Wengen Ski Holidays
Switzerland

Resort Wengen Resort Wengen
Wengen is a Swiss ski resort nestled in the Jungfrau region — part of the Bernese Oberland — at an altitude of 1,275 metres, with lifts and pistes running up to 2,970 metres. The skiable domain comprises three areas — Kleine Scheidegg, Grindelwald-First and Mürren — with 213 kilometres of groomed runs and a total of 45 swift and well-placed lifts.

An exceptionally charming and largely car-free mountain town, Wengen boasts spectacular Alpine scenery and some of Switzerland’s most jaw-dropping views over the north face of the Eiger, the Munk and the Jungfrau peaks. With a relaxed and welcoming feel, the resort attracts an enthusiastic fan-base of skiers who love the swift lifts, cruisy terrain and low-key nightlife.

For learners, the nursery slopes can be found in the heart of the village — which makes things wonderfully simple — and a second area higher up the mountainside at Wengeneralp. The resort is home to a wonderful selection of rolling blue and red runs perfect for keen learners and confident intermediates, though there’s comparatively little by way of steep, expansive terrain suitable for advanced and expert skiers. The majority of the resort’s black runs form part of the Lauberhorn World Cup Downhill route, and there are two groomed runs from Eigergletscher towards Wixi to tackle as well.

For families, Wengen is a mixed bag. Easy access to good learner- and intermediate-friendly terrain, relaxed and low-key nightlife, minimal road traffic plus a good range of non-ski activities mean it’s a good option for parents taking the kids to the slopes. The ski schools in-situ are well-reputed too. On the other hand, ski access from certain parts of the resort to the higher slopes up top can be tricky — especially when you factor in the slightly laborious cog-railway — and this can be a deciding factor for parents looking for simplicity.

Although there are no terrain parks in Wengen itself, freestyle enthusiasts in search of kickers, rollers, half-pipes and rails can visit the parks in Mürren and Grindelwald — though getting there does take time. The large-scale snow park and border cross run in Grindelwald is worth a visit for freestyle skiers in search of thrilling twists, tuns and air-time away from the groomed runs.

For freeride skiers and snowboarders in search of steep turns through fresh snow, Wengen offers up a decent range of suitable terrain when conditions allow. Slopes beneath the north face of the Eiger — near the Eigernordwand lift — offer good gradient and strong off-piste when conditions allow, but overall you’re better off heading to nearby Mürren. For back-country skiers, heli-trips can be arranged if your group numbers are high enough. In short, however, this is an intermediate skier’s haven.

On the accommodation front, Wengen offers a limited selection of catered ski chalets, with the majority of the accommodation options dominated by hotels. Aside from that, you’ll find a good range of self-catered apartments. There’s very little by way of packaged accommodation with flights and transfers included, but the majority of Wengen’s UK-based visitors manage just fine arranging travel into Bern, Basel, Zurich or Geneva separately.

The key airport access points for Wengen are Bern (1-hour transfer), Basel (under 2-hour transfer), Zurich (2-hour transfer) or Geneva (under 3-hour transfer). For visitors keen to keep their carbon footprint under control, you can also take the train from Paris to Wengen in around 12 hours. This is widely considered the most picturesque was of arriving into the resort.
Wengen may not be the liveliest of all Switzerland’s many ski resorts — and it’s certainly not a patch on Verbier — but there’s no shortage of welcoming bars, cafes and clubs for a drink and a night out after exploring the slopes.

If you’re in resort and looking for a friendly bar for a drink-stop, try the Silberhorn and Belvedere. Equally, venues such as the Tanne, the Pickle, Sina and Rocks Bar offer hapy hours, live sport and DJ nights, depending on where you go.
Away from the slopes, visitors to Wengen can entertain themselves with a visit to the cinema — which shows English-language films — or catch ski-jumping on the flood-lit slopes. Ice hockey matches take place regularly throughout the season, and during the day non-skiers can take a trip up the Jungfrau express to Europe’s highest railway station. The views alone are worth the trip!

Aside from that, non-ski entertainments include bowling, curling, hang-gliding, ice-climbing, ice-skating, tobogganing and hiking. There are wonderful spa facilities including spa with a solarium, steam bath, samarium and whirlpool bath in the Hotel Victoria Lauberhorn, and if you fancy a day trip out of the resort, Interlaken is a short train journey away.

Heliski

Wengen

+41 33 853 00 40

Spa and wellness

Wengen

+41 33 856 29 29

Cinema

Wengen

+41 33 855 21 61

Wengen is home to a diverse range of restaurants and cafes, where visitors can choose from a broad range of menu plans to suit all budgets. Compared to a lot of other resorts, prices are reasonable, too. You’ll find fondue restaurants, steak and pizza joints and a broad range of higher quality restaurants inside the chicer hotels.

Good for Couples

Hotel Berghaus

Am Wengi 1412A

Wengen

+41 33 855 21 51

Good for Couples

Hotel Restaurant Bären

Am Acher

Wengen

+41 33 855 14 19

Good for Family

Da Sina Ristorante-Pizzeria-Steakhouse

Dorf

Wengen

+41 33 855 31 72

Good for Family

Restaurant Café Gruebi

Wengiboden

Wengen

+41 33 855 58 55

Parents looking for childcare in Wengen can turn to the resort’s Playhouse facility, which sits in the Sport Pavilion. This is a non-ski nursery, welcoming kids aged from 1 month to 8 years. Open daily from 9am to 5pm (mid-December to Easter), the centre offers 1-hour up to whole-day childcare at reasonable prices.

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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1274m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    15km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    2971m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    40

  • TOTAL PISTE

    213km