A difficult via ferrata demanding a high level of fitness, suitable for advanced climbers. Climbers are secured by a steel cable throughout the course, and proper knowledge and use of the safety and climbing equipment is required.

The Zittergrat via ferrata takes climbers on a steep but relatively short route. It begins immediately with a vertical ascent, which is followed by an aerial passage over a roof. The via ferrata is particularly challenging for the upper arms. Just below the summit, the last steep stretch of the via ferrata involves climbing a lightly overhanging precipice.


K4 (C/D)


West face of the Brunnistöckli (2,030 metres a.s.l.)

Starting point

The Brunnihütte can be reached by cableway or chairlift from Engelberg via Ristis. The start of the via ferrata is a short walk from there (in a north-easterly direction).

Duration 5min from the Brunnihütte to the starting point
30min for via ferrata ascent
20min for the descent

This via ferrata is steep and involves an aerial passage. It is ideal as an introduction to difficult climbs (strong upper arms are required).

The Zittergrat climb ends at the same point as the easy-level Brunnistöckli via ferrata.

The only way to descend from the summit is to take the mountain path (marked white and blue) down from Schonegg straight towards the Brunni mountain hut – not the via ferrata!

Contact For further information:
Brunni cableways - Tel.: +41 (0)41 639 60 60

Overnight accommodation at the SAC Brunnihütte - Tel.: +41 (0)41 637 37 32

A via ferrata set (climbing harness, safety rope, braking device and helmet) and suitable mountain boots are essential.

Equipment can be hired from the Brunni cableways directly at the Härzlisee (Kräuterhütte). Minimum weight: 40 kg per person.


Climbers use the via ferrata at their own risk. The maker of the via ferrata does not accept any liability.

  • Please note: Via ferratas can present dangers.
  • Climbers use via ferratas at their own risk.
  • Do not put your trust blindly in the cables, footholds and pegs, as these could be damaged. (Please report any safety defects you observe!)
  • Alpine equipment (via ferrata set) is absolutely essential.
  • Only use the via ferrata if you are surefooted, fit and have a head for heights. The via ferrata can be particularly dangerous when wet.
  • Be attentive to weather conditions. Do not use the via ferrata in rain, storms, snow or heavy winds, etc.
  • Move carefully on the via ferrata and avoid causing any rocks to fall.
  • When using a via ferrata climb as much as you can, using the steel cable only as a safety precaution.
  • Not recommended for children under eight years of age.
Mountain guide office

Inexperienced climbers and beginners are best advised to enlist the expert guidance of a qualified mountain guide!

Engelberg Mountain Guide Office – Tel.: +41 (0)41 638 0257, E-mail: info(at)bergfuehrer-engelberg.ch