Wengen is a postcard-perfect Swiss village perched on the side of the Jungfrau Massif, overlooked by the Eiger mountain. It is an upscale ski resort in winter that transforms itself into a center for hiking and climbing in the summer.
In summer, after the snow melts, the trails around the village offer some fantastic walking country.
The outdoor swimming pool offers one of the most amazing swimming experiences anywhere, with fabulous views of the glacier and Jungfrau.
Wengen has some great pistes and a wonderful après-ski scene.
Visit the local rink to try out some of these great winter sports.
For a quirky local attraction, go and see the impressive miniature railway outside the Bellevue Hotel.
Wengen is most noted for its winter sports, and is primarily a winter destination. It is quieter in the summer months but still an excellent place to relax and enjoy the mountains.
The nearest airports are in Bern and Zurich, which have many international connections. It then takes around 90 minutes (from Bern) and 110 minutes (from Zurich) to transfer by road and rail to Wengen.
Wengen is a car-free zone and is only accessible by rail. The train from Lauterbrunnen station takes around 15 minutes and costs CHF17.
As mentioned above, Wengen does not permit cars. You must park your car at Lauterbrunnen train station and complete your journey by rail.
The Hotel Belvedere on Galliweidli is something of a local institution and is just 500 yards from the train station. Hotel Regina offers spectacular views and luxury rooms.
Lauterbrunnen - this nearby village is nestled in a steep valley with views of the Staubbach Falls. It is famous for mountain biking.
Grindelwald - this is another pretty Alpine village popular with skiers and hikers. It is also known as a base for climbers tackling the Eiger.
Interlaken - this is a traditional lakeside resort town just to the north. It lies between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is known for its old timber houses.
Wengen is small enough to get around on foot but some of the hotels offer complimentary electric vehicle transfers from the station.
Driving in Wengen is not permitted.
Main Street is the best street for shopping, although most of the hotels also have gift shops. The village tends to specialize in sports gear and souvenirs.
There is one small Coop supermarket in the village where you can buy groceries. A quart of milk costs CHF1.61 and a loaf of fresh bread costs CHF2.94.
Chez Meyers within the Hotel Regina is a gourmet restaurant offering classic French cooking from an à la carte menu. It also has a fine wine list. Mary's Cafe is a little less formal and offers traditional Swiss cuisine such as fondue. You will pay upwards of CHF50 for a main at one of the more upscale restaurants and CHF25 in a more modest establishment.