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Skier Comments:

"Wonderful hotel - everything we could wish for and we all thought the service was the best we have ever experienced.
Looking forward to coming back next year for more!"
Mrs. A. Archer - Putney

"Simply divine - René and Sina at the Schoenegg are quite the perfect hosts."
Mrs. A. Goodman - Wiltshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The skiing in Wengen

The skiing in Wengen is spread out across three or four main areas so you can find yourself travelling a goodly distance each day (by various means of transport) and enjoying widely varying slopes and changing views of the Jungfrau mountain ranges and their pretty villages.  All the time under the watchful eye of the imposing Eiger.

skiing in Wengen

Wengen is a small village in the heart of the Jungfrau mountan range that has worked hard to retain its genuine Alpine look and feel, where (thankfully) any new construction work is tightly controlled to add to rather than subtract from its charm.  The village is also car free (apart from electric hotel taxis) making it a joy for strolling and enjoying the unpolluted mountain air.  Everybody arrives in Wengen on the train up from Lauterbrunnen station in the valley (plenty of car parks) and your hotel taxi will meet you at the station to transport your luggage to your hotel room.  The train ride takes about fifteen minutes and being Swiss it runs like clockwork, as does all the transport around the Jungfrau.
Wengen is in the centre of the ski area and from here you can access the skiing at Murren and Grindelwald too.  (Grindelwald is the town in the valley the ski area above is known as First, hence Grindelwald/First).

skiing in Wengen

Wengen comprises two main ski areas: the Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen.  Kleine Scheidegg (little watershed) is reached from the centre of Wengen by train in about twenty minutes (included in your lift pass); Männlichen is reached by the cable car that runs up from the middle of Wengen's "High Street".  The two areas are inter-linked by a modern chair lift network so you can work you way across the mountain from Kleine Scheidegg to Männlichen and vice versa. The famous Lauberhorn World Cup run starts above the Kleine Scheidegg and there are some lovely runs here above the tree line back down to the Kleine Scheidegg station and the timeless Bellevue Hotel at the foot of the Eiger.

skiing in Wengen

Murren faces Wengen across the steeply sided Lauterbrunnen valley and is a very picturesque alpine village that appears to have been constructed entirely of wood!  The skiing area is quite small, skiable in a full day, however it does extend up to the top of the Schilthorn with its revolving restaurant (Piz Gloria) offering simply stunning views of the Eiger, Jungfraujoch and Mönch.  Getting to Murren from Wengen involves a train down to Lauterbrunnen then either a cable car up the other side and another short train trip, or a bus along the valley and a cable car at the far end.  Sounds more complicated than it is in practice!

Download a pdf of the Wengen-Murren-Grindelwald ski area

Click on the map above to download a larger (much larger!) pdf version.

Grindelwald is by far the largest town of the three, however slightly sombre as sitting in the valley it doesn't enjoy much winter sunshine.  As you ascend the First cable car however you are soon out of the shadow of the Eiger and bathed in glorious sunshine on the south-facing slopes of First.  Good skiing above the tree-line and long winding runs back down to town.  Grindelwald can be skied to from both the Kleine Scheidegg or Mannlichen ski areas in Wengen; from the bottom you will need to take a bus to the First cable car.  Getting back to Wengen is via train: initially back up to the Kleine Scheidegg, then ski down or change onto the Wengen train down the other side (all beautifully synchronised).

Our ski hotels in Wengen

The SchÖnegg Hotel***
The Schönegg is not a large hotel with just 24 rooms, however it seems to dominate Wengen's short main street with its slightly elevated position looking out over the cable-car station to the railway beyond.

Originally owned and run in exemplary style by the local hero ex-ski racer René Berthod, the new owners are continuing in the strong traditions of this long-standing feature of Wengen's hotel scene.  You will be amazed at the time and effort they put in during your stay to ensure that you have the best possible ski holiday in Wengen.  Most of their clientele return year after year and it's not difficult to understand why.

In keeping with the spirit of the village the Schönegg concentrates on traditional alpine values with local pine featuring heavily throughout the decoration and solid wooden furnishings in the bedrooms, the restaurant, sitting rooms and bar.  A real Swiss mountain home.

Dinner in the restaurant is nothing short of wonderful, why it doesn't have a Michelin star is beyond us!  Walter the head chef is passionate about his craft and creates a variety of wonderful dishes each evening, all from scratch - the quailty of the results are clear to taste.  To accompany this fine cuisine, there is of course a broad ranging wine list with something for every palate and budget.

The Schoenegg Hotel - Wengen
The Schoenegg Hotel - Wengen
The Schoenegg Hotel - Wengen
The Schoenegg Hotel - Wengen
Wengen - High Street
The Schoenegg Hotel - Wengen
Skiing in Wengen
Arriving in Wengen from Lauterbrunnen
Skiers arriving in Wengen on the train form Lauterbrunnen
New Year's Eve in Wengen
Wengen at New YearKleine Scheidegg train heading for the Eiger...