(1034m - 2970m)
Set in the Junfrau region of Switzerland, Wengen is situated in an absolutely wonderful area of outstanding natural beauty; the scenery will take your breath away. The skiing here is also good with many intermediate slopes, direct access to Grindlewald and the runs of Murren only about 1 hour away. All these areas total up to an impressive 213kms of pistes. However as with other Swiss resorts Wengen does have its drawbacks, namely low altitude, and a slow mountain railway.
- Village charm
Resort at a glance
|Ski Lifts||40 (area)|
|Ski Range||1034m – 2970m|
|Blue Runs||23 (area)|
|Red Runs||34 (area)|
|Black Runs||19 (area)|
From the village of Wengen two areas Kleine Scheidegg and Mannlichen can be accessed directly. From Wengen the slopes of the Kleine Scheidegg are reached via mountain train, which like many mountain trains can be slow, also expect some queues. There is a variety of terrain here that will suit all intermediate skiers. Although not known for its expert terrain there are a few black runs that start from the top of the Kleine Scheidegg region.
There is also the famous Lauberhorn World Cup run here that goes all the way back down the village of Wengen. Those seeking an alternative way back down can take a lovely long blue, however it can be busy and snow cover can be poor in places. From Kleine Scheidegg the village of Grindelwald can be reached via a long blue that runs all the way down.
The slopes of Mannlichen are reached either by cable car from the village (a faster alternative to the train) or by working your way over from Kleine Scheidegg on predominantly red runs. From here you can also ski down to Grindelwald, with the runs being more challenging than those from Kleine Scheidegg. From Mannlichen there is no skiable route back down to Wengen and you have to take the cable car back down.
First time skiers can make use of the nursey slope in the village, and from there would be better off progressing on to the slopes of Kleine Scheidegg.
If the snow is good and plentiful, all intermediate skiers must ensure that Wengen is a resort they visit at least once in their lifetime.
Wengen has a variety of apres ski options to entertain you but nightlife here is far quieter compared to other resorts.
The Pickle Bar is nice and lively, as is the traditional Tanne - do try its cocktails and gluwein, Sina’s Bar is also very good with live music, karaoke and big TV screens too, Rocks Bar also has TV screens showing sport.
Try out the snowbar at the Hotel Brunner or if you are still on the mountain the Tipirama wigwam at Kleine Scheidegg needs to be visited, as does the Lauberhorn Startbar near the World Cup downhill course. For a boogie, try the Blue Monkey nighclub.
Most restaurants in Wengen are within the hotels but there are also some external ones too in the town serving a wide range of cuisine to suit all tastes and budgets.
Some of the hotels do exceptional cuisine such as the Schonegg restaurant in the Romantik Hotel Schonegg, the Caprice Hotel and Chez Meyer in the Hotel Regina, there is also Jack’s Brasserie in the same hotel for a completely different option.
The Silberhorn, Hotel Brunner and The Bernerhof are also worth visiting. Pizzeria Da Sina does delicious steaks and Italian food, other Italian options are Pasta & More within the Victorial Lauberhorn hotel and Pizzeria Pajazzo.
Fast food options can be found at the Crystal Bar and Santos, with cakes tempting you in at Cafe Gruebi.
There is plenty to occupy you in Wengen if you are a non skiier or want a day off from the slopes. Everything from ice climbing and ice skating, curling, snowtubing, snowshoeing, tobogganing to paragliding and scenic flights.
More indoor options include bowling or the sports centre with its pool. If you are looking to be pampered then try one of the spas in the local hotels such as the Beausite Park Hotel, Victoria Lauberhorn or Wegener Hof to name just a few.
For a day out of the resort then you can take the train to Interlaken, Bern or Murren. There is also the UNESCO heritage site of the Jungfraujoch 'Top of Europe' and Aletsch glacier - the largest glacier in Europe.
Wengen has a few ski schools offering tuition in skiing, snowboarding, off piste and telemark to all ages and abilities.
The Swiss Ski and Snowboard School has group lessons starting from CHF 55 for 3 hours over 1 day and CHF 275 for 6 days with 3 hours tuition per day, private lessons start form CHF 169 for 2 hours.
The Altitude Ski and Snowboard School is a British run school, group lessons start from CHF 270 for 5 half days, private lessons start from CHF 175 for 2 hours tuition, they also do performance clinics and off piste lessons too.
Then there is the Private Ski and Snowboard School, which believe it or not, specialises in private lessons, they also do telemark, off piste and carving private tuition too and prices start from CHF 75 per hour.
Where to stay in Wengen, Switzerland
This lovely traditional family run hotel is well known for its friendly atmosphere and its cuisine, situated in a quiet position and only an 8 minute walk to the resort centre, it also has a free shuttle bus.
A wonderful grand building in a quiet location just 5 minutes walk to the lifts, this traditional charming hotel also has a sun terrace with some amazing views over the Lauterbrunnen valley.
Sunstar Alpine Hotel
Located on the main traffic free street in the centre of Wengen and close to the lifts, this fantastic hotel serves delicious cuisine, has grill cabin an also an indoor pool, sauna and steam room.
This cosy traditional hotel is set in a quiet location and just 5 minutes walk from the resort centre and lifts, it has a comfortable lounge and bar, there is also a sauna and use of the spa at their sister hotel.
An utterly charming historic hotel that has been run by the same family since 1895, it has doorstep skiing and is only 4 minutes walk to the resort centre, the bedrooms have been renovated but keep traditional features.