Wengen and Lauterbrunnen The Jungfrau Range

Wengen holiday resort lies on a wind-protected sun terrace at the foot of the Jungfrau, 400m above the Lauterbrunnen valley at an altitude of 1,274 m. The traditional car-free holiday resort offers a family-friendly ski and rambling area around the Männlichen and the Kleine Scheidegg.


Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most impressive valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks. With its 72 thundering waterfalls, secluded valleys, colourful alpine meadows and lonely mountain inns, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland.

Traditional Timber Houses Jungfrau Region

wengen village after fresh snow

The very name Lauter Brunnen meaning many fountains tells you all you need to know about the lower village. The 72 waterfalls in the valley, the most famous being the Staubbach Falls plunge almost 300m from the overhanging rock face, and are one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe. It is based just below Wengen and offers a cheaper location yet still with great access to the extensive ski area.

The Jungfrau region can be reached easily from Wengen. Climbers on the Eiger north face can be seen by telescope from Kleine Scheidegg. The Jungfraujoch can even be reached by railway, and you can reach the Schilthorn summit from the valley floor resort of Lauterbrunnen via Mürren or Stechelberg.

wengen cable car

The Village

With traditional timber houses, Wengen is small, but some of it is built on a sloping hillside with old-world hotels and Stadels scattered here and there. It has retained all the character of a picture-postcard mountain village, opening widely to the south west, the terrace guarantees above-average hours of sunshine. Since 1893, car free Wengen has been able to be reached from Lauterbrunnen by cog train. The houses, small cobble streets, car free village, clean and quiet atmosphere means it holds a great deal of charm.

Eating Out

wengen village at night

Many of the best restaurants in Wengen are in hotels and a number of these have been awarded 15 points by Gault Millau. There is something for everyone, as with most resorts in the Alps these days. There are restaurants from every corner of the world offering nearly every type of food. Wengen differs slightly, but not in quality or choice, as most restaurants have dinner service until around 9:30pm. Compared to most resorts this appears quite early, but Wengen is mainly a family based area so should not deter most people.

Après Ski

With so much going on in the evenings in the 2 villages there are plenty of places to grab a nice drink after a day on the slopes. Après ski is excellent here, from quiet informal cafes to lively bars with music and rock bands. There are bars for every taste, night clubs are generally free entry and they and the main bars offer a number of theme nights as well.

Family Friendly Skiing 215km of Skiing

Wengen itself is the ideal starting point for the family-friendly ski area, with over 110kms of predominantly easy to medium pistes being in the Kleine Scheidegg area and offsetting this is the renowned World Cup piste on the Lauberhorn. Once you reach Kleine Scheidegg from Wengen, there’s a lot more skiing in the neighbouring region of the Jungfrau, this includes Grindelwald and Mürren-Schilthorn. This expansive ski area can be quickly reached by mountain railway. There are over 45 lifts altogether in the Jungfrau region as well as over 215km of pistes and fun parks.

wengen piste mapLive: Open Lifts

The Slopes

There is plenty of terrain for beginners. This includes nursery slopes in the centre of the village and as much as 30% of slopes in the combined area are suitable for novice skiers.

Wengen is where all levels of intermediate skiers come into their own with almost nowhere they cannot get to. Over 80% of the runs in the area suitable for intermediates.

The remainder of the runs are suitable for advanced skiers. Sometime you may have to look a little carefully to find the top end difficult runs but the World Cup piste should keep you busy all day!

Ski Rental Equipment

Over the years we have managed to negotiate some superb equipment at excellent rates and have passed the benefits of this directly to you.

We use one of the top sports shops in Wengen and we can offer you a massive 25% discount!

SKIS: Top rate skis are included in the rental price with the latest brands and models.

SNOWBOARDS: No extra for snowboards with the latest bindings and designs.

Getting Here Fly, Drive, Train

We include Cross-Channel Ferries for those who are self driving or Airport Transfers for those flying, so you can choose the best option that suits you.

Travelling to Wengen-Lauterbrunnen
Train Transfer Time from Basel: 3hr 10min
Train Transfer Time from Bern: 2hr 10min
Train Transfer Time from Geneva: 3hr 10min
Train Transfer Time from Zürich : 3hr
Driving Distance from Calais: 520 miles

View the Swiss Rail timetable.

We offer a wide range of quality accommodation from 2 to 5 star, apartments and hotels

Chalets and Apartments (Self-catered):

We have 2-person studio apartments and every size, right up to 8-person apartments. They are spacious and convenient to amenities, the ski lifts and free village ski bus.

All our hotels, chalets and apartments are fully ABTA protected.


Again, we offer a huge range of availability on hotels. We can offer any level from our 2, 3 or 4-star hotel selection. In some resorts we can even 5 star hotels.


OTP Holidays – Wengen & Lauterbrunnen Preferred Tour Operator of Switzerland Tourism

Our prices are simple, LOW & HIGH season. We have Youth prices for up to 20yrs old, discounts for children up to the age of 16yrs and even bigger savings for Children under the age of 6yrs!

LOW & HIGH season vary for each accommodation/re­sort – we do not add any of our own surcharges onto the cost of your stay. NEW YEAR and HALF-TERM are standard HIGH Season. If you have any queries about which dates are LOW or HIGH for the accommodation level you desire, please contact us directly.

Unlike most other British tour operators, the prices above include…

  • Up to 25% discount on ski rental equipment (if required)
  • Discounts on ski passes
  • Massive choice of high standard and spacious apartment or hotel accommodation
  • Cross-Channel travel with car or transfers to the resort from airport on Swiss Rail
  • Services of our very own 24hr on-call experienced representatives
  • All cleaning, linen, heating & tourist tax charges

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