Enjoying a quiet location in the lovely Engelberg valley between Stans and Engelberg is Nidwalden's largest municipality in terms of surface area, Wolfenschiessen, and its associated municipalities of Altzellen and Oberrickenbach. Numerous cableways and chairlifts allow access to relaxing destinations in the surrounding mountains.
Access to Bannalp, a gem of a destination, is provided by two aerial cableways. Visitors can expect to find a family-friendly walking and skiing area, as well as hospitable little places to eat. Footpaths lead past babbling streams, turquoise-blue Lake Bannalp and imposing mountains. Families can try solving the "mystery of the sparkling stone" on the Zwärgliweg (gnome trail), then enjoy themselves in the large playground. When it's time for a break, there are inviting barbecue spots (firewood provided) by Lake Bannalp.
The Hechhuis manor house in Wolfenschiessen is probably the oldest edifice in Nidwalden. Its many windows and unusual ridge turrets are particularly eye-catching. Further on is Altzellen, where the chapel of St. Joder (patron saint of farmers) offers particularly fine views. Further place of worship, such as Bettelrüti chapel, the church of Maria Geburt and many others may be encountered on the Engelberg valley chapel trail.
The Wolfenschiessen region is dotted with paragliding and hang gliding launch sites. The Engelberg valley also looks lovely from the air.
Wolfenschiessen is some 10 minutes' drive from Stans or Engelberg; it can also be reached by train.
- Chapel trail and other footpaths
- St. Joder chapel and Hechhuis manor house
- Alp cheese dairy and Haghütte (simple restaurant) on Sinsgäu/Bannalp
- Aa gorge with suspension bridges
- Manor in Grafenort