Wengen Attractions and Activities
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Wengen is well known among winter sports enthusiasts, but also during the summer months this lovely village offers plenty of attractions and activities - it's the ideal departing place for longer and shorter hikes, and the impressive Jungfrau mountain range with the famous "Eiger" attracts visitors from all over the world. We are presenting you just a few of the many activities that are possible in Wengen and the Jungfrau Region.
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Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe (3,454 m / 11,330 ft):
Half- or Full-day excursion (approx. 1 1/2 hours by train from Wengen to the top). Snow and ice 100% guaranteed! The UNESCO World Heritage offers the Sphinx observation hall, an impressive Ice Palace and a hiking plateau in the glacier - these are year-round attractions up on the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. Summer attractions include a skilift, husky-drawn sledging and adventure activities.
Schilthorn - Piz Gloria (2,970 m / 9,742 ft):
Half- or Full-day excursion (approx. 1 1/2 hours by train and gondola from Wengen to the top). The most spectacular 360° panorama in the Alps! Dine-and-wine in the world's first revolving restaurant at an altitude of nearly 3,000 metres. Impressive views embrace some 200 snow-capped peaks, ranging from the Bernese Alps to Mont Blanc in France and Germany's Black Forest.
Kleine Scheidegg (2,061 m / 6,760 ft):
In 25 minutes, the Wengernalp Mountain Railway takes you up to the Kleine Scheidegg, the pass between the Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald Valleys, which lies directly beneath the towering trio of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau mountains. From here, the Jungfrau Cogwheel Railway begins its remarkable journey to the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe. The Kleine Scheidegg is a lively, bustling place: during the winter it's the departing point of numerous skiing runs, and during summer time, you'll meet Alpine herdsmen with their cattle, climbers preparing to attempt the Eiger North Face and visitors from all over the world. This is also the starting point for some of the loveliest hikes in the region.
Maennlichen (2,227 m / 7,305 ft):
In just five minutes the Wengen - Männlichen cable car gets you the 1,000 meters up to the top station. From here you have a fabulous view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, as well as the valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. During winter, the Maennlichen is a popular place for winter sports, and in summer, this mountain has a host of hikes to suit all tastes - whether you prefer short or long, wild, tame or tough.
Schynige Platte with Alpine Garden and "Teddyland" (1,967 m / 6,452 ft):
Half-day or Full-day excursion, open May - October (approx. 1 3/4 hours by train from Wengen to the top). Take the cozy cogwheel railway to this superb vantage point, where the views of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau are acclaimed as the finest. Other attractions include extensive hiking trails, the Lowa Hiking Shoe Test Center and, especially for our little ones, a large Teddy Bear exhibition. The Alpine Garden is a famous botanical attraction that comprises some 500 different flowering plants and ferns grouped in 15 groups of near-natural locations. From mid-June until late September, the Alpine Garden is an ever changing blaze of colour.
Interlaken - in the Heart of the Swiss Alps:
Half- or Full-day excursion (approx. 45 minutes by train from Wengen). Interlaken, the small town between the cristal-clear lakes of Thun and Brienz is surrounded by Alpine pearls such as sparkling streams, fantastic falls and extraordinary mountain scenery including the famous peaks of the Eiger, the Moench and the Jungfrau. Don't miss strolling along Interlaken's famous "Höheweg" promenade - it is one of the best locations in Switzerland for souvenir and watch shopping, and offers superbe views of the Jungfrau mountain range. Consider combining the excursion to Interlaken with visiting other sights such as the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum or the St. Beatus Caves.
Thun - Gateway to the Bernese Alps:
Half- or Full-day excursion (approx. 80 minutes by train from Wengen). Thun (pronounced "Toon") is one of the most original towns in Switzerland. It occupies an admirable site with magnificent views of the Bernese Alps and is much overlooked by visitors pressing on to Interlaken. With its picturesque castle, the quaint medieval Old Town, and Lake Thun, one of the loveliest and largest lakes in Switzerland, Thun is well worth a visit.
Bern - Switzerland's captivating Capital:
Half- or Full-day excursion (approx. 100 minutes by train from Wengen). Founded in 1191, this is a city of medieval magic, listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Attractions of Bern include several historic sites such as the famous Clock Tower, the bearpits (home to the city's heraldic animals), the House of Parliament, the Paul Klee Center, the Swiss Alpine Museum, and excellent shopping arcades.
Lucerne - City of Lights:
Full-day excursion (approx. 3 hours by train from Wengen). Lucerne is ideally situated in the historic and scenic heart of what many believe to be the "true" Switzerland - picture mountains, lakes, cowbells, alpine villages and meadows full of Edelweiss. Lucerne is renowned for its attractive townscape, historic Chapel Bridge and shopping facilities. There are various routes to get from Wengen to Lucerne: either via Bern, or the scenic Golden Pass train via Brienz along Lake Brienz and over the Brünig Pass.
Montreux - City of the Swiss Riviera:
Full-day excursion (approx. 3.5 hours by train from Wengen via Bern). This attractive excursion crosses the "border" between German and French-speaking Switzerland and takes you to the shores of Lake Geneva. Enjoy the mild climate and the beautiful terraced vineyards of Lavaux that are part of the UNESCO world heritage. While in Montreux, you want to consider visiting one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Switzerland, the Chateau de Chillon: in the 13th century this castle was built in a unique setting on the shores of Lake Geneva, and today also serves as a typical postcard souvenir from Switzerland. There are various routes to get from Wengen to Montreux, either via Bern, or the scenic Golden Pass train through the Simmental Valley via Gstaad (travel time approx. 4 hours).
Other Excursions / Sights:
Cruises on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz:
Half- or Full-day excursion or evening cruise; from April - October. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on a modern motorship or one of the renovated stately steamers. Excellent catering and banquet facilities, theme events and club, company and family festivities, paddle steamer with children's club, evening cruises with entertainment. Cruises on Lake Thun depart at Interlaken's "West" railway station, cruises on Lake Brienz from Interlaken's "Ost" station.
St. Beatus Caves:
Half- or Full-day excursion (approx. 90 minutes by train and bus from Wengen); open April - October. Switzerland's first and only underground cave museum - spectacular but safe. Explore this mysterious maze of stalactites, stalagmites, lakes and waterfalls to a depth of 3,000 meters. Located on the shores of Lake Thun; from Wengen by train to Interlaken and on by ship, car, bus - or on foot along the historic Pilgrims' Path.
open April - November; located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley between Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen. 10 glacier-waterfalls inside the mountain made accessible by tunnel-lift and illuminated. The Trummelbach river drains the mighty glacier defiles of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains - up to 20,000 liters of water per second.
Ballenberg Open-Air Museum:
Full-day excursion (approx. 2 hours by train and bus from Wengen); open Mid-April through End of October. Experience Switzerland as it used to be! In Ballenberg rural culture and the life of our ancestors becomes a fascinating experience. More than one hundred century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, 250 farmyard animals, traditional, old-time gardens and fields, demonstrations of local crafts and many special events create a vivid impression of rural life in days gone by.
Sports: >> Summer SportsWinter Sports
The Jungfrau Region has a long tradition as a mountain climbing center and the summit of the Jungfrau was reached as early as 1811. The mountain guides of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen have rightly gained a legendary reputation, as have their many spectacularly courageous rescue attempts. Mountaineers will really be on a high! Famous peaks over 4,000 meters high such as the Jungfrau or the Mönch and tempting peaks of over 3,000 meters (e.g. Eiger or Breithorn) issue their icy challenge!
Many different tours, varying in length (with overnights in mountain huts) and difficulty are offered by the Mountain Guide Associations or organized by the Tourist Office. A few of the easier guided routes do not require mountain experience and are suitable for family tours, but you must be in top condition!
Wengen is in the middle of a hiking paradise! The Jungfrau Region features more than 500 km (310 miles) of summer hiking paths. Many well-signed trails are in the Kleine Scheidegg / Maennlichen area such as the "Eiger Trail" with imposing views of the notorious Eiger North Wall. Free brochures with suggestions for walks and various detailed hiking maps are available at the Tourist Office which also offers guided hikes.
In Wengen there are three specially-marked trails that will get beginners hooked, and inspire experienced walkers. Experience the fascination of the views and follow the routes with the brown signposts: 5.4 km (3.4 miles) blue trails / 9.3 km (5.8 miles) red trails / 29.2 km (18.1 miles) black trails. Nordic Walking is the ideal training for the whole body and a way for people of all ages to discover the Jungfrau Region in a sporty and exciting manner.
There are numerous marked mountain biking paths in the Jungfrau Region such as from Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen. Additional attractive routes are found in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and around Muerren: e.g. the "007 Classic Tour": 3 hours biking through the captivating countryside around Muerren, Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen. The Mountain Bike Sunset Special sets off from Lauterbrunnen every Wednesday in summer. A Bikers' Map is available at the Tourist Office.
The Lauterbrunnen Valley and surrounding regions are popular for various adventure sports such as: rafting (the Lütschine River offers exciting Class 4 white water rafting), canyoning, bungy jumping, ice-climbing, paragliding, skydiving or base jumping.
other Summer Sports:
there's a public outdoor swimming pool (heated; open from June - September), tennis courts and mini-golf. Wellness areas are found at several hotels in Wengen.
Skiing / Snowboarding:
In Wengen you have access to three great ski areas totalling 42 mountain rides and 213 km (132 miles) of groomed runs: "Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen" (21 mountain rides - 110 km / 68 miles; half-pipe and jump-street); "Grindelwald-First" (9 mountain rides - 50 km / 31 miles; snowpark and superpipe); and "Mürren-Schilthorn" (12 mountain rides - 53 km / 33 miles; fun-snowpark).
The Alpine topography of the Jungfrau Region offers little space for Nordic cross-country skiing. The views of the mountains, though, are all the more spectacular. The 12 km (7.5 miles) Lauterbrunnen - Stechelberg trail glides along the banks of the Weisse Lütschine River into the far end of the valley, catering for both classic and skating styles. in Grindelwald the 17 km (10.5 miles) track Grindelwald - Grund offer something for all levels of ability.
There are numerous tobogganing runs in the Jungfrau Region since tobogganing has a long tradition in the area - the "Grindelwald" sledge-model has been invented in the region. Even at night, toboggan runs to the village or torch-light walks through the winter landscape after a cozy evening with a cheese fondue in the rustic atmosphere of a mountain hut, are always an unforgettable experience.
other Winter Sports:
include ski-touring, winter walking (approx. 30 km / 18.5 miles well-prepared winter footpaths in the Kleine Scheidegg / Maennlichen area), snow-shoe trekking, curling, ice-stick shooting and ice-skating at the open-air ice rink (5,000 m2 / 53,820 sq. ft) and artificial ice rink (2,700 m2 / 29,063 sq. ft).
Go Out: (Dining / Entertainment / Nightlife)
Wengen is a small village with approx. 1,300 permanent residents; nightly entertainment is laid-back and consisting of musical concerts, folklore evenings, fine dining at the resort restaurants, or socialising at the small selection of bars and discos in the resort. However, during the vacation seasons - winter and summer - you will find plenty of entertainment options during the day and night.
Despite its proximity to the wide, open spaces of the big-sky Alps, don't be disappointed by the distinctly non-alpine-looking shops in Wengen. You will find sports stores, boutiques for souvenirs and local grocery stores - all you need up there... For fancy shopping consider an excursion to Interlaken, Grindelwald, Thun or Bern.
Lauberhorn - International Ski Races: (in January)
Since 1930, the Lauberhorn Alpine Skiing Competitions (Downhill, Slalom and Super-Combination) are one of the biggest snow events in the world, attracting more than 40,000 people over 3 days. The Downhill Race is the longest in the world and is said to be the most beautiful in the world as it is embedded in a uniqe landscape - surrounded by the massive mountains of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
SnowpenAir: (in April)
The SnowpenAir concert on Kleine Scheidegg has become a true Swiss tradition. The highest-altitude open-air concert in snow takes place on the Kleine Scheidegg at 2,061 m (6,760 ft) above sea level and in front of the unique backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.
Mendelssohn Music Week: (in August)
In August, Wengen has the pleasure to present to all the classic music fans a week full of entertainment and suprises.
Inferno Triathlon: (in August)
New dimensions in a magnificent mountain world - the most beautiful and spectacular endurance event in the Swiss mountains! From Thun (560 m / 1,837 ft above sea level) up to the Schilthorn summit (3,000 m / 9,840 ft): 3.1 km / 1.9 miles swimming (Lake Thun: from Thun to Oberhofen), 86 km / 53.4 miles biking (from Oberhofen via Sigriswil, Beatenberg, Interlaken, Meiringen and Grosse Scheidegg to Grindelwald), 31 km / 19.3 miles mountain biking (from Grindelwald via Kleine Scheidegg, Wengen and Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg) and 25 km / 15.5 miles uphill run (from Stechelberg via Lauterbrunnen and Muerren to the top of the Schilthorn).
Jungfrau Marathon: (in September):
With its length of 42.195 km (26.224 miles) and a climb of 1,839 meters (6,032 ft), the Jungfrau Marathon is one of the most beautiful marathons in the world, but also said to be the toughest marathon in the world. The Jungfrau marathon takes place every year in September; starting in Interlaken and ending at the Kleine Scheidegg. The course is set amid the supereb Alpine setting of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, and ranges from the idyllic Lake Brienz to the foot of the Eiger North Face.
Calendar of Wengen Events
Felix Mendelssohn Memorial:
In August 1842, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy drew the earliest known sketch of Wengen and a part of the Lauterbrunnen Valley with its famous Jungfrau in the background. At the view point "Mesti" from where the sketch was taken stands a memorial in honor of the world famous composer, who also was a gifted drawer and painter. The Felix Mendelssohn Memorial was inaugurated in 2004.
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