Wengen is a car-free alpine village in the Jungfrau region, surrounded by hiking trails in summer and ski slopes in winter. It's a perfect base for excursions to Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen.
WHAT TO DO
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It's easy to relax in Wengen
Wengen is one of the picturesque villages you may have in mind when you try to picture what the Swiss Alps look like: no cars, mountains all around, green meadows and forests surrounding the village. It's a perfect place to hike. In winter, there are many options for skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing. Mürren, on the other side of the valley, offers a similar, but not identical experience.
Like many popular villages, Wengen is pretty touristy, but we feel it's in a good way: all facilities like hotels, the basic shops and transportation systems are there, so it's easy to experience the Jungfrau region without hassle. At the same time, there's no traffic, large shopping centers or fast food places.
Wengen in winter
Wengen is an excellent winter village. It’s not as high as Mürren on the other side of the valley, but you’ll still have good chances of snow in town. Snowfall is most likely in January, February and early March.
Snow activities are widely available: there are groomed hiking trails, snowshoe tours, an ice rink for curling and skating and sledge runs. An interesting sledge run is the ‘Fox trail’: it’s next to the famous Lauberhorn ski run.
For more options, you can also visit the ski areas near Mürren and Grindelwald.
November and early December aren’t the best time to visit Wengen: snowfall isn’t likely and it’s low season. Not all mountain transportation is operational.
Location and scenery
Wengen is sitting on a plateau in the Jungfrau region. The village offers panoramic views of the Lauterbrunnen valley, and mountains like the Jungfrau, Breithorn and Schilthorn.
Pros and cons of Wengen
Wengen is car-free, which is perfect for hikers, families and anyone seeking peace and quiet in the Alps. The village is popular so not necessarily the cheapest place to stay. While it's a perfect base to explore the Jungfrau region, it takes quite some time to travel to other areas from here as you first have to take the train down to the valley.
Wengen is small. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants, but don't expect museums or many nightlife options.
Wengen is located high enough to get plenty of snow in winter, so it's once of the best places to enjoy winter sports and other snow activities like toboggan runs and winter hiking trails.
Are you interested in alternative towns in the Jungfrau region? You'll find them here.
Bad weather activities
Staying in Wengen means you are dependent on the weather as nearly all activities are in the outdoors. Some ideas for rainy days:
- Visit Interlaken for some shopping;
- The national capital Bern;
- The town of Thun;
- The Trümmelbach Falls down in the Lauterbrunnen valley (they're in caves).