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Aa gorge trail-Lutersee-Engelberg

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A great and varied day tour. The way down along the Aaschlucht is easy to do. The way from Rugisbalm back to Engelberg, on the other hand, is demanding. 
difficult
Distance 16.9 km
6:25 h
1,221 m
1,228 m
1,750 m
592 m

From Engelberg you first hike through the wild and romantic Aa gorge down into the valley. From Grafenort there is a short descent to the Buiräbähnli Mettlen-Rugisbalm-Lutersee, which will take you comfortably to the top. From Rugisbalm you go to the idyllic Lutersee and then through meadows and forests back to Engelberg. The hike can also be done the other way round. 

 

Author’s recommendation

Those who do not like to walk downhill can also do the hiking route in reverse. The panorama is more special with start from Aa gorge. 
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Update: August 07, 2023
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
1,750 m
Lowest point
592 m
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Track types

Asphalt 2.41%Forested/wild trail 43.50%Path 37.90%Road 0.77%Lift/cableway 15.41%
Asphalt
0.4 km
Forested/wild trail
7.4 km
Path
6.4 km
Road
0.1 km
Lift/cableway
2.6 km
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Tips and suggestions

It is also possible to do only the Engelberg Aa gorge trail or the 1st stage of the Buiräbänhli Safari. This is a combined route of these two hikes.

Engelberg Aa gorge trail

Buiräbähnli Safari Hike

All hiking trails in and around Engelberg

Start

Lake Eugeni Engelberg
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'672'353E 1'185'850N
DD
46.819871, 8.386781
DMS
46°49'11.5"N 8°23'12.4"E
UTM
32T 453223 5185329
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Destination

Lake Eugeni Engelberg

Turn-by-turn directions

The path from Engelberg down along the Aaschlucht is easy to master. Along the entire Aaschlucht, various picnic areas invite you to take a rest. Arrived in Grafenort, you take the 1st Buiräbähnli, which brings you from Mettlen to Ruggisbalm. Afterwards you take another Buiräbähnli up to Eggendössli. From there the more demanding hike to the Lutersee and back to Engelberg begins. Between the Lutersee and Engelberg you have the possibility to take a break at the Alp Zingel. 

Public transport

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

Directions

By car, take the A2 (Basel-Gotthard) to Stans Süd, then take the main road 20 km to Engelberg. Engelberg is 30 minutes from Lucerne, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Basel, Zurich or Bern. 

Parking

Parking spaces are available in Engelberg for a fee. 

Current parking situation 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'672'353E 1'185'850N
DD
46.819871, 8.386781
DMS
46°49'11.5"N 8°23'12.4"E
UTM
32T 453223 5185329
w3w 
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Equipment

 Solid shoes and rain jacket are highly recommended.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
16.9 km
Duration
6:25 h
Ascent
1,221 m
Descent
1,228 m
Highest point
1,750 m
Lowest point
592 m
Out and backMulti-stage routeScenicRefreshment stops available

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