Engelberg-Titlis: Destination & history

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Engelberg-Titlis: The largest winter and summer resort near Lake Lucerne at the foot of Mount Titlis lies 1000 metres above sea level. The resort has a long, eventful history, influenced by the Benedictine Monastery. Engelberg belongs to Canton Obwalden, although no inhabitant of Engelberg would call him- or herself an „Obwaldener“ – because an “Engelberger” is quite simply an “Engelberger”…

Facts and Figures
The largest holiday and leisure destination in Central Switzerland has a mere 4,300 inhabitants. Annually, more than 780,000 overnight stays are registered 2,000 hotel beds (including the igloo village), 340 guest-house beds, 1150 beds in dormitory accommodations and approx. 200 holiday flats, plus the campsite hotel, which is open all year. Several attractive restaurants welcome guests with a choice of local and international dishes, while bars, discos and pubs cover evening entertainment.

The economic structure of Engelberg is divided into three main areas: 76.2% service industry, 15.6% trade and 8.2% agriculture and forestry. From a commercial point of view, nearly 90% of Engelberg’s population is directly or indirectly dependent on tourism.

Winter Summer
– 26 cableways/skilifts – 13 cableways
– 82 km ski runs – 360 km hiking paths for all levels
– 12 km descents, 2000 m altitude difference – 18-hole golf course
– 34 km cross-country trails – 5 fixed-rope climbs (via ferrata)
– 7 km toboggan runs – Numerous mountain-bike routes
– 49 km winter footpaths – 20 km Helsana Swiss Running/Walking Trail
– 11 km marked snow-shoe paths
– Obstacle Park Jochpass
– 41 kilometres of snow-sure runs (33 km of which can be prepared by machines making artificial snow, 8 km on the glacier)
Outdoor Activities
– Igloo building
– Ice climbing
– Avalanche and freerider courses
– Ski and snowboard tours
– Snowshoe walking
– SnowXpark
– Winter Nordic Walking
– Ice-skating etc.
– TITLIS Cliff Walk
– Rope Park Engelberg
– Kayaking
– Summer toboggan run
– Glacier trekking
– Climbing
– Trotti-Scooter and Devil Bikes
– Hang-gliding
– Glacier skiing
– Outdoor swimming etc.
All-year Activities
Tennis, Badminton, Climbing, Ice-skating, Ice-hockey, Ice-Stick Shooting, Fitness training, Swimming, Wellness etc.

Special Attractions
TITLIS Cliff Walk – the highest suspended bridge in Europe-, free of charge ski bus service, Obstacle Park with Quarter-pipe, Igloo village at Trübsee, area for children (Kinderland) and beginners with child-minding on site, entertainment programme for guests.

Special Offers
In both summer and winter, it pays to look at our special offers under www.engelberg.ch – the Engelberg-Titlis tourist office website: whether it’s for an all-inclusive golf holiday, “White Weeks” or “Freeling” offers. The Last Minute offers are just right for those who can make a spur-of-the-moment decision.

Events
Apart from the large, international FIS World Cup Ski Jumping event, a lot of other happenings of national and regional importance take place in Engelberg: for example the Alpine Pop Festival, Oldtimers in Obwalden, Jazz in the Village or the international Tug-of-War contest. In addition, the cattle show with market, the return-from-the-alp procession, the alp funfair or the Brunni carnival, offer a chance to take part in some of the traditions of Engelberg.

Culture – no fear of that
In Engelberg lovers of classical, jazz, rock/pop or folk-music all get their money’s worth! And apart from concerts, lectures on the history of Engelberg complement the cultural programme. In the Talmuseum numerous contemporary witnesses talk about life in Engelberg in days gone by, while regular exhibitions display themes of current interest. Finally, guided tours of the Benedictine Monastery and the demonstration cheese-making plant complete the varied programme on offer in Engelberg.

It all began with the Benedictine Monastery
In 1120 nobleman -Conrad of Sellenbüren- from Stallikon in Canton Zurich- founded the Benedictine Monastery. From then on, Benedictine monks lived here according to the rules of St. Benedict, committing themselves to living according to the maxim ora et labora (pray and work). Today Benedictine monks still live in the Monastery, working as teachers in the monastery’s schools. When you visit Engelberg, you will soon realise how significant the monastery and church is to the village, and how the political power of the monastery dominated in earlier times. A tour of the monastery and the church with all its treasures is an important part of any visit.

Engelberg as a health resort
During the 18th century more and more tourists from all over the world found their way to the Engelberg valley. The impressive mountain scenery enthralled them, as is testified in numerous writings of the time. In 1744 Mount Titlis, over 3200 metres high, was climbed for the first time. “The Titlis is frightening and very high”, was what the Abbot Plazidus wrote about the mountain as far back as 1650. Considering the climbing equipment available in the 18th century, the climb must have been a particularly adventurous experience.

In the 19th century Engelberg developed into a modern health resort. Guests came from near and far to recuperate and to seek relief from their ailments, and Engelberg became popular as a health resort with clean air and a mild climate. There were soon insufficient guest-houses to accommodate the every increasing number of guests, so hotel complexes with beautiful gardens grew up. Some of these “palaces” offered spa and drinking cures.

Good Skiing!
It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that Engelberg started to develop as a winter sport resort – and apart from skiing, bob-sleighing played an important role. Racy riders could be seen descending the Bob Run, which went from Gerschnialp to Engelberg. Today this stretch is a toboggan run and summer bob run.

Ski tourism is still very important to Engelberg. The Engelberg Cableway Company strives constantly to improve and enlarge its range of winter sport facilities and to meet the ever-changing sporting trends. So, in 1992, the first revolving cable-car in the world – the Titlis Rotair – was constructed. In the years 2005/2006, 8 million Swiss Francs were invested in artificial snow-making machines, so that now at least 41 kilometres of runs are certain to have snow.
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Any questions? We have the answers:
Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus AG
Klosterstrasse 3
CH-6390 Engelberg
Tel. +41(0)41 639 77 77
welcome@engelberg.ch

www.engelberg.ch

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