Switzerland, renowned for its mesmerizing winter landscapes, revealed a more discrete treasure during our recent escapade – the Engelberg-Titlis region. Far from the tourist-packed locations, this hidden gem unfolded its wonders as we ventured into the heart of winter enchantment. Our refuge, Kempinski Palace Engelberg, not only provided a luxurious retreat but also served as the gateway to a series of unforgettable experiences against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps.
Sledging Thrills at Brunni
Engelberg has a long tradition with sledging or particularly bobsleigh since the two-man bobsleigh world championships were held there in 1934. Engelberg’s rich sledging heritage came alive at Brunni, where a network of runs awaited thrill-seekers of all levels. As we descended the slopes, adrenaline coursed through our veins, and laughter echoed against the snowy expanse. The thrill of sledging at Brunni proved to be a delightful introduction to Engelberg’s winter wonderland. Other than Brunni Run, Engelberg offers also other trails that addresses different levels. Gershnialp-Engelberg Run, which is suitable for fast sledding and the speed demons! And Fürenalp Run is rather an easy one and suitable for families and little snow enthusiasts!
A day spent on the iconic Titlis mountain offered an immersive journey into a snowy utopia. Ascending in the Rotair, a one-of-a-kind rotating cable car, we were treated to panoramic views all around that left us breathless. The expansive slopes beckoned skiers and snowboarders, while the Titlis Cliff Walk and the ethereal ice cave provided a touch of adventure. The Titlis journey was not only a trip but a chance for us to face our fears! Me to counter the phobia of heights and then celebrating the achievement of crossing the Titlis bridge back & forth! And Alexandra to face the fear of sliding inside the ice cave! Both went well!
Trüebsee, with its frozen lake, served as a picturesque interlude. A walk on the side of the all white covered lake was such a soothing experience. As some slopes ends at Trübsee, the place has an emerging après-ski ambiance that added a vibrant note to our Alpine exploration.
Charming Engelberg Town
Beyond the mountains, Engelberg town unfolded as a charming tapestry of culture and art. During our stay, an enchanting sculpture exhibition adorned the streets, with light sculptures casting a magical glow. The exhibition is continuing till end of February. Strolling through the town became a cultural sojourn, blending tradition with modern artistic expressions. What makes Engelberg remarkable also is its central location within Switzerland. It’s only 40 minutes from Lucerne, 1 hour and a bit from Zurich and less than 2 hours from Bern.
Kempinski Palace: A Regal Retreat
Nestled in the heart of Engelberg, the Kempinski Palace proved to be an oasis of opulence. Its central location, a mere two minutes from the train station, provided unmatched convenience. The architecture of the hotel, exterior and interior, is majestic and reflects its palace name and constitution. Our room, overlooking the majestic mountains and the distant Brunni cable car, became a sanctuary of serenity. Sipping tea on the balcony, we were treated to a visual symphony of natural beauty.
Relaxation Unleashed at the SPA
The Kempinski SPA became our sanctuary after days filled with winter adventure. An infinity pool & a jacuzzi perched on the rooftop provided a breathtaking panorama of Engelberg, creating a serene environment. Multiple saunas, and spacious relaxation areas allowed us to unwind, ensuring that every moment off the slopes was as rejuvenating as the previous one. The SPA has also a 24/7 gym that is fully equipped. It also offers a big variety of treatments from massages to facials.
Winter Garden Bliss
The Winter Garden at Kempinski emerged as a delightful retreat within a retreat. Its high windows offered a seamless view of the adjacent park, creating an ambiance that blurred the lines between nature and luxury. Connected to the elegant lobby and bar, it became our chosen haven for leisurely drinks, surrounded by lush greenery and a tranquil atmosphere.
Culinary Delights at Kempinski
The culinary journey at Kempinski began with a sumptuous breakfast buffet, a sensory feast that catered to every palate. A la carte options, from eggs and omelettes to toasts and crepes, complemented the scenic view of the snow-covered park.
Dinner at Restaurant Cattani elevated our gastronomic experience. The restaurant combines French & Swiss culinary influences, introducing us to culinary masterpieces like Lobster Bisque, Cattani Beef Bourguignon, and closing with a decadent Dark Chocolate Fondant, and a curated cheese platter. The hotel has also a charming Chalet Ruinart restaurant located next to the park, which serves Cheese Fondue in a cosy atmosphere.
In Engelberg-Titlis we unearthed not just a winter destination but a captivating symphony of experiences. Kempinski Palace Engelberg, with its fusion of luxury and warmth, transformed our journey into an indelible exploration of Swiss Alpine beauty.
This captivating winter retreat, embodies the pinnacle of luxury, offering a haven for those seeking a harmonious blend of relaxation and adventure amidst the enchanting Swiss Alps.