This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Wengen. To help you make friends with Wengen before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Wengen, Switzerland, is a beautiful village in the Berner Oberland, a German-speaking part of multicultural Switzerland. Peasants built Wengen -- which faces the Jungfrau Mountain Range -- on a plateau, protected from strong winds and spoilt with sunshine. Embedded within one of the most spectacular natural sceneries, the eco-friendly snowsport and outdoor activities resort offers visitors the opportunity of a car-free holiday. The village is accessible by train from Interlaken via Lauterbrunnen, where you can safely deposit your car in a purpose-built carpark.
There are plenty of things to see and do in summer and winter. The area boosts fifteen cableways, which take you safely up the mountain, from where you can slide down to the valley with skis and snowboard on powdery snow in winter. Hikers make use of more than five hundred kilometers in walking trails up, down, and around the mountains. The Eiger Trail, for example, is a popular hiking trail amongst medium-experienced walkers. If you are looking for adrenaline kicks, skilled instructors will train you and your mates in paragliding, river rafting, and canyoning. Or simply hire a telescope and observe climbers on the spectacular Eiger North Face.
Most of the charming timber houses, chalets, and hotels in Wengen, Switzerland, were built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and provide an ideal spot to relax and unwind from a hard week's work. Why not take a seat at one of the houses' outdoor terraces; soak up the sun; take in fresh, clean mountain air; and enjoy the splendid views across the massive mountain range.
Mainly catering for low-carbon-footprint tourism, there are no large-scale Wengen, Switzerland hostels or hotels as such. But you find traditional guest houses, some with three- or four-bed dorm rooms available, offering the same hospitality and friendly atmosphere at hostel prices. Please bear in mind that low-budget accommodation in Switzerland may seem expensive compared to other countries.
Written by local enthusiast for Wengen hostelsSophie