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Grottenweg

Route
Winter Hiking
Length
6.3 km
Travel time
2 h
Tour details
Tour details
Grottenweg
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Grottenweg
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Grottenweg
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Hiking with a view - this waits for the hikers on the Grottenweg to the end of the world. The Titlis, the local mountain Hahnen and the Spannörter are a real treat and will amaze you.

The path starts at Engelberg railway station and leads to the end of the village road to the monastery chapel. Continue up the stairs to the street. From there the grotto path branches off to the right to Klostermatte, a large meadow, where in winter the little guests learn the basics of skiing in Globi's Kinderland. The ski cracks of tomorrow dare to take their first turns in the snow in a playful way. The high trail continues along the signposted route past the seven springs. At this point the water bubbles crystal clear and pure from the ground. The next highlight is the Lourdes Grotto when you reach the edge of the forest. Our Lady is clearly visible on a rocky promontory. After lighting a candle or taking a short break, you walk across the bridge and left along the Bärenbach towards Horbis, the so-called end of the world.

No, the end of the world is neither cold nor dark or dangerous, but a cosy restaurant in Horbis, the rearmost part of Engelberg. Here you can put your tired feet up and quench your thirst with a glass of cold must. Also the growling stomach can be remedied, because on the menu you can find traditional Engelberg dishes such as Älplermagronen or cheese slices. Strengthened and rested, you return to Engelberg. The free summer bus can also be used from the Brunni valley station.

Technical details

Tour type
Winter Hiking
Starting point
Train station Engelberg
Point of arrival
Train station Engelberg
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
3 / 6
Ascent
132 m
Descent
132 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Directions
Train Station - Dorfstrasse - Monastery - Buechli - Lourdesgrotto - Horbis
Safety information

When planning, please refer to the winter sports report where it is indicated 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
Tip: In autumn, the Horbis Restaurant is known for its game specialities far beyond the valley.
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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

Winter sports report

Panoramic map

Gastronomy

Free sports bus