Wengen

Wengen in the Bernese Oberland lies on a beautiful high plateau at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The Lauberhorn village lies at an altitude of 1,274 metres and is completely car-free.

The village is famous for the Lauberhorn race, where the best skiers reach speeds of over 160 kilometres per hour. Around 400 metres above the idyllic Lauterbrunnen Valley, the family-friendly Alpine village invites you to enjoy beautiful walks in summer. In winter, skiing fun for young and old is guaranteed.

The vacation village above the Lauterbrunnen Valley is suitable all year round as an ideal destination for the whole family. In winter it invites not only skiers but also winter hikers. In summer, 500 kilometers of hiking trails and 15 mountain railroads await you to discover the mountain world.

Already the journey is an experience. From Lauterbrunnen the Wengernalp Railway goes up to Wengen. The cog railroad was opened in 1893 and continues via Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald. The family-friendly vacation village has a good 1’400 inhabitants. There are 4’700 beds in 22 hotels.

In addition there are 500 vacation apartments. The terraces of the gastronomic establishments invite you to take a sunbath. The high plateau at the foot of the Jungfrau is one of the sunniest places in Switzerland, especially in winter.

Wengen Lauterbrunnental
Wengen Lauterbrunnen Valley

 

Summer activities

In summer, the friendly vacation village is ideal for hiking. Wonderful panoramic paths with magnificent views are waiting for you. If you want to go to your limits, the Eiger Trail, a medium-difficulty mountain hiking trail, might be the right challenge.

River rafting and canyoning invite you to adventures of a special kind. A paragliding flight over the high plateau and the Lauterbrunnen Valley provides relaxation. Cyclists will find a fantastic backdrop in addition to the sporting challenges.

Kleine Scheidegg mit Aussicht auf Grindelwald
Kleine Scheidegg with view of Grindelwald

At the Männlichen awaits speedy rides in the Summer Gemmel or the instructive Royal Walk. The cable car Wengen Männlichen takes you comfortably up the mountain, from where you have a fantastic view of the four-thousanders.

After an active day at the foot of the four-thousand-metre peaks, various wellness centers provide for pleasant relaxation. Your hunger will be satisfied in one of the many inns, restaurants and mountain lodges.

If you travel to the Alpendorf in summer, you don’t even have to miss the legendary Lauberhorn race completely. A miniature golf course, the Lauberhorn Crazy Golf, offers interesting things to do around the World Cup ski spectacle on 18 holes. The nightlife of Wengen is colorful and diverse. In the middle of the village you will find the Rocks Bar, a pub with lots of live music and good Guinness.

Just a few steps away, in the Hasenstall, the party people celebrate to great music until the next morning. Hot bar girls, cool drinks and lots of flirty people make the Hasenstall Wengen’s most popular music club.

Pub in Wengen
Pub in Wengen

Hiking trails from Männlichen

Fantastic views are offered by the panorama path leading to Kleine Scheidegg. Especially hikers who like the backdrop of impressive peaks will love this trail. It leads past steeply rising rocks, along the Tschuggen to Honegg and Rotstöcki.

The path drops slightly and is therefore well suited for pleasure hikers. For the 4.5 kilometers you need about 1.5 hours. From Kleine Scheidegg the cogwheel railroad runs back to Wengen.

Kleine Scheidegg mit Mönch und Jungfrau
Kleine Scheidegg with monk and virgin

The Romantic Trail leads over 7.2 kilometers to Alpiglen. You hike through the almost untouched alpine landscape. Alpine flowers such as anemones, gentian or alpine roses also grow in the meadows and pastures.

The path leads you through the Devil’s Gorge past the Swiss stone pine garden to Alpiglen. And if the way down is too easy for you, you simply walk it the other way round and have to overcome 600 meters of altitude. You do not always have to take the cable car. A beautiful hiking trail leads down to the village, which hosts the Lauberhorn race in January, from Männlichen. The five kilometers are especially challenging when you walk up the path.

You will cover almost 950 meters in altitude. But the chamois trail is also worthwhile downhill. The path has its name not for nothing: On the slope there are packs of chamois, which you can observe with binoculars if you are lucky. From the Männlichen mountain restaurant the path leads first to Parwengi.

If you like it more comfortable, you can take the more gentle route from here via Steinenwald and Chilchenstein. The route is a little rougher via Äussere Allmend to Wengen on the sunny high plateau above the Lauterbrunnen valley.

Romantikweg Männlichen Wengen Lauterbrunnental
Romantic Path

 

Winter activities

As a ski resort, Wengen is mainly known for the Lauberhorn race. The family-friendly ski area Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen offers 110 kilometers of mostly easy to medium-difficult slopes.

Lauberhornrennen Skirennen Wengen
Lauberhorn Race Wengen

The highlight is, of course, to experience the Lauberhorn Race World Cup track. The good infrastructure of the region provides a lot of variety in the snow. The ski areas of the Jungfrau region, of Grindelwald-First and in Mürren-Schilthorn can be easily reached. And you can enjoy the clean winter air.

Experienced mountain guides show you the most beautiful views during a ski tour on untouched powder snow slopes. Of course, there are also well-traced cross-country trails in the region, some of which are floodlit. Ski and snowboard schools show you how to stand safely on the boards or show you new techniques.

Wengen also stands for winter recreation without skis. The toboggan runs are fun for the whole family, and winter hikers will find a network of trails that is about 50 kilometers long.

Skifahren Wengen
Skiing Wengen

One of the oldest ways of getting around is snowshoeing, a special experience that you can enjoy during a guided hike. Friends of the ice can skate or play curling.

Schneeschuhwandern Wengen
Snowshoeing Wengen

Of course, a vacation in Wengen includes evening entertainment at après-ski, in discos, bars or pubs. The landscape around the Great Aletsch Glacier, which you can easily reach from Wengen, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Männlichen can be reached by the Wengen Männlichen cable car. In addition to the fantastic view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the summit offers many leisure activities.

In summer it invites you to go hiking. High altitude hikes to Alpiglen or Kleine Scheidegg are very popular. Families will enjoy the Royal Walk and the Liselotte theme trail.

An alpine dairyman’s playground and a hiking trail with 13 play stations await little explorers. In winter, the best winter sports opportunities await skiers and snowboarders.

Maennlichen Royal Walk
Male Royal Walk

The Jungfraujoch belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Region Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschorn. The highest railroad station in Europe is located at 3,454 meters above sea level.

The eternal snow on the plateau offers opportunities for winter hikes even in the height of summer. With the Sphinx viewing building , the Jungfraujoch at 3,571 meters offers a fantastic view. One of the attractions is the Ice Palace, a 1’000 square meter ice labyrinth.

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe

Winter sports enthusiasts can shorten their wait for the next season in the ski and snowboard park. On the Glacier Trek you can go on glacier hikes on your own or you can take part in one of the offered guided glacier tours or high mountain ski tours.

Kleine Scheidegg is located at 2,070 meters above sea level and can be easily reached from Wengen by the Wengernalp Railway. From here there are beautiful hiking trails to the Jungfraujoch. In summer the pass is a paradise with many hiking trails.

In winter the ski lifts bring winter sports enthusiasts to the slopes. Besides the Wengernalpbahn the Jungfraubahn also stops here. In September the Kleine Scheidegg is the destination for the Jungfrau Marathon.

Kleine Scheidegg Lauterbrunnental
Kleine Scheidegg Lauterbrunnental

A worthwhile excursion is the Lauterbrunnen Valley, which will delight you with 72 waterfalls. Among them are the Trümmelbach Falls, 10 glacier waterfalls inside a mountain.

Access is via a tunnel lift. The waterfalls are illuminated. That they are accessible despite their location inside a mountain is unique in Europe.

Lauterbrunnental Grindelwald Wengen
Lauterbrunnen Valley