A scenic village, located in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, Wengen is a part of the Jungfrau region. The Jungfrau region is better known as home to the world’s highest railway station in Europe, located on top of Europe at Jungfraujoch. Wengen’s wild floral pastures, lush green countryside views and the picturesque snow-drenched Alpine ranges skirting this wonderful hamlet form a fairy-tale backdrop, for your perfect holiday! Make it a memorable trip by also staying at the top chalets in Wengen.
Read on to find out about the top things to do in Wengen, Switzerland.
A high altitude mountain peak, perched at an altitude of 3,466 meters (11,371 feet), Jungfraujoch is situated between Jungfrau and Monch, in the alpine ranges of Switzerland’s canton, Bern. The Jungfrau Bahn is a 9-kilometer (5.5-mile) world renowned rack railway stretch connecting Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch. The staggering views from atop the Jungfrau Mountain peak are a popular attraction for all visitors to Switzerland.
On clear days, travelers can enjoy the sweeping views of the breathtaking Alps as distant as the Vosges Mountains in France and the Black Forest region in Germany. The silvery sun-glistening mountaintops, gorgeous glacier views and a plethora of winter sports options like sledding and snow tubing are absolutely alluring for any traveler! The Sphinx observatory on top of this magnificent mountain is the highest viewing vantage point in all of Europe. Jungfraujoch is also home to restaurants and a post office and opens out through several tunnels, which lead to a hiking trail on the glacier crevice towards Monchsjoch hut.
Swiss Alps Tour: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland from Zurich
Duration: 12 hours
Schilthorn is one of the most visited locations in Switzerland. This place could be reached by a gondola from the tiny, picturesque hamlet of Murren. The Piz Gloria is situated atop the Schilthorn. Acclaimed worldwide for the famed filming of the Bond superhit of 1969, Piz Gloria was the chosen hideout of the villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The Schilthorn offers glorious views of nearly 40 mountain peaks and about 20 glaciers from its summit. The revolving restaurant attached to the Piz Gloria is a great place for relaxation. The Bond World Museum takes you on an exciting simulated flight through Bond adventures and escapes.
On your journey back from the Schilthorn, you could disembark at any of the Gondola stations. The Murren village itself is a charming hub of restaurants and ski shopping outlets. Located on a cliff, Murren treats you to the most splendid of vistas surrounded by gorgeous alpine valleys all around.
Schilthorn - Piz Gloria Ticket
Duration: 2 to 5 hours
Located at an altitude of 2061 meters (6,762 feet), Kleine Scheidegg is a mountain pass in the Swiss Alps and home to a world famous ski and snowboarding school. During summer, mountain hiking trails at Kleine Scheidegg are very popular with travelers from around the world. Scheidegg’s proximity to the Jungfrau station draws thousands of visitors to this place. This is also the final halting point during the Jungfrau Marathon, a mountain race that is organized every year.
Those of you who prefer mountain hiking would be fascinated by the superlative vistas of the Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald valleys. The many souvenir shops and the restaurant Rostizzeria offer splendid surprises that would make your visit to this place all the more memorable. A great must-visit destination in the Swiss alpine wonderland!
Day Trip to Kleine Scheidegg: Center of the Alps
Duration: 12 hour
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Fourth on the list of what to do in Wengen is exploring Maanlichen. A 2,343-meter (7,687-foot) alpine mountain amidst the towering Swiss Alps, Maanlichen is a popular favorite among most travelers to Switzerland’s canton of Bern. You can take the Wengen–Maanlichen cable car ride from the Wengen station and reach Maanlichen within 10 minutes.You are treated to mesmerizing views of the Lauterbrunnen valley from the vantage point.
The breathtaking Royal Walk is an easy trek that awaits you here. It is a glorious day out on a pebbled path and you finally reach the artistic viewing platform, the ‘crown’ at the summit! The entire trek takes about 30 minutes to cover a 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) stretch. The summit here offers you the best of 360-degree panoramic views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks, which seem to be looming over you!
Wengen to Männlichen: Panoramic Cable Car Roundtrip
A marvelous journey on the cog railway, from the scenic village of Wilderswil uphill into the mountains, takes you to Schynige Platte. Schynige Platte offers spellbinding views of the alpine mountain ranges, including the Gumihorn and Tuba. The Alpengarten, a sprawling, lush botanical garden, treats you to a floral fest you have never seen before. The garden is home to 650 varieties of alpine blossoms. The Edelweiss, Arnica and many other super blooms adorn this colorful haven on the alpine mountain top.
The Teddyland gift shop is an additional attraction with many stuffed teddy bears on their long list of souvenirs sold. The Panoramaweg is a two-hour circuit trail you could explore. This begins at Schynige Platte, taking you towards the vantage point of Daube. This place offers some spectacular sights of the Bernese Alps, the magnificent Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau and many other snow-carpeted white blanketed ranges all around.
The self-service Schynige Platte restaurant is a wonderful place to while away your leisure time amidst panoramic views of the alpine setting. Two huge picture frames are artistically created to bring you the best images of your visit in an awesome backdrop. Schynige Platte is a great place to enjoy the best of Swiss vistas!
Schynige Platte Admission
Duration: 1 to 4 hours
One of the most visited places of Switzerland, Interlaken is a quiet, picturesque town of the Bernese canton, nestled between the two pristine, placid lakes of Thun and Brienz. Interlaken is a Swiss gateway to some of the dream destinations in the towering Swiss Alps. This place is a bewitching canvas of glistening lakes, endless green pastures, and pastel-hued flowers, carpeting the foothills of the majestic alpine mountains.
To the sporting daredevil connoisseurs, Interlaken is the hub of every adventure activity you could undertake in the lofty alpine setting. Paragliding, canoeing, kayaking, and skydiving are just a few choices if you are looking for a thrilling adventure. The Thun and the Brienz are an inviting getaway for any vacationer desiring a pleasant, serene lakefront backdrop.
A family ride on the funicular to the hilltop at Heimwehfluh is worth all the time and travel. The kids’ playground treats them to some amazing activities, the all-season toboggan run, and a miniature railway station. A short, two-hour train journey from Interlaken would take you to a Lauterbrunnen, also known as the ‘valley of the waterfall.’ The Staubbach is a wonderful cascade, indeed a sight to behold!
Read our article to learn more about the best things to do in Interlaken.
Swiss Alps Grimsel Canyoning Experience from Interlaken
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Thun is one of those simply stunning Swiss towns, girdled by the awesome Alps, located on the turquoise blue waters of the Aare river. It’s an absolutely bustling town, nestled in a naturally fabulous fairy tale setting. This charming town is a perfect mix of medieval grandeur and modern splendor.
This place is an apt holiday destination that offers a plethora of choices to while away your precious leisure times. Relaxing riverside walks, cool and pleasant boat cruises, adventure hikes, shopping sojourns and much more! Thun has all of these amazing treats waiting for you!
Those of you craving for superlative high altitude views could make the best of facilities to reach the vantage points at the Niederhorn, Niesen and Stockhorn alpine mountains. On the placid waters of Lake Thun, ship cruises are on offer every day to Interlaken. Water sports enthusiasts can bank on Wengen activities such as diving and surfing in a picturesque backdrop!
Read our article on the best things to do in Thun.
Private Lake Thun and Blausee Tour from Interlaken
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Get right up in the soaring mountains by paragliding. Your fifteen-minute flight is awe-inspiring. In warmer weather, your flight may last a bit longer.
Catch a short train ride from Wenger to Lauterbrunnen. Next, you transfer up the mountain via two cable rides. Once you’re up there, meet your pilot, strap, and lift off across beautiful valleys.
Be sure to take a camera and strap, so you don’t miss capturing the views. The guides are knowledgeable and skilled. It’s a thrilling ride, something to remember forever. Adrenalin, beauty, and fun make this a mountain activity to put on your bucket list.
Swiss Alps Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Lauterbrunnen Village might just be the most beautiful Wengen tourist spot. The quaint village is enchanting, sitting beneath giant cliffs. Waterfalls and mountain beauty fill every corner of your vision.
Walk around the traditional village a bit or hike along some of the trails and get photos of the area. You’ll find cows, flowers, sheep, and stunning mountain views.
Relax at one of the eateries in the village and soak up the splendor. Alternatively, head for the Coop and pick up some of the freshest bread and some cheese and make a picnic of your day.
Day trip - Lauterbrunnen
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Mount Stockhorn in the lush Alpine region of Switzerland gives you incomparable magnificent views of more than 200 alpine summits. Standing at 2,190 metres (7,190 ft) above sea level, looking down Lake Thun, the mountain is a great place for hiking across wooded forests and strolling around two picturesque lakes: the Hinterstockensee and Oberstockense. Or even just to get on a gondola car ride to see stunning top views. Why not book the best fear factor experience and take the plunge from the gondola? It’s a one of a kind bungy jumping where you get lifted 134 metres (430 ft) in a mountain gondola. Then, you drop and dangle in the air as you are gently lowered towards a waiting rowing boat in the lake. The crew safely takes you back to land. All necessary bungee jumping gear, transport and gondola ride are included in the price. This adventure is not for those faint-hearted, but this is definitely an absolute blast!
Bungy Jump Stockhorn
Price: 190 USD
Duration: 4 hours
Skydiving is probably one sport that is always included in every thrill-seeker’s bucket list. Even if it makes our heart beat faster, our innate yearning to fly draws us to this adrenalin-pumping sport. This tandem skydive experience is a fantastic introduction for beginners to take a leap of faith knowing that they are harnessed to a certified skydiving instructor. Ride a helicopter that takes you straight up to 3,657 metres (12,000 ft) and then, get ready to jump. Experience a 45-second free fall swinging through the air looking down at the beautiful ice-peaked mountains and lush green trees and gazing up to sunny blue skies. With your instructor, descend together under a canopy parachute, taking a scenic waterfall en-route to the helicopter base for landing. The package includes all the skydiving gears and transfers. Souvenir photos and videos are optional at a fraction of the cost. If you want to tick it off your bucket list, it may as well be in the snowy Swiss Alps where the views are amazing, don’t you think?
Helicopter Skydiving in Interlaken
Duration: 3 hours
Did you really go to Switzerland if you didn’t learn to make a classic Swiss cheese fondue? Your trip to Wengen might be your time to shine! Join this Airbnb Experience hosted by Chris, who will guide you in cooking your first traditional cheese fondue. You’ll also learn a thing or two from your host about the best beverages to pair your fondue with, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. This cooking class could be a fun activity with your partner or your entire family!
Swiss Fondue Cooking Class & Dinner
Duration: 2 hours
13. Challenge yourself at Lauberhorn Crazy Golf
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When you’re traveling to Wengen with kids, make a stop at Lauberhorn Crazy Golf for an entertaining afternoon. Adults are welcome, too, of course! Lauberhorn Crazy Golf has 18-hole courses and depicts select stories from the ski race in Lauberhorn, which is one of the most prominent winter sports in the world. Miniature golf is great way to fill your day in Wengen, and all ages are welcome to join. Make sure to add golfing to your list of must-dos!
Lauberhorn Crazy Golf
Address: Wengiboden, 3823 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Website: Lauberhorn Crazy Golf
14. Buy gifts at Swiss Made Shop
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After your vacation in Wengen, it’s nice to commemorate your trip with some bits and bobs. The way to do that is by buying them at Swiss Made Shop. This Wengen gift shop sells souvenirs and other items that are made in Switzerland and are all made from natural materials; if not, Swiss Made Shop makes sure that their items are made in neighbouring alpine countries. If you want to bring home something that’s truly Swiss, have a go at this gift shop!
Swiss Made Shop
Address: Wengiboden 1350, 3823 Wengen BE, Switzerland
Website: Swiss Made Shop
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8:30am - 6:30pm; Sun: 9am - 6:30pm
15. Down a few drinks at Rocks Bar Wengen
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As if your trip to Wengen could not get any more relaxing, head on to Rocks Bar Wengen for a chill night out with your friends. You’ll find that Rocks Bar has a friendly atmosphere, and locals like to frequent it, too! If you’re up for meeting new people, this bar is the place to go. Live music and sports TV are featured at the bar as well. Rocks Bar holds quiz nights, too, so if that’s your forte, you’re going to have a crazy experience!
Rocks Bar Wengen
Address: Dorfstrasse, 3823 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Website: Rocks Bar Wengen
Opening hours: 4pm - 12:30am (daily)
A scintillating Swiss paradise in the canton of Bern, Wengen is a fascinating mosaic of nature’s bounties. Home to the highest mountain summit in all of Europe, the Jungfraujoch, Wengen offers a wide range of choices for an avid traveler. While Interlaken offers a multitude of options for all high altitude sports enthusiasts, Schynige Platte and Maanlichen offer breathtakingly beautiful vistas.
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Frequently asked questions about things to do in Wengen, Switzerland
1. What are the best attractions to visit in Wengen?
Wengen is a truly magnificent destination, as is all of Switzerland. Some of the best attractions in Wengen are Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, Kleine Scheidegg, and Schynige Platte. Don’t miss out on these beautiful mountain peaks and passes.
2. What are the best outdoor activities in Wengen?
If you’re vacationing in Switzerland, chances are you’re there for its boastful outdoors. You can choose to paraglide over the Swiss Alps, climb the majestic Jungfraujoch, or bungee jump at Stockhorn.
3. What are the most popular things to do in Wengen with kids and family?
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