Globi’s Treasure Hunt is a theme trail in the Engelberg mountains, with 11 treasure chests hidden along the path. Children use the contents of the chests to solve a puzzle and win a prize. The trail starts at a big playground and water play area, with a trampoline and alpine slide. The trail ends at the Brunni Tickle Trail, an old favorite of ours, which is a barefoot path around a small pond with a large picnic area and a restaurant. With the fantastic scenery and so many attractions for children, it’s a easy choice for families that like the outdoors.
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. Hooray!
|Address:||Wydenstr 55, Engelberg, Switzerland
GPS: 46°49’07.0″N 8°24’56.1″E
|Car:||1hr15 from Zurich|
|Train:||2hr10 from Zurich|
|Trail:||2.9 km one way|
|Condition:||dirt and paved, obstacle-free|
|Skill:||easy, 250 m elevation gain|
|Open:||June through October|
|More info:||www.brunni.ch webcams|
Here is the overview map of the Brunni area. The Globi treasure hunt starts at the Ristis middle station and hikes up a road to the Brunnihütte, where you’ll find the Tickle Path. The order in which you discover the treasure chests doesn’t matter. So you could also ride the chair lift up and hike down instead.
Here is the treasure map for the Globi trail, showing the trail and where the treasure chests are hidden. It also lists clues for finding each chest. They had both German and English versions of the map. It’s labeled 2016, so it might change next year.
Here’s what the trail looked like in 2016. It follows a wide dirt road (sometimes paved) and is possible with all-terrain strollers.
We did the trail in 2014 and in 2016, they changed the trail and moved all the treasure chests. This was great for my kids because they could do the trail again without knowing all the answers. I’ve updated this post to show the trail as it was in 2016. They might change the trail again the future. I noticed that the trail map itself was stamped 2016. So the info here is just to give you an idea of what the trail might be. Be ready for a surprise!
By car: drive to Engelberg, then drive through town following signs to the Brunni cable car. Park in the metered lot. The parking costs 5 CHF, which you can pay with coins when you exit (you don’t need a parking token).
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 plan to hike the Globi 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 Combi ticket with SBB Halbtax 24 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.
Make sure to hang on to your tickets for your return trip.
Planning Your Day
There are so many fun things to do, it can be hard to decide what to do first. We like this schedule:
get there 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.
Globi Wasserwelt Playground
Before hiking, you might want to spend some time at the Ristis middle station, where there is a playground with climbing structures, a trampoline, bouncy palace, swings, slides, etc. There is also a rodelbahn for about 4 CHF/ride. Globi’s Wildwasserwelt (aka Wild Water World) has water play structures, where you pump water into buckets then pour it down wooden paths and change the path to divert the water different directions.
New climbing structures added in 2016.
One of the slides with a view.
Globi’s Treasure Hunt
Pick up your treasure map and answer sheet at the Globi Kiosk or the restaurant near Ristis cable car station. You get one laminated treasure map per group, available in English. Each child gets an answer sheet and pencil. You can also print them out beforehand.
The treasure map has vague clues for each hidden chest along the way. We had to search a bit for a couple chests, but most are pretty obvious. We only had to ask for help once and laughed at ourselves later, because it was so obvious in retrospect.
Each chest contains a page from a Globi comic book (German only) and an answer to a question from the crossword puzzle. Certain letters from the puzzle are used for the mystery word at the bottom. If children solve the puzzle, they can turn in their question sheet at the kiosk to receive a prize. Here is one of the stations along the Globi trail.
The first few treasure chests are hidden around the middle station, before you hit the trail.
We rode up the chair lift, found the three treasure chests at the top near the Barefoot Tickle Path.
Then we hiked backwards down the Globi trail. Here is the start of the trail, to the left under the chair lift. It’s not marked “Globi” on the trail signs, so use the treasure map as a guide.
The trail follows this service road back to the Ristis middle station.
One of the treasure chests, not so hidden.
Nice views around the corner.
Classic Swiss landscape.
Lots of swing benches along the trail. One chest was up a little path in the forest, but not too hard to find.
Taking a break.
A couple treasure chests require a short detour off the main path. We didn’t mind.
In 2016, the prize was this wonderful Globi Sommer book, one per family. My kids were very excited to receive this.
Barefoot Tickle Path
If you ride up the chair lift or walk up the Globi trail, you’ll arrive at the Härzlisee and the Kitzeltrail, aka Tickle Path, which is a barefoot path around the small pond. There is also a big picnic area with tables and grills with wood. One time we were there, Globi was visiting the children, handing out stickers. There’s a restaurant and a small kiosk with snacks.
More info about the Tickle Path here.
We bring swimsuits so the kids can get as wet as they like. But bring warm clothes for afterwards as weather can move in quickly and wet kids get cold.
Old Globi Trail
Before 2016, they had another version of the Globi trail. They might go back to that version at some point, so I’ll leave those details here just in case.
One year the chest was hidden in the oversized bird’s nest.
The field below is near the beginning of the trail, walking uphill from the barn in the distance. A small warning: the path here crosses through a cow field (boundaries change frequently, so I can’t say where it will be when you are there). We were there the first week of July and a mother cow got a little aggressive with us as she ran to protect her calves. The calves were quite large, so we didn’t realize at first what was happening. But after the mother ran very fast down the hill and stood in front of the calves and snorted at us, it was more clear. So pay attention and keep close to the field borders in case you need to exit the field in a hurry.
As you can see below, this part of the trail is not suitable for strollers. The path is often rocky and narrow, not difficult for walkers but not good for wheels. There is an alternate path on a dirt road, but it doesn’t visit the treasure chests. The trail is not difficult, but it is uphill most of the way (282m climb) and will be an endurance test for small children, but not impossible.
At about the halfway mark, the trail reaches a viewpoint and flattens out as you wind your way to the Härzlisee.
Easy going now.
Lovely views of the Engelberg valley and the Titlis peak on the other side.
After you complete the trail and solve the word scramble, you can return your answer sheet (and map) to the Kiosk and claim your prize. Our boys chose Globi window stickers and a Globi reflector. Note that the word scramble is in German, even on the English question sheet. My crew was not able to solve the puzzle, even with a native German speaker with us. The kind kiosk staff gave us a few clues until we figured it out. I’m writing it here in white in case you need to be prepared for your kids (select the following text to see it): GLOBISWILDWASSERWELT
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