Resort guide Engelberg - Switzerland

Large valley ski resort with access to large ski area - best suited to off-piste skiers/boarders

Engelberg resort guide - a general overview

Engelberg lies only 36km South of Lucerne and was one of Switzerland's original mountain resorts, having been founded by Benedictine monks in 1120. Later it was a popular destination with Victorians looking for a resort where they could take in the mountain airs. Many of the hotels from this era still stand and their faded grandeur lends atmosphere to this pretty resort town.

The resort has fantastic winter and summer facilities and English is widely spoken. For a long while the resort was something of a hidden gem, and a well kept secret for mainly Swiss skiers. More recently however the resort has received a great deal of attention in the travel press, principally because of its incredible off-piste terrain. Despite this recent attention, the resort has retained its character and there is much to enjoy for all standards of skier. The resort's ski school has an excellent reputation.

The main lifts are on the edge of town and require a short bus ride. However, good skiers in particular will find this little hardship to access some of the best skiing in the Alps - the off-piste terrain from the Titlis at over 3,000 metres is legendary. Beginners have their own gentle ski area at Gerschni which is situated around the mid station of the gondola. The areas known as Brunni and Klostermatte are also recommended for families and beginners.

Ski holidays in Engelberg would suit both strong skiers as well as families looking for a typically Swiss experience. Engelberg is also a top spot for a ski weekend.

Resort stats


1,050m - 3,020m

Level of skiing

Snow sure
Ski area


Charm factor
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value


  • Short transfer time from Zurich Airport means it is good for a weekend break
  • Lots off-piste terrain for better skiers
  • Pretty, traditional village with numerous hotels
  • Modern lift system, that give you superb views over the valley and surrounding glaciers


  • The town is set away from the base of the mountain requiring bus rides to and from lifts
  • Lack of good beginners slopes and confidence building runs
  • Restaurants do get booked up over weekends, reservations are recommended

Engelberg Resort Restaurants

Up to 50 to choose from from swiss to tex mex, Engelberg really does have it all. Schweizerhaus is the best for Swiss/French gourmet delights as well as the AlpenClub which offeres traditional foods. Our favourite is the Hess by Braunerts a gourmets delight, with a contemporary feel the attention to detail of every dish is truely amazing. A must if staying in Engelberg.

Engelberg Mountain Restaurants

The Ritz (at the gerschinialp beginner area and at the bottom of the Laub) and the Jochpass are both lovely rustic table service places making them lovely places for lunch.

Engelberg Apres Ski

The Yuccatan is a lively spot with live music nighltly. The Hoheneck offers live music and entertainment from Wednesday till Sunday. The Ski Lodge, is a bit more mellow with a strong Swedish contingent.

Engelberg Nightlife

Spindle Nightclub and the CC Bar are the best spots for a bit of dancing!

Engelberg Resort Map

  • Funicular Funicular
  • Cable car Cable Car
  • Gondola Gondola
  • Chair lift Chair lift
  • Drag lift Drag lift
  • Map marker Property
Tourist info

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