With its nostalgic timber houses, the many dispersed holiday chalets and hotels dating from the belle époque period, this Bernese Oberland holiday resort has retained all the character of a picture-postcard mountain village. Opening widely to the south west, the terrace guarantees above-average hours of sunshine. Since 1893, car-free Wengen has been able to be reached from Lauterbrunnen via the Wengernalp railway; cars remain parked in Lauterbrunnen.
The key excursion destinations within the Jungfrau region can all be reached easily from Wengen. Climbers on the Eiger north face – one of the world’s most spectacular and difficult climbing faces – can be observed by telescope from the Kleine Scheidegg. Provided you change trains on the Kleine Scheidegg, the Jungfraujoch can even be reached by railway. And you can reach the Schilthorn summit from the valley floor resort of Lauterbrunnen via Mürren or Stechelberg.
Over 500 km of marked walking trails and 15 mountain cableways in the nearby surroundings lead to the most beautiful vantage points of the Jungfrau region; take for example the classic panorama route between Wengen and the Kleine Scheidegg, which offers up a particularly impressive view of the rock massif of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Those who like things a bit more spirited might like to try their skill at paragliding, river rafting or canyoning. But for eye-popping amazement, you should walk the Eiger Trail at the foot of the Eiger north face, a medium-difficulty mountain walking tour.
In winter, Wengen is the ideal starting point for the family-friendly ski region of Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen with 110 km of predominantly easy to medium-difficulty pistes, and the renowned World Cup piste on the Lauberhorn as its crowning glory. The neighbouring ski areas of the Jungfrau region, Grindelwald-First and Mürren-Schilthorn are also readily accessible. The clean air, the long hours of sunshine – especially in winter – the toboggan runs and around 50 km of winter hiking trails also serve to attract non-skiers to the sunny resort.
- Kleine Scheidegg – the Alpine railway station lies at an altitude of 2061 m, immediately at the foot of the world-renowned Eiger north face. It is the starting station for the Jungfraubahn.
- Jungfraujoch – snow and ice are guaranteed on the «Top of Europe» at 3454 m, the ultimate excursion destination in the Bernese Oberland.
- Jungfraubahn – even the railway journey up onto the Jungfraujoch (summit) is spectacular. The two en-route stations of ‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’ within the 7-km-long rock tunnel have viewing windows for an incomparable panorama and views of the glacier world.
- Männlichen – a cableway leads to the Wengen regional mountain (2229 m) with its easy walking trails and family-friendly pistes, plus wonderful views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits. The cable car connects Männlichen with Grindelwald.
- Trümmelbach Falls near Lauterbrunnen – one of Europe’s wildest glacier gorges with the waterfalls of the Trümmelbach hidden within rock.
- This classic of all panoramic walks takes you from the Männlichen to the Kleine Scheidegg (1 hour 20 mins.). This delightful, short and simple hike offers unique views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
- Lauberhorn ski races – the men’s downhill route ranks among the great classics of Alpine ski sports with a gradient of up to 90% (January).
- Jungfrau Marathon – probably Europe’s most spectacular marathon leads from Interlaken to the Eiger north face via Wengen, with an ascent of practically 2000 metres (September).
- Mendelssohn Music Week – concerts with top-flight musicians are held in Wengen in honour of the renowned composer and painter Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (August).
SBB RailAway leisure shop
Combined offer: journey using public transport and leisure offer (also for existing tickets) to Wengen
Wengen in the summer was a great family experience. If you are planning to go in the summer with young kids, take a look at the tips on my blog. http://voyagista.com/2014/01/23/switzerland-wengen-kids/
Wengen is jaw-droppingly beautiful. And you have to walk for 5 minutes from the village centre to get away from what small crowds there might be (I'm a summer visitor).....Most of the rest of my year is spent plotting how I'm going to get back there for 2 precious weeks.
Emily, I couldn't agree with you more. My wife and I went there some years ago and just loved the place. I want to go back but as my children and only 9 1/2 and not into things like walking etc it will have to wait. Still, at least like you I have those memories and countless photos of the holiday.
My parents took me to Wengen when I was 15. I absolutely loved everything that we did there plus all the day trips that we took. The Trummelbach Falls were spectacular! To this day I vividly remember the wonderful times that we had there. If anyone wonders if it is worth the trip, o it is.