1 Via Alpina
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Via Alpina

Stage 7, Altdorf (UR)–Engelberg

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Via Alpina

When the work is done, it’s time for fun: After a steep section, the trail leads over a scenic ridge to the historic Surenenpass. The rock bastions on Brunnistock and the valley basin are imposing. A varied valley trail leads to the monastery town of Engelberg.
After a leisurely warm-up over the Reuss plain of Uri to the tranquil village of Attinghausen, things get brutal: the ascent to Brüsti is steep, zigzagging along old sunk into the meadow. Once we’ve overcome the altitude difference of around 1,000 metres, the reward awaits at the top: a wonderful view of the Reuss plain, Lake Uri, the Schächen valley opposite and the two Windgällen mountains.

While the first section was mostly tough, the route now becomes more exciting – and narrow. Following the ridge with its rich Alpine flora, we hike towards the Surenen Pass, which is almost always in sight. The passage through the Chräienhöreli rock formation is particularly spectacular. The terrain drops sharply and the shaly path gives way to a set of steps, ending on a grassy knoll. Thanks to chains and ropes, though, the descent is quite safe. The trail crosses Alpine meadows and a few small, perennial snow patches to reach the pass almost 2,300 metres above sea level. Here, another stunning mountain view awaits: the eye wanders over the Schächental Alps and the Titlis with its imposing limestone face.

With that peak in sight, we descend on a beautiful path across green meadows. The view from the Blackenalp basin includes the impressive, craggy rock formations of the Gritschenbänder. With a bit of luck, we may be able to watch marmots and glimpse the occasional ibex or chamois in the distance. The trail follows the Stierenbach stream as it winds its way into the valley, until the Fürenalp cable car station. Our route to Engelberg railway station takes us past the Benedictine Monastery, founded in 1120.
When the work is done, it’s time for fun: After a steep section, the trail leads over a scenic ridge to the historic Surenenpass. The rock bastions on Brunnistock and the valley basin are imposing. A varied valley trail leads to the monastery town of Engelberg.
After a leisurely warm-up over the Reuss plain of Uri to the tranquil village of Attinghausen, things get brutal: the ascent to Brüsti is steep, zigzagging along old sunk into the meadow. Once we’ve overcome the altitude difference of around 1,000 metres, the reward awaits at the top: a wonderful view of the Reuss plain, Lake Uri, the Schächen valley opposite and the two Windgällen mountains.

While the first section was mostly tough, the route now becomes more exciting – and narrow. Following the ridge with its rich Alpine flora, we hike towards the Surenen Pass, which is almost always in sight. The passage through the Chräienhöreli rock formation is particularly spectacular. The terrain drops sharply and the shaly path gives way to a set of steps, ending on a grassy knoll. Thanks to chains and ropes, though, the descent is quite safe. The trail crosses Alpine meadows and a few small, perennial snow patches to reach the pass almost 2,300 metres above sea level. Here, another stunning mountain view awaits: the eye wanders over the Schächental Alps and the Titlis with its imposing limestone face.

With that peak in sight, we descend on a beautiful path across green meadows. The view from the Blackenalp basin includes the impressive, craggy rock formations of the Gritschenbänder. With a bit of luck, we may be able to watch marmots and glimpse the occasional ibex or chamois in the distance. The trail follows the Stierenbach stream as it winds its way into the valley, until the Fürenalp cable car station. Our route to Engelberg railway station takes us past the Benedictine Monastery, founded in 1120.
29 km
2100 m | 1500 m
10 h 45 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Altdorf UR, Post
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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: long section, please note cableway recommendation No. 362 Attinghausen–Bürsti and No. 363 Fürenalp–Engelberg.
Ascent Surenenpass (from Attinghausen)
362
Ascent Surenenpass (from Attinghausen)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Attinghausen (Luftseilbahn)–Brüsti
or
Brüsti–Attinghausen (Luftseilbahn)
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1050m.
SBB Timetable
Ascent Surenenpass (from Engelberg)
363
Ascent Surenenpass (from Engelberg)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Engelberg (Fürenalp Bahn)–Fürenalp
or
Fürenalp–Engelberg (Fürenalp Bahn)
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 520m.
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Via Alpina hiking pass
With the Via Alpina hiking passbook, you collect 38 stamps with memories to cherish. The stamp stations are located at each stage start and finish. More information about the hiking passbook.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Engelberg
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Services

Accommodation

Berggahsthaus Brüsti
Berggahsthaus Brüsti
Attinghausen
Alp Grat
Alp Grat
Attinghausen
Spannorthütte SAC
Spannorthütte SAC
Engelberg
Berglodge Ristis
Berglodge Ristis
Engelberg
Hotel Crystal Engelberg
Hotel Crystal Engelberg
Engelberg
Jugendherberge Engelberg
Jugendherberge Engelberg
Engelberg
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Bookable offers

1 Via Alpina: Braunwald - Meiringen
1 Via Alpina: Braunwald - Meiringen
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Places

Altdorf
Altdorf
Engelberg - Titlis
Engelberg - Titlis
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Places of interest

Tell museum
Tell museum
Pumptrack Schattdorf
Pumptrack Schattdorf
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Attinghausen, Mettlen–Berg (Surenenpass)
Attinghausen, Mettlen–Berg (Surenenpass)
Benedictine Monastery Engelberg
Benedictine Monastery Engelberg
Cheese Factory
Cheese Factory
Folk Museum
Folk Museum
Via Ferrata climbing trails/Rope Park
Via Ferrata climbing trails/Rope Park
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Swimming

Swimming baths Altdorf
Swimming baths Altdorf
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization