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“Wengen, Switzerland”
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West Palm Beach, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Wengen, Switzerland”
Reviewed 10 October 2009

Just come back from 8 days vacation in Wengen, Switzerland.
If you want quite and peacefull place for romantic vacation far away from everybody that is Wengen in September. We had amazing weather and enjoyed beautifull scenery all around us. Wengen is the best place as a base to visit all Bernese Oberland region. Places you must visit: Jungfrau and Schilthorn.
We rented small challet thru local challet rental service and we had a felling that we are in our own house. Just perfect...

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Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
44 helpful votes
“Most Beautiful Place On Earth”
Reviewed 9 October 2009

We made our second trip in 8 years to the Bernese Oberland in Sept. 2009.The first trip we stayed in Interlaken.This time we chose Wengen, which we preferred.It is a car-free town and is therefore very quiet.If you prefer a quiet, laid back, small town atmosphere, this is for you.It is a good location for day trips to the Jungfrau, Schilthorn, and the numerous small towns in the area.The scenery is out of this world.We love Switzerland and believe that this has to be the most scenic part.See my review of Hotel Silberhorn.

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1 review
2 helpful votes
“wengen night life”
Reviewed 21 April 2008

First of all Wengen is a wondefull spot,great slopes more suitable for skiing however.As far as the nighlife is concerned its not a particularly exciting place.One point to note is to stick away from the 'Rocks bar' .You may read from various sources that seem to complement it ,where as in the contary the service is terrible, the guy that runs it is a utter %&^* and Im ashamed to call him a new zealander.beers are expensive-if he doesnt reconise you,he'll charge you up to a frank or 2 more and the internet there is rubbish.Try going up the road to the end of the high st where you will find a great local pub which has internet for unlimited time when you purchase any drink.

Overall I must say however Wengen is a simply amazing spot,everything I pictured Switzerland to deliver. Unfortuantly a wonderfull time spent on the slopes during the day had to be spent experiencing such a terrible bar where I was out of the blue verbally 'attacked' or whatever for not purchasing a drink after I had paid 4 pounds to use the internet for one hour and drinking a glass of water from the jug on my table!

anyhow its a wonderfull resort.

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Dadeville, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
37 helpful votes
“May 2007 surprise”
Reviewed 7 July 2007

We decided to stay in Wengen after a two week river cruise (aboard the Tapestry - another wonderful experience). We arrived in Wengen on Sunday, and the weather was beautiful! The scenery around this area (available only by rail) takes your breath away. The train dropped us off less than 1/2 block from our hotel and we were so happy to rest in such gorgeous surroundings. Our hotel room had a small balcony overlooking the train center and then the valley and mountain range beyond - indescribable.
We awoke Monday morning to plan our next four days in Wengen and were shocked (totally) to see 3 inches of snow everywhere and a total accumulation that day of around 15 inches! The snow was in flakes that looked like snowballs floating from Heaven. The wet snow along with the sap running in the trees caused havoc along the railway, so the trains were stopped for the entire day - until Tuesday morning! Thinking "what the heck" we started a foot tour of the village area and met wonderful people, enjoyed watching children have a blast playing in perfect snowman-material snow, and later the silence that comes after such a beautiful gift from above.
We had more exciting days, but that was one true surprise for everyone!

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London, UK.
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
8 helpful votes
“What makes Wengen a very special Mountain Resort”
Reviewed 24 January 2007

Wengen is perched on a large, sunny ledge, some 500 metres above the Lauterbrunnen valley, at an altitude of 1275 metres. There are glorious southerly views to the Jungfrau mountain, the icy Silberhorn ridge, and to the Jungfrau Massif in general. It is only accessible by the Wengernalpbahn cog railway, which runs from Lauterbrunnen, via Wengen, to Kleine Scheidegg (2,060 metres), from where you can take a train to Jungfraujoch, which at 3,450 metres, is the highest station in Europe. The train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen takes just 15 minutes.
Wengen is an extremely pretty Alpine village, quite compact, with about 1,000 local inhabitants, increasing to around 5,000 at the peak of the ski season. It was a farming village for over 500 years before the British arrived at the end of the 19th Century, and it was the Brits who invented downhill skiing (as opposed to cross-country skiing), by using the then recently opened mountain railway to gain access to the slopes.
The British influence is still very strong in Wengen, where half the visitors are British, and although the local language is German (actually a dialect called Switzerdeutsch), nearly everyone speaks good English. The Downhill Only Club (DHO)is a popular British institution, based in Wengen, and which has many local Wengen members as well as British. Wengen retains all the charm of a genuine Alpine village, and has the added benefit of being "traffic free," there being only a few vehicles, mainly to take bags to the Hotels, and some taxis.
The absence of road traffic, with safe, sunny nursery slopes in the centre of the village, and the relative calm of the resort in the evenings, makes it ideal for young children. It also means that the resort is extremely busy during school half term, in mid February.
The skiing is mainly for intermediates, but there is some more challenging skiing, particularly on the Murren side of the Lauterbrunnen valley, and only 45 minutes by mountain train and cable car from Wengen. The "Jungfrau Pass" covers Wengen, Murren and Grindelwald, which is only 30 minutes away (for good skiers), via the Wengen/Mannlichen cable car.
The quickest way to the ski slopes is via the cable car, which is now in the centre of the village (behind Central Sports). This takes you to the top of Mannlichen (2230 metres) in just 6 minutes. The two cars run continuously at peak periods, and every 15 minutes at quiet periods. You exit the cable car top station onto a large plateau, which is an excellent place to do "warm up" exercises. You also benefit from the earliest sunshine on the slopes, and fantastic views of 3 magnificent mountains, the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
From here you have blue and red runs down towards Grindelwald, and a choice of 4-seat detachable chairs back to the top. There is also a large "off-piste" bowl, which is popular when conditions are right. Most skiers who know the region start at Mannlichen, do a number of runs there, then work their way across to Kleine Scheidegg, from where you can ski back to Wengen. Skiing directly to Kleine Scheidegg from Manlichen can be done, on red runs, in about half an hour, using 2 fast chairlifts. You would, however do well to take your time, explore the many other runs en route, and admire the breathtaking scenery.
(It is not possible to ski directly from Manlichen to Wengen, unless you are an "extreme skier", as there are no pisted runs, and the slope is extremly steep and rocky. You could, of course, download on the cable car, but then you would miss a lot!)
The other way to the ski slopes is to use the Wengernalpbahn railway. This takes you to Kleine Scheidegg (2060 metres) in half an hour, and is a good way up the mountain in bad weather, or for non-skiers, who want to join friends or family for lunch, at one of the many good restaurants to be found on the slopes.From here there are many runs, maily blue or red, towards Grindelwald, or a blue run directly back to Wengen.You can also go to the top of the Lauberhorn (2473 metres), from where there are red and black runs back to Kleine Scheidegg, and a red or a black run directly back to Wengen. The black run is the legendary Lauberhorn Race run, the longest downhill in the World Cup Downhill series.
All the runs back to Wengen join up at Allmend ( you get directly there via a blue run, or if you take the red or black , via a fast 4-seat chair from InnerWengen). From Allmend there is a blue run back to Wengen Dorf (Town), where you have to take off your skis outside Hotel Caprice. From here you have a 1 minute walk to the centre of Wengen, or, if it is lunch time, the terrace of Hotel Caprice is a great place for lunch on a sunny day, with some of the best views in the region, if not the entire Alps!

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