For many travelers out there, and for me, the Jungfrau Region is the ultimate destination in Switzerland. It has heaven-on-earth scenery, endless mountain adventure, beautiful cultural gems, and epic engineering marvels. No other place can compare!
Jungfrau Region also has some of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland, and Wengen is one of them. Perched above the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley (German: Lauterbrunnental), you are guaranteed awe-inspiring sights when you visit Wengen.
But, before you head to Wengen, remember that you have other options in the Jungfrau Region. In this post, I’m gonna lay out why Wengen is the place to be and how it compares to other villages. And if you decide to make Wengen your destination, I’ll give you ideas of what you can do while you’re there.
Whenever my friends ask me, “I’m planning to visit Switzerland, what’s the best place you can recommend?” Without thinking twice, I always tell them, “You shouldn’t miss Lauterbrunnen! It’s a glimpse of heaven on earth. You wouldn’t regret it — I promise!”
But then again, Lauterbrunnen ain’t just a village; it’s a valley and a commune with plenty of other places to check out! So, sometimes we end up chatting for hours, talking about Mürren, Wengen, and Gimmelwald — the three other villages in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
For today, you are my friend, and we’ll talk about Wengen. If you want to know about Lauterbrunnen (village), Mürren, and Gimmelwald, you can check the articles below.
- 7 Lauterbrunnen awe-inspiring viewpoints
- 5 Beautiful reasons to visit Gimmelwald
- 10 best things to do in Mürren
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Let’s kick off the discussion about Wengen by answering the question most people are asking Google…
Is Wengen Worth Visiting?
As a passionate mountain enthusiast and lover of quaint architecture, I see Wengen as my perfect destination and those who share my interests. Nestled in the heart of the Jungfrau Region (a breathtaking location) with its nostalgic chalets and gorgeous hotels from the belle époque period, Wengen fulfills my craving for beauty.
However, biased aside, in my humble opinion…
Wengen is a village worth visiting for the best overlooking view of the Lauterbrunnen valley. But, aside from sightseeing, there’s nothing much unique to do in the village. On the other hand, Wengen has a strategic location and a plethora of shops and restaurants, making it a fantastic home base for a Jungfrau Region trip.
Although visitors have plenty of choices for sightseeing in the Jungfrau Region, I highly recommend Wengen for its unbeatable elevation and angle to take in the stunning views of the through-shaped Lauterbrunnen valley.
Make sure to check out Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche Wengen to experience it for yourself!
You will love taking a stroll in Wengen because it is a car-free village. With scenic views everywhere, this village regulation creates a tranquil experience so nice to try.
Take a stroll around St Bernard’s Anglican Church and experience the heavenly views of the countryside. Witness the cows grazing in the meadows and bask in the beauty of Wengen.
If you are traveling to the Jungfrau Region, you definitely need this: Jungfrau Region Itinerary: 4 Days in Interlaken on a Budget
Wengen — Is It A Good Base?
With the countless activities and sights to explore in the Jungfrau region, I’m confident that visitors would need more than three days to experience the best of this incredible destination.
If you’re planning a trip to the Jungfrau region and want to spend a few days there, Wengen can be your advantageous place to stay! Not only will you be greeted with an epic view every morning, but you’ll also find it more convenient to reach some of the top attractions in the region.
Wengen is somehow in between Lauterbrunnen valley (one train ride) and Grindelwald (linked with cable cars). Also, you can quickly access Männlichen (one cable car ride) and Jungfraujoch (2 train rides) from Wengen.
If you’re into outdoor activities, Wengen is also a fantastic option as your home base, no matter the season.
Believe it or not, Wengen boasts over 500 km of marked hiking trails spreading out from the village! Plus, it’s close to Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen, a family-friendly skiing destination with 100 km of ski pistes.
And if that wasn’t enough, the renowned World Cup piste on the Lauberhorn is just a stone’s throw away.
I linked the brochure and maps of Wengen and the Jungfrau region to the resources section of this post for further information.
Before you visit and find a place to stay in Wengen, make sure to check out some other awesome villages too. Similar to Wengen, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Mürren, and Lauterbrunnen are all great options as a home base in the Jungfrau region based on the selection of accommodation, location, and access to facilities.
Regardless of your choice, you can find the best hotel deals in the Jungfrau Region and Bernese Oberland (opens in a new tab) here. The link contains a hotel browser with a map feature, which is an absolutely helpful tool in looking for a hotel that’s most convenient for you.
Wengen vs Interlaken
Interlaken is the gateway to the Jungfrau Region, situated right at the doorstep of this spectacular destination. It’s an awesome alternative to Wengen as a home base for a Jungfrau Region trip, especially if you’re looking for a more diverse experience, including castles, lakeside villages, and more mountain-top destinations.
Did you know? Interlaken is sandwiched between two lakes — Lake Brienz and Lake Thun — two of the most gorgeous lakes in Switzerland.
Learn more: Harder Kulm (Here’s What You Can Expect To See)
Lake Brienz is the lake with the bluest water. The best village to visit to see the epic beauty of Lake Brienz is Iseltwald. Learn more about Lake Brienz and Iseltwald from the articles below.
- Iseltwald – Why Visit Iseltwald and How to Get to This Beautiful Village
- Lake Brienz – 7 Things To Do In Lake Brienz (And Visiting Information)
On the other hand, Lake Thun is the most fairytale lake in Switzerland. Know why Lake Thun is the fairytale lake of Switzerland here, Is Lake Thun Worth Visiting? 10 Beautiful Places To Visit. You can also check the articles linked below.
- Thun Panorama (Why You Must Visit and How To Visit)
- Thun Old Town (Check out my DIY Walking Tour)
- Thun Castle (Best view from the gateway to Bernese Oberland)
- Oberhofen Castle (The most picturesque castle in Lake Thun!)
Also, suppose you plan to join Jungfrau Region guided tours (Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch). In that case, Interlaken is preferable over Wengen because Interlaken is the common meet-up place for these tours. Sometimes, Jungfrau Region excursion trips from other cities in Switzerland also have a pick-up point in Interlaken.
Here is the list of the different guided tours to Bernese Oberland (Jungfrau Region included).
Wengen vs Grindelwald
Grindelwald, one of the top destinations in Switzerland since the golden age of alpinism in the 19th century, is another home base alternative to Wengen during a trip to the Jungfrau Region. It’s the part of the Bernese Oberland with the best views of the notoriously famous North Face of Eiger.
Grindelwald is the superior choice for your Jungfrau Region trip if you want an action-packed adventure. From Grindelwald, you can experience the Glacier Canyon Grindelwald Swing, First Flyer, Cliff Walk, Mountain Cart, Trotti Bike, and Schynige Platte Hike – all of which are sure to provide an unforgettable experience.
If you have Jungfraujoch on your travel bucket list, it doesn’t matter if you’re coming from Wengen or Grindelwald. You can reach Kleine Scheidegg, the first station of the Jungfrau Railway, in an hour – 40 minutes from Wengen and 25 minutes from Grindelwald.
Read more about Grindelwald: Free Things To Do In Grindelwald: One Day Budget Itinerary
Wengen vs Murren
Murren is the highest village in Lauterbrunnen, located above the middle part of the valley. It’s a great choice for a home base if you’re visiting the Jungfrau Region, especially if you want to explore the less touristy yet still conveniently accessible west side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
A few of the must-see destinations that are easily accessible from Mürren include Schilthorn’s rotating restaurant, Birg’s Thrill Walk, the quaint village of Gimmelwald, and Tanzbödeli. Trummelbach waterfall, Europe’s largest underground waterfall, is in between Wengen and Mürren.
The view isn’t something to be taken lightly when it comes to choosing a home base. But if that’s a priority for you — waking up in a hotel with an impressive view — then you need to know that Mürren and Wengen offer two very different sceneries.
Although Mürren and Wengen are in Lauterbrunnen, know that they’re situated at opposite ends of the valley. Consequently, the mountain views you’ll get from each are totally distinct.
Unlike Wengen in the northeast of Lauterbrunnen, you won’t get the same breathtaking view of the Lauterbrunnen valley from Mürren. Instead, you’ll be treated to the awe-inspiring, craggy rock face of Jungfrau — an impressive sight, too.
If you wish to stay in Murren during your Jungfrau Region trip, you can use my article, 10 Things To Do In Mürren to prepare your itinerary.
Wengen vs Lauterbrunnen
Suppose you want your mornings and nights in Jungfrau Region to end with the awe-inspiring view of the towering granite cliff walls, graced by the plummeting silk-like Staubbach Waterfall. In that case, Lauterbrunnen is the best place to be as your home base.
Also, compared to Wengen, Lauterbrunnen has a more central location. Getting to each place of interest within and around the valley is a breeze – none is too far or too close. Thus I think Lauterbrunnen is a better home base for travelers wanting to spend more time and see more tourist attractions in the Lauterbrunnen valley.
Nevertheless, Wengen and Lauterbrunnen are just one train ride apart. When it comes to this small difference in location, it should already depend on your personal preferences.
Best Things To Do In And From Wengen
Stepping into the Jungfrau region, especially Lauterbrunnen, you’ll know you’ve arrived in paradise. Exploring the area, you’ll quickly realize this is the modern-day version of heaven. With the convenient mountain public transportation, it’s no wonder why!
As a traveler from a developing country, I’m seriously impressed by the infrastructure in the Jungfrau region. It’s so easy to get around and visit all the different places of interest. I mean, it’s Switzerland, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but still.
However, without proper planning, you can still end up wasting most of your time on public transportation.
This is why I wrote my list of things to do in/from Wengen, ordered from nearest to farthest destinations. That way, I can help you quickly plan your Jungfrau Region trip if you decide to visit Wengen or make it your home base.
So, let’s start!
1. Explore Wengen and Wengwald
Whether you are staying in Wengen or you have an opportunity to pass by Wengen, you must not miss the opportunity to have a stroll in the village.
Why? Wengen is one of the most beautiful villages not only in the Jungfrau Region but in all of Switzerland. It is a totally unmissable place to be, especially since you can see the best view of the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Aside from Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche Wengen (the most accessible viewpoint of Lauterbrunnen valley) and St Bernard’s Anglican Church (where pleasing countryside views are in Wengen), there is one more place I recommend seeing. It is called Wengwald, and it is one of the perfect vantage points for Lauterbrunnen Valley.
It is only in Wengwald and Tanzbodeli that you can find a view of the Lauterbrunnen Valley that is perfectly aligned with the valley’s length.
Both the steep precipices on both sides of the valley and the flat valley floor are visible from Wengwald. It is incredible scenery, especially during the sunrise. The view is just marvelous, and it’s going to make you think how creative mother nature really is!
You can check my Lauterbrunnen map to see where Wengwald is.
Fun fact, Tanzbodeli is the mountain at the far southern end of Lauterbrunnen Valley, where you can also find a panorama that includes all the villages in Lauterbrunnen in the picture. It can be hiked from Murren or Gimmelwald to Stechelberg (or vice versa).
You can learn more about Tanzbodeli from walkinghiking.com, linked in the resources section of this post.
2. See The Breathtaking Mannlichen
If you are already in Wengen, I have good news for you.
The best view of the Jungfrau Region is only above you and one cable ride away. That place is called Mannlichen, a 2,343-meter-tall mountain where some of the nicest hikes and ski pistes in the region begin, as well.
From Mannlichen’s summit, which is a 10-minute hike from the cable car station, you can have a 360 degree-view of the Jungfrau Region. That includes Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen Valley and its villages, and Grindelwald. Even Lake Thun is vividly visible if the skies are clear!
You can also hike from Wengen to Mannlichen; however, I would not recommend it. The views along the Wengen-Mannlichen hiking trail are rewarding, but the path can be really exhausting for some.
Instead of hiking, use the cable car and upgrade your ride to the “Royal Experience.” With that, you can stand on top of the gondola as you go up from Wengen to Mannlichen! It can be a little bit scary at first, but definitely an awesomely memorable experience.
Mannlichen can be a great destination for traveling families with kids, too. There’s a playground with a huge cow slide. Kids can chime a few cowbells which are so fun.
Learn more about Mannlichen here: How to Reach Männlichen and Make the Most of Your Trip
3. Visit The Ultimate Destination, Jungfraujoch
As much as everyone wants to save money during their Jungfrau Region trips, I think you just can’t miss having the pricey yet ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME Jungfraujoch visit. This destination has awe-inspiring scenery and awesome experiences, which give justice to its expensive tickets.
So, where and what exactly is Jungfraujoch?
Jungfraujoch is the saddle between Monch (4,110 meters) and Jungfrau (4,158 meters), two of the highest mountains in the Bernese Oberland. And below is the summary of why I think it is the ultimate destination in the Jungfrau Region.
First, Jungfrau Railway is one of the most scenic in Switzerland, and its stop station is the highest in Europe. Marvel at the scenery as you experience the commendable ingenuity of the Swiss engineers who built the railway.
Second: Jungfraujoch is also home to Sphinx Observatory, an astronomical observatory perched on a 3571-meter summit called Sphinx (hence its name). Although you cannot come inside the observatory, you are allowed to visit its viewing platform and be amazed by the otherworldly ice views!
Third! The highest tip of the longest and largest glacier in the Alps can also be spotted in Jungfraujoch (Aletsch Glacier). If you haven’t seen a glacier before, visiting Jungfraujoch is your chance to make your first time seeing a glacier special.
Fourth. Visiting Jungfraujoch, you will see glaciers and be able to enter it! The walking-inside-a-grotto-of-a-glacier moment takes place in Ice Palace, and it’s a surreal experience.
You will also find ice sculptures which are so cool. Lastly, have fun finding Scrat (A fictional character in the movie Ice Age); he’s frozen at the wall of the glacier tunnel!
Last reason to visit Jungfraujoch. Did you know that there’s a chocolate museum in Jungfraujoch? You can find Lindt Chocolate museum, and it’s a twist in your mountain top journey—making it memorable and sweet!
There’s so much to do in Jungfraujoch that it can already serve as a day trip from any village in the Jungfrau Region. In fact, some travel companies offer a whole-day excursion to Jungfraujoch straight from Switzerland’s major cities like Bern, Lucerne, and Zurich.
Anyhow, there are two ways you can get to Jungfraujoch: (1) a train ride and (2) a cable car. But, if your home base is in Wengen, it’s preferable to go up and down from Jungfraujoch using the trains. The cable car valley station is in Grindelwald.
The quickest way to get to Jungfraujoch from Wengen is to get to Kleine Scheidegg by train first. In Kleine Scheidegg, you must transfer to Jungfrau Railway, which will directly bring you to Jungfraujoch in approximately 45 minutes.
Are you interested in going to this ultimate destination? Here’s where you can check the price of the tours and tickets to Jungfraujoch.
4. Adventure In Grindelwald
Whatever mountains I see, two things always come to my mind. First, it’s peace of mind; another is an adventure. In the Jungfrau Region, you can expect to have a lot of them.
The adventure starts in Interlaken, but for me, the best adventurous activities happen in Grindelwald. And suppose you are based in Wengen or currently in Wengen. In that case, the adventure village of Grindelwald isn’t totally hard to reach.
Grindelwald is only a 30-minute cable car ride from Wengen, passing Mannlichen.
The adventures in Grindelwald are exceptional. The exhilarating outdoor activities are matched with breathtaking views. No wonder why it has been a top destination in Switzerland for more than a century now!
A wide range of outdoor fun awaits you in Grindelwald, regardless of the season. But it’s during the summer that these activities are so much enjoyable. Your choices start from just a relaxing hike to extreme activities to help you overcome your fears.
Here’s what I can recommend:
- Relax with a thrill and view😄 — Feel like flying over Grindelwald with a cable car, then walk on a steel pathway, and hike to Bachalpsee, which is one of the most picturesque small alpine lakes in the Jungfrau Region. Discover: Grindelwald Gondola Ride to Mount First
- Slight adventure 😛 — Explore a canyon, see impressive rock galleries, and walk on the “spider web” hanging above the river. Check it out here: Glacier Canyon Entrance Ticket.
- Adrenaline-pumping 🤪 — Jump in the middle of the canyon and safely experience free fall from a 90-meter-high platform! Learn more: Grindelwald Canyon Swing.
If you have plenty of time, you can try the different activities in Grindelwald-First, like First Flyer, Mountain Cart, First Glider, and Scooter Bike. You can learn more about it from my post on my other blog (engineering travels): 10 Best Things To Do In Grindelwald.
5. Go To Lauterbrunnen’s Viewpoints
As you might have discovered a while ago, Lauterbrunnen and Wengen are two close neighboring villages. These villages are one train ride in between, which only lasts for 15 minutes.
This is why you should not miss exploring Lauterbrunnen if you are staying in Wengen, especially since it has this “Heaven on Earth” view that’s like no other! There are so many things I want to say about Lauterbrunnen. Please read my post, 7 Best Viewpoints & Photo Spots in Lauterbrunnen.
6. Wander In Gimmelwald
For pure-blooded wanderers and travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in the Jungfrau Region, Gimmelwald is the place to be. It is the southernmost and smallest village above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, which can still be easily reached from Wengen.
To reach Gimmelwald from Wengen, first, you must ride the train to Lauterbrunnen. In Lauterbrunnen, ride the bus (#141) to Stechelberg, where the cable car station to Schilthorn is located. Hop on the cable car and alight on the first station (Gimmelwald).
Travel time between Wengen and Gimmelwald may last not more than an hour.
Gimmelwald is a small village with only a few things to do, like wandering in the village, hiking to a nice waterfall, shopping with honesty, etc. Although that is the case, it’s where you can find some of the most authentic Swiss alpine cultures in the Jungfrau Region.
Discover more and why from my post, 5 reasons to visit Gimmelwald.
7. Marvel At The Jungfrau Massif From Murren
If you made it to Gimmelwald (discussed previously), Murren would be just a stone’s throw away. Murren is the second station of the cable car to Schilthorn from Stechelberg.
This village, a third of the size of Wengen in terms of population, is also one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. The quaintness of the buildings and the breathtaking views in Murren can clearly explain why.
Aside from exploring its cute village and taking hundreds of photos of stunning alpine vistas, you can go to the hill above the village called Allmendhubel.
It’s a chill place with an unobstructed view of the Jungfrau region’s three superstar peaks. Allmendhubel also has a big playground and a restaurant, making it a nice destination for a traveling family.
Going up to Allmendhubel from the village is quick as 5 minutes. You just have to ride the funicular that links the two places. If you want, you can take the flowery flower trail to get back to Murren for a varied experience.
8. Feel The Thrill In Birg
The western side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where Murren and Gimmelwald are, is best visited on a day trip if you have Wengen as your home base. If that’s what you want, you can also add Birg to your itinerary for a more worthy trip.
Birg is the middle station between Murren and Schilthorn, worth visiting for the free mini-adventures it offers. This station is situated approximately 1000 meters above Murren, and you can expect more breathtaking views of the Jungfrau Region here from another perspective.
The mini adventure is called Birg Thrill Walk, which is very similar to Grindelwald First Cliff Walk. In this attraction, you will be walking on a metal pathway attached to the cliff wall surrounding the station.
However, there’s a twist! Birg Thrill Walk features an open-air tunnel made of meshed metal. You can crawl on it to see hundreds of meters of hollowness below you. Thrilling, isn’t it?
Birg Thrill Walk also features a tightrope where you can walk, balancing over the exhilarating height between you and the ground. Is it dangerous? Nope, it’s absolutely safe! There is a metal mesh safety net to catch you if you fall out of balance.
9. Dine With A View In Piz Gloria Schilthorn
Suppose you are traveling with your romantic partner. In that case, you must really consider going to the western side of Lauterbrunnen valley, even if it takes more effort to reach from Wengen. Why? Simply, it’s because of Piz Gloria.
Piz Gloria is a revolving restaurant perched on top of Schilthorn. And here, you and your partner can have lunch beside a window with changing stunning views of the Alps every minute. Sometimes, a sea of clouds appear, turning the mountain peaks into islands of the heavenly ocean.
Can you imagine how magical and lovely it is? Mouth and eyes are satisfied! Of course, the view isn’t always perfect, and it will all depend on the weather, but still!
Piz Gloria and Schilthorn is a popular tourist spot in the Jungfrau Region, made famous by the James Bond Movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This is why you will also find Spy World, an interactive exhibit about James Bond, in Schilthorn.
If you want to go to Schilthorn, Birg, Murren, and Gimmelwald, here’s where you can check the price of the skip-the-line round-trip Stechelberg-Schilthorn cable car tickets. To learn more about Schilthorn and Birg, you may visit their official website, linked at the end of this post.
10. Spend a rainy day in Trümmelbach Waterfalls
I can assure you that Wengen and the rest of the Jungfrau Region are truly awe-inspiring outdoor destinations, especially when the sky is clear and it is sunny. However, bad weather may happen, and you should have a plan B to still enjoy it, even if it’s cloudy and gray.
So, what’s the plan? Trummelbach Waterfalls.
It is Europe’s largest underground waterfall which you can also quickly visit from Wengen. After a train ride to Lauterbrunnen, take bus #141 heading to Stechelberg and alight at Trummelbach Waterfalls bus station.
The travel time should not be more than 10 minutes from Lauterbrunnen.
Here, you can experience the power of nature, manifested by the 20,000 liters of meltwater cascading down to the valley from Jungfrau. The thundering sound of the waterfalls and the large rock formations will feed your senses with wonder.
There are 10 different platforms in the Trummelbach Waterfalls; some have a beautiful view of the valley. And believe it or not, there is also a funicular inside Trummelbach Waterfalls connecting a few of these viewing platforms! They’re another proof of the ingenuity of the Swiss engineers you’ll find in the Jungfrau Region.
The visitor’s information, facts, and FAQs about Trummelbach Waterfalls are linked in the resources section of this post.
How To Visit Wengen
There are two ways to get to Wengen if you are already in the Jungfrau Region.
- From Lauterbrunnen: Funicular.
- From Grindelwald: Cable car passing Mannlichen.
If you are from other regions or you’re flying into Switzerland, you can start in Bern, Basel, or Zurich to reach Wengen. From these cities, you can find direct train rides to Interlaken, where most trips to Jungfrau Region begin.
Once you reach Interlaken, you must get another train to Lauterbrunnen and finally transfer to a funicular heading to Wengen. The journey from Interlaken to Wengen usually takes 40 minutes to 1 hour.
Resources: Visiting Wengen
So, that’s it! Those are my reasons why you should stay in Wengen and the list of things to do in Wengen. I hope I’ve also helped you decide whether to stay in Wengen or make it your home base in visiting the Jungfrau Region.
As promised, below are the links for further learning about the tourist attractions you can visit from Wengen.
- Brochures and maps (wengen.swiss)
- Tanzbodeli (hike) from hikingwalking.com
- Mannlichen (official website)
- Birg and Schilthorn (official website)
- Trummelbach Waterfalls (official website)
If you need more ideas on how you can spend more time in Wengen/Jungfrau Region/Bernese Oberland, here’s the complete list of the available tours, entry passes, and adventures in Bernese Oberland. You can check the best accommodation deals in Bernese Oberland here.
Lastly, you might also want to check Thun and Bern, which can also be a nice home base for visiting Bernese Oberland and other places in Switzerland. Here are some of the articles that you might like to check:
- Lake Thun Itinerary: How To Spend One Day (Detailed Guide)
- How Long To Spend In Bern: Half Day, 1 Day or 2 Days
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