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Härzlisee, a lake above Engelberg, Switzerland
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Engelberg is a municipality in the canton of Obwalden, in central Switzerland. Located at an elevation of 1,015 m (3,330 ft), it covers 74.85 sq km (28.9 sq mi) and has a population of 3,900 people (2012 estimate).

Engelberg, Switzerland
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Today Engelberg has become a popular tourist destination, resort and spa in Central Switzerland. Although part of Obwalden, it is an exclave surrounded by the cantons of Bern, Nidwalden and Uri.

Engelberg was first mentioned in 1122 as Engilperc, that was when its famous abbey was founded. The village remains largely insignificant until the mid-19th century, when it began to develop as a vacation resort due to the quality of its air and mineral water.

Eugenisee, Engelberg
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authorshipRoland Zumbühl
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As a ski resort, Engelberg caters mostly to advanced skiers, as it has a number of challenging pistes. The ski season opens here in October and remain open until end of May. Beginners should try the ski area of Brunni, which is on the opposite side of the valley.

Most of the people in Engelberg speak German (88.2%) with Serbo-Croation being the second most common language (2.5%), followed by English (2.2%).

Visiting Engelberg

The A2 motorway passed to the north and east of Engelberg. Leave the motorway at Exit 33 then head south on Riedenstrasse (Route 374) and continue south until you reach Engelberg.

Jochpass, Engelberg
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Sights & Attractions in Engelberg

  1. Engelberg Abbey
  2. Härzlisee

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