Wengen with its 1050 inhabitants is located some 4265 feet/ 1300 m a. s. l. at the foot of the imposing Eiger-Moench-Jungfrau mountains in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. As there is no road leading to Wengen, the village has only a few cars and good railway connections. The village is well-known for its sport highlights such as the world cup ski race in winter and the Jungfrau Marathon in summer. All year round sport enthusiasts as well as travelers looking for pure mountain air, tranquility and the charm of a beautiful mountain village will find Wengen a perfect destination.
Situated in the center of the Bernese Oberland and lying at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountain range, Wengen is an ideal place to relax, walk and mountain climb - 15 cable cars take the visitor to the most beautiful viewpoints in the area. As the sporty highlight in summer, the toughest marathon in the world - the international Jungfrau Marathon - passes through Wengen in early September.
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Wengen is not accessible by car. As the roads end in Lauterbrunnen, there are train connections from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. The train ride takes 15 minutes. The closest international railway station is Interlaken (45 minutes by train).
Distance from Zurich is 118 miles/ 190 km, from Geneva 124 miles/ 200 km, from Berne 43 miles/ 70 km and from Basel 99 miles/ 160 km.
Place to visit
Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
A trip to the Jungfraujoch, at 11,333 feet/ 3454 m is a must for every visitor in the region, for it is the highest railway station in Europe. At the first stop - the Eiger North Wall - you have the same magnificent view as a mountaineer. Then comes the Sea of Ice. And finally the Jungfraujoch itself, from where the scenic sights are quite literally breathtaking. Eternal snow, glaciers stretching for miles, an ice palace and a panoramic view that gives you the feeling of having the world at your feet.
Eye to eye with the three mighty peaks of Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau. Europe's longest aerial cableway lifts you up from Grindelwald to this viewpoint over 2225 m/ 7,300 feet above sea level. A magnificent walking area and a spectacular view.
Schilthorn/Piz Gloria - in the footsteps of 007
This region is a mecca for visitors who never have enough of spectacular scenery. By funicular and aerial cable way, you can take countless trips to the wonderful world of the Swiss Alps. You can follow in the footsteps of secret agent James Bond up to the Schilthorn with its famous Piz Gloria revolving restaurant and enjoy the view of more than 200 peaks at an altitude of 9,746 feet/ 2970 m.
The little vintage trains for the Schynige Platte leave from Wilderswil, snaking their way across the Alp Breitlauenen to the summit. This popular destination for hiking and day trips offers a breathtaking panorama, especially of the imposing Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau group. Equally unmissable is the Alpine Garden, with over 500 different species of plant.
The rack-and-pinion railway, opened in 1893, leads on from Wengen up to the Wengernalp and the saddle of the Kleine Scheidegg, the junction for the Jungfraubahn up to the Jungfraujoch and the highest rail station in Europe. Apart from superb mountain views, the line (which is the longest rack railway in Switzerland) provides a convenient rail link to the popular village of Grindelwald.
Museum der Talschaft Lauterbrunnen
The museum provides a fascinating insight into the life of the inhabitants of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the high-alpine villages of Gimmelwald, Muerren and Wengen, bringing old customs and handcrafts to colorful life.
The Jungfrau Region has a long tradition as a mountain climbing center and the summit of the Jungfrau was reached as early as 1811. The mountain guides of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen have rightly gained a legendary reputation, as have their many spectacularly courageous rescue attempts. Mountaineers will really be on a high!
Mountain Biking, individual, environmentally - friendly fun - obeying the rules of mountain biking and only on permitted biking routes of course!