Panormaic view of Wengen. - (c) Jungfrau Tourism
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Wengen is one of our favourite resorts to visit, not just in winter, but during the summer too. There's a certain magical something about it, from that very first moment where you have to get on the mountain train down in the Lauterbrunnen Valley below, in the knowledge that there's no other way up there, which seems to give a trip to Wengen that extra-special feel.
And then of course, on arrival to the platform of Wengen's train station you're suddenly hit with the most incredible views everywhere you turn - be it down the valley and across to Murren, up towards the Jungfrau or up to the Mannlichen that dominates immediately over the village. One thing's for sure - Wengen's scenery and location never gets any less spectacular, no matter how many times you visit. And then there are the views when you get higher up onto the ski slopes or hiking trails - the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau and Silberhorn, always in view, always incredible. Wengen is definitely the sort of place that inspires you to get up early, get on the outdoor gear, and head out into the hills.
Wengen itself is almost as charming as its surrounding, and whilst you'll undoubtedly read that the village is traffic-free, the reality is that there are quite a few electric taxis and hotel vehicles zipping about. Not many, but enough knocking around to make you think that the town needs to keep on top of it and keep the number limited.
Wengen's primary focal point is the main street that winds it's way through the resort, with plenty of shops, cafés and bars located on it, many with a nice traditional feel to them.
This is one of the most beautiful locations in the world, and Wengen has a well-deserved reputation as one of the Alp's most scenic ski resorts, so it's good to note that the majority of its buildings sit nicely with its grand surroundings. Some new chalets have been built but the vast majority of the town, particularly in the central area, are classically traditional Alpine-style buildings, with lots of hotels from the Victorian-era when British tourists first started arriving in numbers to get their first taste of winter sports.
As you'd probably expect from a place where there are no cars, it's not too big, so most things in the resort are actually pretty convenient, no matter where you're really staying.
A genuine sense of history and tradition within Wengen and it's surroundings, coupled with friendly locals, and a year round holiday buzz from tourists combine to make a really warm, pleasant atmosphere. It's not got a reputation as a real party-town, so visitors are spared the sight of large groups of youngsters hopping from bar to bar. Add this to the (mainly) traffic-free centre and families will certainly enjoy it, although those visiting with really young kids should remember that they need to get the train up and down from the valley, so if you're looking to visit other places then it's not as convenient as some other resorts. But convenience is the price you pay for such an incredible location.
The table below shows train times from the main cities and transport hubs of Switzerland to Wengen.
A link to the tourist information site for Wengen and any other useful links about the resort.
The live stream of the Wengen Webcams area is provided courtesy of Feratel Media Technologies AG
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