Hostels and Cheap Places to stay in Wengen, Switzerland

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Get to know Wengen (no more "I wish I knew this before")

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 hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Wengen hostels Sophie

Your Packing List for Wengen

Your Packing List for Wengen

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Wengen and Switzerland.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Other Nearby Cities

Lauterbrunnen (2 Km / 0.9 mi.)
Mürren (6 Km / 3 mi.)
Gimmelwald (7 Km / 4 mi.)
Gsteigwiler (7 Km / 4 mi.)
Interlaken (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Grindelwald (9 Km / 6 mi.)
Iseltwald (12 Km / 8 mi.)

Travel Tips for Wengen - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Wengen. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Wengen. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

Visited Wengen twice in the '70s, once with my daughter Heather. I want to return. Hiking in spring and summer are a must and I visited the Eiger, Monch. Christmas Market bus tour last December brought me very close as we drove through Interlaken to Brienz.

Ian Urquhart

Wengen is my favorite place in the world! I've been there twice and am going back next year.


Wengen is halfway up the Lautenbrennerthal, which to me is the Yosemite valley of Europe. No motorized vehicles [in 1987] except for the mail jeep and the garbage truck--electric golf-like carts for elderly tourists, make for quiet and peace in the Alps, with views of the 3 famous mountains: the Monch, the Eiger, and the Jungfrau. Excellent connections going up to the Kleine Scheidegge pass [alpenhorn played here, or listen to cowbells from the valleys below] and connecting mountain railways down to Interlocken below, then the rest of Switzerland [get a SwissRail pass, at least]. Either this place CALLS to you, and you will love it, or else go to some place that DOES call to you. But if you like the mountains, you should LOVE Wengen in August. No summer skiing, but there IS a nice pool! [Visited in 1987]


Wengen is wonderful, a great place, we had a fantastic time.

Julie Lyons

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