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Hike from Engelberg to Grafenort through the Aa Gorge

Engelberg - Eugenisee - Aaschlucht - Obermatt - Grafenort

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Engelberg - Eugenisee - Aaschlucht - Obermatt - Grafenort

Published/updated on 26.03.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 22875 points
 | Date of Tour: 11.05.2015 

This is a very easy and interesting hike that is great for families, following the turbulent waters of the Engelberg Aa River down the gorge from Engelberg to the flat valley bottom. Also great on a hot day as most of the trail goes along the river and through the cool forests, and there are several picnic spots for grilling along the way. The trail crosses the river nine times on stone, metal or suspension bridges, all marvels in and of themselves.

At the end of the gorge, the trail continues on level ground all the way to Grafenort, where you can catch a train back to Engelberg or to Luzern.

Note that this is also part of the Via Sbrinz Trail from Stansstad to Engelberg, Route no. 40

***Interesting recent history: After the floods of August 2005 this trail was badly damaged. A private group of individuals led by the local forester named Sepp Hurschler, set about to fix up the trail (with no help from public funds) and erected seven bridges (including three suspension bridges) and carefully planned all the picnic spots, creating this beautiful adventure trail which was officially completed in 2011

*** Also interesting: The Manor House at Grafenort was built in 1690, commissioned by the Abbot of the Engelberg monastery as a vacation sanctuary for the sisters as well as accommodation for distinguished guests and a place for political conferences.

Published/updated on 26.03.2019 by GabrielleMerk (22875 points) | Date of Tour: 11.05.2015

Route Infos

Region
Central Switzerland
Time Required
2 hours 15 minutes
Distance
9 km
Ascent
56 m
Descent
485 m
Max. Altitude
1000 m
Min. Altitude
567 m
Season Start / Season End
April - November
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
Aaschlucht (Gorge), Lake Eugenisee, Monastery Vacation house and small chapel at Grafenort.
Starting Point
Engelberg
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Grafenort
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Engelberg

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