Engelberg-Titlis: Destination & history & news

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”…

Aprésski © Engelberg-Titlis; Photo: Christian Perret

Aprésski © Engelberg-Titlis; Photo: Christian Perret


This coming December the elite of the ski jumping world will once again converge in the monastery town of Engelberg. The FIS World Cup Ski Jumping competitions will take place on the 21st and 22nd of December. The events will be the first jumping competitions of the year in Central Europe and are sure to set the mood for the exciting and world-famous ‚Four Hills Tournament’. On the 27th and 28th of December 2013, the Continental Cup Ski Jumping competition promises even more thrills on the ‚Gross-Titlis Jump’.

After a successful event in 2013, we hope for continued success with the 2014 line-up. Several stages around Engelberg are planned for these 3 exciting days of music. It’s still a secret, though, who is scheduled to appear! In any case, there’s sure to be music to suit everyone’s taste.

LADIES’ WEEK; 18 – 26 JANUARY 2014
„Girls just wanna have fun“—and that’s exactly what’s going to happen in Engelberg during Ladies’ Week, from 18 – 26 January 2014. Women who make a reservation for 4 or more nights through Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus AG or online on www.engelberg.ch will receive a free ski pass.
P.S. Ladies, of course you can bring your guys along, too!

Once again there are many special winter offers available.
Among them: Start of season package; 16th Nov. – 20th Dec. 2013:
– two nights in a hotel of your choice
– breakfast buffet
– 2-day skipass
– deposit chip skicard (value CHF 5.00)
– local tax, VAT and service
– guest card for many discounts

During the winter season, guests who arrive in Switzerland by plane can take advantage of a shuttle service every Thursday and Friday evening, leaving the airport at 11.00 p.m. The shuttle will bring you directly to Engelberg.

Available since last winter from your iPhone Store or Android Market, this free download features:
– iSki Tracking: including GPS-Track, Speed, altitude diff., etc.
– Daily winter sport bulletins
– Panorama winter maps: showing your exact location on the
– Hotel, shop and restaurant information at a glance
– Events calendar
…and much more!

Elevation 3,020 meters. A 500 meter drop. 150 steps in time to the beating of your heart. Expect this kind of thrill when you do the Titlis Cliff Walk – a spectacular hanging bridge. Crossing this suspension bridge requires nerves as strong as the steel cables that support it.
The bridge spans from the south face at the peak of the mountain to the Ice Flyer chair lift station located on the glacier. The TITLIS Cliff Walk is Europe’s highest hanging bridge-registering another record for TITLIS. Opened in December 2012.

An unforgettable experience! Pure adventure! That’s Engelberg’s Rope Park. Discover your level of capabilities on three to four courses, each one a different level of difficulty. Cross challenging balancing bridges, Nepalese footbridges and action-packed „flying fox“ zip lines. Try it if you dare! The park is open during the winter season from November till April. Available for guided group tours with a minimum of ten persons.

snowXpark is a unique and environmentally-friendly winter attraction. Rent an electro-driven snow vehicle and take off on a fun driving course. Test the limits of drifting with your snowXbike or throw your whole body into the narrow curves as you jet along on your snowmobile. snowXpark can be rented to groups on an exclusive basis. It’s a cool experience to plan as winter team-building event for your company. It’s also snow fun for the whole family—with junior snowmobiles (slower and with less torque) available for kids 12 and up. Action and a lot of fun are guaranteed!

From Christmas until Easter the Igloo Village is open to groups of up to 50 persons, sleeping six to a room, as well as to twosomes in a private romantic Igloo room. And if you prefer to sleep a little warmer at night, the heated Hot Igloo is the room for you. Enjoy the luxuries of a hotel beneath a fascinating clear night sky. Star gaze as you lie snuggled in bed under a transparent igloo dome.

The extensively renovated and modernized Kursaal – Engelberg’s Cultural Center – celebrated its grand-opening on 9th April 2010,. This architectural gem was remodelled within a year’s time. Not only was an architectural masterpiece completed, but a great place for seminars, conferences and all other types of events was created, as well.


Engelberg, one of the most attractive ski regions and holiday resorts in Central Switzerland, is the location of the Titlis Resort – your new holiday retreat – which is currently under construction. This village-in-a-village with its alpine charm and complete infrastructure is situated very close to the Titlis cableways, just a few minutes’ walk from the railway station and the historical centre of the monastery village.
In the three construction phases between 2011 and 2015 studios and apartments with 2.5 to 5.5 rooms in condominium ownership will be built.

„The modernization of the conference area is the answer to the rapid progress that conference technology is experiencing theses days.,“ explained hotel director Alain Packes regarding the renovations planned to start in October. „In this way we can contribute to the success of our customers’ events.“ From 24tj October to 22th November 2013 new lighting and new conference technology will be installed in various seminar and conference rooms. Several windows and public restroom facilities will also be newly installed and improved. Additionally, the Superior rooms on the 4th floor will be redone.

Things of high quality combined with the newest technologies are built into the 27 newly renovated rooms of Hotel Waldegg. Guests can expect a 37 m2 room decorated in warm colors with a spectacular view of Mt. Titlis. Each room is equipped with an iPad, a 46“ 3D television, a Nespresso coffee machine, as well as with a wellness shower in the bathroom. The evening meal is chosen from a menu that is changed daily. Guests can conveniently order their bottle of wine to accompany their meal using the iPad in their room.

The latest jewel in the TITLIS crown: Located in the club house on Engelberg’s unique 18-hole golf course. The Restaurant Golf Stubli is managed by the TITLIS catering establishments, and Rolf Engeler and his team are on hand to offer a warm welcome. In the kitchen, Wolfgang is busy creating culinary delights from exciting combinations of traditional regional and international food. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of fine wines.
During the winter, our beautifully traditional rooms can be booked for all kinds of occasions – perhaps you would like to combine this with a torch-lit snowshoe walk or round out a tobogganing afternoon on Fürenalp. There are countless possibilities and we’ll be delighted to help you plan your very own event.

Come look into our climate-controlled showcase and see pieces of top quality meat curing at 2 °C in 80 % humidity. Each piece of meat is labeled with information about its origin and curing time. Curing on the bone lends the meat a delicate and unique flavor.

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.

– 26 cableways/skilifts
– 82 km ski runs
– 12 km descents, 2000 m altitude difference
– 34 km cross-country trails
– 7 km toboggan runs
– 49 km winter footpaths
– 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.


– 13 cableways
– 360 km hiking paths for all levels
– 18-hole golf course
– 5 fixed-rope climbs (via ferrata)
– Numerous mountain-bike routes
– 20 km Helsana Swiss Running/Walking Trail

Outdoor Activities

– 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
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

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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