The small Swiss town of Engelberger has become world famous for its winter night ski jumping competitions and snowboarding tournaments.
Engelberger means mountain of angels. According to legend, the beautiful name the town received during the construction of the Benedictine monastery. On a nearby mountain slope, the abbots saw an incredible picture – a chorus of angels praising God.
Skiing season in the vicinity of the resort town lasts for almost 9 months, it begins in October and lasts until the end of May.
Engelberger is an ideal place for skiing for both beginners and professionals. The total length of the trails is 82 kilometers. Of these:
- 53 kilometers of red;
- 25 kilometers of blue;
- 4 kilometers of black.
The slopes are divided into two areas of skiing. The first is Brunni (1,860 m) located on the north side. It is designed for beginner skiers, as well as for families. There are a total of 12 routes in this area and a few areas for training.
The second zone is considered the main one; it is aimed at skiers with good training and professional skiers. The real highlight of the resort is the 12,000 meter long Jochstok-Samnielplatz trail with an elevation difference of 1,514 meters.
There are ski schools near the resort, where experienced instructors will teach skiers how to improve their skills and confidently ski off the slopes. For the fans of cross-country skiing there are 41 kilometers of trails on flat areas.
Elevators and ski-passes
All pistes are connected by 27 elevators. Upon arrival to the town, it is better to buy a ski pass, the cost of which depends on the number of days of skiing and the age of the guest. Children, teenagers and senior citizens, as well as groups of tourists get considerable discounts.
Favorites of active recreation
There are perfect conditions for snowboarding in the vicinity of the resort town. There is a snow-park Terrain Park with interesting jumps, half-pipes, and big-air. Moreover, there are three wide toboggan tracks that are 2,500 meters long and have an elevation difference of 300 meters.
Besides slopes skiing, lovers of outdoor activities can also take advantage of other no less exciting opportunities of the resort:
- Snowshoe hiking;
- Paragliding and hang-gliding;
- Indoor swimming pools;
- Ice rinks;
- Bath complexes and saunas;
- Tennis courts.
In the vicinity of Engelberg is a huge variety of catering establishments: mountain restaurants and cafes, nightclubs, karaoke and discos, pizzerias and fast food. The menu most often includes European cuisine, exquisite desserts, as well as incredibly delicious delicacies.
The main attraction of the town is the active Benedictine monastery, built at the beginning of the XII century. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to a cheese factory and an ancient library.
Engelberger is famous for its mountain lakes of glacial origin:
Hiking to the mountain lakes will long be remembered for the beauty of the water surface and the picturesque nature around.
At the service of tourists and guests of the resort operate:
- Massage parlor;
- Sports center;
In the summertime, you can replace the skis with bicycles, do hiking and make exciting trips to the picturesque surroundings.
Where to Stay
Engelberg is simply studded with a variety of establishments for a comfortable stay. In total in the town there are more than 180 hotels 3 * and 4 *, as well as mini-hotels, apartments and chalets. Prices for accommodation are quite affordable for tourists with an average income.
How to get there
Engelberger is located 300 kilometers from the airport of Malpensa. The most convenient way is to pre-order a transfer from Elite Royal Cars, which will help save time on the road. Tourists will spend 3-3.5 hours on the road.