cities like Lucerne. Once there, Engelberg's compact size allows for exploration on foot, while cable cars offer access to higher peaks for breathtaking vistas and outdoor adventures amidst the Swiss beauty.

What To Eat

Numerous restaurants in and around Engelberg invite you to an unforgettable culinary experience. From Swiss specialities like fondue and Raclette to various Asian dishes, you will find everything in this monastery village. Be sure to bite at the Indian speciality restaurant Spice Bazaar if you crave something from your homeland. Finally, visit the Show Cheese Factory, the only cheese factory in Switzerland located inside a monastery - the Engelberg monastery. You can buy the famous Engelberger Klosterglocke - a mild cheese pressed into the shape of a monastery bell here and pick up other varieties of goat and sheep cheese and yoghurt.

Where To Stay

In Engelberg, accommodation options cater to various preferences and budgets. For a luxurious stay, consider the elegant offerings of Boutique Hotel Bellevue-Terminus (Tariff From €203 doubles Website) or the indulgent amenities of Hotel Waldegg (Tariff €389 doubles, Reopening after renovations on May 17, 2024, Website). Those seeking a cozy Alpine experience might opt for charming chalets or family-run guesthouses like Hotel Cathrin (Tariff INR 11000 per night) or Hotel Terrace (Tariff €164-246, Website). Additionally, budget-friendly options like hostels and holiday apartments provide comfort without breaking the bank.

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