May 3, 2010 - 3:47 PM
I know it's hard to choose! Here is some more info and opinion on Wengen:
There are at least a half a dozen hikes you can do with Wengen as your "trail head" (i.e., no train travel required to get to starting point), including two of the most spectacular, must-do hikes in the entire Bernese Oberland: Wengen to Mannlichen and Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg. There is also a nice path down to Lauterbrunnen (or a 15 minute beautiful train ride) where you can pick up the trail for a walk up the Lauterbrunnen Valley, to include seeing the impressive Trummelbach Falls. Also, if a visit to the Jungfraujoch is on your agenda, Wengen is a very convenient base as the trains to Jungfraujoch run right through the village.
There are some other must-do's (IMO) in the region: a cruise on Lake Brienz, a visit to Ballenberg Open Air Museum, the stunning Schynige Platte to First hike. All of these will require some train travel from Wengen, but that's part of the fun. The trains all work perfectly, are well coordinated, clean and safe -- a joy to ride. Please note that ANYWHERE you stay will require some form of public transport (train, gondola, bus) to cover the region's highlights.