12 great reasons to visit Trubsee lake in Switzerland in summer

12 Great Reasons to Visit Trübsee in Summer

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If you follow our blog for a while, you probably know that we love nature destinations, and especially mountains. And while we hardly ever travel to the same place twice, there is one (just one) destination that we visited multiple times over the last few years. In fact, we go back at least once a year. It’s Trübsee in Engelberg in Switzerland.

We first discovered Trübsee during ski holidays in winter. We loved the location of Alpine Lodge Trübsee and its proximity to Mount Titlis so much that we went back there several times – in summer, and in winter.

In my previous posts I talked about our winter experiences and skiing in Engelberg, today I want to share 12 great reasons to visit Trübsee in summer. Take a look!

Disclosure: This post is published in cooperation with Alpine Lodge Trübsee, but as always all opinions are our own. It’s easy to recommend a place we love so much! 

1. Trübsee is one of the loveliest mountain lakes in Europe

Trübsee lake is one of the loveliest mountain lakes. You don’t have to take my word for it, take a look at what the Michelin Green Guide has to say.

There is just something about its location and its peaceful setting that will make you linger on the shores of the lake quite a bit longer than expected.

12 great reasons to visit Trubsee lake in Engelberg Switzerland in summer
Trübsee lake is most beautiful early in the morning

2. Alpine Lodge Trübsee (Berghotel Trübsee) has the best location in Engelberg

There are few things in life better than waking up with a splendid view of the mountains every morning.

The best part of every day of each stay at Alpine Lodge Trübsee is when I open the curtains in the morning. That view! It gives me a true vacation feeling and puts a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

And while you don’t have to stay at the Alpine Lodge in order to see the lake or to take part in any of the activities I describe below, to me the location of this hotel is what makes the whole experience so much more special.

I can’t imagine a better-located hotel to explore the Trübsee/Titlis area, in summer or in winter.

Alpine Lodge Trubsee is the best base to explore Trubsee and Titlis areas in Engelberg Switzerland
The view from the terrace of Alpine Lodge Trübsee

3. Enjoy the beautiful Trübsee Lake on a rowing boat

I asked my kids what they liked most about staying at Trübsee in summer, and they all unanimously said the rowing boats.

There are several rowing boats available for hire at the lake, and it’s something we do every evening. While during the day there are always many tourists in the area, late in the afternoon they are all gone and you can have the boats and the lake pretty much all to yourselves.

When the gondola stops running for the day, the only people on the mountain are the guests of the hotel. It’s such an incredible feeling and just another reason why we love staying at Alpine Lodge Trübsee so much.

Rowboats at Trubsee are fun for all ages
We went to row boats on Trübsee lake every evening in summer

4. Beautiful family-friendly hikes in the area

The Trübsee lake loop is a very scenic easy walk for the whole family. There is a playground, various barbecue areas, and it can even be done with a stroller (note that some parts require good tires).

In addition, one of the most beautiful hiking trails of Engelberg area – The Four Lakes Trail – starts at Trübsee as well. It’s a long hike so plan an extra day for it, but it’s really really worth it! Check this post for more inspiration and practical details: Four Lakes Hike in Engelberg Switzerland.

The guests of Alpine Lodge Trübsee can opt for the summer hiking package that (among other things) includes unlimited use the following cable cars and hiking trails: Fürenalp, Engelberg-Brunni and Engelberg-Trübsee-Jochpass-Engstlen.

12 reasons to visit Trubsee in Switzerland in summer
There are several beautiful hikes starting right at the Alpine Lodge Trübsee

5. Easy access to Mount Titlis

Mount Titlis is probably one of the most popular mountain destinations in Switzerland. And rightly so. The area is simply spectacular, the views – phenomenal, and there is so much to do on top of Mount Titlis.

You can visit the glacier cave, walk on Europe’s highest suspension bridge, or go snow tubing (even in summer)! All these activities, except for the Ice Flyer chairlift, are included in the Mount Titlis ticket.

Trübsee is located half-way on the mountain, between Engelberg and Mount Titlis. This means that people staying here have some advantage to visit Mount Titlis during the less busy times, before or after the big groups of day tourists.

On top of that, guests of Alpine Lodge Trübsee get a discount of 10% (or even 50%, in combination with hiking package) for the ticket to the top of Mount Titlis.

Cliff Walk on Europe's highest suspension bridge at Mount Titlis in Summer
Suspension Bridge at Mt Titlis ©Titlis.ch
Summer snow tubing at Titlis in Switzerland
Snow tubing at Mount Titlis in summer ©Titlis.ch

6. Titlis Adventure Park

The Titlis Adventure Park is not to be missed if visiting Trübsee in summer! Take a leap of faith and jump 3, 4, or 6 meters from the BagJump Tower onto the airbag.

Kids from 8 years are allowed on the 3-meter platform, older kids can go even higher. The best part? This activity is also free, so you can practice your skills as much as you want to. Note that Titlis Adventure Park is expanding, and it’s possible that some activities will have a fee in the future.

One of the latest additions is the Trübsee Flyer Zipline that starts behind the Alpine Lodge. At the moment of writing, a ride here costs 12 CHF.

Titlis Adventure Park - Bag Jump Tower
Bag Jump Tower at Titlis Adventure Park ©Titlis.ch

7. Many family-friendly activities at Trübsee Alpine Lodge

Families with young children will find plenty of ways to keep the kids busy at Trübsee Alpine Lodge in summer.

There is a trampoline and summer curling on the terrace. In addition, there will soon be a new bouncy castle as well.

Hotel guests can also use a small playroom or request children’s movies at the cinema. We spent many relaxing evenings at the restaurant of the hotel while the kids were watching movies or playing in the playroom.

Titlis playground at Alpine Lodge Trubsee in summer - Engelberg, Switzerland
Titlis playground at Alpine Lodge Trübsee in summer
Trampolin and bouncy castle at Alpine Lodge Trubsee in Switzerland
Trübsee is a truly family-friendly destination ©Titlis.ch

8. Mountain biking and scooter bikes

There are several mountain biking possibilities at Trübsee. There is also a new ‘flow’ trail for bikes with natural obstacles like waves, banked curve etc. coming soon. For families, there is a 3,5km scooter bike trail as well.

Mountainbiking at Engstelnalp - Jochpass near Trubsee in Switzerland
Mountain biking ©Titlis.ch

9. Bungee jumping

For the more adventurous, there is a 140-meter bungee jump out of the cable car Angel Eyes. This activity is only available every two weeks on Thursdays.

Update: It looks like at the moment of the latest update, this activity is not available. So if this is something you really want to do, you may have to check for the latest situation.

Bungee Jumping at Titlis
Bungee Jumping ©Titlis.ch

10. Candlelight dinner at 3,020 meters

Only available on set days, candlelight dinner on top of Mount Titlis is an unforgettable experience. Check the official Mount Titlis website for the dates and plan and book in advance!

11. Trübsee Active Day

On certain days in summer, Trübsee Alpine Lodge offers its guests a wide variety of other adventurous outdoor activities. They can experience the BagJump, Flying Fox, kayaking, slackline, trampoline, pump track, summer curling, and a lot more.

Please check the events calendar on the official website for the dates.

12. Even more great reasons to stay at Trübsee in summer

In addition to all of the above, I want to tell you several more reasons why we love staying at Alpine Lodge Trübsee in summer.

First, Alpine Lodge Trübsee is very affordable for Swiss standards. And you can take advantage of so many extra’s included in the price of the stay, that it’s one of the best price/quality hotels you can find in the Swiss mountains.

On top of that, the hotel has a big variety of rooms, including family rooms for up to 5 people (and if you have three kids, as we do, you know how difficult it is to find affordable rooms for 5).

Alpine Lodge Trubsee has beautiful family rooms
Alpine Lodge Trübsee has beautiful family rooms

The half-board package includes an amazing breakfast with (among many other things) really good coffee and fresh bread, 4-course dinner, and special kids menu. In addition to the self-service restaurant, the Trübsee Bar Lounge is now open in summer as well. And if all of that is not enough, the staff of the hotel is so friendly that they immediately make you feel at home.

We first came to Alpine Lodge Trübsee a couple of years ago for its location, we fell in love with the place and keep returning ever since. Summer or winter – if you are looking for an unforgettable vacation in the Swiss mountains, I cannot recommend Trübsee highly enough.

You can also check reviews, availability, and book your stay at this hotel on Booking.com.

Trubsee lake is one if the loveliest mountain lakes in Switzerland
Trubsee reflections in the morning

If you are looking for more travel inspiration for visiting Switzerland, please check our other articles as well! We visit Switzerland twice a year, every year, and absolutely love it. On the blog, we feature some of our absolute favorite destinations. Take a look below!

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  1. Hello Jurga,
    This hotel looks amazing. I am thinking about staying there soon. Is it easy to get to from a train station?

    1. Author

      Hi Ebene, Engelberg is not very big, the walk from the train station to the Titlis cable car station (from where you take a gondola to the hotel on the mountain) is less than 10 minutes. See this map. And then it’s another 10 minutes of sitting in the gondola and enjoying the views.
      The only thing to take into account is that you have to arrive during the day, so that you can make it to the hotel before the cable car stops running for the night. In summer the last cable car to Trübsee leaves at 5PM, but to be on the safe side I’d say plan to be there before 4PM.
      Once you book the hotel, they will send you all the practical information. But it’s really quite straight-forward. I suggest booking the hiking package in summer, as that includes half board and most cable cars in the area.
      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Hi Jurga, looks like a great place to visit. How much time do you recommend to spend at Trubsee?

    1. Author

      That’s a good question, Max. I guess it depends on what exactly you want to do in the area. You’ll need at least a full day for Titlis & Trübsee, another day for Four Lakes Hike, so that’s at least 2 full days (3 nights). That’s a minimum – in my opinion, unless you don’t hike at all. If you like to do more hiking near Engelberg, then you can easily stay another couple of days. Hope this helps.

  3. This looks right up my street. The scenery looks gorgeous and all the outdoor activities on offer have definitely sold it to me. Water and mountains are my favourite combination and it looks like Trübsee does it very well.

    1. Author

      As far as outdoor activities goes, I don’t think you will find a place that offers as much in a relatively small area as Trübsee-Titlis does. And the scenery is definitely worth a trip too.

  4. I’ve never heard of this lake, but it sure looks stunning. Switzerland has been a dream destination of mine for so long, yet I still haven’t made it there. I need to move it up on the priority list, especially now that I’m seeing even more beauty in this country that I have no idea existed! I love that not only is the scenery stunning, but there are a number of activities and hikes to do as well.

    1. Author

      Switzerland is one of the most versatile destinations in Europe, Kristen. Summer or winter – there is always so much to see and do. It’s a place we keep on going back again and again. We’ve been to Trübsee three times in just two years now, and already booked another stay… 😉

  5. I am planning a switzerland trip with my parents. I think I should add this one. alot f things to do there. I think my brother of 15 would enjoy it as well. Thank you for the post

    1. Author

      Hi Jessica, I think that Trübsee-Titlis has plenty of really nice things to do for all ages. It’s definitely a good place to add to your Swiss itinerary, also because it’s so easily accessible.

  6. Looks like the perfect summer trip! We are trying to figure out our European vacation now and would love to add it to our itinerary!

    1. Author

      There’s so much to see in Europe, and Switzerland is definitely not to be missed, Jade. I am sure you would love Trübsee/Titlis area. It’s also very easy to reach: just 35km-35min by car (or even by train) from Lucerne. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you need any practical information for your trip!

  7. Really great and informative overview about what one can see and do in Trübsee. I had never heard of the lake before, and now, I definitely want to go there more than I want to go to Interlaken. With all those adrenaline-filled activities to choose from, a trip to Trübsee would definitely be one to remember! (I think I would have to try snow tubing in the summer)

    1. Author

      Snow tubing is great! We ski at Trübsee in winter and kids go snow tubing every single day. I sometimes think they like it just as much as skiing. 🙂 That being said, Trübsee is definitely worth a visit in summer too, and if you like adventurous activities, you will have plenty of choice! Make sure to also do some hiking – the area is stunning!

  8. I fell in love with this place through your photos and article!Looks like there’s a lot to do for outdoorsy people like me and my boyfriend. We love hiking, kayaking, swimming in lakes, cycling etc. I only visited Switzerland in the winter for a skiing holiday but intend to return in the summer. Trübsee reminds me of my favourite region Salzkammergut in Austria which I visited 3 times already. I think I just found my destination for next summer! 🙂
    That candlelight dinner would be so romantic with my boyfriend! 🙂

    1. Author

      Great to hear this, Eniko! If you go, definitely let me know how it was!
      There are so many really nice places in Switzerland that somehow manage to remain under the radar of most tourists, and Trübsee is one of them. So many people come to Engelberg to visit Titlis, without realising that there is so much to the area and that is worth exploring more.

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