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An alternative to the Walen Trail and Benedictine Way
Route
Hiking Trail
Length
11.1 km
Travel time
4h
Tour details
Tour details
An alternative to the Walen Trail and Benedictine Way
Walenalp
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
An alternative to the Walen Trail and Benedictine Way
Walenalp
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
An alternative to the Walen Trail and Benedictine Way
Kitzelpfad rund um den Härzlisee
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
An alternative to the Walen Trail and Benedictine Way
Panorama Titlis
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
An alternative to the Walen Trail and Benedictine Way
Alpenschwein Filetstreifen im Berglodge Restaurant Ristis
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
An alternative to the Walen Trail and Benedictine Way
Spielplatz Ristis Brunni
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Unbekannt
An alternative to the Walen Trail and Benedictine Way
Kitzelpfad rund um den Härzlisee
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Ristis (Engelberg) – Walenalp – Brunniswald – Eschlen – Grafenort
The Walen Trail connects the Brunni area with the Bannalp, while the Benedictine Way links Engelberg monastery with Maria-Rickenbach convent. How about a short version? You start from Ristis (or Brunni), where the Berglodge Restaurant Ristis is located: a real treat here are the alpine pork fillet strips and the homemade cakes. From here, the route leads to the Walenalp with its wealth of views, and then via Brunniswald and Eschlen down to Grafenort. If someone is there to operate it, you can take the little cable car from Brunniswald.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Ristis (Engelberg)
Point of arrival
Grafenort
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
4 / 6
Ascent
326 m
Descent
1353 m
Best Time of Year
June, July, August, September, October
Directions
From the upper terminus of the Engelberg-Brunni aerial cableway or from the Brunni chairlift upper terminus on the Walen Trail to the Walenalp (which is actually in Canton Obwalden) with its wealth of views. From here a little forest path leads down to the Brunniswald alp, a wedge of land belonging to Canton Nidwalden. The path continues via Eschlen down to Grafenort ... again in Canton Obwalden!
Author’s advice
Children love the thrills of the 660 m long summer toboggan run and Globi's alpine playground right next to the Berglodge Restaurant Ristis.
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Good to know

Arrival / Return journey
Engelberg
Accessible by bus and train
Yes
Public transport
Zentralbahn railway to Engelberg and from Grafenort.
Further information & links
Visit nidwalden.com/culinary-hikes for more gastronomy from Nidwalden.