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Fun family activities in Engelberg

5 July 2019 - If you’re looking for things to do when visiting Engelberg with children, look no further! Our author has put together several inspiring ideas.

Tip 1 - Stay overnight in an SAC mountain hut
In my opinion, an overnight stay in an SAC mountain hut should be on the bucket list of every single Swiss national and anybody holidaying in Switzerland. Nowhere else can you sleep this close to nature and the mountains. The hike from the Brunnibahn cableway station to the Rugghubelhütte (, 2,296 metres above sea level, should take school-age children around 2.5 hours. If you have younger children with you or want to take it easier, you might like to opt for the Brunnihütte instead. It is situated right next to the mountain station of the Ristis-Brunni chairlift and is very child-friendly.


Tip 2 - Robinson playground
The Robinson playground towards the back of the Engelberg valley is a paradise for families. Young pirates can explore the little Horbisseeli lake on rafts and hide away on the island. But they’ll soon come running when they smell the sausages their parents are cooking on one of the fire pits. Tip: Bring along a change of clothing – few trips to the Robinson playground end with everyone staying dry!


Tip 3 - Ice skating 
Many people’s first idea of what to do if it rains during their summer holiday is to go to an indoor swimming pool. I’d like to recommend something less conventional: ice skating! The ice rink in Engelberg’s Sporting Park is open again from July. Your children are likely to be talking about this rather unusual summer activity for years to come!


Tip 4 - Buiräbähnli Safari
The Buiräbähnli Safari with its dinky little cable cars offers a spectacular and memorable way to travel up the mountainside. These traditional cable cars are still used by farmers – they have long been a lifeline for remote mountain-dwellers. In its entirety, the Buiräbähnli Safari is a multi-day hike requiring a good degree of stamina and surefootedness. However, even small children can complete some of the sections. More information as well as maps


Tip 5 - Climbing
Climbing a via ferrata is a wonderful adventure for all the family – although it does require a good head for heights. The Brunnistöckli via ferrata is particularly suitable for families with children. Those with more experience might like to try out the routes at the climbing garden by the Brunnihütte, which have difficulty ratings of 4a to 5c, while those who need practice getting used to heights should visit the Rope Park. The Rope Park even has a special kids’ course for small children aged as young as four. 

Tip 6 - Biking
Depending on their age and ability, children can try out a range of different bike trails and routes from steep to gentle. By the valley station of the Titlisbahnen cableway is a small pump track, where even tiny tots on balance bikes can go for a spin. The various bike routes in Engelberg are listed here. Families with kids using balance bikes can take the free summer shuttle bus to the Fürenalpbahn or Wasserfall and ride back to the village on routes with little or no traffic (either along the Aa river or via the Holz residential estate and the Schweizerhaus restaurant).


Tip 7 - A trip to the Titlis
Anyone wanting the full holiday experience in Engelberg shouldn’t leave without taking a trip up to the Titlis glacier. Spending a day on a large mass of ice is a pretty cool thing to do in the middle of the summer! And you can combine your ride up to the Titlis perfectly with the following tip.


Tip 8 - Trübsee playground
A new playground with a “smugglers and sumpters” theme has been created at Trübsee. The playground enchants children of all ages and can keep them busy all day. Thankfully there are also barbecue grills and picnic tables alongside it. Children and their parents may also like to try out the new themed walk (from 21 July 2019) around the Trübsee lake. There are also bouncy castles, slacklines, and rowing boats for hire. 


Tip 9 - The Aa gorge
A stroll from Engelberg to Grafenort along the rushing Aa river is a particularly appealing prospect on hot days. This shady route through the forest leads past several suspension footbridges and rest stops. The picnic spot by Grafenort is particularly popular with families, partly because it has a little stream that children enjoy damming up. 


Tip 10 - Fitness trail
Engelberg’s fitness trail through shady woodland makes for a great active family excursion, especially on hot days or balmy summer evenings. Even very small children can enjoy clambering on the exercise equipment of this almost 2 km fitness trail above the Bänklialp. 


Tip 11 - Globi’s Treasure Hunt
Children love hunting for treasure – and they also love Globi the big blue parrot. On the Ristis children can help Globi track down hidden pirate treasure. Treasure seekers who unearth all the treasure chests win a prize. This activity takes around two hours and can be combined with a ride on the summer toboggan run or a visit to the appealing Alpenspielplatz play area, which includes a water playground.


Family Activities Summer
Globis Family package
Family program
Family Activities Winter

Text: Andrea Hurschler
Andrea Hurschler feels privileged to live in a place where other people come on holiday. She grew up in Engelberg, and since having children she has been getting to know even more of the fun things there are to do here. There’s never a dull moment when you live in a place that has so much natural beauty and so many activities on its doorstep.
Photos: Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus