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Engelberg-Schwand-Ristis

Route
Winter Hiking
Length
9.7 km
Travel time
3 h
Tour details
Tour details
Engelberg-Schwand-Ristis
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Cosy winter hike on the sunny side of Engelberg, rewarded with a magnificent view of the Titlis.
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.

Technical details

Tour type
Winter Hiking
Starting point
Engelberg train station
Point of arrival
Engelberg train station
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
4 / 6
Ascent
594 m
Descent
2 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Directions
Engelberg train station-Waldegg-Schwand-Spisboden-Ristis
Safety information

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

Equipment
High and firm hiking boots or winter boots, warm clothes, sun protection, hiking poles are advantageous.
Author’s advice

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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Good to know

Parking
Parking spaces are available in Engelberg for a fee.
Arrival / Return journey
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.
Accessible by bus and train
No
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.
Further information & links

Prices cableway

Paoramic map

Timetable cableway

Winter sports report

Gastronomy:

Berglodge Ristis

Mountain restaurant Schwand