Engstligenalp – the plateau above Adelboden

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Engstligenalp is a large plateau south of Adelboden that belongs to the Landscapes and Floodplains of National Importance.

At 1,900 to 2,000 metres above sea level, the alp is heavily used by both alpine farming and tourism.

  • Engstligenalp is reached in about three minutes by cable car from Adelboden.
  • The Engstligen Falls are among the highest waterfalls within Switzerland.
  • Globi is the mascot of Engstligenalp, who appears wherever there are children.

Summer activities on Engstligenalp

In summer, Engstligenalp above Adelboden is primarily suitable for hiking with the whole family. As long as you stay on the plateau, the hikes are almost level and very walkable by every member of the family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avqkXeutRho&feature=emb_logo If you prefer something a little more exciting, take one of the many mountain hikes, some of which have high and steep ascents. Sure-footedness and sturdy hiking boots are an absolute minimum requirement for these tours, as they sometimes involve scree or slippery slate.

Via ferratas and high altitude tours require absolute fitness and experience. Local mountain guides can be booked for such tours. A via ferrata for beginners starts at the valley station and leads along the waterfalls up to Engstligenalp.

Summer activities on Engstligenalp are:
  • Circular hikes on the alp
  • Mountain hikes
  • Via ferrata and high altitude tours
  • Globi-Alp for the family
  • Bouldering on the Engstligenalp
  • GolfMountain
  • Visit the alpine cheese dairy
  • Alpine Cup and summer fun for groups

Circular hikes on Engstligenalp

The hikes vary from very easy hikes to difficult, demanding mountain hikes. The Läger circular hiking trail is completely wheelchair accessible and can therefore also be walked with a pram.

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Läger circular hiking trail

This 4.5-kilometre-long hiking trail does not require any ascents or descents. It is easy to walk and can also be done comfortably in a wheelchair or with a pram. The Engstligenalp mountain hotel and the Berghaus Bärtschi are also equipped for wheelchair users.

Lower Waterfall Circular Trail

The easy circular walk to the waterfalls begins at the Chäli bus stop in Adelboden. The bus stop for bus 232 is only one stop (400 metres) from the valley station of the gondola lift on the Engstligen river. The tour leads into the forest and always along the river, past the Chälistein. The lower Engstligen Falls is reached after 900 metres (approx. 15 minutes’ walk). The way back is through the forest again, where there is also a fireplace. The Bergbach restaurant is reached after another ten minutes. Along the car park of the valley station you return to the starting point. The trail is also accessible with prams from June to September.

Upper Waterfall Circular Trail

The Upper Waterfall Circular Trail begins at the mountain station of the Engstligenalp cable car. The path leads towards Trieschthubel down to the Upper Waterfall. In June, the path in the opposite direction is part of the alpine cattle trail. A bridge crosses the mountain stream here, which falls thunderously downwards. The way back is on the other side of the waterfall along the Edelweiss-Hubel to the mountain station. You can stop for a bite to eat at the Engstligenalp mountain hotel beforehand. Overall, the trail, which is about three kilometres long with more than 240 metres of altitude difference, is classified as moderately difficult. It can be walked between June and October.

Seeli Trail

The Seeli Trail is an extension of the Läger Circular Trail with an ascent that turns the excursion into a moderately difficult hike. Almost 500 metres of altitude difference have to be overcome. In total, the hike is 8.2 kilometres long and can be completed in 2.5 hours. The trail climbs steeply towards the Chindbetti Pass and the Tschingellochtighorn until you reach the Dossen-Seeli. On the way back, you then return to the flat plain at the edge of the alluvial area of Wildstrubel.

Engstligen Falls by oa

Engstligenalp – Mountain hikes

From Engstligenalp to the Lämmeren Hut

The difficult mountain hike first begins as an easy hike on Engstligenalp at 1,943 metres above sea level. The ascent leads past the Dossenseeli (2,355 m) to the Chindbetti Pass (2,613 m). From here, the Tällsee lake is clearly visible. On the further way, the 2,848 m high Rote Totz mountain can be easily climbed via the Rote Totz gap. The descent to the Lämmeren Hut is via the Lämmeren Ridge.

Round tour from Engstligenalp over the Chindbetti Pass

From the mountain station, the path is initially level until the ascent across mountain meadows to a small mountain lake begins. Gradually the meadows give way to a barren stone desert. At the Chindbetti Pass, the trail, which continues under the Chindbettihorn, becomes more difficult. It goes over loose rock masses and over shale. After another climb, the ridge path below the Tschingellochtighorn is reached. Here the landscape looks as beautiful and grotesque as a postcard motif. From now on, the trail descends again to the flat of Engstligenalp. You can stop for a bite to eat at the Berghaus Bärtschi or the Berghotel Engstligenalp. The hike is considered a particularly beautiful hike. Classified as moderately difficult, you still need stamina, concentration and absolute surefootedness to complete the 4.5-hour mountain hike.

Alpaufzug to Engstligenalp by oa

Alpine procession to Engstligenalp

Every year in June, the alpine procession is a very special experience. Around 500 cows then ascend to the summer pastures on Engstligenalp. Accompanied by dairymen and dairywomen, they have to climb about 600 metres in altitude. Visitors can be there and climb together with the cows along the mule track, which is secured with wire ropes.

Via ferrata and high altitude tours around Engstligenalp

Ascent at the Engstligen Falls to Engstligenalp by oa

Aeugi-Lowa trail Adelboden

Only for experienced alpinists! This sign tells you what conditions are required to walk the Aeugi-Lowa-Weg safely. Experienced mountain walkers who are free from giddiness are in the high alpine zone here. 800 metres of ascent have to be mastered to walk the alpine trail from the Hahnenmoospass to Engstligenalp. On the way, you experience the absolute fascination that comes from such a hike. The view of the eternal ice and the descent with a view of the 600-metre-high Engstligen Falls compensate for every effort. The starting point is the Hahnenmoospass mountain hotel (Lenk), which is reached via the cable car from Geils (Adelboden). The trail leads via Luegli and Aemmertenspitz (2,613 m) to Engstligenalp. Iron stairs built into the rock can be used along the way. The Aeugi-Lowa trail can be walked from June to October.

Via Ferrata Chäligang

The Chäligang is a popular via ferrata that is also suitable for beginners. If you want to be sure, hire a mountain guide. Via ferrata equipment can be hired in the valley in Adelboden at the Engstligenalpbahn valley station. Combined bivouacs are also available here, which also include the descent to the valley. The Route leads along a secured via ferrata from the Engstligen cable car valley station. The exposed rock path is secured with a continuous wire rope. It runs in the immediate vicinity of the Engstligen Falls. The pure climbing wall measures 300 metres and can be climbed in about two hours from June to October. Then follows a secured path across meadows and over the Edelweisshubel. A short time later you reach the white-red-white marked hiking trail to the Engstligenalp mountain station.

The Globi-Alp

Globi, the mascot of Engstligenalp, appears wherever there are children. Globi also sometimes accompanies children on Globi hikes. The Globi theme trails are particularly suitable for children. The Globi brochure provides further information on Globi family activities and Globi hikes. The brochure is also available at the valley station of the Globi cable car.

Globi Mountain Trail Engstligenalp (green)

The mountain trail involves one hundred metres of as cent. As it is a themed trail, there are always things for the children to do, so the five-kilometre-long trail is not too long for them. Every milk churn found along the way has a question and a solution letter for the riddle of the Schatthaus. The trail starts at the Berghotel and leads past the Berghaus over a bridge. The rest of the trail is well signposted (green) and ends at the Schatthaus.

Globi Alpweg at Engstligenalp (orange)

The alpine trail begins at the “Globi Stall” mountain hut, which can be found to the right of the mountain hotel. The three-kilometre path is suitable for prams. The theme is animals. This trail is marked in orange.

Globi Crystal Trail Engstligenalp (purple)

Globi Kristallweg Engstligenalp by fa

On the crystal trail, the little hikers look for the glittering stones along the way. Globi thalers mark the places where crystals are hidden. At the end there is a surprise for the finders, who have each noted the purple letter in their Globi passport. The trail starts at “Globi am Wasser” below the Schatthaus and is marked in purple. There is a total of about 4.5 kilometres to walk. The easy path can also be walked with a pram. The crystal pass is available from the Engstligenalp cable cars and the mountain hotel.

Globi Circular Trail (yellow)

The circular trail is a comfortable walk on the alp. It is suitable for prams and marked in yellow in the brochure.

Bouldering on Engstligenalp

Engstligenalp is an alpine bouldering paradise. Bouldering is rock climbing. In bouldering, climbers do not work with ropes and hooks. They always climb on the boulders at jumping height. In summer there are six different bouldering courses on Engstligenalp.

Bouldering with the Alpine School Adelboden by aa

Necessary equipment can be rented at the Berghotel Engstligenalp. The bouldering courses are open from mid-June to mid-October. The Alpine School Adelboden offers courses on Engstligenalp.

GolfMountain: Playing golf in the Alps

The Alpine golf course is newly marked out every year. As a result, the total number of holes changes from year to year. The hole lengths also vary according to terrain and distance. The course’s high degree of difficulty is not only due to streams and stone sectors, but also to the rapidly changing winds. Expert supervision is provided directly at the course. After the round of golf, golfers can enjoy a raclette made on the alp in the Sennhütte. Further information is provided on the Engstligenalp Golf Mountain page.

Visit the alpine cheese dairy

Show dairy on Engstliegenalp by ea

The cheese dairy is located in the Sennhütte, which is reached after a short walk across the plateau. While the cheese is being made by the dairymen, visitors are offered an Älpler-Zmorge, which is a special brunch. Prices can be found on the Engstligenalp cheese page.

Alpencup and summer fun for groups

The Alpencup is a fun team event for groups of 5 or more. Teams compete in small competitions using everyday objects. The focus is on having fun together.

Alpencup on Engstligenalp by ga

The Engstligenalp mountain railways also offer various group events in summer. Some examples are:

  • hiking together, e.g. to the waterfall
  • GolfMountain
  • Wild West on the alp
  • Via ferrata Chäligang
  • Cup games and fun games with raclette and cable car ride
  • Encounter with alpine dairymen

Winter activities on Engstligenalp

Engstligenalp is not only interesting for skiers and snowboarders. The terrain is just as suitable for cross-country skiers as it is for winter hikers or snowshoe walkers.

Ski school for children at Engstligenalp by ea

The ski slopes and lifts are open from mid-December to early May between 9am and 4.30pm. Despite its 17 kilometres of downhill p istes, Engstligenalp is somewhat removed from the big hustle and bustle of the huge Adelboden-Lenk ski area. The low differences in altitude make the Engstligenalp area particularly suitable for children and skiing beginners.

  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Globi Kinderland
  • Winter Fun Facilities
  • Winter sports for groups
  • Winter hiking and snowshoeing

The large plateau is reached exclusively by lift.

Skiing and snowboarding on Engstligenalp

The seventeen kilometres of downhill pistes available to winter visitors to Engstligenalp include 7 km of easy pistes (blue), 6 km of red pistes (medium) and 4 km of difficult pistes (black). 6 lifts transport guests to the starting points. The winter sports area lies at an altitude of between 1,964 and 2,362 m. Next to the mountain station, skis, snowboards, snowshoes and cross-country skis can be rented at the rental and test centre. In addition, the test centre offers repairs on snowboards, skis, poles and bindings. Two-day avalanche courses on Engstligenalp are also offered. There is a freeride tour for experienced skiers between Engstligenalp and Steghorn. To do this, you first have to climb 1200 metres in altitude. You can only cross a rock step with the help of a fixed/steel rope.

Cross-country skiing on Engstligenalp

There are prepared pistes for cross-country skiing at Engstligenalp. They can be used for leisurely laps or as altitude training. Two cross-country trails are available:

Lägerloipe:

The 6-kilometre-long groomed trail is used as a track for a classic cross-country skiing and skating.

Groppi trail

This 2-kilometre trail is suitable for cross-country skiing on the Wildstrubel, also for classic cross-country skiing and skating.

The Globi Children’s Land on the plateau above Adelboden

The Globi – Kinderland is completely geared towards the smallest ski sport beginners. Globi is always present on the beginners’ area and takes away the fear of many a little athlete. There is a ski school and two children’s lifts. Globi is always out and about wherever he can help. The Adelboden ski school that operates up here, however, specialises in adults, children and teenagers alike.

Globi Kinderland Engstligenalp by ea

The Globi Kinderland is located on the sunny slope.

Winter fun facilities on Engstligenalp

The Globi Fun Trail is especially for children. Children love to play in the snow. In the ski course, daring jumps are made and fun waves are ridden over. The steep wall curves are something for advanced skiers. There are two adventure sl opes at the Bockmatti ski lift. There is Joana Hählen’s race piste and the Horä ski fun trail.

Joana Hählen’s race piste

The Joana Hählen’s race piste was named after the Swiss ski racer Joana Hählen. On the race track, participants compete not only with her, but also with Chrigu Stucki or Globi.

Horä Ski Fun Trail

In addition to a drive-through gondola, the trail here includes waves and steep-wall curves.

Engstligenalp – winter sports for groups

Group programmes can be booked on Engstligenalp for team building or as a company outing.

Group events on Engstligenalp by ea

For companies and clubs, skiing, ice climbing or joint snowshoeing can be selected for team building or as an excursion. Individual programmes for groups are also put together for the winter excursion on Engstligenalp. Examples of winter – group events:

  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Stargazing
  • traditional fondue in the ice in the fondue igloo
  • Ice climbing
  • Fire-eating and fire-spitting workshop
  • Guided snowshoe hike
  • joint cable car ride through the icy landscape

Winter hiking and snowshoeing on Engstligenalp

Engstligenalp at the foot of the Wildstrobel by oa

Circular trail on Engstligenalp

On the plateau, winter hikes with or without snowshoes are rather easy tours. This one-hour circular trail at the foot of the Wildstrubel is one of them.

From Sillerenbühl to Adelboden

A moderately difficult snowshoe tour is this circular route with 700 metres of ascent and descent. Watch out for avalanche danger on this route.

Engstligenalp – Tierhöri

Almost 1000 metres of ascent and descent and a four-hour hike make this a somewhat more demanding route. However, the view compensates for the effort.

By mountain railway to Engstligenalp, ski lifts

Bergbahn Engstligenalp by ea

Mountain railway E00 – Unter dem Birg – Engstligenalp (Globibahn

) The Globibahn is there especially for the children. It takes the same route over the Engstligen waterfalls as the normal mountain railway.

Mountain railway E01 – Unter dem Birg – Engstligenalp

The 36-passenger Unter dem Birg-Engstligenalp cable car travels about 1.3 kilometres from the bottom station to the top station in just over three minutes. It was inaugurated in 2016 and carries up to 454 people per hour. Facts:

  • 564 m altitude
  • 1.440 m altitude valley station
  • 2.004 m altitude top station
  • 7 m per second

Ski lifts:

E02 – Dossen I

Built in 1968, the T-bar/anchor lift starts at the bottom station at 1,960 metres, the top station is at 2,375 metres. Up to 2,000 people are transported over 1,203 metres to an altitude of 415 metres.

E03 – Dossen II

Like Dossen I, the T-bar/anchor lift from 1989 leads up 415 metres in altitude over a length of 1,203 metres. The bottom station is at an altitude of 1,960 metres, the top station at 2,375 metres. Up to 2,000 people are transported per hour.

E04 – Bockmatti

This T-bar lift from 1976 also has T-bars/anchors and transports 1,000 people per hour. The bottom station is at an altitude of 1,964 metres, the top station at 2,110 metres. Over a length of 654 metres, 146 metres in altitude are covered.

T-bar lift Engstligenalp by fz

E05 – Feeder lift

The platter lift was built in 1968 and covers 20 metres in altitude from 1,930 to 1,950 metres. Up to 350 people are transported per hour.

E06 – Pony lift

The Ponylift is a rope lift/baby lift with a low rope guide that takes up to 500 people per hour up a length of 100 metres.

E07 – Small ski lift

Another small ski lift with a short length.

Mountain huts, restaurants and ski bars

The contact details and addresses of the restaurants, ski bars and mountain huts around Engstligenalp can be found on the Engstligenalp service page.

Mountain hotel Engstligenalp

Berghotel Engstligenalp by bh

The Berghotel Engstligenalp is located 150 metres from the top station of the cable car at an altitude of about 2,000 metres. In addition to two double rooms, there is also group accommodation with cooking facilities. The Sennhütte with its own cooking and dining area is particularly suitable for groups or school classes. A children’s playroom is available for hotel guests. The Dependance Wildstrubel offers three double rooms and one suite. The restaurant with service has a large sun terrace. There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet in the basement, which is reached by a stair lift. The following restaurants in the area also belong to the Berghotel:

  • Fondue igloo
  • GolfMountain
  • Raclette hut

Mountain house Bärtschi

Berghaus Bärtschi Engstligenalp by oa

The Berghaus Bärtschi stands directly on the Läger circular hiking trail. In winter, a popular cross-country skiing route runs through here, as the area is considered to have guaranteed snow from mid-December to April. For cross-country skiers, there are two showers and a waxing room at Berghaus Bärtschi. Cross-country skiing centre guaranteed snow from mid-December to April. Running water in all rooms, showers on the floors. A waxing room and two showers are available for cross-country skiers. The “Tschinggi” connecting lift takes you quickly to the slopes. The Berghaus Bärtschi is also located directly on the obstacle-free circular hiking trail and has a wheelchair-accessible WC.

Restaurant Chuenisbärgli

Restaurant Chünisbergli on Engstligenalp by oa

The Chuenisbärgli restaurant stands at metres above sea level. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when the mountain railways are in operation.

Restaurant Stäghorn

Stäghorn on Engstligenalp by sh

The Stäghorn restaurant is located at an altitude of just under 1,960 metres. It is reached via the feeder road and lies at the foot of the Dossen I and II ski lifts. The restaurant is also open in summer and has a holiday flat for up to eight people.

Lämmerenhütte

Lämmerenhütte by sac

The refuge of the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) stands at 2,502 metres above sea level on the eastern side of the Wildstrubel massif. The Lämmerenhütte has 96 sleeping places and 10 places in the shelter. The shelter is open all year round and has cooking facilities. The refuge is staffed from February to April and July to September. A private mountain guide and ski instructor can be booked. Via ferratas and high altitude tours can be undertaken from the hut all year round.

Restaurant and Guesthouse Steinbock

Ibex below Engstligenalp by sb

About 100 metres from the valley station is the Steinbock restaurant and guesthouse in Adelboden on Engstligenstrasse. The restaurant serves Swiss cuisine. In addition to rösti, fried sausage and smoked sausage, there are also platters, salads or soup. 1 family room (4 beds), 1 double room and 1 single room with shower/WC on the floor are available for rent in the guesthouse.

Restaurant Bergbach in Adelboden

Restaurant Bergbach below Engstligenalp by rb

The Bergbach Restaurant is located near the valley station of the Unter dem Birg gondola lift in Adelboden. In addition to raclette and fondue, chicken nuggets and various snacks are offered here. In addition to a dining room with a fireplace, there is also an outdoor terrace.

Tips, timetables, prices, webcams

Engstligenalp by ea

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