Mid Symposium Tour

UNESCO BIOSPHÄRE Entlebuch

In September 2001, the seven municipalities of the region Entlebuch were designated by UNESCO as the first biosphere reserve of Switzerland under the Sevilla strategy. The Entlebuch UNESCO biosphere is part of the worldwide biosphere reserves network, and represents the pre-alpine moor and karst landscapes. The seven municipalities cover 394 square kilometres (nearly 1% of the total Swiss area) with a population of 17’000 people. Compared to the rest of Switzerland, Entlebuch’s economy is still mostly based on farming. 33% of the workforce is employed in the primary sector, 25% in the secondary and 42% in the tertiary. The biosphere reserve Entlebuch employs around 8’000 people.

Entlebuch possesses a rich natural and cultural landscape, curated for centuries by our ancestors. A biosphere reserve concept is the ideal tool to maintain and further develop this richness for the future generations. Biosphere reserves, including the UNESCO biosphere Entlebuch, follow the principles of sustainable development. Thanks to a participative concept, the seven municipalities of Entlebuch apply UNESCO’s “Man and the Biosphere” programme. The aim is a long-term, balanced and sustainable development of nature, economy and society. By gradually maintaining the natural resources both their protective functions, as well as their benefits to the regional economy, are strengthened. “Protect through use”, together with the population, is the motto of the UNESCO biosphere Entlebuch.

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Karst & Caves

Guided hike through the karst and caves of Schrattenfluh, down the Silwängen caves (5 hours). The 6 km long karst formation is one of UNESCO biosphere Entlebuch’s landmarks and is located within its core zone. More than 200 caves are found here, two of which are open to the public. The cave is accessible from a shaft (8m depth, via ladder). In between there will be a nourishing meal on the Silwängen alp with Lisbeth’s yummy Älplermaggronen.

Start: 08:00 from Engelberg to Schöpfheim
09:30 National Parc information centre, the BBZN in Schöpfheim, presentation of UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
10:30 drive to Wagliseiboden, Sörenberg
11:00 Arrival at Sörenberg, Karst and cave tour in the Schrattenfluh
16:00 Departure back to Engelberg
17:30 Arrival Engelberg

Maximum number of participants: 24
Regular participant price: CHF 80.00, includes bus transfer, guided tour, access to cave, and lunch
Student and participants from low-income economies and lower-middle-income economies (please check link) price: CHF 50.00


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Moor landscapes

Moor hike in Salwideli, Sörenberg

Yes, your shoes will probably get wet, but the important thing is to be able to experience the roots of the UNESCO biosphere Entlebuch, its moors, physically rather than just by words. Without moors, there would be no UNESCO biosphere Entlebuch. The histories of the biosphere and of the moor conservation are tightly connected. This varied hike will take you through a fascinating moor landscape, with low- and highmoors which h
ost various sundews and orchids.

Start: 08:00 from Engelberg to Schöpfheim 09:30 National Parc information centre, the BBZN in Schöpfheim, presentation of UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
10:30 drive to Sörenberg, Rossweid
11:00 Cable car ride to Rossweid (15 min)
11:30 Lunch at Restaurant Rossweid, Sörenberg
13:00 Guided walk (3 h), with explanations about the region and Schrattenfluh. Tour ends at Salwideli, Sörenberg
16:00 Departure back to Engelberg
17:30 Arrival Engelberg

Maximum number of participants: 25
Regular participant price: CHF 80.00, includes bus transfer, guided tour, access to cave, and lunch
Student and participants from low-income economies and lower-middle-income economies (please check link) price: CHF 50.00


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From Entlebuch to Emmental

Hike from Salwideli, Sörenberg to Kemmeriboden (Schangnau) (2hrs) at the feet of the majestic Schrattenflue in the heart of the UNESCO biosphere Entlebuch.

Start: 08:00 from Engelberg to Schöpfheim
09:30 National Parc information centre, the BBZN in Schöpfheim, presentation of UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
10:30 drive to mountain restaurant Salwideli (30 min)
11:30 Lunch at the mountain restaurant Salwideli, Sörenberg (1.50 h) with the Gastropartner of the UNESCO biosphere Entlebuch. Relax and enjoy the magnificent location in the characteristic moor habitat of Salwiden.
13:00 Guided walk (2hrs) hike from Salwideli, Sörenberg to Kemmeriboden (Schangnau) at the feet of the majestic Schrattenflue in the heart of the UNESCO biosphere Entlebuch.
15:00 Departure back to Engelberg
16:30 Arrival Engelberg

Maximum number of participants: 50
Regular participant price: CHF 60.00, includes bus transfer, cable car ride, guided walk and lunch
Student and participants from low-income economies and lower-middle-income economies (please check link) price: CHF 40.00


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Guided walks in the alpine environment of the Engelberg Valley


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Fürenalp – Dagenstal – Obere Zieblen – Horbis (End of the world)

After soaring over the trees with the Fürenalp cable car from 1080 up to 1840 above sea level, we will hike up and down the alpine federal hunting reserve as well as the higher part of the protective forest until we reach Alp Obere Ziebeln. Here we will enjoy a simple mean prepared by the Scheubers, a family of mountain farmers, who will then tell us about living and farming in an alpine environment during a round of coffee and cake. With our bellies filled and our knowledge enriched, we will continue on the hiking trail along steep avalanche slopes to the “End of the World” Horbis, where a bus will be waiting for us to bring us back down to Klosterdorf.

During the walk, a guide will tell us about history, geology, the maintenance of protective forests, and about life and work in the mountains.

Level: medium hiking trail; total hiking time: 3.5
Total excursion time: 6 hours

Subjects: Mountains, Alpine farming, Forestry, History, Fauna and Flora
Transportation:
Engelberg Hotel Bellevue to Cablecar station Fürenalpbahn by bus
Scenic cable car ride to Fürenalp
Coffee at the mountain restaurant Fürenalp
Walk from Fürenalp (1850 m.a.s.l.) – Dagenstal (1580 m.a.s.l.) – Obere Zieblen (1630 m.a.s.l.– Hinter Horbis (1130 m.a.s.l.). Transfer from Horbis back to Engelberg by bus.
Lunch at Alp Zieblen (with presentation about alpine farming)
Start: 09:00
Return: 15:00

Maximum number of participants: 25
Regular participant price: CHF 80.00, includes cable car ride, guided walk and lunch
Student and participants from low-income economies and lower-middle-income economies (please check link) price: CHF 50.00


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Hike to Rugghubelhütte

We will first ride the cable car from Engelberg to Ristis and the chair lift from Ristis to the Brunnihütte at 1860 m.a.s.l. From Brunni we will hike through the federal hunting reserve which offers magnificent views of mountains, the Alps, forests and, further down below, the Engelberg valley. Along the way, we will also be able to observe some massive avalanche protection structures.

After approximately 2-and-a-half hours we will quench our thirst and sate our hunger at the Swiss alpine club hut Rugghubel (2290 m.a.s.l.). We will then return along the same trail to Ristis, and ride back down to where we started from.

During the walk, a guide will tell us about history, geology, defence against natural dangers, and about life and work in the mountains.

Level: more demanding hiking trail
To get to Rugghubelhütte: 2.5 hours, way back 1.5 hours = total amount hiking time 4 hours
Total excursion time: 7 hours


Subjects: history, geology, alpine farming, fauna and flora of the hunting reserve.
Transportation:
Scenic cable car drive to Ristis, from here chair lift to the mountain restaurant Brunnihütte.
Guided walk from Brunnihütte (1860 m.a.s.l.) – Holzghirmi – Planggenstafel (1960 m.a.s.l.) – SAC-Hut Rugghubel (2290 m.a.s.l.) Back from Rugghubelhütte via– Planggenstafel – Rigidalstafel – to Ristis.
Lunch at mountain restaurant Rugghubelhütte with high alpine scenery
Start: 09:00
Return: 16:00

Maximum number of participants: 25
Regular participant price: CHF 80.00, includes cable car and chair lift rides, guided walk and lunch
Student and participants from low-income economies and lower-middle-income economies (please check link) price: CHF 50.00


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Hike Brunnipfad

We will reach our starting point at 1590 m.a.s.l in Ristis from Engelberg via cable car. From there we will take the old “Brunnipfad” scenic road, which will lead us through some gorgeous, floristically rich and varied alpine meadows along a 300 meter altitude increase up to Holzghirmi, and then the Swiss alpine club hut Brunni, where we will enjoy a simple meal. The motto of the scenic trail is “A Trail through the Mountain Habitat”, and we will learn about the interactions between man and nature. From the Brunni hut we will proceed up to Rosenbold, then the alp Stoffelberg with its cheese dairy, where we will visit the cheese dairy and receive some explanations and then back down to Ristis to quench our thirst before riding the cable car back to Klosterdorf.

Level: easy walk, walking time: 2.5 hours
Total excursion time: approx. 5 hours


Subjects: geology, history of the valley, alpine farming, forestry, tourism, fauna and flora.
Scenic cable car drive to Ristis (Engelberg 1050 m.a.s.l. to Ristis 1601 m.a.s.l.)
Hike from Ristis – Alp Rigidalstafel – Holzghirmi (1830 m.a.s.l.) – Brunni hut (1860 m.a.s.l.) – Rosenbold (1850 m.a.s.l.) – dairy visit at Alp Stoffelberg - Ristis. Ride with Cable Car Ristis-Engelberg
Lunch at mountain restaurant Brunnihütte
Start: 10:00
Return: 15:00

Maximum number of participants: 25
Regular participant price: CHF 80.00, includes bus transfer, guided tour, access to cave, and lunch
Student and participants from low-income economies and lower-middle-income economies (please check link) price: CHF 50.00


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Engelberg’s Benedictine Monastery

Engelberg’s Benedictine Monastery has influenced the history of this mountain town since its establishment in 1120. The Engelberg valley was once ecclesiastically governed and the Benedictine abbey was the seat of power. Now the resident monks teach instead of ruling, but their 12th-century home has kept its grandeur. Rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1729, it contains rooms decorated with incredibly detailed wood inlays. The centerpiece of this monastery is its baroque church, which underwent renovation from 2005-2009. The altar piece by Spiegler and the largest pipe organ in Switzerland are two of the church's most noteworthy attractions.

Start guided tour: 18:00
Organ concert: 19:00
Mixer: 19:45
The mixer includes one glass of white wine, orange juice and mineral water and some local Swiss snacks (with and without meat)

Maximum number of participants: 50
Regular participant price: CHF 40.00
Student and participants from low-income economies and lower-middle-income economies (please check link) price: CHF 20.00


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