Wengen stays busy with skiers well into April. Once the snows have receded, Wengen sits amidst ideal hiking country, overlooked by the Jungfrau and the distinctive creamy cone of the Silberhorn. We are presenting you just a few of the many activities that are possible in Wengen and its surroundings. You will be fascinated by the beauty of the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland.
Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe (3454m/11333ft)
Snow and ice 100% guaranteed! The Sphinx observation hall, impressive Ice Palace and hiking plateau - these are the year-round attractions up on the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. Summer attractions include a skilift, husky-drawn sledging and adventure activities.
- Piz Gloria (2970m/9744ft)
The most spectacular 360° panorama in the Alps! Dine-and-wine in the world's first revolving restaurant at an altitude of nearly 3000 metres. Impressive views embrace some 200 snow-capped peaks, ranging from the Bernese Alps to Mont Blanc in France and Germany's Black Forest.
Scheidegg (2061m/6760 ft)
This remarkable round-trip by modern cogwheel railway has long been one of Europe's top holiday attractions. The Kleine Scheidegg Railway Station is situated right at the foot of the notorious Eiger North Face.
Bern - Switzerland's Captivating Capital
Beautiful Bern is only a two-hour rail trip from Wengen. This is a city of medieval magic, listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Attractions include the famous clock tower, the bearpits - home to Berne's heraldic animals - and excellent shopping arcades.
Lucerne - City of Lights
One of Switzerland's most popular excursion destinations, lovely Lucerne is only 2.5 hours' travelling time from Wengen. The city is renowned for its attractive townscape, historic Chapel Bridge and excellent shopping facilities.
Take the Brunig-Railway via Interlaken Ost.
Montreux - on Lake Geneva
Full-day excursion by rail. This attractive excursion crosses the "border" between German and French-speaking Switzerland. The trip runs via Interlaken along Lake Thun to Zweisimmen, and then by Crystal Panoramic Express to Montreux on Lake Geneva. Can be combined with wine-tasting in Switzerland's largest wine-growing region.
Cruises on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz
April - October. (included with some Swiss Rail Passes!)
Half-day or evening excursions. Boats are operated on both of these beautiful lakes. 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 depart from Interlaken Ost for Lake Brienz or Interlaken West for Lake Thun.
Wengen is in the middle of a hiking paradise! The greater region features more than 500 km (310 miles) of summer Hiking paths. Free brochures with suggestions for walks and various detailed hiking maps are available at the local tourist offices.
On the Lütschine River in the valley below Wengen, you will find exciting white water rafting on this Class 4 river. Other rivers include Saane, Simme and Aare. Alpin Raft is a local operator from Interlaken and offering several different itineraries.
Wengen is linked to the rest of the Jungfrau skiing region, with 98 km of slopes in the resort itself and 213 km in the entire region. The longest run in the Jungfrau area is 16 km– delightfully challenging for even seasoned long-distance skiers. The resort’s slopes are linked by 23 lifts, and there are 42 lifts in the entire Jungfrau region, with a cumulative uplift capacity of 42,000 skiers per hour. Skiing is offered at Wengen between December and April, with excellent snow guaranteed virtually throughout, due to the high elevation of the resort. Night skiing in Wengen is also available.
Other Winter Sports
Wengen’s attractions are not just limited to skiing. Visitors are invited to participate in a range of other winter pastimes, both indoor and outdoor. The ski resort provides opportunities for natural ice-skating, mountaineering, snowshoeing, paragliding and tobogganing.
Nightly entertainment in Wengen 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 at the resort.
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 the local grocery stores.
Lauberhorn - International Ski Races
The Lauberhornrennen takes place annually in Wengen in January and is the longest downhill run in the world. Additionally, the downhill run 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. The Lauberhorn ski races (downhill and slalom) are one of the biggest snow events in the world, attracting around 30'000 spectators each year.
Said to be the toughest marathon in the world - the Jungfrau marathon takes place every year in September. Starting in Interlaken, the course is set amid the Switzerland's supereb Alpine setting of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, and ranges from the idyllic Lake Brienz to the foot of the Eiger North Face.
Link to all current Wengen events