The Brunni is a hiking area that is spoiled by the sun due to its south-facing slope.
The Brunni is also very popular in winter, with 8.5 kilometres of ski slopes and 3.5 kilometres of ski routes, if only because of the sun.
- The Brunni Härzlisee is by far the most popular excursion destination on the Brunni.
- The hiking trails between ten minutes and eight and a half hours hiking time are not only popular in summer on the Brunni.
- 8.5 km of ski slopes with three ski lifts plus 3.5 km of ski routes are available on Brunni in winter.
Brunni: Lake Härzli and other excursion destinations
At Brunni, the landscape is the main attraction. The Härzlisee is by far the most popular excursion destination in Brunni. Hikers and mountain bikers like to visit the individual peaks and hills.
- Mountain peaks and heights
Brunni Härzlisee with tickle trail
Lake Härzli at Brunni lies at an altitude of 1,861 metres. Its shape is reminiscent of a heart and thus gave the lake its name. The Härzlisee is in a very idyllic location. People like to walk around it with the whole family, with the panorama of the mountains of Central Switzerland forming a magnificent backdrop. There is a so-called“tickle trail” at the small mountain lake. It is a barefoot path that is 220 metres long. Means of different materials such as pebbles, wood chips, sand and water massage the feet. It is open from June to October. The starting and ending point is the herb hut (Chruiter Hüttli). The“Chrüselitrog” offers a kind of Kneipp cure for the arms, which are alternately dipped into warm and cold water. There are five barbecue sites around the lake with various seating options. If you don’t want to barbecue yourself, you’re sure to find something at the Brunnihüttli or the Chruiter Hüttli. Both huts are right by the lake. From Engelberg, take the cable car to Ristis. Here you have to change to the chairlift up to the Brunnihütte. The lake begins right next to the mountain station. It is also accessible as a hiking destination, both from Engelberg and from Ristis. Lake Härzli was artificially created to serve as a water reservoir. It is used in the Brunni area for snowmaking on the ski slopes.
Lake Bannalp is located in the north of the mountain range, within a side valley of the Engelberger valley. It is reached on hiking routes such as the Walenpfad, which connect Brunni and Bannalp.
The mountain route via Rot Grätli and Rugghubelhütte to Engelberg (or vice versa) also passes the Bannalpsee. The Bannalpsee is a reservoir located at an altitude of 1,586 metres. The reservoir was created between 1935 and 1937 when the Oberrickenbach power station was built. Bannalp lies at 1,600 – 2,800 metres above sea level near Oberrickenbach – Wolfenschiessen. The pre-Alpine high valley is rather quiet and an insider’s tip for those seeking relaxation in summer and winter.
Mountain peaks and heights at Brunni
The following peaks can be seen at Brunni:
- Brunnistöckli (2,030 m)
- Bettlerstock (2,099 m)
- Rigidalstock (2,593 m)
- Gross Walenstock (2,573 m)
- Small Walenstock (2,348 m)
- Tschudi (2,511 m)
- Gross Sättelistock (2,637 m)
- Small Sättelistock (2,416 m)
- Ruchstock (2,813 m)
- Engelberger Rotstock (2,818 m)
- Wissigstock (2,887 m)
- Spitzmann (2,577 m)
- Scheyeggstock (2,567 m)
Not all mountain peaks are suitable to be hiked or climbed by recreational athletes. Some peaks are reserved exclusively for very experienced climbers and climbing professionals. In addition, however, there are some peaks that have been prepared for mountain hikes and as climbing practice routes. The most popular are:
The summit of the Brunnistöckli is 2030 metres above sea level. The Brunnistöckli can be reached via an easy and well-secured via ferrata in about 1.5 hours from the top station of the chairlift.
The 2,099-metre-high Bettlerstock has been prepared for a climbing garden. It can be climbed from the south and from the west. The south side should only be used by experienced climbers. It is about 30 minutes away from the Brunni Hut.
The Rigidalstock is 2,593 metres above sea level. It lies to the north of the Brunnistöckli and is climbed via a partly difficult via ferrata. A combination of the Brunnistöckli and Rigidalstock via ferratas is therefore possible and is used by experienced via ferrata climbers.
There are no official hiking trails leading to the Gross Walenstock at 2573 metres above sea level. For mountaineers and climbers, an ascent leading down via Bannalp is worthwhile. Overnight accommodation is available in the mountain restaurants Urnerstaffel and Bannalp (directly on the lake).
Summer activities on Brunni
In summer there are a variety of hiking trails at Brunni. Some of them are very easy to walk, others require experience in mountain hiking. For the very active there are several via ferratas. With small children, activities around Lake Härzli, at the children’s playground and on the treasure hunt trail between Ristis and Brunni are recommended. Summer activities can usually be done between June and October. Some hikes and the paragliding flights take place all year round.
The most popular summer activities include:
- Mountain hikes
- Via ferrata
- Climbing gardens (Bettlerstock all year)
- Paragliding (all year)
- Mountain biking
- Summer toboggan run with Alpine playground
At Brunni there are a total of eight fireplaces for barbecuing with picnic areas
- Globi’s alpine playground
- Ristis forest fireplace
- Ruchweg – 5 minutes from Ristis in the direction of Rigidalalp
- Schletterenwald – along the path Ristis – Ried – Horbis – Engelberg
- Rickwald – on the Brunni path below Alp Rosenbold
- Spiesboden – halfway along the Ristis – Schwand hiking trail
- Walenalp – halfway along the Walen Trail
There is plenty of firewood everywhere.
With only 270 metres of ascent over a distance of six kilometres, the hike from the Ristis mountain station to the Brunni hut at Lake Härzli is an easy one. It can even be undertaken with a pram. Even the rim of the small Härzlisee is doable for the whole family, even without fitness.
From Ristis via Rigidalalp to the Brunni Hut
The cable car takes you to Ristis. Here you can first visit the children’s playground and then take the path to Lake Härzli. On the way you have a good view of the Titlis and the Hahnen. If you shy away from the easy climb, it’s best to take the chairlift to the top and walk down. A ride on the summer toboggan run crowns the excursion. The“Globi’s Treasure Hunt” theme trail also leads along here. You can get the treasure map and the accompanying questionnaire at the Ristis mountain restaurant, the herb hut or the Globi kiosk.
From Ristis over the Schwand to Engelberg
The hike from Ristis to Engelberg is a leisurely walk of four kilometres. On the way, the Schwand inn is touched upon. The walk takes about 2 hours and fifteen minutes downhill and half an hour more uphill. You will have to climb 600 metres in altitude. The hike can be ideally combined with a cable car ride. The trail is asphalted and suitable for prams. Caution: Mountain bikers like to use this road in summer.
From Ristis over the Bergli to Engelberg
This trail is somewhat shorter than the trail via Schwand. It takes about one and three-quarters hours downhill. If you want to take the path uphill, you have to plan 2.5 hours for 600 metres in altitude and four kilometres in length. Downhill it is a leisurely hike. At Spiessboden, the trail is not taken to Berghaus Schwand, but in the direction of Bergli.
From Ristis via Flühmatt to Engelberg
This trail takes about 1.5 hours along a narrow hiking path with some stairs through the forest and ends at the monastery in Engelberg.
Mountain hikes are not walks. They absolutely require sturdy mountain boots and weatherproof clothing (which may well disappear in your rucksack on the way). In the mountains, the weather often changes quickly and unexpectedly. Sun protection and drinks should also not be forgotten.
Walenpfad – 2 day hike
This mountain hike starts at the top station of the cable car in Ristis. The spectacular mountain trail has been developed and secured as such. In 2012, Switzerland Tourism and SWW named it one of the twelve most beautiful hiking trails in Switzerland. The actual Walenpfad begins at Spissegg. Soon you can see the Bannalpsee and the descent begins at the Ziegenalp Oberfeld. You can break off the hike here. Two cable cars lead down into the valley and the post bus takes you to the Zentralbahn stop. The mountain huts Urnerstaffel and Bannalp (directly at the lake) are suitable for an overnight stay. On the second day, descend to the Haghütte before climbing up to Schonegg in 1.5 hours. The descent leads through the Sulztal valley to Gitschenen. From here, a cable car and the post bus take you down to the valley.
Rugghubelhütte Access from Ristis
The two- to two-and-a-half-hour hike of medium difficulty covers about 500 metres in altitude. It begins in Ristis and leads via Rigidal and Planggenalp to the Ruggihubelhütte. The sunny ascent offers a beautiful view. The probability of observing game along the way is very high.
Instead of the Walenpfad and Benediktusweg trails
The hike takes four hours. Since there is only a little more than 300 metres of altitude to climb, it is a moderately difficult hike. However, the almost 1400 metres of descent should be taken into account if you have knee problems (hiking poles).
Wissigstock from Ristis
Almost ten kilometres in length and 1,300 metres of ascent make this a difficult hike. But you are compensated by the wonderful panorama. The route runs via Ristis – Alp Rigidalstafel – Rugghubelhütte – Engelbergerlücke – Wissigstock. The trail is well-maintained and initially marked in red and white, later in blue and white.
To use the via ferratas at Brunni, a mountain guide can be booked if you are unsure or for inexperienced climbers. Mountain guides can be found at Engelberg Mountain Guide in the centre of Engelberg. Always note:
- Alpine equipment is absolutely necessary: good shoes, a via ferrata set and a helmet.
- Children under 40 kg should be additionally secured, because the fall brake does not trigger with lighter persons.
- Suspension ropes, hooks and anchors may also be damaged at some point. Therefore, please take care and report defective equipment to the Brunni cableways.
Via ferrata Brunnistöckli
The via ferrata Brunnistöckli is very easy to do. It is suitable for children who are free from giddiness and sure-footed, from about eight years of age. The trail takes about 1.5 hours and climbs just under 200 metres in altitude. The via ferrata contains two moving rope bridges, but is secured throughout with a steel rope. There are no strength-sapping or overhanging sections. The approach is via the “Brunnipfad” hiking trail, which starts at the chairlift mountain station and leads in the direction of the Rugghubelhütte SAC. At the Brunnipfad sign, there is a path passage that leads uphill on the left to the entrance. From Schonegg, the descent is back to the Brunnihütte on the marked hiking trail.
The Zittergrat at Brunnistöckli
The Zittergrat has been prepared as a short and difficult practice via ferrata so that climbing enthusiasts can gain their first experience of difficult ascents.
It is largely south-facing and requires a lot of strength and stamina. The entry is in the vertical and then the route leads to a cross-band above a roof. Shortly before the end of the route, there is a slightly overhanging passage. After that, you can move on to the easy via ferrata Brunnistöckli. For the approach, take fifty metres of the hiking trail that leads to the Rigidalstock via ferrata. Then turn right up to the rock face. The descent is via Schonegg back to the Brunnihütte.
Rigidalstock via ferrata
Two via ferratas lead to the Rigidalstock. One via ferrata is called Rigidalstockwand, the other Rigidalstockgrat. Depending on the route taken.
The via ferrata Rigidalstockgrat (east):
It has a difficulty of K3 and is also suitable for accompanied beginners. In contrast to the Rigidalstockwand via ferrata, it can be taken both in ascent and descent.
Via ferrata Rigidalstockwand (west):
At difficulty level K4, this via ferrata should only be taken by experienced climbers. It is only possible in the ascent. This tour shows the ascent over the Rigidalstockwand and the descent over the Rigidalstockgrat. The route is signposted from the Brunnihütte as the “Rigidal via ferrata”.
In the Brunni area, two climbing gardens and a climbing path have been created for practice purposes. They can all be reached via the Brunni chairlift and are secured with drilled or glued hooks. The Brunnihütte climbing garden is also suitable for children and beginners. Mountain guides can be found at Engelberg Mountain Guide in the centre of Engelberg.
Brunnihütte climbing garden
The Brunnihütte climbing garden is located at 1895 metres above sea level near the children’s playground at Lake Härzli. The routes with good grip are very well secured and are therefore suitable for absolute beginners. The Brunnistöckli and Zittergrat via ferratas are only a few steps away. The approach to the climbing garden is marked. The necessary equipment – 40 metres of rope and ten express sets – can be rented at the Brunnihütte. An express set consists of two carabiners. They are connected to each other by a sewn webbing sling. The most important use of an express set is to create a flexible connection between the rope and a fixed point. This is usually an intermediate belay. The climbing garden is open from April to November.
Bettlerstock South and West Climbing Garden
The Bettlerstock climbing garden is located at an altitude of just under 2100 metres and can be reached from the top station of the Brunni chairlift in about 30 minutes via the white and blue marked hiking trail.
There are two routes in this climbing garden: a very difficult south route and an easier west route. The Bettlerstock presents itself with a 70-metre-high pillar of rough limestone. The west route is 20 to 25 metres high, the south route 70 metres. The climbing routes on the Bettlerstock are open from January to December. The south route in particular warms up quickly even in winter when the sun is shining.
Brunni and Mungg Climbing Trail
At about 2040 metres above sea level are the Brunni and Mungg learning paths. They are for practising for multi-pitch beginners and already experienced families with children. There is a piton every one to two metres. The approach is from the Brunnihütte in the direction of Walenpfad after about 45 minutes. At Rosenbold, the trail branches off and leads towards Gras-Grat in an easterly direction. At the “block with practice stands”, follow the cairns in a north-easterly direction. Here is the second block with two pitons. An inconspicuous turret shows the approach. The route leads on the northwest side over three towers to the summit of the Bettlerstock. All the ascents are manageable on the learning paths. The length is four pitches. Both learning paths run parallel and can be climbed simultaneously by two rope teams. The necessary equipment – 50 m of rope and eight expresses. can be rented at the Brunni Hut.
Paragliding (all year round)
The Brunni has three paragliding jump-off points. They can be reached via the aerial cableway and chairlift. Information on the Engelberg flying area is available from the Brunni cableways. The Engelberg valley is sheltered from the wind by the Titlis massif. Therefore, there are also very good conditions here for beginners. Weather and flying conditions are excellent on an above-average number of days. Tandem flights from Brunni are offered, for example:
- Engelberg Flying School
- Flugrausch Wolfenschiessen
- Paragliding School Emmetten&Titlis
- Paraworld Lucerne
You should bring sturdy shoes, sun cream and warm clothing.
Launch site Härzlisee
Only about four minutes from the top station of the chairlift is the launch site at 1,870 metres above sea level. A flat lay-out area is sufficient for about three gliders. The slope is moderately sloping as a meadow.
- Exposure: West
- Coordinates: 46.84250, 8.41040
Launch site Tümpfeli
At an altitude of 1,800 metres lies the Tümpfeli launch site, which has a lay-out for ten paragliders on meadowland. The slope here is gently sloping. The take-off site is reached by aerial cableway and chairlift. About ten minutes’ walk downhill is necessary to reach the southern site.
- Exposure: south to south-east
- Coordinates: 46.83800, 8.41200
Schonegg take-off area
The take-off site is situated at 2,000 metres above sea level and can be reached from the top station of the Brunni chairlift in about 20 minutes (ascent). In winter, the route can be reached almost entirely by the Schonegg ski lift. The lay-out area on the moderately sloping meadow is sufficient for ten paragliders.
- Exposure: south
Engelberg landing site
Engelberg is the official landing site for paragliders in the Brunni area. It can be found at an altitude of 1,015 metres on the meadow between the Sportingpark in Engelberg and the Wyden sports field. It is essential to observe the stopping and parking ban along the Bänklialpweg and at the surrounding properties.
- Coordinates: 46.8170, 8.4078
Further information for paraglider pilots can be found on the Brunni cableways’ paragliding page.
Mountain biking / Cycling
At the Brunni several tours are possible by mountain bike, bicycle or e-bike. The asphalt road from Engelberg leads to Ristis and on to Rigidalalp. From here the route continues on a gravel road and the last part before the Brunni Hut becomes very steep. The gondola lift also transports folded bikes, the chairlift does not.
Engelberg – Bergli – Ristis
The route is 9.2 kilometres long. There are 620 metres of ascent and thirty metres of descent on an asphalt road. This trail is shorter than the trail over Schwand, but has a few steeper sections.
Engelberg – Schwand – Ristis
The route is 10.5 kilometres long. The trail covers 640 metres of ascent and eighty metres of descent. This trail is somewhat longer than the trail over the Bergli, but can be ridden more evenly.
Ristis – Rigidalalp – Brunnihütte SAC
Less than three kilometres of gravel road separate Ristis from the Brunnihütte. Up to Rigidalalp the road is very passable. The road becomes very steep shortly before the Brunnihütte. There is a total of 270 metres of ascent and ten metres of descent.
This tour begins and ends in Engelberg. It leads along the Schwandstrasse-Fellenrüti. First you reach the Flühmatt Restaurant. Below the terrace, the trail begins on the left. From Klostermatte, this tour leads across a meadow.
Summer toboggan run with Alpine playground
The Summer toboggan run in Ristis is 660 metres long and is also open on dry days in spring and autumn. It starts at the Berglodge Restaurant Ristis and circles the Alpine Playground. Children from the age of eight may ride alone, younger children need an escort of at least 12 years old. The prices can be seen on the price page of the Brunni lifts summer toboggan run. Globi’s Alpine Playground stands on an area of 3,000 m2. It is located within the summer toboggan run. For the children, there is the following play equipment in addition to other play elements:
- a small rope park with various climbing elements
- a Murmeli tunnel slide and two other slides
- two large animal spring seesaws and the Gigampfi seesaw
- an alpine hut
- Globi’s wild water world with pumps and tipping buckets
- two carousels and a climbing carousel
- a climbing wall
- a trampoline
- three swings
- a chime
- a milking cow
- a large climbing and balancing area
Within the playground there are three fireplaces with ten seats each. Wood is available.
Brunni Winter Activities
Brunni is a particularly popular winter sports area because of its south-facing slope.
- Skiing and snowboarding
- Globis Winterland Klostermatte
- Snowshoeing and winter hiking
- Cross-country skiing
Tobogganing on the Brunni
The best place to start sledging on the Brunni is directly at the Brunnihütte. Two toboggan runs lead from here down to the Ristis. Classic toboggans, skigibles and airboards incl. pads and helmets can be rented at the Yeti children’s park. Toboggans can also be hired at the top station of the chairlift at the Brunni hut.
Via Rinderbüel to Ristis, the toboggan run is about 2.5 kilometres long and easy to ride. This toboggan run can also be done with a skigibble or an airboard. It is suitable for inexperienced sledders and older children.
The route over Zigerboden is about 2.5 kilometres long and not suitable for children. Because of several steep passages, this is a rather demanding toboggan run.
For small children, there are toboggan runs at Yeti Park on Ristis or on Klostermatte in Engelberg.
Skiing and snowboarding at Brunni
The pistes for skiing and snowboarding at Brunni are a total of 8.5 kilometres long. The winter sports area ranges from 2,040 metres above sea level at the Schonegg ski lift down to 1,050 metres. The pistes are covered with snow exclusively from pure mountain spring water using solar energy.
Klostermatte is the leading ski practice area in central Switzerland.
There are the following ski slopes:
- 2 km blue (easy): Brunnihütte – Ristis and Klostermatte
- 4.6 km red (medium): Schonegg – Brunnihütte and Brunnihütte – Ristis
- 1,9 km black (difficult): Schonegg
In addition, there is 3.5 km of yellow downhill route (not groomed) from Ristis to Waldegg.
Night skiing Klostermatte
Night skiing takes place on Klostermatte every Friday and Saturday, as well as daily during the winter holidays, from 18-21 hrs. The slope is the first in Switzerland with LED lighting.
Local ski and snowboard schools
The following ski or snowboard schools can be booked:
Globis Winterland at Klostermatte is accessible by car. A large car park is available at the valley station of the cable car.
For the little ones there is a ski school with a ski school office and an ideal practice area. The clearly laid out and flat ski area is ideal for children and beginners. You can ski, snowboard or sledge. There is also a ski hire shop(Skivermietung Achermann), a ski depot and the Family restaurant OX ski school on the Klostermatte are also available.
- One ironing lift (600 m long)
- One plate lift as self-ironer (600 m long)
- Three conveyor belts (30 m, 140 m and 100 m)
- Gate poles, wave trough tracks, small jumps, etc.
The Yeti Park is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm during the winter season. The children’s adventure park is located on Ristis near the Berglodge. The practice area for children is ideal for sledging and skiing. A snack hut serves hot dogs, pizzas, soups of the day and hot and cold drinks. Sun loungers are also available here on the sun terrace. Toboggans, ski gibles, airboards and snowshoes are available for hire.
- One conveyor belt (60 m long)
- One rope lift
- Gate poles, wave trough conveyors, small jumps, etc.
Snowshoeing and winter hiking
Snowshoeing is almost safe from avalanches on the two official trails. On other trails, the avalanche danger must be observed even more intensively.
Schönenboden trail Brunni
The Schönenboden snowshoe trail starts at the Ristis mountain lodge and takes about two hours (3.5 km). The trail heads west and comes alongside the chairlift valley station. It follows the winter hiking trail to Schwand and later the Schneetandli trail to Ristis.
The snowshoe hike begins in Ristis and leads east along the Ruchweg and Riedalp back to Ristis. This tour is a little easier to walk as there are fewer metres in altitude to negotiate.
Panorama trail Rigidalalp
This short winter hike covers 265 metres of ascent. During the hike, the Titlis and the Hahnen are always in view.
The trail begins at the Berglodge Ristis and leads along the pink winter hiking trail signs. Before the trail climbs, the hike goes left along the edge of the forest to Ried. Through the forest it leads back to the Ristis mountain station.
The summer hiking trails between Ristis and Brunnihütte and Ristis and Engelberg can also be walked in winter.
This easy ski tour has about 570 metres of ascent through the Erlentobel. Avalanche danger is rather low here, but must be taken into account. The way back follows the same route.
Crossing the Furggelenstock
The tour leads over free and wide snow tracks constantly ascending up to the Furggelen. Up to the Furggelen it is a very steep ascent. Below the Brünnelistock, the route leads over wide forest paths back to the starting point in Brunni.
Mountain railways and ski lifts at Brunni, How to get there
At Brunni, a cable car and a chairlift lead to the top. Bicycles can be transported in the cable car. In winter there are three ski lifts.
Aerial cableway Engelberg-Ristis
The cable car is a 65-seater gondola lift. The bottom station is located next to the ski bus stop and the Klostermatte ski practice area. The cable car, built in 2008, takes 3 minutes and ten seconds to reach Ristis. It covers ten metres per second. Facts:
- 1.016 m valley station
- 1.605 m top station
- 589 m difference in altitude
- 1.694 m Distance
- 677 persons/hour
The 3-seater chair lift, built in 1993, is fixed-grip and takes people from Ristis to Brunnhüttli at Lake Härzli in sixteen minutes at a speed of one metre per second. The chairlift runs all year round (except for maintenance periods). Facts:
- 1.600 m valley station
- 1.867 m top station
- 267 m Altitude difference
- 890 m Route
- 1200 persons/hour
Schonegg ski lift
With an average inclination of 48% (or 26°), the Schonegg ski lift is the steepest T-bar lift in Switzerland. It is a T-bar/anchor type surface lift. At two metres per second, it takes a total of four minutes and ten seconds to cover the distance. Facts:
- 2.040 m top station
- 172 m difference in altitude
- 450 m route
- 700 persons/hour
Two ski lifts Klostermatte
On the Klostermatte area there are two ski tows, dating from 1963 and 1970. Both are ski lifts with T-bars/anchors.
Facts Klostermatte I
- 1.013 m valley station
- 1.121 m top station
- 108 m Altitude difference
- 610 m route
Facts Klostermatte II
- 1.013 m valley station
- 1.128 m top station
- 115 m difference in altitude
- 630 m route
Bannalp: Cable car Fell-Chrüzhütte-Bannalp
The cable car descends from Bannalp to Fell. Dating from 1970, the 15-passenger cable car travels at a speed of six metres per second and takes a total of six minutes. “S`blaiä Bähnli” runs every half hour in summer and winter. In November, the service is discontinued. At the middle station is the Chrüzhütte alpine inn, where a holiday flat for up to ten people can be rented. Facts:
- 901 m valley station
- 1.717 m top station
- 916 m Altitude difference
- 1.945 m Route
- 130 persons/hour
Bannalp: Fellboden cable car – Bannalpsee lake
This small aerial cableway was originally built in the 1930s as a material railway and now also runs for tourists in summer. It is also used to transport supplies for various alps and guesthouses. Even cattle are transported on it. The little train complements the larger aerial cableway. ” S`rotä Bähnli” takes about eight minutes and is in operation from the second week of May to the third week of October. It runs about every hour.
The ski lift is a T-bar/anchor tow lift built in 1950. It connects the middle station of the Bannalp aerial cableway with Nätschboden. At 2.5 metres per second, the ride takes 2.5 minutes. Facts:
- 1.720 m valley station
- 1.788 m top station
- 68 m Altitude difference
- 382 m Route
- 800 persons/hour
The T-bar lift was built in 1986 and connects Urnerstaffel with Nätschboden. With a speed of 2.8 metres per second, it takes 2.5 minutes. Facts:
- 1.663 m valley station
- 1.788 m top station
- 125 m Altitude difference
- 425 m Route
- 814 persons/hour
How to get there
The journey to Engelberg takes about 43 minutes on the Zentralbahn from Lucerne, from Zurich it takes about an hour longer. Within the village of Engelberg, there is a free bus that takes visitors to the railway station or to the valley stations of the cable cars. It’s called the Dorf Express, but six other bus lines also do this job in winter and summer. The current timetable can be found here. More timetables can be found on the Arrival page of the Brunni lifts. From the valley station of the Bannalpbahn in Fell – Oberrickenbach, take the Postbus 331 to Wolfenschiessen Bahnhof. The Postbus takes fourteen minutes for six stops. From Wolfenschiessen station the Central Railway to Engelberg via Grafenort. The train takes about twenty minutes. It usually runs every hour.
The Brunnihüttli and other mountain huts and restaurants around the Brunni
The Brunnihütte is very popular. Not only can you eat here, you can also borrow equipment for climbing or sledging. The Brunnihüttli belongs to the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) and is located at 1,830 metres above sea level.
In winter the Brunnihüttli is the centre of winter sports, a toboggan run starts directly at the hut. In the months when there is little snow, people hike here and not far from the hut there is a starting point for paragliders, also in winter. High altitude trails and climbing tours, which are only accessible in summer in a few months, also start here. The Kneipp-Barfussweg starts next to the hut around the Härzlisee. Mountain bikers also only reach the Brunnhüttli in summer. The Brunnihütte offers 32 sleeping places and a shelter with eight sleeping places. In summer, another 16 sleeping places are added in the Alphüttli. This is about three minutes away from the hut. Overnight guests are also served dinner. The Brunnihüttli has a large outdoor terrace. It can also be booked by groups. It is closed during the maintenance periods of the Brunni cableways, but the shelter is always open.
at Lake Härzli
The herb h ut is located at Lake Härzli and is open daily in summer from 08:30 to 17:00. The snack stand offers snacks and drinks (cold and hot). You can also buy sausage and bread to grill here. Climbing sets can be rented in the herb hut. You can also get the treasure map for the Globi treasure hunt here.
The Älplerbeizli Rigidal is located on the popular hiking trail between Ristis and Brunni Härzlisee. It takes about thirty minutes from Ristis. It is open all year round in fine weather and offers Engelberg specialities such as cheese slices or gingerbread. The mountain panorama can be enjoyed on a terrace. Inside, there is a rustic cosiness.
The Berglodge Ristis is directly accessible via the cable car from Engelberg. It has seven rooms for overnight guests: three four-bed rooms, two five-bed rooms, a 7-bed dormitory and an 11-bed dormitory. Two rooms have their own showers, the others have access to a large bathroom on the floor. The restaurant has a large terrace. The view goes directly to Titlis, Spannörter and Hahnen.
The family restaurant OX is located right next to Globi’s Winterland on the Klostermatte. It has room for 160 guests inside. A large terrace offers a view of the Klostermatte and additional seating. It is open in the winter season from December to March. The OX Burger Nights are popular on night skiing evenings (Fridays and Saturdays and daily during the Christmas holidays).
The Flühmatt Restaurant is situated at 1,352 metres above sea level. The Flühmatt can be reached on foot from Engelberg in about 40 minutes all year round. In summer, you can take the gondola lift to Ristis for a shortcut. From Ristis, the descent takes only about thirty minutes. The restaurant serves the famous“Engelberger Älplermagronen”.
The Rugghubelhütte is a hut of the Swiss Alpine Club SAC. It is reached from Ristis in a 2.5-hour hike and lies at 2,296 metres above sea level. The hut is open from June to October and has room for 98 guests. During the unmanaged period, a winter room and a shelter with 20 beds are available.
– Beitz with room
The Schwand inn is located between Ristis and Engelberg and can be easily reached from Ristis in one and a half hours, even with a pram or wheelchair. From Engelberg it can be reached by car in about twelve minutes. Overnight stays are possible in two- to four-bed rooms with shared bathrooms.
The Urnerstaffel mountain inn is located on the Bannalp. It offers cheese sandwiches or rösti and also overnight stays. The mountain inn is on the path of several mountain hikes from Brunni, especially the Walenpfad.
A little above the lake lies the Bannalpsee mountain innwith the Bietstöck in the background. Up to 70 people can stay here overnight. The restaurant serves hot meals throughout the day and there is a children’s playground. The large sun terrace can be used until late in the evening. Specialities are: Bannalp coffee in chacheli, Älplerrösti, Älplermagronen (on request), meringues with cream. Open from June (from mid-May on request) until mid-October. The mountain inn is only a few steps away from the Bannalpsee mountain railway station.
Important web links, tips, prices, webcams
- Climbing sets and sports equipment can be hired from the Brunni cableways and from Ski und Sport Achermann in Engelberg.
- open cableways and activities of the Brunni cableways
- Information on the Engelberg flying area
- Prices for activities at the Brunni
- All webcams at the Brunni
- Avalanche danger in Switzerland
- Timetables for travelling to Engelberg and the free bus; the free bus takes guests within Engelberg to the valley stations of the cable cars.
- Timetable for the Bannalp cable cars