Summer & Winter

As the largest ski resort in Central Switzerland, Engelberg has plenty of slopes for both experienced and inexperienced skiers and snowboarders, as well as a wide range of off-piste attractions.

Grottenweg (Engelberg-to the "end of the world")

Engelberg’s Grotto Trail leads to the “End of the World”. This high-altitude path takes walkers through a snowy landscape with views of Engelberg, past the famous “seven springs”, and on to the Lourdes grotto and Horbis.

 

The Grotto Trail that leads to the “End of the World” – the place where the Horbis valley suddenly comes to an end – offers winter hikers spectacular views of the Titlis, the Hahnen, the Gross Spannort, and the Chli Spannort.
The trail starts at Engelberg railway station and leads down to the end of Dorfstrasse. There, by the Abbey chapel, you follow the steps up to the road, from where the Grotto Trail branches off on the right up to the Klostermatte. This is the location of family skiing area Globi’s Winterland, where you can see the next generation of top skiers playfully practising their first moves on the slopes. The signposted high-altitude path leads past the “seven springs”, where crystal clear water bubbles from the earth in summer but which are covered in snow and ice in winter. When you reach the edge of the forest a little further along you come across the next interesting feature of this walk: the Lourdes chapel. The statue of the Virgin Mary is clearly visible on its rocky ledge. This is a good place to pause for thought, and you can light a candle if you wish. After that, you stride on over the bridge and walk along the left bank of the Bärenbach stream on to Horbis – which doesn’t look so bad considering it’s the “End of the World”.

It turns out the end of the world is neither gloomy nor chilly, nor dark nor dangerous – instead there’s a snug restaurant where you can warm your cold hands with a steaming cup of coffee (with or without a drop of something) and soothe your grumbling tummy with delicious traditional Engelberg specialities such as Älplermagronen, a kind of macaroni cheese. Once the cosy room and good food have worked their magic, you can return to Engelberg with new energy running through your veins – but it’s good to know there is a free bus service available from Neuschwändi should you need it.

RouteTrain station-Kloster-Buechli-Lourdesgrotte-Horbis-Ende der Welt
Details1000m-1130m
Duration55 min.

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