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The Great Beyond: Enchanted Engelberg, Details

The Great Beyond: Enchanted Engelberg, Details

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By Nathaniel Reade
posted: 11/01/1999

Details Town Elevation: 3,444 feet; Peak Elevation: 9,906 feet; Skiable Terrain: 51 miles; Lift Ticket: $42 daily; $142 for a five-day pass.

Don't Miss Break for lunch at the Panorama restaurant atop Titlis. It has the resort's best views and serves excellent daily specials.

Best Hotels Budget lodging such as pensions and private rooms ($18 to $50) can be booked through the Tourist Center Engelberg (011-41-41-637-3737). The Hotel Engelberg (011-41-41-637-1168) is friendly and downtown ($50 to $80, including breakfast). The four-star Hotel Waldegg (011-41-41-637-1822) has sunny rooms with great views ($85-$100, including breakfast buffet).

Best Restaurants La Strega, inside the Hotel Treff, serves Italian dishes in a cozy, stone-walled modern space with a crackling fire. The Schweizerhaus (011-41-41-637-1280) serves classic Swiss dishes such as cheese fondue, raclette and trockenfleisch, the Swiss version of prosciutto. For a low-key meal, pick up meat, cheese and wine at the supermarket on Klosterstrasse. Then head next door to the konditorei for superb bread, rolls, pastries and homemade chocolates.

Best Nightspot Yucatan, a funky bar and restaurant, is jammed with ski instructors during Happy Hour.

Outstanding Feature Engelberg is a haven for all kinds of extreme sports, including para-skiing and bungee jumping from gondolas.

Side Trips Guided tours of the Benedictine Kloster (011-41-41-639-6161) founded in 1120, which houses, among other things, the largest pipe organ in Switzerland. Open Tuesday through Saturday; tours start at 10 am and 4 pm.

Getting There From the airport in Zurich, the train ride to Engelberg takes about 2 hours and costs about $50 round-trip.

Information Tourist-Center Engelberg, Klosterstrasse 3, CH-6390 Engelberg, Switz; Tel. 011-41-41-637-3737; www.engelberg.ch.

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