Panoramic Map of The Jungfrau Region - Wengen sits on a high plateau at 4,000 ft

Panoramic Map of The Jungfrau Region - Wengen sits on a high plateau at 4,000 ft
How to describe Wengen, Switzerland?

Lovely for couples and romance. Great for families and friends. Heaven on earth for skiiers, walkers, climbers and mountain bikers. Fabulous for artists and photographers. Ideal for those who wish to explore Swiss history, enjoy spectacular train journeys and visit beautiful places. Pretty, quiet, picturesque, fresh air galore. A perfect holiday, celebration and conference venue.

There's so much to do and see in and around Wengen. A beautiful car-free Alpine village with a range of accommodation to suit everyone's pocket, all at Swiss-quality standards and service.


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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Wengen in the News

Homes & Property magazine have done a super profile of Wengen.  Clare Regez, one of the local property agents, is profiled.  Various properties for sale are featured.  A very good summary of the property opportunities in Wengen.

Click here for a link to the article.


Travelling up on the train to Wengen from Lauterbrunnen

Article content:

Switzerland's secluded ski resorts

The glorious isolation of the quiet ski resorts in central Switzerland are part of their appeal, discovers Cathy Hawker.  Lauterbrunnen, at the foot of the valley, where the train leaves to climb to Wengen and Europe's highest-altitude train station at the top of the JungfrauMost people want swift access to their home abroad but not the residents of Wengen in central Switzerland. The only way to reach their village is by a slow train climbing 1,300 ft from Lauterbrunnen in the valley below and it’s this glorious isolation they value.
“The fifteen-minute train journey is part of Wengen’s charm,” says David Swindells, who with his wife Rita paid £335,300 for a two-bedroom apartment in 2005. “It gives you time to adjust to the slower, laid-back pace of the village.”

The Swindells from Devon are part of a sociable group of British owners in this most traditional, unflashy Swiss ski resort two hours from Zurich airport. British skiers established the Downhill Only Club in Wengen in 1925 and loyal fans return year after year. Street-smart teenagers looking for explosive nightlife might be disappointed but otherwise Wengen is a delight: a quiet Swiss village of dark wooden chalets and charming, family-run hotels.

Wengen sits on a sunny plateau in the Bernese Oberland below the Eiger and the Jungfrau, with some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in the Alps. Every January the village hosts the World Cup downhill competition on the notoriously difficult Lauberhorn course and there’s further skiing at Mürren and Grindelwald.
Yet it’s the summer beauty that most owners covet. That’s when Paul and Joyce Lipton Rose from Amersham, both in their early 50s, first saw Wengen. They were instantly smitten. “We prefer it in summer,” says Joyce. “We kayak and hike and return home fitter and slimmer.” The couple currently work in Holland and visit their three-bedroom chalet several times a year. “It rents well year-round,” says Paul. “Only October and November are quiet.”

Village property

British buyers cannot own a detached chalet or land in Wengen, and half of all apartments in new-build developments must be sold to Swiss buyers. Investors in Property are selling homes off-plan in Wengen. Prices start from £445,950 for a one-bedroom apartment in the centre, or quieter, sunny apartments at the top of the village in Chalet Zum Wald are priced from £442,600.

Chalet Arbendrosa is scheduled to be built over the next year in a prime location with picture-perfect views of the Jungfrau. One- to four-bedroom apartments in this traditional chalet start from £301,750. Resale property includes a four-bedroom, duplex apartment recently reduced to £781,260, a one-bedroom apartment five minutes’ walk from the station for £331,950 and a furnished two-bedroom second floor apartment with no lift for £281,650.

£274,950 to £348,700: two- and three-bedroom apartments at Chalet Wasserfall, Lauterbrunnen (investorsinproperty.com)Valley property.

Below Wengen, Lauterbrunnen lies in a glaciated valley where 72 waterfalls cascade down the sheer rock face. The deep valley means the town gets little sun in winter but is a good base for budget skiers and a popular summer resort. Trains from the local station carry skiers and hikers to Wengen or Mürren, and Interlaken is seven miles away.

Investors in Property have two- and three-bedroom apartments available at Chalet Wasserfall, ranging in price from £274,950 to £348,700. Apartments are in traditional chalet buildings of which ten are completed and sold, mostly to Swiss buyers. Three more chalets with 18 apartments in total are being built over the next twelve months.

“Lauterbrunnen property rents well in summer and winter,” comments Simon Malster of Investors in Property. “This is one of Switzerland’s oldest tourist regions. Interlaken with its beautiful lakes and golf course is fifteen minutes away and the Jungfrau Railway, Europe’s highest-altitude train, passes through the town.”

Clare Regez, originally from Essex, has lived in Wengen for 27 years.  She arrived in Wengen 27 years ago as a chalet girl and has never left. “Wengen is magical,” comments Clare, who is now 50. “It’s low-key and safe. People embrace its quirkiness.”

Clare married Andy, a ski instructor, and has two adult children. She is one of Wengen’s best known faces, helping to run the local cinema, organising wine tasting and social evenings for the British community and managing several holiday apartments. She keeps a car in Lauterbrunnen but does all her food shopping in Wengen, saying prices in the Co-op there are the same as in the valley below.

“In 1925 my grandmother was an au pair to a wealthy English doctor whose wife was ill and came to Wengen to recuperate,” says Clare. “Nearly a century on it remains a very civilised place to live.”

Fact file
* Allow three per cent of the purchase price for buying costs.
* British buyers must apply for a permit which takes three months to obtain.
Contacts
Investors in Property: investorsinproperty.com; 020 8905 5511
Alpine Immobilien: wengenproperty.com.

Published 12 April 2011

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Mendelssohn Music Festival in Wengen

From Sunday 20 August 2011 to Sunday 27 August 2011 Wengen will once again host the renowned Mendelssohn Music Festival.

Mirjam Tschopp features in the first concert on 20 August with a program of Beethoven, Bartholdy and Schubert
In addition to Mirjam Tschopp, Ulrich Koella, Piotr Plawner and the Plawner Consort, the Carmina Quartet, Aimo Pagin, Raphael Oleg, David Pia and Gerard Wyss will also be performing a wide variety of period music.

Single tickets are CHF 55 and a concert pass for 5 concerts is available at CHF 220.
For further information and to purchase tickets contact the Wengen Tourist Information office at +41 (0) 33 856 8585 or contact them on info@wengen.ch.

The Carmina Quartet will be accompanied by Hiroko Sakagami on Klavier.  Photo: Christian Lanz

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Swiss Day, 1 August 2011

The 1st of August is celebrated throughout Switzerland and by Swiss all over the world to celebrate the founding of the Swiss Confederacy.

See Wikipedia and Swiss World to see more information about this holiday which is like the American 4th of July.



Swiss World says: 

Long before the government decided in 1891 to declare the day Switzerland's national day, people had celebrated summer by lighting bonfires. Indeed, the custom of lighting a fire on June 24th, St John's Day, is known all over Europe. But for the Swiss, bonfires had an extra significance. For centuries they had built beacons on mountain tops which they lit when danger approached. One legend told of both Lake Geneva and Lake Biel relates how hordes of invading barbarians intent on conquering the ancient Swiss tribes turned back when they saw the lights reflected in the lake waters, thinking they had come to the edge of the earth and were about to ride off into the sky.

Whether in remembrance of this event, or just because it is fun, every Swiss commune now lights its own bonfire and sets off fireworks, and children parade through the streets with paper lanterns - often decorated with the Swiss cross or the symbols of the cantons - and people light candles in their windows.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Getting Ready for Summer in Wengen - Hiking to Kleine Scheidegg and Climbing the Eiger

The Wengen area is a mecca for hikers throughout the Spring and Summer.  There are a wide range of hiking paths.  The best guide to these can be found here.  The trails are very well marked.  The best place to stop is at Kleine Scheidegg - several excellent restaurants and a fantastic view of the Jungfrau and north face of the Eiger.


You might even catch a glimpse of one of the many climbers who take on the Eiger in summer.


Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Lauberhorn Race in Wengen

The Lauberhorn race was a resouding success this weekend.  With over 20,000 spectators arriving in Wengen the atmosphere was fantastic.

The Austrians were top performers with Klaus Kroll putting his mark on the events.  http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/sport/Austrian_edges_Swiss_stars_in_Lauberhorn_race.html?cid=29250848

For more information on the history of the Lauberhorn race visit this site: http://www.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/news/story.aspx?storyID=7905


Lauberhorn Race Stand at the Finish Line

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Wengen in January - Paragliding in the Sunshine


Flying into the sunset


The days in January have been crystal clear and cold, perfect conditions for a paraglide.  Here Nigel, a friend from Montreal, Canada, takes to the skies from Maennlichen in a tandem ride.



The skies have been full of parachutes, particularly on these sunny afternoons.  The brightly coloured parachutes dot the hillsides.  An exhilarting way to spend an hour, particularly for non-skiiers.


This picture, taken from the Murren railway, is a flier and the Eiger.  The Lauterbrunnen Valley is renowned for its excellent paragliding.