Engelberg



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Engelberg
Engelberg is best suited for intermediate skiers who will enjoy the numerous red runs and one very steep black run on the Titlis. Popular with older Germans and Dutch, as well as younger locals. Range of activities for nonskiers. A popular walking base in summer. Accommodation is generally 3-star, with a few 4-star family-run properties, many featuring fine turn-of-the-century buildings. Increasing numbers of concrete self-catering apartments and traditional-style chalets can be found on the outskirts. The bulk of accommodation is concentrated along the main street with a couple in elevated positions above the pedestrianised zone on the N side of the village. Shopping here consists of generally pricey boutiques, sportswear outlets and jewellers; a couple of supermarkets. Activities on offer are: a range of winter activities including snowboarding (snow park with half pipe), ice-skating, sleigh rides, tobogganing, snow-shoeing and 24 mls of winter walking trails; 2 indoor sports centres offering tennis, curling and indoor/outdoor pools; paragliding; small village museum. In summer, hiking and mountaineering; ride up Titlis on Rotair revolving cable car.
Nightlife is fairly informal, unsophisticated and low key, centred in the major hotels; a few apres-ski bar/restaurants; small casino offering live entertainment and dancing; night-time skiing, tobogganing and snowboarding. There are a wide choice of hotel restaurants and cafes offering traditional fondues and raclette as well as international fare. Getting around is fairly easy with six regular ski-bus routes (all free) including ¼-hourly service between Titlis ski-station and the village, stopping off at points in between; in summer, this drops to 1 bus route running between Titlis and Furenalp via the village. Regular trains to Lucerne (1 hr). Lucerne's historic sights and shopping are recommended for an excursion.