The Benedictine monastery in Engelberg lies in a valley at the foot of the Titlis. Founded in 1120 by Count Konrad von Sellenbüren of Zurich, it was home to monks from Muri under the leadership of Abbot Adelhelm. Monastic life there was revitalised midway through the 12th century by monks from St. Blasien, a reformed monastery in the Black Forest. Abbot Frowin (1147-78) founded a scriptural school that blossomed under his tutelage and that of his successors Berchtold (1178-97) and Heinrich (1197-1223). No later than the time of Frowin, the monastery acquired a sister convent. The nuns left Engelberg for the convent of St. Andreas, Sarnen, in 1615. In 1604 Engelberg Monastery was absorbed into the Swiss Benedictine Congregation.
Since its founding, the monastery has played a central role in the life of the valley. It had supreme and absolute authority over a large territory in matters both temporal and spiritual until the time of the French Revolution. These rights were taken away in 1798, the year the people of the valley gained political independence. As the years went by the monastery was beset by inner conflicts, exterior threats, conflagrations and outbreaks of plague, despite which monastic life there managed to continue without a break through the centuries.
At the very centre of the village of Engelberg lies the Wappenhaus, a farmhouse erected in 1786/87 and now home to Engelberg Museum. The body responsible for the museum is the Stiftung Josef Amstutz-Langenstein, a foundation under the patronage of the municipality of Engelberg.
Inside the Wappenhaus are rooms of historical interest showing what life was like for the inhabitants of the valley towards the end of the 18th century. Little home shrines and devotional images show the extent to which Catholicism permeated the local culture. The simple kitchen utensils, foliage-filled bedding and hobnailed clogs, meanwhile, attest to the hardworking and humble lives that people led in those days.
Alongside its historical living quarters, Engelberg Museum also has a modern annexe in which it puts on temporary exhibitions. Its two or three exhibitions a year display works of a contemporary artistic nature and examine themes of historical, folkloristic and current interest – some incorporating photographs.
Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday 14h00 to 18h00.
The view below is definitely breathtaking! As Europe's highest suspension bridge, the TITLIS Cliff Walk even sets a record.</pre>
3041 meters altitude. 500 meters abyss. 150 steps heart palpitations. This is what awaits you on TITLIS Cliff Walk, the spectacular suspension bridge high up on the summit.
Arriving at the summit, you can reach the viewing platform on the south wall window through the glacier grotto via an underground tunnel. The suspension bridge spans from there to the mountain station of the Ice Flyer glacier chairlift. The TITLIS Cliff Walk is only one meter wide and over 100 meters long. The view below is definitely breathtaking!
As Europe`s highest suspension bridge, the TITLIS Cliff Walk even sets a record.
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