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Wengen – a beautiful Alpine village in Switzerland, home to a ski race




Wengen is in the canton of Bern, in central Switzerland. Wengen is a beautiful alpine village that is in Bernese Oberland. It is 1274 m (4180 ft.) above sea level. It is a part of the – Mönch – Jungfrau mountain range. Wengen is the home of the International Lauberhorn Downhill ski race.
Wengen is one of the points of a wonderful train ride to Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe (3454 m / 11,333 ft) an essential part of a Swiss holiday. if you feel the air in Wengen, your lungs will be full of mountain air. In Wengen, one can experience long hours of sunshine and is a noise free place. One can view wooden chalets and enjoy a feel of mountain village as it is close to nature. There are exciting winter sports as well as the more relaxing one of walking. One can enjoy a stimulating climate at an altitude of 1300 m (4265 ft). Like many other places in the Alps, Wengen has only a few cars. The official language spoken is German. Wengen stages the Lauberhorn ski races.
Wengen is also the home of one of the very oldest British alpine ski clubs called The Downhill Only Club that is founded in 1925.
Skiing, ices skating, sledging etc., are famous here in winter and hiking, bicycling, biking etc., in summer. As Wengen is situated in the center of the Bernese Oberland, it is ideal place to relax, walk and mountain climb. One can take any of the 15 cable cars to the most beautiful viewpoints in the area. In January, Wengen hosts the Lauberhorn Downhill Ski Race – which is the most spectacular race of the whole world cup circuit and which is held every year.

Places to see:
• The Jungfrau: This is at a 4 158 M (13,642 ft above sea level). Jungfraujoch – snow and ice are present on the elevation of 3454 m which is the ultimate excursion destination in the Bernese Oberland. Built in 1912, the Jungfrau railway is running through a 7-km-long tunnel to the ‘Top of Europe’ in the Bernese Oberland.
• Esmeralda: This place is called Queen of Cows. Every autumn, the cows that have grazed all summer in the alpine meadows are brought down to the valley for the winter.
• The Lobhorn: This is at a height of 2,566 M (8,419 ft above sea level).
• The Breithorn: This is at a height of 3,785 M (12,418 ft above sea level).
• Mendolssohn festival: This festival is held in late August. One can see a spectacular railway model outside the Belleview hotel.

Things to do;
• Hiking
• Up to the Mannlichen: One can also take a cable car to reach up otherwise.
• To Wengenalp; to watch magnificent view down the Lauterbrunnen valley.
• Down to Lauterbrunnen: take either the train or hike down to view the valley and waterfalls on either side. Take the train up to Kleine Sheidegg and hike down to Grindelwald.
• Swimming: Outdoor swimming pool has amazing views of the Jungfrau and glacier.
• Ice skating and curling: the local ice rink is best for ice skating and curling.
• Shopping: The best place for shopping the shops and bakeries in the village.

How to get there:

By train it takes 15 minutes from Lauterbrunnen. Wengen is most easily reached by train. Travel on the Berner Oberland-Bahn (BOB) from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnenand then change to the Wengernalpbahn (WAB) for the picturesque journey up the mountainside to Wengen.
Wengen is a car-free village so the walking is the best option. A few of the hotels run electric vehicle transfers to and from the station. The village is accessible directly from Lauterbrunnen, or from Grindelwald via Kleine Scheidegg, as well as by a series of gondola lifts.
The rail service from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen railway station runs daily from early in the morning very late at night. The time to reach uphill is 14 minutes and down the hill are 17 hills. The cable car Luftseilbahn Wengen-Männlichen operates seasonally.

Best time to visit / climate:
Summer is from May to October and winter is from December till April. This place has activities for both the weathers and as per interest; one can choose the weather to be there.

Activities in summer: As Wengen is situated in the center of the Bernese Oberland, it is ideal place to relax, walk and mountain climb. One can take any of the 15 cable cars to the most beautiful viewpoints in the area. The toughest marathon in the world – the international Jungfrau Marathon – passes through Wengen in early September is the highlight of summer.

Activities in winter: As Wengen is ideally in the ski center Kleine Scheidegg – Männlichen with its famous Lauberhorn and Eigergletscher runs, skiing is the popular winter sport in Switzerland. InJanuary, Wengen hosts the Lauberhorn Downhill Ski Race – which is the most spectacular race of the whole world cup circuit and which is held every year. For the non – skiers also Wengen is a relaxation point since it has plenty of pure mountain air and long hours of sunshine, even in winter.

Location on Google Maps:


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Directions from Interlaken to Wengen on Google Maps:


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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

• http://www.wengen.com/hotels.html (list of hotels with numbers and everything)
• http://www.wengen.com/shop.html (list of restaurants and shops in the area of wengen)
Booking.com
• TripAdvisor (Hotels, Restaurants)
• http://www.switzerlandtravelcentre.co.uk/?gclid=COn-v6C2vaMCFQlB6woddAs1bg

Blogs / Sites about Wengen:

• http://www.wengen.com/
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wengen
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Wengen
• http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/Switzerland/Wengen/tpod.html
• http://en.wordpress.com/tag/wengen/
• http://www.blogged.com/topics/wengen/

Images and photos of Wengen:

Google Photos
• http://www.wengen.com/sights.html
TripAdvisor
• http://www.panoramicearth.com/752/Jungfrau/Wengen
• http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/wengen.html

Videos of Wengen (link)




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