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Winter Walk to 'The End of the World' in Engelberg

Engelberg - Kloster - Kilchbühl - Horbis - Vorder Rüti - Engelberg

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Engelberg - Kloster - Kilchbühl - Horbis - Vorder Rüti - Engelberg

Published/updated on 28.01.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 25831 points
 | Date of Tour: 01.01.2015 

There are many options for winter walks in Engelberg. This particular round-tour along the Grotto Trail to "The End of the World" is an easy 2-hour walk and particularly pretty when the sun shines after a fresh snowfall. Even if the fog rolls in, it has its charm. Along the well-prepared trail you pass through a short forested section, but mostly there is lots of sunshine and you are surrounded on all sides by the magnificent mountains of the Central Alps.

Walking past the Engelberg Abbey (founded in 1120) the trail heads into the back of a cauldron to a place nicknamed "End of the World" (Ende der Welt) where a family-run Gasthaus (since 1900) in Horbis welcomes you to a warm meal before heading back the same way or returning along the Bärenbach stream and across the bottom of the ski slopes.

Published/updated on 28.01.2019 by GabrielleMerk (25831 points) | Date of Tour: 01.01.2015

Route Infos

Central Switzerland
Time Required
2 hours
7 km
170 m
170 m
Max. Altitude
1130 m
Min. Altitude
1000 m
Season Start / Season End
December - March
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
Engelberg Abbey (Unsure if generally open to the public. Paid guided tours are available in German, brochures in other languages).
Starting Point
Starting Point with Public Transport
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Engelberg, Horbis
Things to Note
Restaurant Horbis at the "End of the World" is open in winter (except Mondays and Tuesdays) till Easter, and then closed till end of May. This is a family-run Gasthaus since 1900.

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