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Aa gorge trail-Lutersee-Engelberg

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
16.9 km
Travel time
approx. 6 ½ h
Tour details
Tour details
Aa gorge trail-Lutersee-Engelberg
Aaschlucht Wanderung
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus
Aa gorge trail-Lutersee-Engelberg
oberhalb Lutersee
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus
Aa gorge trail-Lutersee-Engelberg
Lutersee
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus
Aa gorge trail-Lutersee-Engelberg
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus
Aa gorge trail-Lutersee-Engelberg
Unterhalb Lutersee
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus
Aa gorge trail-Lutersee-Engelberg
Unterhalb Lutersee
Photo: Engelberg - Titlis Tourismus, Engelberg-Titlis Tourismus
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A great and varied day tour. The way down along the Aaschlucht is easy to do. The way from Rugisbalm back to Engelberg, on the other hand, is demanding. 

From Engelberg you first hike through the wild and romantic Aa gorge down into the valley. From Grafenort there is a short descent to the Buiräbähnli Mettlen-Rugisbalm-Lutersee, which will take you comfortably to the top. From Rugisbalm you go to the idyllic Lutersee and then through meadows and forests back to Engelberg. The hike can also be done the other way round. 

 

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Lake Eugeni Engelberg
Point of arrival
Lake Eugeni Engelberg
Difficulty
Difficult
Condition
5 / 6
Ascent
1221 m
Descent
1228 m
Best Time of Year
May, June, July, August, September, October
Directions

The path from Engelberg down along the Aaschlucht is easy to master. Along the entire Aaschlucht, various picnic areas invite you to take a rest. Arrived in Grafenort, you take the 1st Buiräbähnli, which brings you from Mettlen to Ruggisbalm. Afterwards you take another Buiräbähnli up to Eggendössli. From there the more demanding hike to the Lutersee and back to Engelberg begins. Between the Lutersee and Engelberg you have the possibility to take a break at the Alp Zingel. 

Equipment
 Solid shoes and rain jacket are highly recommended.
Author’s advice
Those who do not like to walk downhill can also do the hiking route in reverse. The panorama is more special with start from Aa gorge. 
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Parking

Parking spaces are available in Engelberg for a fee. 

Current parking situation 

Arrival / Return journey
By car, take the A2 (Basel-Gotthard) to Stans Süd, then take the main road 20 km to Engelberg. Engelberg is 30 minutes from Lucerne, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Basel, Zurich or Bern. 
Accessible by bus and train
No
Public transport
National and international connections (from Zurich airport connections every half hour with approx. 1h travel time) to Lucerne. Then with the Zentralbahn in 43 minutes through varied landscape and gorges up to Engelberg.
Further information & links

It is also possible to do only the Engelberg Aa gorge trail or the 1st stage of the Buiräbänhli Safari. This is a combined route of these two hikes.

Engelberg Aa gorge trail

Buiräbähnli Safari Hike

All hiking trails in and around Engelberg