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, 9 December 2012

Lauberhorn Downhill Race 2013 in Wengen

Preparations are underway for the 2013 Lauberhorn Race to be held in Wengen in January.





Here is the preliminary schedule:

PROGRAM

Wednesday January 16, 2013
12.30 pm Lauberhorn Downhill training run
Thursday January 17, 2013
11.30 am Patrouille Suisse (Training)
12.30 pm Lauberhorn Downhill training run
05.15 pm Official Opening of the 83rd Int. Lauberhorn
 Races in Wengen
05.45 pm Drawing of numbers for the Lauberhorn Super
 Combined Downhill
05.00 pm – 10.00 pm Entertainment and food in the World Cup
Village Wengen
Friday January 18, 2013
from 09.30 am Food booths open along the slope, in the finish
 area and at Girmschbiel
10.30 am Super Combined Downhill Logo SF2
1.20 pm Patrouille Suisse (air show training)
2 pm Super Combined Slalom (one run)
3 pm bis 2 pm Entertainment and food in the World Cup
Village Wengen
6.15 pm Drawing of numbers for the Lauberhorn Downhill
 in the World Cup Village Wengen
7 pm Prize-giving ceremony for the Super Combined
 in the World Cup Village Wengen
Saturday January 19, 2013
from 10.30 am Verpflegung im Ziel, entlang der Piste
und auf Wengernalp
11.40 am Patrouille Suisse (air show)
12.30 pm Lauberhorn Downhill
1 pm – 2 am Entertainment and food in the World Cup
Village Wengen
6.15 pm Drawing of numbers for the Lauberhorn Slalom
 in the World Cup Village in Wengen
7 pm Prize-giving ceremony for the Lauberhorn Downhill
 in the World Cup Village Wengen
Sunday January 20, 2013
from 9 am Food and entertainment in the Finish area (big screen)
10.15 am Slalom 1st run
1.15 pm Slalom 2nd run
10 am – 5 pm Entertainment and food in the World Cup Village Wengen
3.45 pm Prize-giving ceremony

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Where to Ski and Snowboad in 2013

The new guide by Dave Watts and Chris Gill is out. Here are a few things they say about Wengen.



We like about Wengen:

  • Some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps
  • Small, traditional, nearly traffic-free Alpine village
  • Lots of long, gentle runs, ideal for leisurely intermediates
  • Nursery slopes in heart of village
  • Calm, unhurried atmosphere
  • Good resort for families and groups that include non-skiers. It’s easy to get around on mountain railways

Click here to get a discounted copy of the book.

The Snow Arrives in Wengen

The village of Wengen is getting ready for Christmas and it looks like it will be a white one!

View from the Bellevue Hotel 26 Nov 2012

 

Monday, 29 October 2012

Signs of Winter in Wengen

A light dusting of snow in the village signals an early start to winter in Wengen.  Watch this space for updates and news about the coming winter season.

Here are a few articles of interest:

1  Travel Review from Bern to Interlaken - stopping at the Regina Hotel in Wengen
http://www.yourcanterbury.co.uk/home/travel_review_switzerland_1_1665220


2  Karen in Wengen - some recent photos of the snow and changes to the ski area
http://www.kareninwengen.blogspot.com/


3  From the Telegraph 29 October 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Switzerland - Swiss memories

The article by Rosie Thomas visiting the Swiss Alps region reminds me of our last two thoroughly enjoyable walking holidays, staying in Wengen.

We can highly recommend the Hotel Alpenrose (0041 33 855 3216; http://www.alpenrose.ch) in Wengen, a family-run hotel with wonderful views toward the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountain range. A wonderful place to visit in late May/early June for walking among the amazing wild-flower meadows at high altitude. And if you book a south-facing room with balcony you can watch the cows being herded up to their summer pastures in the high meadows.

Also worth knowing is that the hotel offers a spring/summer package that includes a Jungfrau pass, which enables visitors free travel on all gondolas, cable cars, trains and buses within the Jungfrau region. This includes travel to the Kleine Scheidegg, Harder Kulm and, of course, the Schynige Platte to experience the wonderful walk undertaken by Rosie Thomas. The views are breathtaking and returning to the hotel for the five-course dinner at the end of the day is definitely a highlight.
Heather Gosling
 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Miniature Railway at the Bellevue Hotel, Wengen

When visiting Wengen this summer a great place to visit is the Miniature Railway at the Bellevue Hotel.   Andi Engi runs the 'Gartenbahn' which has 480m of stainless steel rails, 42 points and 10 crossing points with a total area of ​​288 square meters.  The hotel re-opens on 27 May 2012.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

The Red Helmet - extreme sports filmed in Wengen

The Red Helmet was an entrant into a Nissan competition featuring adventure sports.  The speed flying sequences, launched from a paraglider, are amazing.  Rock climbing, paragliding, base jumping and speed flying all around Wengen and into the Lauterbrunnen valley.

Click here to see this fantastic video.

Monday, 23 April 2012

HIgh Adrenalin Sports around Wengen, Switzerland

Sky high in Interlaken
April 21, 2012 12:00AM
Bernese Oberland
Base-jumping in Switzerland's Bernese Oberland. Picture: Alamy Source: Supplied

ALL work and no play has made Jack, or in my case Dick, a dull boy. There's only one thing for it: to shake myself out of my torpor with a dose of high-octane adventure sports.
Crisp mountain air is top of my agenda, along with canyons, cliffs and vertiginous geographical features of every description to climb, hike, bike, or throw myself off with reckless abandon.
Interlaken in Switzerland's Bernese Oberland is my destination of choice. The town lies under the talismanic but often tragic spell of the Eigerwand, otherwise known as the north face of the Eiger, and has been a honeypot for mountaineers and adrenalin junkies for generations. It's built around a maple-lined park between two lakes (Interlaken, you see) called the Brienzersee and the Thunersee, and is a model of architectural decorum.

But the true stars of the show are the titanic peaks that soar above the valleys and make for some of the most arresting mountain scenery on the planet.

The local transport system, one of the most efficient in the world, includes the Jungfrau Railway, which tunnels through the Eiger before emerging at the Jungfraujoch, the 3454m self-styled Top of Europe.
On my first morning, I join a group of 15 mainly 20-somethings in the Chli Schliere Canyon, reputed to be one of the best canyoning sites in Europe. I'm swathed in 5mm Neoprene and clutching a helmet as well as a climbing harness.

After a detailed safety briefing, I find myself staring nervously into an abyss as water thunders around me.
Things rapidly turn cold, precipitous and very, very slippery but within minutes I'm having the time of my life. My head is beginning to clear, the adrenalin is starting to flow.

"This is one of nature's more extreme fairground rides," says Ian, one of our five guides. "The canyon is basically a series of slides, pools, ledges and drop-offs but we descend in stages. We don't ask you to jump unless we know there's plenty of water depth below -- and we have ropes so you can abseil down if you think the leap looks too high."

Our first obstacle is a slide or channel in the rock known as a flume, which, as I whiz around a corner into the seething torrent of a whirlpool below, feels a bit like being flushed down a giant-sized loo. A short scramble later and we are peering over the top of a 15m waterfall.

Canyoning, I soon discover, is a mix of swimming, jumping, scrambling, climbing, slipping, sliding, abseiling and using foul and abusive language with a huge grin on your face.

At other moments, during brief pauses in the madness, I look up to see rainbows forming around the silver birch trees clinging to the side of the canyon and gaze out over spectacular views to the valleys below.

The next day I swap Neoprene for Lycra and head off on a mountain bike to the nearby Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of the largest nature-conservation areas in Switzerland.

This is thrilling biking country, surrounded by mountain peaks and vertical walls that plunge as straight as a plumb-line towards the valley floor.

I meander aimlessly, safe in the knowledge that if I tire or get lost, the trains and gondolas that connect even the smallest mountain villages will whisk me and my bike to wherever my fancy takes me.

My haphazard route leads me to Stechelberg at the end of the valley, where I take the gondola to Murren and an easy red trail to Winteregg. Here the fun begins in earnest as I thunder down some challenging single-track through the forest to Isenfluh, and then by the river alongside Alpine meadows back to Lauterbrunnen.
There are 72 waterfalls in the valley, the best known of them being the Staubbach Falls, with a 300m continuous drop making it one of the highest in Europe.

But an even more extraordinary sight awaits further down the valley. As I emerge from under some trees I hear a whump high above me, as a parachute opens and swoops down to earth. Further investigation reveals that I have timed my ride to coincide with a base-jumping competition. Competitors are hurling themselves off the cliffs above, clad in aerodynamic squirrel suits before free-flying into the centre of the valley like Superman and opening their parachutes

Inspired by this aerial insanity, the next morning I sign up for a tandem parachute jump. As luck would have it, it's a perfect blue-sky day; as we arrive at the airfield the last wisps of mist are still clinging to the surrounding pine forest. There are nine of us on the plane. We circle ever higher to the moment at 4500m when the door will open and it will be my turn to shuffle to the exit and hurl myself out of the door, attached to Mick from Queensland, my tandem freefall pilot.

A moment of terror as the door is opened and we brace against the slipstream, the wind howling in my ears and my stomach gyrating like a washing machine on max spin. Then, with a "hard arch" we plunge out of the door. Nothing prepares you for the rush. Within seven seconds we reach 200km/h -- the speed of a Swiss high-speed train -- and my stomach is doing weird stuff I never realised was possible.

I have just about enough time in our 40 seconds of freefall to get my senses together and take in my surroundings. In the distance, framed by a deep blue sky, I can see the Eiger, the Jungfrau, the Matterhorn and even Mont Blanc over the border in France. To make it even more surreal, a crescent moon still floats serenely above them all.

On my final morning in Interlaken, I take to the skies once again on a much more gentle tandem paragliding flight from a mountainside to the north of the town. This time we defy gravity and fly upwards as the canopy inflates and we glide out over the valley. One thousand metres below, the cars look like Dinky toys and the wake from the pleasure cruisers on the lake resembles brush strokes of white paint on the surface of the water.

In my flying armchair I am able to take in the view at my leisure. To the south is the Schilthorn with its revolving restaurant where the Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service was shot, while the now-familiar profile of the Eigerwand looks as intimidating as ever. Then we drift down into the centre of Interlaken and land on the patch of green outside the Metropole Hotel.

After an adrenalin-filled burst of all play and no work, Dick is no longer a dull boy.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/sky-high-in-interlaken/story-e6frg8rf-1226330572295

Friday, 20 April 2012

Travelling to Wengen? Photo trip from Interlaken to Wengen

Click on this link to see a photo journey by train from Interlaken to Wengen.

Wengen

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Speedflying in Wengen

Halvor Angvik and Jokke Sommer take a little trip into Wengen,Switzerland to do some speed flying down The Jungfrau. These canopies are around 85 sq/ft (7.7 sq/m) and can fly at speeds over 100 mph (160 kph) and are designed specifically for this sport. Great day to fly with some beautiful views of the mountain side.



Courtesy of liveleak.com

Sunday, 8 April 2012

The Downhill Only Club in Wengen is looking for a keen and organised skier for the 2012/13 winter season

The Downhill Only Club seeks an experienced, qualified skier - BASI 2 or equivalent - who is a good organiser, communicator and host for holiday skiers, to manage the Club’s activities in Wengen, Switzerland, during the ski season commencing in December 2012.

Exciting post for experienced skier
 
The full details of the job description, qualifications/experience required, and application form can be found on the Downhill Only Club website.

A one-bedroom apartment in Wengen is available free of charge to the successful applicant throughout the ski season, and a lift pass, ski jacket and insurance will be provided. The salary is negotiable.

Interviews for short listed candidates will be held in London in late May 2012, where reasonable travelling expenses will be reimbursed.

Completed application forms should be returned, together with a passport photograph, Curriculum Vitae or other document setting out all your relevant experience no later than the 30 April 2012.

Please email the application to sarah.robinson@downhillonly.com or alternatively pop it in the post to:
Mrs Sarah Robinson
8 Gorst Road
London
SW11 6JE

More about Wengen on http://www.skiclub.co.uk/

Thursday, 5 April 2012

SkyWork Airlines marks successful year on London City-Bern route

SkyWork Airlines’ London City-Bern service has become the star performer in the Swiss regional carrier’s route network after a successful 12 months. Over 11,160 passengers have flown the route in the first year and a further 13,745 are booked to fly on future departures aboard SkyWork’s business turboprops. 



Tomislav Lang, CEO, who is in London this week and will this evening mark SkyWork’s first anniversary on the now double-daily route with a reception at the Swiss Embassy for 100-plus guests, confirms that the route is becoming a dedicated Bombardier Q400 service.  Furthermore, now the airline has built up a loyal customer base, it is ready to explore collaborative agreements with other operators to enable Swiss-originating passengers to connect with other London City based carriers to take them beyond London.

At Bern too, where SkyWork has a strengthened network of 25 routes, and a 90% market share, it plans to create a mini hub.  “We are proud to say that we can offer the quickest connections in the world through Bern Airport,” highlights Tomislav Lang – with minimum connections of 20 minutes – owing to the airport’s compact size, fast check-in and speedy security checks.  Possible connecting routes could be Hamburg-Bern-Barcelona.”

Conveniently located for the Swiss Alps, Bern Airport is fast being recognised as an efficient airport providing short transfer times to some of Switzerland’s finest ski resorts, including Interlaken, Adelboden, Grindelwald, Chateau-d’Oex, Kandersteg, Lenk, Murren and Wengen.

Article courtesy of Incentive Travel.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Skiing in Wengen at Easter

Ski Club of Great Britain has an excellent article about the Downhill Only Club.

Family skiing made easy this Easter

The Ski Club's Vanessa Fisher looks at the different options when taking young children out to the mountains

Snowli at the children’s Swiss Ski School
Coggins race day
Prize giving for Coggins

If you’re going skiing this Easter or still hoping to find a late deal for a ski holiday, and you have slightly older children that can already ski, you may be wondering what to do with them.

Do they go into ski school, with the potential to be a bit bored or perhaps the ski school only runs half day sessions? The Ski Club’s Vanessa Fisher looks at a few alternatives.

Whilst skiing in Wengen at February half term we discovered an English run ski club that ticked all the boxes for our enthusiastic 8 year old. Run by Bob Eastwood, also a member of the Swiss Ski School in Wengen, this ski club is for 7-13 year old children that can ski fast around the mountain all day.

Sitting under the ‘Downhill Only Club’ umbrella, which was founded in Wengen, Switzerland, in 1925, the ‘Coggins’ as the children are called, meet every day during school holidays for a full day of fun skiing on the mountain.

Our 8 year old loved it, made some good friends and at the end of the week, after taking part in a short slalom course, was the proudest little boy collecting his DHO badge and Coggins certificate.

Older children (13yrs+) can slot into the DHO ‘Eagles’ club if they are good, confident skiers and again are up for skiing all day. At half term there was a big group of ‘Eagles’ skiers having a brilliant time with a young, fun ski instructor.

Alternatively if your children have really got the ski bug and want to be pushed to a higher level, The Alpine Training Centre offers children’s ski camps during the school holidays.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

New Snow Report - Wengen 20 March 2012

Wengen has perfect skiing conditions with over 10cm in the village and more on the mountains.

7am on Tuesday 20 March 2012 - The Jungfrau

7am on 20 March 2012 - the Lauterbrunnen Valley

9am on 20 March 2012 - perfect snow and sunshine

Sunrise over the Mannlichen shows off the stunning new snowfall

Monday, 19 March 2012

Snow Report Wengen 19 March 2012

Several inches of fresh snow have arrived in Wengen overnight.  It is still snowing and is expected to accumulate to 10cm.


This picture from the Bellevue Hotel's webcam shows the snow accumulation.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

SnowpenAir 2012 - Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg

From http://www.fasttrackski.co.uk/  Saving Money on Your Ski Holiday

Big Gig At High Altitude



Bryan Adams and Kim Wilde are set to headline at ‘SnowpenAir 2012’ in Switzerland.

It will be the 15th staging of the event which takes place at Kleine Scheidegg above Grindelwald and Wengen in the country’s famously spectacular Jungfrau region on 31at March 2012.

Billed as ‘The highest-altitude open-air-concert on snow’ as it takes place 2061 metres above sea level with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks appearing almost close enough to touch in the backdrop, it will be the third time at the ‘venue’ for Canadian rock superstar Bryan Adams.

Brian Adams has twice electrified huge audiences before the stunning setting of the Jungfrau massif, in 2004 and 2007.

In an interview for the magazine Schweizer Illustrierte, the star said that he well remembers one of the best open-air concerts that he has ever played at, “It was on Kleine Scheidegg in Switzerland, in the heart of the mountains. Simply fantastic. Unforgettable!”

Also unforgettable are his international hits including Summer of ’69, Cuts Like a Knife and (Everything I Do) I Do It for You.

Kim Wilde will also be turning up the heat on Kleine Scheidegg with her famous hits such as Kids in America, You Keep Me Hangin’ On and Cambodia! Kim first hit the charts in 1980 and began her comeback in the summer of 2010 with her new album ‘Come Out and Play.’

One surprise success in mainland Europe was her duet with Nena of ’99 Red Balloons’ fame and their song, Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime.

Other links for SnowpenAir 2012

Ticket packages including accommodation:  http://wengen.ch/en/Holidays/PACKAGES/Snowpenair_2012_Kleine_Scheidegg

Official website:
http://www.jungfrau.ch/en/tourism/news-events/snowpenair-2011/news/

Thursday, 1 March 2012

St Bernard's English Church in Wengen

The Intercontinental Church Society provides residents and visitors in Wengen with an Anglican Church experience from mid December until Easter.  Located in the centre of Wengen, the Church holds services daily through Lent.


St Bernard's Church in Wengen

Monday, 27 February 2012

Curling in Wengen

It is not too late to join in the fun at the Curling rink in Wengen.  The Wengen Curling Club and the Jungfrau Curling Club Wengen have fixtures throughout March and April.  Everyone is welcome and friendly matches can be arranged on the rink from 10 in the morning.  The rink can also be rented for private groups and parties.




Wengen Curling Club Schedule for 2012

Have you ever wanted to ski the World Cup Lauberhorn?

On selected dates in March you can live the excitement of the Wengen Lauberhorn race by participating in a village-wide competition.  On the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of March there will be organised races on the Lauberhorn course in Wengen.  The cost is CHF 15.00.  For more information visit http://www.mywengen.com/.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

What is on in Wengen? Weekly Activity List

Each week there are a wide range of activities in Wengen village.  From children's theatre to Night snowshoe walks, there is something for everyone.

Wengen weekly activities

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Winter Walking Trails in Wengen

The fantastic snow conditions in the Wengen area provide excellent walking opportunities for the experienced and the novice walker.  Bright sunny skies and cold temperatures are the perfect environment to experience the amazing scenery around Wengen.  And there is always a hot chocolate or gluhwein not far away!  The following information is provided courtesy of the Wengen Tourist Office.


Winter Walking in Wengen





Friday, 10 February 2012

What is on in Wengen? 13 February 2012

Interested in the Wengen Downhill Only Club?  An open evening will be held on Monday 13 February 2012 from 17.00 to 18.00 in the Club Room in the Eiger next to the station.  The Club was founded in 1925 and continues to provide a wide range of activities for all ages.



Thursday, 9 February 2012

What is on in Wengen? 14 February 2012

A music festival for 2 trumpets and organ will be held at the Reform Church - Wengen on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 at 20.30.  The cashier is available from 20.00.  Artists:  George Buddrus - Trumpet; Peter Scheerer - Trumpet; and Christian Scheifele - Organ.  The program will feature Bach, Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi.


Thursday, 19 January 2012

Wengen Village salutes Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, winning the World Cup Slalom

The Vancouver Sun reports:  Ivica Kostelic of Croatia proved the master of Wengen yet again Sunday, winning a World Cup slalom to close the gap on overall standings leader Marcel Hirscher, who was disqualified for straddling a gate.

Kostelic was almost flawless in the second run to finish 0.85 seconds ahead of Andre Myhrer of Sweden. Fritz Dopfer of Germany was third.

Bode Miller was the only American of six to complete the first run. However, Miller did not qualify for a second run after his time trailed Matt by 2.39 and finished outside the top 30.

Teammate Ted Ligety, who attempted to move from fourth in the overall race, skied out at the fourth gate.

Kostelic has won five of the last seven World Cup events raced at the storied Swiss venue since January 2010. His 22nd career World Cup victory cut Hirscher's lead to 30 points.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Ivica+Kostelic+wins+WCup+slalom+Hirscher+gets/6000247/story.html#ixzz1jwRnEzqP
The party in the village was an excellent way to end a fabulous three days of sun and snow.
Sunday afternoon awards ceremony for the FIS World Cup Slalom in Wengen

Saturday, 14 January 2012

2012 Lauberhorn Super-Combined Race Ends in an Exciting Finish

Olympic super-combined champion Bode Miller today opened the 82nd Lauberhorn weekend in Wengen, Switzerland, with a third-place finish in the discipline that brought him a gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.

Miller, second in the downhill portion, held on to the podium as Croatian Ivica Kostelic earned his third win of the season.

Ivica Kostelic had been nearly three seconds behind after the downhill leg of the super combined, the kick-off event of the 82nd Lauberhorn at Wengen Friday (Jan. 13). It didn't matter. When they moved to the slalom hill he was in his element and it showed as he powered from the 22nd position to take and hold the lead.

Swiss Downhill winner Beat Feuz was more than three seconds back in the slalom to cinch second by a two run margin of two tenths.


4 of the 6 jets zoom over the Jungfrau

The day has kicked off in Wengen with a spectacular show from the Swiss Air Team, riding shotgun up the Lauberhorn downhill slope in an amazing display.  For more information about the Patrouille Suisse click here.


Swiss Air Force jets swoop over the Lauberhorn downhill run
The Lauberhorn downhill is set to begin as another crystal clear, cold day provides fantastic conditions for participants and fans.

Friday, 13 January 2012

2012 Lauberhorn Race in Wengen Kicks Off

The 2012 Lauberhorn Race kicked off with the traditional street party in Wengen on Thursday 12 January.  According to the Associated Press, Hannes Reichelt of Austria was fastest in a training run Thursday in World Cup downhill on the Lauberhorn course.  Reichelt clocked 2 minutes, 37.46 seconds down the 2.75-mile track, the longest on tour. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway fought a cold to be 0.16 seconds back.

Spirits are high in the Wengen village awaiting the race order for Friday
The weather in Wengen is picture-perfect as blue skies and cold temperatures await competitors and visitors.  A healthy base of snow from recent snowfalls means that the conditions should be much better than last year.

The 82nd International Lauberhorn Race, the longest downhill race, will see over CHF 100,000 in prize money distributed across the Super- combined, Downhill and Slalom races.

The Swiss Air Force will be back in force again, practicing yesterday and today for the spectacular finale flypast on Saturday.


The Swiss Air Force practicing in front of the Eiger

Over 30,000 visitors are expected in the village over the weekend.

For an excellent article on Wengen and the race visit Doug Lewis' article published this week.