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, 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.