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Engelberg-Schwand-Ristis

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Cosy winter hike on the sunny side of Engelberg, rewarded with a magnificent view of the Titlis.
moderate
Distance 9.7 km
2:54 h
594 m
2 m
1,593 m
1,000 m
From Engelberg railway station, follow the "Dorfstrasse" in the direction of the monastery. After the Tourist Information turn left into "Schwandstrasse". From there the path rises steadily. Pass the Hotel Waldegg and stay on the road which turns into the forest after the last houses. The road meanders gently over a clearing in the forest and back through the forest to the mountain restaurant Schwand. We recommend a stop here in the comfortably furnished restaurant. Not only the sunny terrace invites you to take a break, but also the "Schwander specialities" such as "false Schwander snails" make you want more. Freshly strengthened, you follow the signpost to Spisboden. After a few hairpin bends it becomes flatter and the winter hiking trail stops in the direction of the Ristis destination. The view in the direction of Titlis and Engelberg is magnificent and makes you forget your tired legs. After a well-deserved break on the sun terrace of the Ristis mountain restaurant, take the cable car down to the valley. The free sports bus takes you back to the station and the starting point of the winter hike.

Author’s recommendation

Stop at the mountain restaurant Schwand. Let yourself be enchanted by the "Schwander specialities". The Schwand also has some exciting events in store for you. A look at its website before the tour is recommended.

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Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus 
Update: February 18, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,593 m
Lowest point
1,000 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

When planning, please note the winter sports report which shows whether the winter hiking trails are prepared and open.

Tips and hints

Prices cableway

Paoramic map

Timetable cableway

Winter sports report

Gastronomy:

Berglodge Ristis

Mountain restaurant Schwand

Start

Engelberg train station (999 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'673'582E 1'185'832N
DD
46.819572, 8.402877
DMS
46°49'10.5"N 8°24'10.4"E
UTM
32T 454450 5185287
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Destination

Engelberg train station

Turn-by-turn directions

Engelberg train station-Waldegg-Schwand-Spisboden-Ristis

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

National and international connections (from Zurich airport connections every half hour with approx. 1h travel time) to Lucerne. Afterwards with the Zentralbahn in 43 minutes through varied landscape and gorges up to Engelberg.

Getting there

Take the Motorway A2 (Basel-Luzern-Gotthard) to Stans-south. From there follow the main road for 20 km to Engelberg. Engelberg is about 30 minutes from Lucerne. From Zurich you need about 1 h 15 min, and from Bern or Basel approximatly 1 h 45 min.

Parking

Parking spaces are available in Engelberg for a fee.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'673'582E 1'185'832N
DD
46.819572, 8.402877
DMS
46°49'10.5"N 8°24'10.4"E
UTM
32T 454450 5185287
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

High and firm hiking boots or winter boots, warm clothes, sun protection, hiking poles are advantageous.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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3.0
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Armin Kitzig 
December 26, 2020 · Community
ewig lange auf einer befahrenen Strasse. später schlecht präpariert.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.7 km
Duration
2:54 h
Ascent
594 m
Descent
2 m
Highest point
1,593 m
Lowest point
1,000 m
Linear route Groomed snow

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