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High up in the alps, on a plateau below both the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, perches Wengen, one of the most charming, and traditional, ski resorts in Switzerland. The beauty of this spot has been attracting skiers since Edwardian times, and of all Switzerland's resorts, this car-free, chalet-rich spot has been least changed by fashions. So the best places to stay in Wengen are some of the most excellent examples of chocolate-box perfect traditional Swiss chalets imaginable.
Wengen is part of the Jungfrau ski area, along with Mürren and Grindelwald, but it's the quietest hamlet, probably because you can only reach the town by train. Its ski schools have long and respected reputations - the nursery slopes are just above the town - so this is a great resort for families.
Wengen is connected to the rest of the ski areas by its cog railway, built in 1910. Ok, it's not quite that traditional, but the railway is part of the transport system, with cable cars and lifts leading up from railway stations. But there are plenty of runs around the Wengen if you don't want to travel, and an epic amount of runs in the whole Jungfrau region if you're here for a while - and what variety!
Wengen's aprés ski is another traditional aspect of this resort, there are a lot of regular visitors and British skiers who consider Wengen a second home, and there are clubs and restaurants and bars and regular events. Nothing too colourful, but very friendly. Wengen is a smart resort rather than a glamourous one.
Wengen is also a good spot for trying other wintersports: skating? Bobsleigh? Dog sledding?
The biggest event in Wengen's calendar is the annual Lauberhorn Downhill Ski Race, which happens in mid-January. The best downhill racers reach speeds of around 160kms per hour on this steep black run. Spectators can have a go on the number of black runs in the area, though the less brave might prefer the excitement of the nearby blues or reds.
You might find yourself too busy on the slopes, but if you're at all interested in photography, or mountainous terrain, then it's definitely worth taking the train up to Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station. It's an incredible trip, through tunnels under tonnes of rock, past the north face of the Eiger, and the Eismeer ice sea, but the view from the top, of a bristling sea of glaciers ringed by black peaks, is bucket-list worthy.
- The Hotel Bellevue des Alpes is a historic grand dame of the Swiss Alps with unbeatable views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Traditional, yet still very family friendly, this hotel has been owned and run by the same family since the 19th Century - it's the perfect match to Wengen as a resort.
- The Hotel Beausite Park is right by the nursery slopes, so it's definitely one of the best places to stay in Wengen for families. Kids will also love the pool, and parents the sauna and gym. And those are all pretty new!
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Wengen, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice Alternatively check out our recommendations for hotels in Verbier or Zermatt.
Best Hotels in Wengen
Caprice Hotel 20 rooms from $191Wengen
In a great location, this beautiful hotel offers superb views from private balconies whilst rooms feature natural wooden décor. Homely Swiss cuisine is served whilst the half-board option includes a three course gourmet dinner. The sauna is particularly inviting after a day on the slopes.Local exploring - In a most central location, close to the ski slopes and hiking trailsSkiing - Boasting direct ski-to-door accessFull of characterViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel Alpenrose 40 rooms from $259Wengen
A historic hotel with mind blowing views of the surrounding mountains. Rooms are plush yet maintain the traditional Alpine-style with fireplaces and antique furnishings. Meals are half board and include fantastic vegetarian options. A cosy spot to unwind and pamper yourselves after an excursion.Local exploring - Located in the quieter part of the village, a good base to explore the surrounding town and countryside.Back to Nature - In a beautiful remote village with exceptional views of the snow-capped peaks in Lauterbrunnen.Great walks - There are several trails to mountains, lakes, waterfalls and caves from the hotel.Full of character
Hotel Beausite Park 42 rooms from $306Wengen
Comfortable hotel right beside the nursery slopes, in a quiet area just above the village centre with fabulous views over the Jungfrau. Brand new spa facilities with pool, sauna and gym. Great for couples and families alike.SkiingViews - Superb views of the Jungfrau and surrounding alpsSwimming Pool - Outdoor and Indoor PoolSpa
Hotel Bellevue des Alpes 50 rooms from $338Wengen (Kleine Scheidegg)
Historic grand dame of the Swiss Alps overlooking the iconic Eiger. Family owned & run since the late 19th century & steeped in the culture of mountaineering & wintersports. Comfortable & traditional throughout - certainly not one for those wanting to be in the thick of the action.Climbing - Situated at the foot of the EigerSkiingViews - Unbeatable views of the Eiger, Monch & JungfrauFull of character
Hotel Schonegg 20 rooms from $330Wengen (Dorfstrasse)
One of the oldest houses in Wengen, this boutique hotel offers its guests all the comfort and charm of a mountain home. Chic rooms with wooden frames and stone walls come fully equipped with modern amenities like TV's and jacuzzis. The award winning restaurant serves fantastic Swiss cuisine.Hideaway - Perfect for a weekend away from it all, cosy suites, fantastic food, pampering sauna and long evenings by the fire.Families - The Family Rooms and the Jungfrau Suite are ideal for a family of two adults and two children.Active Holiday - There are a plethora of activities - go out for excursions, biking, climbing or skiing.Full of character