The Brunni Tickle Path near Engelberg is an old favorite of ours and we go at least once a summer, always with friends. The main attraction is a very short sensory trail around a little pond, where you walk barefoot over surfaces like stones, sticks, bark, mud, and even cow pies. Next to the barefoot path is a large picnic area and water play area. Of course, the views are fantastic, even when the peaks are partially obscured by clouds. Bring extra clothes-you will get wet!
You can combine this with the Globi Treasure Hunt trail, which has 11 treasure chests hidden along the trail. If you find all the clues, you can collect a prize at the restaurant. Happily, this trail was updated in since our last visit, so the treasure chests were hidden in different places and all the clues were different. See more details here.
Lastly, at the Ristis middle station, there is a huge playground, with climbing structures, a trampoline, swings, slides, water play, an alpine slide (aka rodelbahn) and picnic areas with grills. Back in the valley, you can visit the Grotzenwäldi adventure playground if you have extra time to fill. Enjoy!!!
|Address:||Wydenstr 55, Engelberg, Switzerland
GPS: 46°49’07.0″N 8°24’56.1″E
|Car:||1hr15 from Zurich|
|Train:||2hr10 from Zurich|
|Condition:||dirt and road, obstacle-free|
|Open:||June through October|
|More info:||www.brunni.ch webcams|
Here is an overview map of the Brunni hiking area. To reach the Tickle Path, you’ll take the cable car from Engelberg to Ristis, then a chair lift to Brunnihütte.
The tickle path itself is a very short loop around a small pond, as shown below, only 0.2 km. Our kids usually walk around many times during our visit.
There are lots of other attractions along the way. At the Ristis middle station, you’ll find a big playground, an alpine slide and Globi’s Water World play area. You can also do the Globi Treasure Hunt trail, which leads up to the Tickle Path.
I recommend this schedule: get to Brunni around 10:00 and let the kids spend the morning jumping around the playground at Ristis for as long as they like. When they get hungry, ride the chairlift up to Brunnihütte, where they can run around the barefoot path while you grill up lunch. In mid-afternoon, hike down the Globi Treasure Hunt trail back to Ristis and retrieve your prize at the restaurant.
This spot is very popular and even on weekdays or cold days, we’ve seen it full of happy families and school/camp groups. So get there early.
This trail is accessed by the Engelberg Brunni cable car and chair lift.
By car: drive to Engelberg, then drive through town, following signs to the Brunni cable car. Park in the metered lot.
By public transport: take the train to Engelberg, then a bus to the Engelberg, Brunnibahn stop.
Tickets & Opening Times
You’ll need a ticket from Engelberg to Ristis to Brunnihütte. If you are just visiting the Tickle Path and not hiking, buy a return ticket for the whole journey. If you plan to hike Globi’s Treasure Hunt trail, buy the Combi ticket, which includes a one-way ticket on the chair lift section to the top. You can use this one way to go up or down and you don’t have to decide beforehand.
Most summers, children under the age of 16 who are accompanied by an adult travel free of charge. They accept SBB Halbtax. Sample fare 2016: adult return ticket with SBB Halbtax: 30 CHF. See website for current prices.
The cable car is open 7:30 to 18:00 (runs every 20 minutes), the chair lift open 8:30 to 17:30. They may close for lunch and have shorter opening hours during the off-season. Check website for current details.
Here we are at the top of the chair lift, with the restaurant on the right.
Immediately as you get off, you’ll see the Tickle Trail, which surrounds a very little lake.
Here we are on the Tickle trail. You just take off your shoes, roll up your pants, and enjoy the experience. My boys were a little apprehensive at first, but soon got the hang of it. With very little ones, you’ll need to hold on tight and carry them on part of it as the water sections might be too deep. You can easily skip any section that you don’t like by using the adjacent dirt trail.
The reflective view across the lake is great, don’t you think? So don’t forget to stage this pic.
There is also a big picnic area with grill pits and tables, interspersed with a water play area for the kids. When we were there in September, there were hundreds of little tadpoles in the little streams and my boys had loads of fun catching them. Which leads me to my next point: BRING EXTRA CLOTHES!!! My 3yr old fell into to the water in the first 10 minutes and proceed to soak two other outfits over the next hour. My 6yr old went through two outfits as well. Everyone ended up a bit wet, but still had a great time.
Instead of riding back down the chairlift, you can opt to hike back down to the gondola on the Globi Treasure Hunt trail, which will take about an hour. If you do this, remember to only buy a one-way ticket for the chair lift to save a bit of money.
Play Area at Ristis Middle Station
After visiting the Tickle Trail, you might want to spend some time at the Ristis middle station, where there is a playground with a trampoline, bouncy palace, swings, slides, etc. There is also an alpine slide for about 4chf/ride.
Globi’s Wildwasserwelt (aka Wild Water World) has a big playground and various structures for water play. Basically, you pump water into buckets then pour it down wooden paths and change the path to divert the water different directions.
They recently adding a huge climbing area to the playground.
Here’s the alpine slide.
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