Beautiful Wengen is a mountain village in Switzerland and a great skiing resort that I would particularly recommend for families.
With lovely long slopes for all day cruising, Wengen is a good place to learn to ski, plus there’s lots of lovely off-piste opportunities when there is fresh snow (with a guide of course).
When it comes to booking, for this particular experience it is more cost effective to book a holiday to Wengen as a package through the likes of Inghams or Crystal – get in touch for our top recommendations. It’s incredibly easy to just hop on the train from the main village, and now most packages include train tickets rather than coach, so you get taken all the way up the mountain. You can ski directly from the train station then go all the way up to the observatory, which is such a cool experience.
I highly recommend taking the cable car up to Piz Gloria at the top of the Schilthorn, which is a revolving restaurant with spectacular views across snow-covered mountain peaks and glaciers, made famous by James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Lauberhorn Wengen is where the World Cup ski races take place every January, bringing in great crowds of wintersports lovers, and a number of celebrations take place, including amazing firework displays to mark the occasion.
Whilst Wengen is heaven for winter skiing, it’s also an incredibly beautiful and tranquil area for hiking and mountain biking in the summer, and a botanist’s dream with incredible wildflower meadows to explore.
Our Top Recommendations for Wengen
Bars – Don’t miss the Hotel Bruner Ice Bar as you ski back into Wengen.
Restaurants – Piz Gloria for astonishing mountain views.
Ski Hire – Molitor Sport Wengen is the best shop for ski hire.
Guiding - If you join the @skiclubgb for £75 per year they have many ‘leaders’ in resorts you can join each morning to show you around the pistes. This saves valuable time getting to know the resort and you get to meet other skiers! They can also help find private mountain guides and offer some great group courses so that single travellers can have a great week skiing too.
Where To Stay
I stayed in Hotel Falken, which is a really cute hotel and perfect for families with a very relaxed ambience, but it’s not super glamorous. The style is traditional and charming, with comfy and cosy rooms and pretty mountain views. For convenient locations, the Schonegg and Sunstar are both right in the village opposite a really cute bar and cable car. Beausite Park Hotel is a wonderful hotel run by the lovely Leeman family, beautifully located just above the village centre, with a gorgeous pool and beautiful mountain views through the restaurant’s picture windows.
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