Switzerland Ski Accommodation in Wengen, Switzerland

Description

Wengen (1274 m) - a public car free, traditional yet trendy holiday resort lying on a sheltered, sun-soaked terrace, 400 metres above the picturesque Lauterbrunnen Valley.

The fantastic surrounding scenery is dominated by the dramatic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau massif. This amazing area offers superb skiing at Männlichen-Kleine Scheidegg and the Eiger Glacier. Since 1893, Wengen has been easily accessible from Lauterbrunnen with the historic Wengernalp Railway.

The Region Jungfrau Top Ski is in winter the ideal starting point. The ski centre Kleine Scheidegg - Männlichen with the famous down hill ski race from the Lauberhorn and Eigergletscher and a lot of red and blue runs which won’t let anybody miss out on skiing.

In January the international ski race takes place, probably the most spectacular World Cup-Race in the whole ski circus. Also non-skiers have chosen the place for relaxation and peace - fresh air and especially long sunshine duration guaranteed in Winter.


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Apres

Wengen, and its neighbouring resort of Grindelwald, have a great selection of intermediate runs and are great options for families with lovely scenery and a very traditional feel. It certainly isn’t somewhere that can compete with St Anton, Zermatt or Verbier for après ski but there are a still around 20 bars and mountain huts that you can enjoy a beer in after a tough day on the slopes!

The Chimney Bar of the Sunstar Hotel is a very popular meeting place for a few beers or a glass of wine and there is also live music on a Wednesday from the Trio Lauberhorn! An open fire gives a cosy atmosphere and children have a separate playroom to relax in without being bored by adult conversations.

The Crystal bar is a more lively option and is popular with all ages – you can expect to see people in their ski boots as well as locals and everyone is here to have a good time. There are themed night throughout the year as well as special events for the local festivals and races.

Rocks Bar is another lively destination with a younger feel and a large Irish contingent who always manage to make themselves heard! This is, without doubt, the most popular bar for young Brits and they do some excellent pies and Cornish pasties to help soak up the beers – a perfect place to let your hair down and they are open until after midnight.

Those wanting something a bit more subdued, and perhaps a glass of bubbly, would so well to hear to the Rondo bar in the Beausite Park hotel – you won’t find anyone in ski boots or clothing in here, and the music is very relaxing. It’s a perfect place for a pre-dinner gin & tonic or a cocktail and is designed for conversation rather than dancing!

The Starbar is on the mountain just by the beginning of the infamous Lauberhorn downhill run and often busy from mid afternoon with those enjoying a beer before heading down into town. There are also snacks and coffee’s available if you don’t want to dull your senses before taking on one of the toughest courses on the World Cup circuit!!

Later on you will find people heading to the Blue Monkey Nightclub which is open until the early hours and is located right next to the cinema on the main street.


Eating out

On the mountain

The Mannlichen is a larger, modern style restaurant with some excellent views and pretty good value food on offer. You won’t find any Michelin starred gastronomy here, but if you’re after something quick and cheap like soup and a sandwich then you won’t be disappointed. You don’t really need to make a reservation as the tables get turned pretty quickly and people only really linger on the deckchairs!

If you’re on a tour on the Jungfrau region the Schreckfeld restaurant over in the First region above Grindelwald is well worth a look. When the sun is shining you can enjoy a good value meal out on the terrace with hundreds of other skiers and there is also an open air bar which gives a jolly feel to the whole place.

If you have non-skiers in your group then the Roestizzeria Kleine Scheidegg is a fantastic option as it is right at the top of the railway that winds its way up to the foot of the Eiger. There are two parts of the restaurant – one service traditional Swiss food and another part serving more upmarket dishes – the choice is yours.

The Bussalp restaurant is very popular with families looking for somewhere to eat before embarking on an afternoon of tobogganing or snow tubing. The menu is very traditional with traditional croutes taking price of place as well as local specialities of pasta, meats and sausages. A meal here costs around CHF30pp for a main course and a drink.

In the resort

The Pajazzo Pizzeria is just opposite the Bernerhof Taverne and specialises in pizza and pasta – a great options for families! Prices are a little bit more expensive that you might expect but the owners insist that they are using the latest in food technology to make the tastiest pizzas in town.

A more upmarket option is the restaurant of the Hotel Caprice which offers modern European cuisine to both residents and non residents.

The Silberhorn Hotel has an excellent restaurant serving 5 course dinners every evening and a special 6 course meal on one night every week. There is also a lovely bar with a sun terrace with excellent views over the Jungfrau.

Those wanting a slightly different dining experience are best off at the Jungfrau restaurant of the Wengeralp hotel which offers excellent food right on the mountain and you get back to town at the end of your meal by toboggan!



Activities

Snowshoeing is one of the most popular activities in Wengen and it’s a fantastic way of getting out and seeing the mountains. The Privat Snowsports Company (see our dedicated page on instruction in Wengen) runs excellent group expeditions throughout the season that last for around 1.5 hours and depart around 4.30pm. The tour is designed to be accessible to all and isn’t particularly straining even after a day on the mountain and costs just CHF20pp.

If you fancy living up to the exploits of Scottish Olympic legend Rhona Cameron and having a go at curling you can take lessons at the Wengen outdoor ice rink every Wednesday at 4.15pm. The price is only CHF4pp and if you can get three other friends together you can have a great game under the watchful eye of a coach.

For those seeking an adrenaline fix you can take in the spectacular scenery of the Eiger from a genuine bird’s eye view by going for a tandem paragliding flight. No experience is necessary, other than a head for heights, and you can enjoy your first flight for around CHF200.

The mighty Eiger is one of the most recognisable peaks in Switzerland and many climbers are based in and around Wengen throughout the year so if you want to give mountaineering a go you will struggle to find a better place! The tourist office will be able to recommend a list of instructors and you can hire pretty much all of the equipment that you might need in the resort.

There are a good number of toboggan runs in and around the Jungfrau region, with a couple of excellent ones coming down from the top of the mountain railway to the village! Old school wooden toboggans are available for rent throughout Wengen or if you’re feeling a little less brave then you can also hire more modern plastic sledges that have brakes and don’t go quite as fast.



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Tobogganning is extremely popular in Wengen, and the entire Junfrau area, with over 100kms of runs to explore! There are three main ones on offer – the Eiger Run which is 3kms long, the Fox Run at 45kms long and the Mannlichen run down into Grindelwald which can be about as long as you want it to be! Toboggans, modern plastic ones with brakes or the lighting fast wooden ones, can be hired in town for around CHF10 per afternoon.

Wengen has a fantastic outdoor ice rink right in the village centre for anyone who wants to try some figure skating or an afternoon of curling. There are instructors available to help you learn the basics, or help you perfect your triple axle spins depending on your levels of experience! Children’s skates are readily available and there are also balance aides to help those who are particularly nervous.

If you’re looking for somewhere with a supervised play area for your children then look no further than the Wengen Playhouse which welcomes children from 1 month to 8 years old and is located at the Tourist Office. It’s open from 9am to 5pm Sunday to Friday and costs CHF85 for a whole days with lunch included or from CHF13 for an hour if you just want to pop out and so some shopping. Lunch is available for CHF8. If you would rather your child was looked after in your chalet then a list of local baby sitters is also available from the tourist office. Alternatively many of the larger hotels will offer a kindergarten service for residents and some will extend it to non residents depending on how busy they are.

The British DHO, or Downhill Only Club, is one of the oldest clubs in Wengen and has a history dating back almost 100 years to the mid 1920’s and has provided first class race training for British children since the early 1950’s. If your children are interested in racing, or you think they might be, then have a look at their frequent training camps. There is a full programme for the children and an equally packed one for adults so it can work out to be a fantastic week for all concerned!! http://www.downhillonly.com/site/raceintr.shtml


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Wengen, Switzerland Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 2° C
Wind: 9mph
Direction: s
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 3cm
Snow Depth
Top: 135cm
Base: 55cm

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