Overview of Wengen
Wengen sits on a sunny plateau under the north face of the Eiger in the Jungfrau ski area it shares with its neighbour, Grindelwald. Surrounded by Alpine beauty, Wengen is one of the most picturesque ski resort villages in the area, featuring magnificent mountain-range views from almost every corner of the resort. Historically known as a farming community going back centuries, the resort opened up to winter tourism after the local rail tracks going up the mountain were built and kept open once over the winter, allowing locals and tourists to access the mountain and ski back down to the village. Wengen is very popular among British tourists who visit the resort annually. It possesses an effortless charm and its dreamy, idyllic atmosphere make it quite easy to fall in love with. It has a lovely car-free resort centre that is lined up by rows of quaint, Victorian-style hotels. Wengen, however, has a lot more to offer than just its beauty and Swiss charm. It has a very impressive snow sports history and is famed for hosting the Lauberhorn World Cup downhill race, every year in January. Together with Grindelwald, they share a combined 214 kilometres of snow sure pistes on slopes that reach just over 2,900 metres. The general ski area favours beginners and intermediate skiers but it also has very good off-piste opportunities, which would be welcoming news to advanced level skiers. Very much slow-paced, Wengen is also ideal for families and young children thanks to its several entertainment options and non-ski activities. What also makes Wengen even more intriguing is that is only accessible via cog railway; which gives you different views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. With just over a 45-minute transfer from Berne airport and an hour from Zurich, Wengen makes a perfect case for short family getaways.
Skiing in Wengen
Wengen offers a very good skiing experience for beginners and intermediates. Even though it shares more than half of its ski area with Grindelwald, the pistes stay pretty much uncrowded. There is a nursery area in the village but most of the skiing takes place above 1,800 metres on the Klein Scheidegg and Männlichen ski slopes above the village. Access to the ski areas can be gained via railway to Kleine Scheidegg and cable car to Männlichen. The local Wengen ski area is around 103 kilometres and is serviced by 40 lifts.
Beginners will find the most joy on the Kleine Scheidegg slopes thanks to its gentle blues and in particular the long, downhill 22 run towards Grindelwald. It is probably one of the first slopes beginners tackle fresh from the nursery slopes. Confident beginners looking for a bit more excitement can head over to Männlichen and take on the Blue run 2 which starts off cutting across a few reds but eventually opens up to a wide gentle run; it is usually quieter than the downhill 22 run on Kleine Scheidegg.
Most of the runs here are red so intermediate level skiers might be almost spoilt for choice as they can also sample some of the blues if they want to enjoy some easy runs in between. The Jungfrau ski pass grants access to the slopes in neighbouring Mürren so intermediates feeling adventurous should head over there.
Experts will of course head for the Lauberhorn downhill black run which features in the Alpine World Ski cup. There is also the infamous steep black from Eigergletscher nicknamed “Oh God” by British skiers; given the gradient, the run is aptly named.
Snowboarding in Wengen
Kleine Scheidegg offers brilliant riding for all levels. The pistes are long and wide enough for some good carving. Thanks to the slope gradient there isn't any risk of flat surfaces. Beginners will also find the blues here easy enough to manoeuvre and improve on, however, with some of the blues almost crisscrossing reds in the narrow sections, beginners and experts may need to watch out for each other. Expert riders will also love the Lauberhorn as well as the off-piste opportunities available. Freestylers have 3 terrain parks to choose from in the Jungfrau ski area; the Snowpark Grindelwald-First ( most suited to beginners), the Schilthorn Skyline Snowpark with fantastic views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and the most recent Balis Park Hasliberg in Balisalp near Käserstatt.
Snow Conditions in Wengen
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Between the Jungfrau’s excellent snowfall record and most of the pistes above 1,800 metres, the snow conditions on the slopes in Wengen are actually very good. The resort also has up to 150 snow cannons ready as cover.
Apres-Ski in Wengen
Wengen isn't exactly recognised for its party scene with resorts like Zermatt and Verbier taking the top spots for their apres-ski exploits. Although it is generally perceived to be relatively quiet, Wengen does have a good selection of bars and clubs where you can certainly let loose and let off a little steam. Grindelwald is the biggest apres-ski destination in the ski area but Wengen does sustain a good level of evening entertainment to hold its own, in the ski area. With a decent number and variety of bars and pubs, party animals who find themselves in Wengen need not worry as the resort has a few exciting options where they can have a wonderful evening.
Located above the Wixi chairlift at Lauberhorn, Start Bar is aptly named as it marks the start of the famous World Cup run. One of Wengen’s most popular bars especially among visiting tourists and skiers, Wengen has a great atmosphere, incredible views and very good music. They also occasionally have live bands performing or visiting DJs to turn up the mood. Sitting a little bit high up the mountain, the views, as you would imagine, are absolutely incredible and can be admired from the sunny terrace on a deck chair while enjoying a drink.
Sitting at the foot of the nursery slopes in the heart of the village and just next to the Männlichen cable car, is one of Wengens oldest and local favourites, Schneebar Figeler. Frequented by everyone from visiting skiers, locals, ski instructors and many more immediate members of the village, its ideal central location and fantastic atmosphere make it a top pick among pub/bar-goers. Every day from 3 pm, the apres-ski kicks off in the black tent along with an open fire, deck chairs and blankets to keep warm when the sun goes down. Open for over 26 years, Schneebar Figeler has been growing steadily over the years and has earned itself the title of one of Wengen's favourite bars.
A small, cosy bar in the centre of Wengen which serves an extensive range of cocktails, gins, spirits and beers including a daily special. Open every day until 2:30 am, Tanne Bar is a perfect meeting place among skiers and locals as well as one of the best places to kick start and end your apres ski evening. The atmosphere here is very friendly and welcoming, leaving visitors feeling at ease and at home. Your local pub away from home.
Rocks bar ( also known as On The Rocks) is a stylish cocktail bar in the heart of the village. Established in 2008, the bar underwent refurbishments in 2016 and 2021, giving it a remarkable facelift and a significant cosmetic improvement. It also added a Mixology-style cocktail program and concept to its menu. Cocktails are not the only thing on the menu however as you can also enjoy a selection of wines, Guinness, American IPA and other beers and ales from micro-breweries. Open from 4 pm to 12:30 am, it certainly offers a different vibe to the other bars in Wengen and will serve as a spicy addition to your apres ski crawl.
Facilities in Wengen
Wengen is one of the Jungfraus earliest ski resorts but it also receives a large number of non-skiing tourists who visit the region every year. Nonetheless, the resort has very good facilities capable of catering to both skiing and non-skiing tourists every season from very good accommodation options, piste grooming, restaurants and shops in the village.
Ski Hire in Wengen
There are a few ski equipment hire stores in Wengen, however, if you are visiting the resort as part of our ski holiday package, you can also very easily arrange your ski hire with us directly. This is the most recommended option and by far the most convenient method of arranging your ski equipment for hire. We have fantastic partnerships with some of the Alp's most highly rated and trusted ski equipment providers and retailers. We have formed these partnerships to ensure that your overall experience is stress-free and as seamless as possible. It ensures that you can easily secure your ski equipment with a few clicks of a mouse as part of your overall ski holiday booking. Once secured, your equipment will be prepared and set aside awaiting your arrival at the resort.
Ski Passes in Wengen
You can very easily secure your Wengen and Jungfrau ski pass from us online as part of your overall holiday booking to the resort. Save yourself the time and hassle of queuing for long hours at the ticket offices or lift machines and instead purchase your ski pass with us while you make your holiday purchase. Once purchased, you will receive your ski pass within a couple of days and way ahead of your arrival time at the resort. This is not only the most convenient method of securing your pass but perhaps the easiest. Feel free to contact us directly for more information.
Spa and Swimming Pools in Wengen
Nothing better and more refreshing than a spa and sauna session after a long day on the slopes and the Jungfrau ski area has fantastic options for these. Wengen was originally a summer resort camp before it became a ski resort so some of the facilities such as public swimming pools are still summer themed as they are outdoor and only open during the warm summer months. However, most of the hotel accommodations here have very good spa and wellness centres which are not exclusive to guests alone. A fantastic option would be the Hotel & Spa Silberhorn in Wengen. It has an excellent wellness centre with very modern facilities and a relaxation room that offers breathtaking views of the Jungfrau mountains. The spa and wellness area includes an indoor and outdoor whirlpool, a Finnish sauna, an organic, herbal sauna, a steam bath with an atmospheric starry ceiling, a Kneipp pool and a solarium. The wellness centre also has a wide range of massage and beauty treatments you can book. Also, look up Arenas Resort Victoria-Lauberhorn and Hotel Regina as other options for a fantastic spa session.
Shops in Wengen
The overall shopping experience in Wengen is not too different from other small and quiet ski resorts in the Swiss Alps. Most of the essential shops are centrally located and easy to get to from the majority of the accommodation houses. There are snow-sport shops, grocery shops, cafes, a bakery, and a few boutiques. There is also a gift and souvenir shop selling just ‘Swiss-made; products
Facilities for children in Wengen
Wengen is an ideal family destination and is also very well equipped with child-friendly facilities that ensure children have a fantastic time at the resort. There are several fun events that take place in the village providing a fun experience for children and families together both on and off the pistes.
Ski Schools in Wengen
There is no lack or shortage of very good ski schools and ski instructors in Wengen. At Erna Low, we partner with some of the most highly-rated ski schools anywhere in the Alp including Wengen so that when you secure your children's ski lessons through us online as part of your overall booking, you can be rest assured that your children will be receiving the best ski lessons from the very experienced instructors. We urge you to book your children's ski lessons with us as it is far more convenient than waiting until you arrive at the resort and seeking out the ski schools. The booking process is simple and can be completed in a matter of minutes. Feel free to contact us directly for any additional enquiries about your children's ski lessons.
Entertainment for children in Wengen
Wengen has several fun activities targeted toward children and families in the resort. The activities range from outdoor and on-piste entertainment to non-ski related activities mostly involving the whole family. Snowli the resort mascot greets and welcomes the children in the nursery ski areas which have themed characters and presents There is an annual Wendy's Winter Mystery Trail treasure hunt which gives family teams 16 clues to locate the treasure. There are also a lot of outdoor games and fun activities for children including a short hike and an organised playground trip. Kids can also have fun taking Pony rides and visiting donkeys and Bernese mountain dogs. There is also a cinema in Wengen which also shows children rated films and could be a nice evening out for the family. There is also a curling and ice-skating rink which is a favourite among children visiting Wengen.
Childcare in Wengen
Wengen has a number of childcare options. The majority of the ski schools also have childminding services. Children aged between 1 month to 8 years can also visit the Playhouse Wengen in the tourist office. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and the kids can play around with the toys and games.
Wengens ski area is mainly split between the Kleine Scheidegg, Lauberhorn and Männlichen; with the former and latter bearing majority of the pistes within the area. The local ski area for Wengen is 103 kilometres. All the neighbouring slopes within the Jungfrau ski area can be accessed via the Jungfrau ski pass.