Wengen – One of 4 Swiss villages named UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wengen, Switzerland is a traditional Swiss village that is not only very well-known among sports enthusiasts, but also nature lovers. The amazing scenery and extraordinary landscape of the Jungfrau-Aletsch Region has earned Wengen, together with the 3 villages of Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, and Mürren, the honour of being distinguished as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wengen offers numerous activities and attractions during both the winter and summer months, such as hiking the infamous imposing Eiger Mountain located at the Jungfrau mountain range that attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe each year. The Sphynx observation hall situated at the top of the mountain, the impressive hiking plateau in the glacier, as well as a splendid Ice Palace are just a few of the things you can see up on the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station.

Wengen, mountain resort par excellence

Wengen, mountain resort par excellence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That aside, you can also get down to husky-drawn sledging, ski-lift, and mountain biking in the summer. The lovely Luetschine River in the welcoming Lauterbrunnen Valley are also nearby and offer a great opportunity for rafting, ice-climbing, bungee jumping, paragliding, and skydiving.

An excellent way to enjoy the spectacular 360° views of the Swiss Alps and the 200 snow-capped peaks is dining at the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant, at an altitude of 3,000 metres, not far from Wengen.

Piz Gloria Mountain Restaurant, Murren, near Wengen

Piz Gloria Mountain Restaurant, Murren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kleine Scheidegg is another bustling and lively place, as well as a remarkable pass between the mesmerising Grindelwald Valleys and the Lauterbrunnen, which lies on the foot of the Eiger North Face and offers a one-of-a-kind journey to the Jungfraujoch. During the winter, it is a much-preferred departing point of several skiing runs. During summer time, it is full of climbers attempting the Eiger North Face, hikers, Alpine herdsmen with their cattle, and, of course, thousands of visitors from the four corners of the earth.

The finest acclaimed views of the Jungfrau Mountain are from the Schynige Platte while you can find the famous Alpine Garden, the botanical collection with more than 500 ferns and flowering plants in near-natural locations. As for other activities, you can always enjoy the Wengen outdoor heated pool, the mini-golf and tennis courts, and the various wellness areas located at several hotels and chalets in Wengen, offering exquisite self-catered accommodation, among others.

Wengen, typically beautiful scenery

Wengen, typically beautiful scenery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, Wengen is full of events all year round. The International Ski Races start in January and attract the eyes of the entire world, in the biggest snow event of the year and the longest-in-the-world Downhill Race, embedded in a unique landscape. A traditional open-air concert (the highest-altitude concern on snow) is another fantastic Swiss tradition every April. As always, with the picturesque backdrop of the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Mönch mountains.  Other events include the Inferno Triathlon in August, a biking and endurance event where athletes bike through the magnificent Jungfrau Region through Wengen; and the Jungfrau Marathon every September, perhaps, the world’s most demanding marathon, 42 kilometres (26 miles) in length and a climb of almost 1,900 meters (6,000 ft)!

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