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An alternative to the Walen Trail and Benedictine Way

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  • Tickle path around Lake Härzlisee
    / Tickle path around Lake Härzlisee
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Panorama Titlis
    Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus
  • / Alpine pork fillet strips at the Berglodge Restaurant Ristis
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Playground Ristis Brunni
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus
  • / Tickle path around Lake Härzlisee
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Walenalp
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Walenalp
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Ristis (Engelberg) – Walenalp – Brunniswald – Eschlen – Grafenort
moderate
11.1 km
4:00 h
326 m
1,353 m
The Walen Trail connects the Brunni area with the Bannalp, while the Benedictine Way links Engelberg monastery with Maria-Rickenbach convent. How about a short version? You start from Ristis (or Brunni), where the Berglodge Restaurant Ristis is located: a real treat here are the alpine pork fillet strips and the homemade cakes. From here, the route leads to the Walenalp with its wealth of views, and then via Brunniswald and Eschlen down to Grafenort. If someone is there to operate it, you can take the little cable car from Brunniswald.

Author’s recommendation

Children love the thrills of the 660 m long summer toboggan run and Globi's alpine playground right next to the Berglodge Restaurant Ristis.
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Author
Nidwalden Tourismus
Updated: April 23, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,878 m
Lowest point
569 m
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Tips, hints and links

More information:

Nidwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 41 610 88 33
info@nidwalden.com
nidwalden.com

Visit nidwalden.com/culinary-hikes for more gastronomy from Nidwalden.

Nidwalden recipes to try out: nidwalden.com/recipes

Start

Ristis (Engelberg) (1,595 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'673'891E 1'187'254N
DD
46.832333, 8.407164
DMS
46°49'56.4"N 8°24'25.8"E
UTM
32T 454788 5186702
w3w 
///respect.skinning.decently

Destination

Grafenort

Turn-by-turn directions

From the upper terminus of the Engelberg-Brunni aerial cableway or from the Brunni chairlift upper terminus on the Walen Trail to the Walenalp (which is actually in Canton Obwalden) with its wealth of views. From here a little forest path leads down to the Brunniswald alp, a wedge of land belonging to Canton Nidwalden. The path continues via Eschlen down to Grafenort ... again in Canton Obwalden!

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Zentralbahn railway to Engelberg and from Grafenort.

Getting there

Engelberg

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'673'891E 1'187'254N
DD
46.832333, 8.407164
DMS
46°49'56.4"N 8°24'25.8"E
UTM
32T 454788 5186702
w3w 
///respect.skinning.decently
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.1 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
326 m
Descent
1,353 m
Public-transport-friendly Cableway ascent/descent

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