Wengen itself is a typical Swiss mountain village, which means unique, laid-back village atmosphere, traditional chalet-style buildings and bags of character. Wengen’s particular atmosphere is added to further by its proximity to two of Europe’s most well-known & recognisable mountains – the Jungfrau and the Eiger.
Aesthetics aside though, there’s more to Wengen than meets the eye. Classic and traditional Swiss skiing values might dominate the town – a remarkable thing in itself – but the skiing on offer is anything but average.
Wengen & neighbouring Grindelwald form the Jungfrau area, which is made up of 213km of varying pistes – from challenging steeps to gentle beginner slopes and even an epic freeride zone – there’s enough variety to keep all ages and abilities entertained.
The piste in the Jungfrau area is predominantly blue and red, making it perfect for progressing beginners and intermediates. That’s not to say there’s nothing for the pros though – the Jungfrau boasts 15 runs which are officially classed as ‘difficult’.
Every year Wengen plays host to the Lauberhorn race – part of the ski world cup and one of the most highly attended winter sports events in the world, drawing around 30,000 spectators annually. If that’s not a testament to the quality of skiing on offer, we don’t know what is.
Lifts & Trains
Getting about in the Jungfrau is a delightfully different experience – along with the usual chairlifts, Wengen makes use of classic Swiss cogwheel railways, including to get up to the mid-station. You can also take the Jungfraubahn train all the way up to the Jungfraujoch, and the highest train station in Europe at 3454m.
The Jungfrau region has invested heavily in upgrading a number of chairs, with the Wixi and Salzegg lifts being completely rebuilt over the past couple of years, meaning queues are minimal across the area.
Lauterbrunnen / Rivendell
As if you need any more persuading – at this point you’re probably sat in your chair, mumbling the word ‘Wengen’ to yourself over and over again. But if you DID, maybe you could be swayed by the stunning, otherworldly beauty of the Lauterbrunnen valley in which Wengen sits. Did you know it was Tolkien’s inspiration for Rivendell in The Lord of the Rings? You do now. #MicDrop
So there you have it, all the facts anybody should need to be desperately in love with one of Switzerland’s prettiest ski villages. See you there.