This easy family hike around a lake has a big playground and some fun play stations along the way. This is a great choice for smaller children that are learning to hike, as the trail is short and suitable for strollers. But our older kids also had a great time with the water play and puzzles. The setting is spectacular, at the beautiful Trübsee lake below the Titlis mountain peaks. You can combine this with a visit to the top of Titlis, to walk on a glacier, visit the ice caves and soak in the panoramas. This fun theme trail is a great day out for families in Switzerland.
Note: In June 2017, our readers reported that the theme trail elements have been discontinued from this trail, including the punch card. However, the playground and the play stations on the trail are still there and the trail is lovely as ever.
|Location:||Central Switzerland, Engelberg|
|Address:||Gerschnistrasse 12, 6390 Engelberg
Cable Car: 46°48’59.4″N 8°23’48.4″E
|Car:||1hr10 from Zurich, CHF 5 parking fee|
|Train:||1hr50 from Zurich HB to Engelberg, Bahnhof,
then 3 min bus ride or 10 min walk to cable car station
CHF 38 Adult return with Halbtax + bus fare
|Trail:||3.2 km loop, about 1.5 hr walking time|
|Condition:||dirt/gravel, suitable for all-terrain strollers|
|Services:||playground, fire pits, restaurant|
|Cost 2017:||CHF 32 Adult return ticket Engelberg-Trübsee
SBB Half-fare and Junior cards accepted
|Open:||June thru October|
|More info:||www.titlis.ch — webcam|
This hike is located in the Engelberg area, as shown below. The hike starts at the top of the Engelberg-Trübsee cable car. You can optionally ride all the way up to Titlis before or after your hike. On your way home, you can stop at Gerschnialp and ride a trotti scooter back down to Engelberg.
The hike loops around the Trübsee on a relatively smooth dirt path, suitable for all terrain strollers. The interactive stations are scattered all the way around the trail.
There are a few picnic areas with tables and grills (they had wood when we were there). The big playground is near the end of the trail as marked below. There is a restaurant along the trail and at the cable car station (WC at both).
In 2017, they’ve added an Adventure Park with a “bag jump” where you basically jump off a high wooden platform into a huge inflated pillow. We haven’t tried it yet but will report back when we do..
Engelberg is well connected by roads and public transportation.
By car: Drive to Englberg and follow signs to the Titlisbahn. Park in the large parking lot adjacent to the cable car station. It costs CHF 5 for the day, payable at a kiosk near the parking.
By train: Take a train to Luzern, then a train to Engelberg, then a bus to Engelberg, Titlisbahn. This connection runs about once an hour.
Tickets and Opening Times
To reach the trail, you need to ride up the cable car from the Engelberg valley to Trübsee, buying a return ticket. In 2017, this cost CHF 32 for an adult return ticket. SBB Half-fare cards and Junior cards are accepted. So for our family of four, it costs CHF 32 total.
You can optionally ride all the way up to Titlis before or after your hike. This adult full-fare return ticket costs CHF 92, which includes getting off a Trübsee to do your hike. More about Titlis here.
Scooter Bike Ride
On your way home, you can stop at Gerschnialp and ride a trötti scooter back down to Engelberg. You pay for this separately at Gerschialp where you pick up the scooter. The path is 3.2 km, recommended for ages 10+. Younger children (usually over 4) can ride with an adult. When we went, the older kids rode the scooter downs with one parent, while the other parent rode the cable car down with the little kids. More info.
Starting the trail
We did this hike the second week of October during the school holiday, thus the brown colors and the warm clothes. But it was still so beautiful, I couldn’t stop taking pics. In summer, this area is bright green and can be very warm. I’m sure you’ll love it.
One you exit the cable car at Trübsee, leave the main building and walk on the trail toward the lake.
When you reach the lake, you’ll see these row boats available for rental. The sign says that it’s self-service, drop the money in the box. The rules about where you can row and dock the boat are listed on the sign. Save this for after your hike.
There is a big picnic area with grills right at the beginning of the trail. There are other picnic areas so don’t stop now.
When you are ready to hike, start walking counter-clockwise around the lake.
Couldn’t be prettier!!!
Some bouncy platforms.
We had clouds moving in and out the whole day, so pretty.
At the far side of the lake, just keep walking to your left along the lake, following the Knorrli signs.
The kids loved this water play next to the lake. We had a hard time keeping them dry. Probably even more fun on a hot summer day.
The picnic area near the water play. I liked that the grill was high up but some of the shorter kids had a hard time getting up there to tend their sausages. There was plenty of wood here in a box. There was also a portable WC.
By the time we reached the restaurant, we were shrouded in fog. Otherwise, it has a very nice view of the lake and mountains from the terrace.
The big playground near the end of the trail. Our kids had lots of fun even in clouds.
There are also picnic tables here and I think a grill.
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